Rev. Susan Haynes
A lifelong Presbyterian, Susan most recently completed an 18-month term as interim pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church. Prior to that, she served as Associate Pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell for 12 years. Susan was ordained in 2004, having left the business world to pursue her call to ministry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia State and a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. She lives in Roswell and is the mother of a daughter who is engaged to be married.
Minister of Worship and Arts
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.
Director of Ministry to Youth and Their Families
Elizabeth came to Mount Vernon in 1998 after working for Young Life and Faith Presbyterian Church. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and has a degree in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She enjoys theater, college football, music, reading, movies, and art.
Rev. 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.
Church Finance and Operations
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 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.
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 warehouse manager for an imprintable design stationary company. Jill has two sons, Matthew (Amber) and grandson, Brayden, who currently reside in Maui, HI, and Alex, residing in Atlanta. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, movies, and reading.
Lauren is an Atlanta native. She has a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing from Kennesaw State University. Her previous experience includes working for nonprofit organizations such as March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. She and her husband, Bryan, have been members of MVPC since 2016. They have a daughter, Cameron and two dogs, Kona and Cowboy. She enjoys movies, tennis, golf and spending time with friends and family.
Children’s Ministry Volunteer
Carrie grew up in Wayne, Pennsylvania, has a business degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a Physical Therapy degree from Georgia State University. Carrie currently works as a Physical Therapist for students with special needs in the Dekalb County School District. Carrie and her husband, Tim, joined MVPC in 1993. She has taught Sunday School, served as an Elder, and has been on the Children’s Ministry Team for many years. Carrie and Tim have a son and a daughter and two crazy dogs.
Nick Johns-Cooper is originally from Detroit, MI but has lived in the Atlanta area for most of his life. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and piano performance from Georgia State University. Nick began his piano studies at the age of five with Martha Melton, and in high school began studying organ with David Houston. He was also the drum major for his high school marching band, conducted the orchestras for the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, 1940′s Radio Hour, and Les Misérables, and played flute, drums, and acted in several other musicals. Nick plays keys and sings backup for the band, Brother Hawk, a bluesy southern-rock band that tours the US and Europe, and is happily married living in Decatur.