Rev. Barrett Durham Abernethy
We are excited to announce the call of Rev. Barrett Durham Abernethy as our next pastor. Barrett begins his ministry at Mount Vernon August 5th with his first Sunday service on August 11th at 10:00 AM. Barrett, his wife Braegan, and two-year old daughter Evie come to us from First Presbyterian in Livingston, Alabama. Barrett’s seminary work was at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. A native Texan, Barrett’s undergraduate degree is from Hardin-Simmons University. He earned a MA degree from the University of Alabama, and his M.Div. degree from Austin Seminary.
Interim 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.
Interim Director of Congregational Care
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.
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.
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 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.
Terri is from Hiram, Georgia. She is new to MVPC. She first came to Mount Vernon in 2015, as a teacher and is currently the Assistant Director of Extended Play Programs of MVPS. She has a daughter, Kieren, a dog named, 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.