Our Regional Minister: Rev. Denise Bell
Agnes Denise Bell is a native of New Jersey where her mother and three siblings still reside. In 1979 following the death of her father she surrendered to a life of faith with a dependence on God for guidance, love and a sense of purpose and meaning. She states that the focal point of her ministry has always been to love and to serve the world with others who practice the principles of faith. Within this practice, there is the tension to balance the inward disciplines of her faith and the outward expressions of faith in a diverse and fractured world.
The Rev. Bell graduated from Kean College in 1980 where she earned and was awarded a BA. She graduated from Denver Theological Seminary in 1989 after completing course work to earn her Masters of Divinity degree. She is in the process of completing her dissertation for a PhD in Leadership from Eastern University.
The Rev. Bell was ordained by the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1988. She has served churches in Oregon, Virginia and Tennessee where she most recently served as Business Administrator for the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis.
She has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards including the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Regional Board of the Christian Church in Tennessee and Christian Board of Publication. She has received training in coaching for New Church Pastors, Congregational Transformation and Conflict Management.
The Rev. Bell began her ministry with the Region of Georgia on March 29, 2014.
Regional Director of Women's Ministries: Betty Brewer-Calvert
Rev. Betty Brewer-Calvert has served as the Regional Director of Women's Ministries since January 2004. She is also the Director of Chaplain Ministries for Campbell-Stone Atlanta Retirement Communities. Betty is an active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Decatur.
Regional Director of New Church & Church Development: Richard Williams
A native of Brooklyn, NY and a fourth generation Disciple member, Richard
serves as the Senior Pastor at First Christian Church in Lawrenceville. Richard also contributes regionally on the Men’s Commission, and on the Leadership Initiative Team for Disciples Home Ministry.
Regional Co-Directors of Camp Ministries: Marilyn Parks & Pam VanDusen
Marilyn attends Lawrenceville First Christian Church and has been a life-long member there. She has been involved with Camp Christian as a youth, young adult, and now as a Co-Director. She is passionate about the Youth Summer Camp programs and has passed this on to her children & grandchildren.
Pam is a member of Warner Robins FCC, and is active in Regional ministries. She has been involved with Youth Camps since her children attended. Her grandchildren are now active. Her husband Stan is support of her enthusiasm for Camp Ministry. She retired as Administrative Assistant after 19 years serving the Regional Office.
Regional Co-Directors of Youth Ministries: Jackie Byrd, Carrie Norris, & Anna Strickland
Rev. Anna Strickland was born and raised in Goldsboro, NC and moved to Atlanta in 2015 to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University. While there, Anna was introduced to the Disciples of Christ by a fellow seminarian and began her time at First Christian Church of Decatur as a seminary intern in August of 2016. Anna is now the Associate Pastor at First Christian Church of Decatur working with their children, youth and young adult ministries. Anna has worked in youth ministry since she first volunteered to lead a devotion and discussion at age 14 and is excited to serve as a co-Regional Youth Director this year.
Carrie Norris is a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Watkinsville where she currently chairs the Christian Education Committee. Carrie has attended Regional Youth Assembly every year since 2004 serving in various capacities including Disciples on Campus college representative as well as small group leader. She has participated in the Youth Activities Council (YAC) as a high schooler, an adult sponsor, and now as a co-Regional Youth Director.
Jackie Byrd is a lifelong member of Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Watkinsville. She currently serves as a deacon and sings in the church choir. She has worked with youth in many capacities, from youth leadership to counseling and directing at Camp Christian. She has served as a co-Regional Youth Director since 2018.
Camp Christian Camp & Conference Center Manager: Tommy Freeman
As Camp Manager, Thomas (Tommy) Freeman is responsible for management, maintenance and security at Camp Christian Conference Center. He began at the Camp in 2011. His background includes stellar references and experience in running his own business as well as “handyman” experience.
Regional Executive Assistant & Office Manager: Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders, originally from Alabama, lives is Warner Robins with her husband and children. Prior to coming to Christian Church in Georgia, she dedicated more than 12 years working with Celebrate Recovery and other faith-based volunteer ministries in the area.