Our Staff

Russ Masterson, Senior Pastor

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russFamily: wife, Kristy. Three little girls, Josie, Izzie, and Greta Mae.
Education: BBA in Marketing from UGA. MDIV from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Background: Associate Pastor at The Church of the Apostles
Theology: grace-centric, Reformation founded
Publishing: 40 Days Without Food: divine goodness for a starving soul (2011 / Tyndale House); Adao’s Dance: a search for meaning and peace (2015 / JIG House)
Music: Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, most things Passion
Movies: yes please
Saturdays: family hike, nap, more of something outdoors, dinner and a movie
Favorite things: a good story, friends, and cookies

*Russ also oversees Student Ministry for 6th through 12th grade.

Sam Heilig, Director of Worship

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samFamily: Wife, Rachel; Son, Samuel
Education: BBA in Finance from UGA
Background: Volunteer worship music leader at Classic City Church in Athens, GA.
Recordings: Something to Live For (2011), Broken Branches (2014), The Forest in the Trees (2018), Come Down (2018)
Music: Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Van Morrison, The Lone Bellow, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, All Sons and Daughters, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Ellie Holcomb, Cory Asbury, OutKast… anything and everything
Movies: Similar to music… anything with a good story!
Saturdays: Usually playing music at a Young Life camp somewhere around the southeast. If not, hanging out with Rachel and Samuel.
Favorite Things: Friends, UGA football, a great song, pizza.

Annie Petrella,
Administrative Assistant & Children’s Ministry Director

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Family: Youngest of five. Aunt to ten nieces and one nephew
Education: BA in English from the University of Georgia
Background: Five years experience as a preschool teacher for 3 year olds
Music: John Mayer, OneRepublic, and Adele
Movies: I’m more of a tv show marathon kind of girl
Saturdays: Some extra sleep, coffee, organizing, and relaxing
Favorite things: Reading, Pinterest, Starbucks, and UGA football