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Deborah Channell 

Administrative Assistant

SPC staff_Deborah EppingerDeborah Channell serves as the Administrative Assistant for Smyrna Presbyterian Church. Deborah grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, living there until she ventured to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Boyce College. She ultimately graduated from the institution with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and a minor in Business Administration.

Shortly after graduating, she became an Administrative Assistant at Brooks & LeBoeuf Attorneys at Law. She supported nine lawyers practicing in varying types of lawsuits, including Medical Malpractice, Employment, Personal Injury, and Nursing Home. In 2019, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to join a new start-up software company, OneTrust LLC. During her time with OneTrust, Deborah supported the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, and Chief of Staff.

Deborah became a member of SPC in 2021 and enjoys helping with the Children's Ministry.

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Tori Gilbert

Summer Youth Intern

SPC Summer Intern_Tori Gilbert
Tori Gilbert is currently a senior at the University of West Georgia, majoring in photography. She has been attending Grace Presbyterian Church in Douglasville for the past eight years and is a current member at the church. In her free time, Tori enjoys writing, singing, playing guitar, creating art and spending time with family and friends.

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Robbie Hines 

Facilities Manager

Robbie (Staff)Robert "Robbie" Hines is a native of Smyrna and joined Smyrna Presbyterian Church at the age of 12. He attended Fitzhugh Lee, Nash, and Campbell High Schools and graduated with a BS in Computer Science and minor in Law Enforcement. He married Barbara Lindsay from Hendersonville, NC in 1990 and they have two daughters, Lindsay-Kate & Tori. Rob's employment consisted of a Programmer/Analyst for 13 years and an Oracle DBA Manager for 15 years. He has served as both a Deacon and Elder at SPC. He enjoys gardening, Lake Country, hunting, fishing, and God's creation.

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Catherine MacGregor


SPC Staff - Catherine MacGregorCatherine MacGregor is no stranger the church. She is the daughter of Rob & Margarette MacGregor and grew up attending Smyrna Presbyterian Church with her family and using her musical talents to aid in worship services since childhood.

She is an incredibly accomplished orchestral player and has held leadership positions in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, The University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and The Brevard Symphonia. She is a founding member of the AGEV String Quartet and has collaborated with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, and Vega String Quartet. Catherine holds degrees in Violin Performance from Emory University (B.A.) and the University of Wisconsin- Madison (M.M.).

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Matthew Ramsey

Interim Music Director

Matthew Ramsey (staff photo)Matthew Ramsey (Matt) is the Interim Choirmaster for the Smyrna Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. The son of two musicians, Matt developed a passion for music at an early age. He cut his musical teeth on the French horn, guitar, and bass.  Matt also sang in various choruses and auditioned groups throughout high school and college, including the UGA Men’s Glee Club and the UGA Accidentals. He joined the SPC Chancel Choir in 2012 and was humbled to be a featured soloist in its performances of Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio

Matt was born in Tallahassee, Florida. After moving around the country, he returned to his familial roots of Georgia in 1997 and, like Lewis Grizzard, nailed his feet to the ground. Matt graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a degree in political science, graduated cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2010, and practices real estate and personal injury law at Wessels & Gerber, P.C. He married his wonderful wife, Julie, in 2011 and they welcomed their son Reno in 2015.  Matt enjoys cheering for his Bulldogs and Braves, reading, and traveling.

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Brian & Shelby Samuels 


SPC Staff - Brian & Shelby Samuels

Mr. and Mrs. Samuels have been serving the church as custodians for a little over a year. Originally as paid workers of an outside cleaning service, they were assigned to work at our church. They did such a wonderful job and were so endeared by the staff of the church and school that we have hired them directly as employees of the church.

Mrs. Shelby does the main cleaning during the day, and then is joined by her husband Brian in the evening once the church and school staff are gone.

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Claresa Smith

Media & Communications

Claresa Smith (staff photo)Claresa Smith is the Media & Communications Coordinator for Smyrna Presbyterian Church. Before taking on this position, she spent a brief time as one of the church’s Interim Administrative Assistants and a social media volunteer.

Claresa graduated from Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC) in 2003 with a B.A. in Mass Communications. While there, she worked as the news producer/announcer for the local radio station housed on campus. She later spent time at ClearChannel Radio (Charlotte, NC) as a studio software operator and fill-in traffic reporter. From there, she went on to produce local news for WYFF-TV (Greenville, SC) for nearly a decade. Meanwhile, she also wrote about faith and daily living in various Christian women's blogs and online publications.

Claresa and her husband, Devin, have three children. Both enjoy singing in the church choir, learning ballroom dance, and watching live music and sports.

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Kristin Soileau

Children's Ministries

SPC Staff_Kristin SoileauKristin Soileau serves as Coordinator for our Children's Ministries. She is no stranger to Georgia, having been born and raised in the state. In fact, her childhood passion for soccer allowed her the opportunity to play at Kennesaw State University, where she graduated in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Kristin went on to obtain her teaching credentials for Middle School Science, as well.

Kristin married her husband, Brandon, in 2017. They had their first daughter, Virginia, in 2018, and their second daughter, Audrey, in 2020. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

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Trey Weaver 

Director of Youth Ministry

SPC Staff - Trey WeaverTrey has been on staff with Smyrna Pres since August of 2021, formerly as a pastoral intern working with the youth and young professionals. Born and raised in the mountains near Lynchburg, VA, Trey moved to the Atlanta area after graduating college from the University of South Carolina—and is a huge fan of all Gamecock sports!

After selling insurance in Georgia and Alabama for 2 years, the Lord opened the door for Trey to become a pastoral intern here at SPC. He is currently studying at Reformed Theological Seminary in pursuit of his M.Div., in hopes of seeking ordination if the Lord so leads.

Trey loves music, the outdoors, and discipleship, and is excited to work with the covenant children of Smyrna Pres as youth director!

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