David grew up in Anderson, SC, in the shadow of the textile mill where his father worked as plant manager. In the mill village he learned about hard work, league softball, church picnics, neighborhood hospitality, and front porch story tellers. At age nineteen, David got his first job running a church youth program and took his father’s work ethic and sense of the southern parish into the pastorate. Along the way, he met Carrie Richards from Ada, Michigan and convinced her to give up cold winters for hot summers and join him on the coast of South Carolina. David has served Macland as pastor since August 1, 2016. He and Carrie live in Powder Springs with their children, Cayla (a Senior at Berry College), Abbie (a Senior at Hillgrove High), and Nathan (a Hillgrove High Freshman). David is the author of eight books and collections. David’s professional history is available on Linkedin. More about David’s books can be found at www.amazon.com/author/dwjones
Lauren has been working at Macland since the summer of 2011. Lauren is originally from Columbia, SC. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in business. She and her husband currently live in Acworth with their new baby.
Carol is a native Georgian. She was a member of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church for many years, participating and/or leading the music department for many years. She is now a member of Macland PC and remains true to her life of music. She has also participated in the Christmas at the Keyboards Concert held in Mableton, GA for the past 10 years. Carol has a BBA degree in Accounting and is currently employed as Controller for a group of Motorcycle/ATV dealerships in the metro Atlanta area.
Garrett grew up here at Macland with his family. He was at Macland from age 5-19. He was the Youth Leader and Assistant to the Youth Director for the Middle and High School group at Providence Presbyterian Church in Dallas, GA for 3 years. He was then promoted to Youth Director at Providence for 5 years. Garrett graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and is currently working on a Masters of Social Work at UGA. He hopes to give the Macland Youth the same wonderful experiences he had growing up.