Rev. Barrett Durham Abernethy
A native Texan, Barrett was reared in the faith in small Presbyterian churches across the Lone Star State. He received a Bachelor’s in History from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master’s in History at the University of Alabama. While in Tuscaloosa, he worked for First Presbyterian and it was through this experience that he discerned a call to ministry. In 2010, he enrolled at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and received his Master of Divinity in 2013. His first church took him back to Alabama where he served the First Presbyterian Church, Livingston. He began his call at Mount Vernon in August 2019. Barrett is married to Braegan, a librarian at Georgia State University, and they have a daughter, Evelyn.
Director of Music
Having a passion for music, Matthias brings with him two decades of combined experience in sacred music, composition, and education. Before coming to Mount Vernon, he served in several churches as a tenor soloist, guitarist, composer, and guest conductor. His compositions were often broadcast on stations such as Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters and WSB.
An avid guitarist, Matthias performs in Duo Catanza. He is endorsed by the Italian guitar string maker, Aquila Corde Armoniche, along with KNA Pickups and Aiersi Guitars.
Matthias’ collegiate education includes undergraduate studies at Berry College and at Georgia State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music, along with graduate work at Boston University.
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 St. Louis, MO, then moved from the Midwest to New England and back to Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She moved to Atlanta in 1983, married, and has two grown children. Jonathan is in Construction Management in Atlanta and getting married next April. Heather is attending Candler School of Theology towards her Masters of Divinity. She was appointed by the Methodist Church in June to a small church in Cherokee County. Her ultimate goal is to become a Navy Chaplain. Debbie grew up in the Presbyterian Church with a father who was very involved as an Elder and mother who retired from the Presbyterian Church in Highlands, NC as church secretary. Debbie loves the outdoors and her favorite hobby is baking/cooking.
Terri is from Hiram, Georgia. She first came to Mount Vernon in 2015 and is currently the Assistant Director of Extended Day Programs of MVS. She joined MVPC as the Communications Coordinator in 2019. She has a daughter, Kieren, a dog, Bella, and a horse, Spirit. Terri enjoys water sports, camping, church, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in her church cafe with her daughter.