Joe B - CroppedDr. Joseph B. Martin IV

Senior Pastor/Head of Staff

The Reverend Joseph Bacon Martin IV joined on January 1st, 2009. Previously Dr. Martin (“Joe B.”) served as the Pastor and Head of Staff at Northside Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Joe B. is a native of North Carolina and graduated from Davidson College in 1989. He enrolled at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia where he graduated in 1995. After ordination, Joe B. served as an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville. He earned his Doctorate in Ministry at Union Seminary. His wife, Jodi, is currently serving as our Director of Children’s Ministry. They have two sons., Joseph and Benjamin.

IMG_9664TJ Shirley

Ministry Associate

TJ was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. He has served in various capacities in churches, including music ministry, youth ministry, and children’s ministry. TJ has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southeastern University and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has known his wife, Maggie, since middle school. She teaches music at the Atlanta Academy. They have one daughter, Brooke. TJ enjoys playing his trumpet, reading, football, and movies.

IMG_1419Elizabeth Small

Director of Ministry to Youth and Their Families

Elizabeth came to Mount Vernon in 1998 after nine years of serving as Director of Youth Ministries at Faith Presbyterian Church, as well as Area Director of Young Life, in Seminole, Florida. She has a degree in English from Vanderbilt University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Theology with an Emphasis on Youth Ministry from Fuller Seminary. Elizabeth was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Special interests include theatre, music, movies, tennis, football, and caring for her cats, Emma and Sam.

Rev. Jodi Martin

Director of Ministry to Children and Their Families

Rev. Jodi, is from Michigan, where she graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology. She attended PSCE where she met Joe B and obtained a Master in Christian Education. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister, graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary with her Master’s of Divinity, and served with Joe B as associate pastor for Christian Education at Northside Church. She began working at MVPC in 2011. She and Joe B. have two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

11800469_10204517849641293_4000440806315670585_nRev. Ricardo Green

Director of Spanish Ministries

Rev. Ricardo is originally from Honduras in Central America. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his Masters in Divinity. He was ordained as a Presbyterian (USA) minister in 1992. He has served in Florida, Brazil, and Tennessee before moving to Atlanta, Georgia,  in 2016. He is happily married and has three beautiful children.

Jim WingateJames M. Wingate

Minister of Music / Organist

An organist for more than 40 years, Jim has been involved in music administration, choral and orchestral conducting and arranging, teaching, and working as a recording engineer, record producer and studio musician. Prior to coming to Mount Vernon, he served as Minister of Music at three different Baptist and Presbyterian churches in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Jim has four children and seven grandchildren. Hobbies include amateur radio, computing, camping, and installing a Moller pipe organ in his home. He also serves as Director of Educational Technology for the Lovett School in Atlanta.

189859_100300603313739_5524315_nSteve Ray

Business Administrator

Steve was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, attended Michigan State University, and graduated with a B.A. in Advertising.  Steve has worked in 6 different industries during his career in companies ranging from Fortune 500 to startups in fields spanning Business Development to Operations.  His wife, Shelly, and two sons, Ethan and Aidan, have been members of MVPC since 2000.  Both boys attend Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.  He served on the Executive Committee for the Board of Trustees at MVPS for 8 years and has been Clerk of Session for MVPC for the last 4 years. He is an avid Spartan and college sports fan, loves traveling with his family, and doing outdoor activities.  His favorite things are playing tennis, giving back to the community, and running his vizslas.

Yvonne White

Financial Secretary

Yvonne White was born in Hollandale, MS. She graduated from Mississippi Delta College and later moved to Atlanta, GA for better career opportunities. Yvonne and her husband, Walter, were high school sweethearts and have 2 sons: DeVonta’ and Dalvin. She has worked with children for over 20 years serving as a Team Mom for her boys school and summer traveling sports teams. In her leisure time she enjoys watching her boys play basketball, attending church, traveling and spending time with  friends and family.

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Jill Thompson

Administrative Assistant

Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Jill was raised in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Atlanta in 1966. She attended West Georgia College and The University of Georgia majoring in Primatology. Before coming to MVPC, she worked as an administrative assistant for an architectural firm and as office manager for an imprintable design stationary company. Jill has two sons, Matthew and Alex, who currently reside in Maui, HI and a beloved and very loyal German Shepherd, Xena. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, movies, reading, and music.