Rev. Rebecca Duke-Barton is a third generation United Methodist pastor in the South Georgia Annual Conference. Having grown up in Unadilla, Macon, Brooklet, and Richmond Hill, Rebecca graduated from Washington County High School in Sandersville. She attended Oxford and Emory Colleges, receiving her call to preach during her junior year at Emory.
Rebecca attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where she received a Master of Divinity with emphasis in biblical studies. In addition to her degree, she also met her husband, Garth, who was from South Carolina. They married and returned to Georgia, where Rebecca returned to Emory to do Ph.D. work in Old Testament, but left when she became a mother to Daniel, Susannah, and Samuel.
Rebecca taught Old and New Testament at Andrew College, served Recovery UMC in Decatur County, the Calvary Charge in Grady County, and Colquitt UMC in Miller County.
Rebecca is at the stage of motherhood where she used to have hobbies--reading, making scapbooks, learning obscure facts--but now spends time cheering at baseball, soccer, and softball games, and running a taxi service to dance and Scouts.
Rebecca believes in the power of God to change lives, that engagement with the scripture leads us to Jesus, and that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As church secretary, Mrs. Carolyn has her finger on the pulse of the church.
Carolyn is a pastor's wife, and as such is in tune with the needs of a thriving church.
Her gifts for organization and clerical work keep the church functioning, and her sweet spirit is a blessing to everyone she meets.
Carolyn and husband Brad have two children, Micah and Caleb, and two grandchildren, Harper and Piper.
Rhonda is a life-long musician who started out when she was 9 years old, as a performing artist with her family's Christian singing group.
Born and raised in Wayne County, she graduated from Wayne County High and went on to study piano performance at Brewton Parker College.
A U.S. Army veteran, she returned to Georgia in 1995 and has worked in music ministry ever since.
She has served as a band director, performing arts director and worship director at several churches throughout southeast Georgia.
She also owns a private studio where she teaches piano, and is a published author and songwriter.
She is passionate about worship, team-building, writing and arranging music. She loves to read and is usually in the middle of several books at a time.
She shares her home with her fur babies, Coal and Cleo.
Jennifer and husband Drew have the monumental task of pastoring and mentoring our church's teens. Their heart for kids and for worship is evident in everything they do.
They also work as foster parents, loving and serving the children who come to them with their whole hearts.
Jennifer is a US Navy veteran.
Drew also serves on the Alive contemporary praise team playing bass guitar and guitar.
The Duke-Barton family: Susannah, Daniel, Samuel, Garth and Rebecca