Deborah Channell grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, living there until she ventured to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Boyce College. Shortly after graduating, she became an Administrative Assistant at Brooks & LeBoeuf Attorneys at Law where she supported nine lawyers. In 2019, she moved to Atlanta 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.
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 of the church. In her free time, Tori enjoys writing, singing, playing guitar, creating art 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 before heading to college. He ultimately graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science. Robbie spent 13 years as a Computer Programmer/Analyst and 15 years as an Oracle DBA Manager before joining Smyrna Pres full-time. He has also served the church as both a Deacon and Elder. When he is not working or serving, he enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing, Lake Country, and God's creation. Robbie has been married to his wife Barbara since 1990 and they have two daughters, Lindsay-Kate and Tori.
Interim Music Director
As the son of two musicians, Matthew "Matt" Ramsey 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, but his familial roots are in Georgia. And when he returned in 1997 after moving around the country, like Lewis Grizzard, he nailed his feet to the ground. Matt currently practices real estate and personal injury law at Wessels & Gerber, P.C. He is married to his wonderful wife, Julie, and they have one son, Reno. Matt enjoys reading, traveling, and cheering for the Braves and his alma mater's Bulldogs.
Brian & Shelby Samuels
Mr. and Mrs. Samuels have been serving the church as custodians for quite some time. 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.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Claresa Smith started working at SPC after spending a brief time as one of the church’s Interim Administrative Assistants and a social media volunteer. Claresa graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications and spent more than a decade working in both radio and television news. 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.
Children's Ministries Coordinator
Kristin Soileau 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.