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, 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