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 recently got married.
Interim Music Director
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.
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.
Won-Hee An is in high demand as an educator, pianist and church musician. In the fall of 2018, Ms. An was appointed to the faculty of Gwinnett Tech College where she teaches Music Appreciation courses. Before she moved to Atlanta, Ms. An taught at the Northeastern University where she taught courses on: Mozart, Musicianship (levels 1-4), Music Theory for Music Industry, and Faculty-led programs in Austria and South Korea as well as coaching chamber music groups, and giving private Piano lessons.
Ms. An has worked as the principal rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus as well as pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Also, she worked with guest conductors and soloists at the BSO. She has played recitals with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. An has performed extensively across the US and Europe at such venues as New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston’s Hatch Shell, Weil Hall Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard Theater. She recently appeared on Good Morning America, WCVB-TV Channel 5 live telecast from Jordan Hall, and Sundays with Liz Walker as the principal pianist of the Boston Children’s Chorus.
In a review of the Owen/An Duo’s New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, given as winners of the Artist International Auditions, the New York Concert Review proclaimed that Won Hee An’s playing “bespoke someone born to the keyboard” and that the duo played with “a tight knit ensemble that underscored individual freedom within the cohesion of mutuality”.
Ms. An received her Bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Master’s degree at the Juilliard School Graduate Diploma degree at the New England Conservatory and Doctorate from Boston University.