Alycia Schulz is the Administrative Assistant at Smyrna Presbyterian Church. She comes to us after working in private consulting for the past several years. Early in her career, she traveled extensively in North America and Europe, helping international firms develop and execute marketing, sales, and new business development strategies. She also has experience as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and serving as a room parent for the German track at the Atlanta International School (AIS) in Buckhead, and a community volunteer.
Alycia graduated with a BSBA from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She has one daughter, Nina-Nicole, who is a freshman English major at UGA. Alycia enjoys languages, literature, music, and nature.
Media & Communications
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 two children. Both enjoy singing in the church choir, learning ballroom dance, and watching live music and sports.
James Ogburn (Jim) was raised in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. He attended Emory University where he studied vocal performance. Early in his singing career, he toured, performing at small opera houses throughout Europe. He married dramatic soprano and Marietta native Lisa Burnette in 1978. They have three children - William, Matthew, and Stuart. He has been the choirmaster at Smyrna Presbyterian since October 1989. In the choir's repertoire is Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio, Honegger's King David, as well as many others. Jim's philosophy of church music is that all glory is given to God and we are only the vessel presenting beautiful music to His Glory! Deo Soli Gloria!
Accompanist / Organist
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Caleb Houck began playing piano in church at the age of eight. Caleb holds graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina. An active recitalist, he has appeared recently in performances at Steinway Piano Galleries Atlanta, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, City Winery Atlanta, Agnes Scott College Community Orchestra, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Emory University, Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Burgos International Music Festival (Spain), and Wiener Musikseminar (Austria). Caleb enjoys The New Yorker, fitness, foreign languages, and cats.
Catherine 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.).
Kristin Soileau serves as Nursery Coordinator for our Nursery Ministry. She was born and raised in Georgia, and her childhood passion for soccer allowed her the opportunity to play at Kennesaw State 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. She 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.
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.
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.