The Regional Elders program was officially begun in the Fall of 2009. The Region’s twelve elders annually visit a short list of assigned congregations in the name of the Christian Church in Georgia. In addition they maintain quarterly contact with each church assigned to them, sometimes sharing in celebrative functions at the church. Among their duties are to be a caring and supportive presence and a connection to and an advocate for the Regional Church and the General Church.

Alan Cloar -  
Doug Ivey -
Retired ordained minister
Archie Jenkins - Commissioned Minister

Delores Trimiew -
Milton West -
Retired ordained minister
Jay White
- Retired ordained minister
Archie Jenkins
- Commissioned Minister
Charles Beadle/Jane Osborn
– Lay members of First Christian, Valdosta
Frank McDonald – Retired military chaplain and active member of Sandy Springs Christian Church
Nancy Oliver – Retired ordained Minister, recently retired from family ministry at Peachtree CC
Medie Still – Commissioned Minister, serving with Guyton Christian Church
Mary Grant – Lay member of First Christian Church, Griffin
Jabari Butler – Business man and minister on staff at Ray of Hope Christian Church
Diane Bales – Campus minister at UGA and faculty member teaching child development

Chair: Mary Grant

To contact the Regional Elders e-mail:


As of April 2018

Diane Bales
Cherry Log Christian Church, Cherry Log
First Christian Church, Athens
First Christian Church, Bogart
First Christian Church, Lawrenceville
First Christian Church, Watkinsville

Charles Beadle/Jane Osborn
First Christian Church, Savannah
First Christian Church, Valdosta
Iglesia Cristiana Getsemani, Valdosta

Jabari Butler
Centennial Christian Church, White Plains
Chestnut Ridge Christian Church, Marietta
First Atlanta Chinese Christian Church, Norcross
First Christian Church, Decatur
Loganville Christian Church, Loganville
Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur
Sandy Springs Christian Church, Sandy Springs

Alan Cloar
Brookhaven Christian Church, Atlanta
Good Neighbor Christian Church, Johns Creek
Peachtree Christian Church, Atlanta
Peachtree Corners Christian Church, Norcross
Johns Creek Christian Church

Mary Grant (Chair)
Community Christian Church, Gayetteville
Damascus Road Christian Church, Griffin
Liberty Christian Church, Newnan
First Christian Church, Rome
Williamson Christian Church, Williamson

Doug Ivey
Central Christian Church, Augusta
First Christian Church, Augusta
First Christian Church, Macon
St. Andrew Christian Church, Macon

Archie Jenkins
Bethel Christian Church, Eastman
First Christian Church, Dublin
First Christian Church, Eastman
First Christian Church, Warner Robins
First Christian Church, Waycross
United Christian Church, Dublin

Medie Still
Antioch Christian Church, Sylvania
Bethesda Christian Church, Tennille
First Christian Church of Atlanta, Tucker
First Christian Church, Sandersville
Hiltonia Christian Church, Sylvania

Delores Trimiew
First Christian Church, Marietta
God's City of Refuge, Atlanta
Fountain of Hope, Atlanta

Milton West
Central Christian Church, Columbus
Eagle's Landing Christian Church, McDonough
First Christian Church, Griffin

Jay White
First Christian Church, Winder
High Shoals Christian Church, High Shoals
New Hope Christian Church, Lawrenceville
New Covenant Christian Church, Lawrenceville
Shiloh Christian Church, Snellville
Blood Price Christian Church


The Role of the Regional Elders will be to increase the sense of connection and covenant between congregations and between congregations and larger church.

Specifically duties will include:

  • worship twice each year in each of the assigned congregations
  • maintain contact quarterly by telephone or email with the pastor of the assigned congregation
  • represent the Region as requested at celebrative functions in assigned congregations
  • be present in clergy meetings for the area
  • be responsive in times of illness and hospitalization when requested by the Regional Minister
  • share with the Regional Minister any pastoral or church related issues discovered during the care and presence process
  • be an advocate for the Region and the larger church in the assigned congregations
  • attend scheduled Regional Elders meetings with the Regional Minister
  • carry out duties in manner consistent with the Code of Ethics for Ministers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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