Aaron and his wife, Deana, came to Mount Vernon in June 2008. They have four children: Rachel, Jonah, Natalie, and Tori. They moved to Atlanta from Louisville, KY after Aaron completed his Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies and his Ph.D. in American Church History from Southern Seminary.
Prior to pastoral ministry, Aaron worked as a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield. After leaving his career in politics, he went on staff and served as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. While in seminary, Aaron served as an elder and interim pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church.
He is the author of Politics and Piety: Baptist Social Reform in America, 1770-1860 (Pickwick, 2014), and has contributed several articles to 9 Marks, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity.com, and the Kairos Journal. He is a visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta).
Aaron is the organizer and host of Feed My Sheep, an annual conference for pastors and church leaders in the Atlanta area. He also serves on the administrative team of the Greater Atlanta Baptist Network where he leads a monthly pastors fellowship.
Bryan grew up in Greenville, SC. He became a Christian through Young Life just before his senior year in High School. He played soccer at Montreat College for 2 years and transferred to complete his undergraduate degree at Gordon College, in Massachusetts. Bryan met his wife, Paige, at Gordon and was married in 1979. A year later Bryan began his graduate studies and completed his MBA while working at Montreat College in NC. In 1987, Pastor Jim Wood brought Bryan to Mount Vernon to oversee construction, administration, finance and recreation. Bryan was ordained to the pastoral ministry in 1991 and added the additional responsibility of helping oversee much of the missions outreach. He currently serves as Associate Pastor/Missions. Bryan and Paige have 5 children: Rachel, Sarah, Preston, Nathan, and Richard.
Brad is from Morristown, a small town in East Tennessee. He was raised in a Christian home. He graduated from Boyce College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2006. Prior to receiving his B.A., he completed an A.S. in Agricultural Business from Walter State Community College. He and his wife Candace were married in 2003 and have four children: Olivia, Eva, Nadia, and Greyson. Brad serves as the Associate Pastor/Administration overseeing the church’s operations, finances, facilities, and other general pastoral duties.
Dustin grew up in Lampasas, TX. He became a Christian as an undergraduate at Angelo State University. After college, Dustin spent a year working as a math teacher and then attended Southern Seminary in Louisville. After seminary, he spent two more years teaching math before moving to Atlanta and taking a grant administrator position at Georgia State University. Dustin joined the MVBC staff in March 2014. He and his wife, Jaime, have been members of Mount Vernon since 2011. They have three sons: Nathaniel, Timothy, and Daniel.
Children’s Ministry Director
Eric was born in Newport News, Virginia and lived in nearby Yorktown. After finishing college, Eric moved to Atlanta to begin an internship at a church where he met his wife Jennifer. The two married in 2009. Eric previously served on church staffs in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia working primarily in Children’s Ministry. Eric attended Saint Leo University and received a B.A. Business Management and an M.B.A. After finishing business school, Eric received an M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Eric and Jennifer have been members of MVBC since 2013, and welcomed a daughter to the family in 2014.
Executive Administrative Assistant
B.J. was born and raised in Victoria, TX. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. During college, he also met his wife Meg, and they were married in 2008. Soon after, they moved to Louisville, KY. During his time in Louisville, B.J. served on the staff of Third Avenue Baptist Church as an Administrator. He also worked in banking, commercial real estate, and technology sales. B.J. moved to Atlanta in November 2014 to join the staff at MVBC. He and Meg have four children: Ben, Ellie, Joseph, and Matthew.
Priscilla was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where her parents where missionaries. Her family moved to Bremen, GA when she was young, and she attended school there. Priscilla has a B.A. in English from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and has graduate work in Library Science at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. She worked as an outreach librarian at the Topeka/Shawnee Library and later, at the Lincoln City Library in Lincoln, NE. After moving to Virginia, Priscilla taught at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Preschool in Stafford. She and her husband, Rodney, have two adult children, Ben and Christina.
Children’s Ministry Assistant
Carolyn was born in New Orleans, LA but grew up in Atlanta. Carolyn became a Christian as a high school senior, which persuaded her decision to attend a Christian college, North Greenvile University. There she met her husband, Robert, while taking several of the same art classes. Carolyn and Robert live in Marietta with their two children, Adalina and Caden.
Choir Director/Music Assistant
Eric is from Stone Mountain, GA and has lived in Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Eric and his wife, Kimberly, married in 2011, and returned to the Atlanta area in April of 2014. He works as a sales associate and church consultant for Steinway Piano Galleries and serves on the staff of MVBC. Eric studied music at Palm Beach Atlantic University and theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as minister of music and worship in West Palm Beach, FL; Durham, NC; and Little Rock, AR. Eric and Kimberly live in Marietta with their two sons: Elijah and Sebastian.
Anne grew up in a suburb of Akron, OH. She traveled down south each summer to see her grandparents at their vacation home in Montreat, NC. Later, after years of vacationing in Montreat, she decided to attend Montreat College. After four years, she received a B.S. degree in Business with a minor in Accounting. While at Montreat, she met her husband Scott, a soccer player, who was recruited by Coach Bryan Pillsbury. It was Bryan who brought Anne to Mount Vernon to help with his new job as Business Administrator. Anne lives in Marietta. She and Scott have three children: Caleb, Ashley, and Sydney.
Biblical Counseling Intern
Andrea grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a Christian home. By God’s grace, she was called to repentance and faith at a young age. She attended the University of Tennessee where she majored in Accounting and Spanish. After working in the business and nonprofit sectors for several years, God gave her a desire to study God’s word more intensely and to use it to bring hope and grace to those in need of encouragement and care. This led her to pursue a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Masters College in Southern California. She is a certified biblical counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), an international organization that helps train Christians to fulfill their gospel responsibility as disciple-makers. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Darien, for over 9 years and they have been members of MVBC since early 2014.