Aaron Menikoff

Senior Pastor

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.

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Brad Thayer

Associate Pastor/Administration

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 Butts

Associate Pastor/Equipping

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 2014, and serves as the Associate Pastor/Equipping overseeing family ministry, membership, and adult education. He and his wife, Jaime, have three sons: Nathaniel, Timothy, and Daniel, and one daughter, Annie.

Jeffrey Timmons

Assistant Pastor/Missions

Jeffrey is from Sandy Springs. He was raised in a Christian home. He graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2018. Prior to receiving his M.Div., he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from The University of Georgia. Jeffrey is currently working on a Ph.D. in Old Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jaynie were married in 2017. Jeffrey serves as the Assistant Pastor/Missions and oversees the church’s missions, evangelism, and service of other churches.


Zack DiPrima

Assistant Pastor

Zack grew up in a Christian home in South Florida. He came to faith at ten years old under the preaching of faithful pastors. Zack studied finance at Anderson University and worked in business for several years. After college, he and his wife, Erin, were members of Mount Vernon for three years until they moved to Winston-Salem to plant Emmanuel Church. In recent years, Zack completed his M.Div. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also working on a Ph.D. in Church History. Zack returned to Atlanta in 2021 to join the staff of Mount Vernon. He is married to Erin, and they have two children: Ezra and Ada.

Jim Clayton

Financial Assistant

Jim grew up near Decatur, GA and became a Christian while attending Briarcliff Baptist Church. He received a BSHS and MBA from Georgia Tech. He and his wife Terry have been members at Mount Vernon since the late 1980s. Prior to joining the MVBC staff in 2018, Jim worked in banking, taxes, and accounting. Terry and Jim have two adult children.

Hannah Ragan

Children’s Ministry Director

Hannah grew up in Canton, Georgia, and became a Christian in high school. She graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2021 with a BBA in Management and a certification in nonprofit management. Hannah serves as the Children’s Ministry Director, helping Mount Vernon partner with parents to show the next generation the way of Christ. Hannah was married to her husband Alex in 2023. 

Daniel Sanderson

Operations & Facility Director

Daniel lived in St. Peters Missouri until high school, when his family moved to Marietta, Georgia. He attended Georgia Southern University and graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Philosophy. While in college, Daniel was actively involved in Campus Outreach – which is where he met his wife, Chelsea. Upon graduation, they got married and moved to Singapore to minister among college students. After returning to metro-Atlanta in 2015, they became members at Mount Vernon. Daniel worked as a certified Home Inspector until joining staff as the Operations and Facilities Director in 2021. He and Chelsea have three children: Remy, Mack, and Winona.

Madison Strickland

Ministry Assistant

Madison is from Peachtree City, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education. Madison and her husband, Joseph, live in Dunwoody, Georgia.


Jena Coen

Ministry Assistant

Jena was born in Key West, Florida and moved to Atlanta a few months later. She became a Christian at a young age and God gave her a love for serving children and their families. Jena joined Mount Vernon in 2010. She is a full-time seamstress and lives in Lilburn with her three rescue dogs.

Kaki Davis

Ministry Assistant

Kaki grew up in a Christian home in metro Atlanta. She graduated from Auburn University with a BSBA in Finance in 2012. After college, Kaki worked in marketing and project management. She and her husband, Will, live in Marietta with their daughter, Sibby, and son, Chip.

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