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Our Staff

Pastor:  Pastor Tim Locke  

Tim grew up here in Roswell, and then went to South Carolina for college and seminary. His pastoral ministry began in 1994, as Youth Pastor and overseeing College and Children's ministry. From there he served as lead pastor of a church in Adrian, Michigan, and then spent six years pastoring in New Jersey. He and his family have been at ECPC for the past three years. Tim is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He and Debbie met in college and married in 1995. They have four children: David, Rebecca, Matthew, and Jonathan. As a family, they love spending time together creating memories.




Pastor of Shepherding and Discipleship: Pastor Paul Owens

Paul joined our staff in 2013 as Director of Care & Counseling. Paul and his wife, Rhoda, are native Georgians. With their children, Daniel and Anne, were very young, Paul moved his family to Jackson, MS. There, he studied & received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Paul has served  as a missionary in Budapest, Hungry and short term missionary in Russia. Most recently, Paul has been taking Clinical Pastoral Education courses of study to hone his skills in pastoral care. He is the proud father-in-law of Justin Reynolds and Vanessa Owens, and he is Papi to Kadence, Riley and Wyatt.



Director of Student Ministries: Jordan Ross

Jordan Ross joined ECPC as the Director of Student Ministries in August of 2017, and he oversees the Jr. and Sr. High Youth Ministries. He has been in Youth Ministry since 2005 and served at two churches in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to Marietta. He graduated from Covenant College in 2002 and is close to finishing his Master of Arts in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. Both he and his wife, Jessica, are originally from Chattanooga, TN, were married in 2006, and have two children, Cameron & Ella. When not spending time with family or students, Jordan enjoys any athletic activity, being outdoors, traveling the world, and reading history books.




Student Ministry Intern: Jarrod Hoffman

I graduated from Covenant College with a degree in math. I enjoy  reading books and drinking coffee. My favorites are Harry Potter, anything Ender's Game, and classics like To Kill A Mockingbird. I love being outside and playing soccer, spikeball, and slack lining (even though I'm not very good), or anything sport related. I also love students and desperately wish to see them experience the fathomless wealth of knowing Christ.



East Cobb Christian School Administrator: Teresa Staley  

Teresa has been involved with the school in various capacities for the last twenty years.  She has taught kindergarten, fifth grade, and middle school.  After completing her Masters of Educational Leadership degree at Covenant College in 1998, she served as principal over third through fifth grades at Perimeter School for two years. She has been principal of East Cobb Christian School for seven years.  Teresa and her husband Errol have two adult children, Amanda and Chris. They also have two grandsons. Teresa and Errol have also taught twos and threes for many years.





Finance and Information Technology Manager: Debbie Serro  


Debbie joined the staff in 2009 as the Finance and Information Technology Manager.  She provides financial and technical services to both ECPC and ECCS as well as administrative oversight for the church management software. She has over 20 years of accounting and information technology experience with a degree in Computer Management. She has served as Finance Manager for other churches prior to coming to East Cobb. She lives in Marietta with her husband Marty, and two daughters. They are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.





Assimilation Coordinator: Ted Robinson  

Ted joined our volunteer staff in January 2009, after retirement allowed more time for leading our welcoming and greeting ministry with his wife Patty. Ted worked 28 years with IBM in marketing support and education, then 10 years as a contractor, before a 5-year stint in landscaping. Ted holds a B.A. in Math from Vanderbilt University and a diploma in Landscape Management from North Metro Technical College. A ruling elder at ECPC since 1992, he also assists in shepherding and administration. Ted and Patty have three adult children and eight grandchildren.





 Facilities Manager: Dennis Carter  

Dennis joined the ECPC staff in January 2010, serving as Facilities Manager. Dennis is also an active member of the Deacon Ministry Team. He and his wife Sheryl have four adult children.








Director of Children's Ministries: Marjorie Swierenga  

Marj joined our staff in July 1999.  She uses her love for children, her teaching background and her spiritual gifts of teaching and administration to lead and develop our ministry to children. Her educational experience includes a B. A. in Secondary Education and a major in English from Calvin College. Her teaching experience includes teaching high school and middle school students in Florida and Georgia. She has taught students with a variety of gifts and needs, including students in an ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages), students with special learning needs and adult learners. Marj and her husband Jon have four children: Rachel (in college), Deena (in college), Andrew (in high school) and Matthew (in elementary school).



Children's Ministry Assistant: Christina Fisher

Christina joined our staff in 2017. Christina and her husband, Justin, grew up in Northeast Georgia where they met in high school and married after college. They have been members of ECPC since moving to the Marietta area in 2011 and have four young kids. Christina has served in ministry to children through Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Community Bible Study, and in homeschooling her own children. She has a passion for helping kids see the gospel in fun and exciting ways, and feels most at home talking about Jesus in outrageous costumes, crazy wigs, and through silly games.




Church Administrator: Donna Minday   

Donna joined our staff in August 2001. Donna and Mark Minday (ECPC elder) moved from Greenville, SC in 1990, and have been members of East Cobb Presbyterian Church almost that entire time. Donna has served on the WIC Council at ECPC for five years, Director of Nurseries for ten years, and has assumed the responsibilities of Church Administrator in November 2010. Mark and Donna have four daughters Emily Mitchell, Rachel Bailey, Laura Kate, and Hannah; and two wonderful sons-in-law, John and Davis. They have no grandchildren, yet, but their young German Shepherd, Duke, keeps them busy.