Rev. Dr. Nathan LaShoto, Senior Pastor
Nathan LaShoto grew up in White County and has served churches in Gainesville and Claxton, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of North Georgia and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Nathan received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Mercer University.
Even at 34 Nathan has had a lot of life experience. He worked as a Merchant Marine on a container ship out of high school and later worked for a company that builds cell phone towers. He put himself through seminary working on an urban farm in Atlanta and worked with immigrant populations in Clarkston, Georgia.
LaShoto has a heart for people of all backgrounds – meeting people where they are in life.
“I think that is what God has called us to do, find people in the neighborhoods where they are and love them to Christ,” he said.
Nathan and his wife Kristen enjoy hiking, biking, and walking their dogs Ruthie the Labrador retriever and Tanner the cocker spaniel.
Rev. Randy LeBlanc, Minister of Worship & Music
Randy grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana, a small town 60 miles north of New Orleans. His family was actively involved in Calvary Baptist Church where he learned of the love of Jesus in a caring community of faith. Musical influences in his life included the church graded choir program, playing in the band, and a musical family. The call to church music ministry came while serving as music director of a small country church during his high school senior year.
While majoring in church music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Randy met Cecelia Patterson. Now married for 49 years, they have three children. Jennifer works in Raleigh for Red Hat Technology in leadership development and has two children, Jacob and Grace. Jason, general manager of The Waterfall Club at Lake Burton, is married to Amy and they have two daughters, Allie and Maddie. Jon is employed with BHP Billiton as a strategy manager and is married to Lizzie. They have a son, Noel, and are presently living in Singapore.
In 1990, Randy completed his Masters of Music degree at Baylor University and in 1997 did further post graduate studies in conducting at University of North Texas. He served churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and now Georgia for a total of 46 years. He is also licensed as a financial advisor.
When not making music or advising financial clients, Randy loves to hike and photograph the beautiful landscape of Northeast Georgia. He and Cele enjoy travel, spending time with family and friends, and gardening.
Sheila Thomason, Bookkeeper and Minister Assistant
Carol Hasty, Church Secretary
Becky Hughes, Communications Ministry Assistant
Wade Hasty, Facilities Manager