Rev. Susan Haynes

Interim Pastor

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 recently got married.

TJ Shirley

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.

Elizabeth Small

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.

Steve Ray

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.

Mike Gillespie

Director of Christian Education


Mike is a life-long Presbyterian who retired from a 35 year career as a certified associate educator in the PCUSA.  He is coming out of retirement to serve as Director of Christian Education to develop a comprehensive approach to Christian education. He and his wife Gloria live in Dunwoody after moving to the area in 2016 from Central Florida. His hobbies include numerous DIY projects, reading, fishing, and especially nature photography.

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.

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 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 McClintock

Communications & Membership Coordinator

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 working out, reading, walking, movies, tennis, and spending time with friends and family.