Jeff Hamm, PhD
Dr. Hamm (Jeff) was born in Germany and adopted by an American couple stationed there with the U.S. Army. His parents also adopted a daughter of Polynesian descent. Jeff thus experienced the diversity of growing up in a bi-ethnic family. He has lived in Europe and Asia—in addition to multiple states in America—plus toured over a dozen foreign countries.
Jeff graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Mathematics (1990). Afterward, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years but separated at the rank of captain in order to pursue the call to ministry. He attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi where he received the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree for ordination. Jeff then enjoyed the pleasure of serving as the pastor of the Thomson–Memorial Presbyterian Church in Centreville, Mississippi, for four years. He was also honored to serve as the pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, Alabama, for ten years.
Most recently, Jeff earned the Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (est. 1495). His dissertation—in the field of presupposition apologetics—was published as a book entitled Turning the Tables on Apologetics: Helmut Thielicke’s Reformation of Christian Conversation (Eugene: Pickwick, 2018). Jeff has also accomplished additional research on the doctrine of Christ’s descent into hell. His unique contribution on the matter, challenging 500 years of Reformed interpretation, was published in the Westminster Theological Journal (“Descendit: Delete or Declare? A Defense against the Neo-Deletionists.” WTJ 78 : 93-116).
Jeff gives glory and thanks to God for Kelly, a true companion in his pilgrimage on this earth; and for their four children, Joshua, Hunter, Luke and Betsy, whose lives and love are a shelter in the storm and stress of his very existence.
My excitement about serving as the Pastor for Congregational Life comes from a great desire to see people gain a deeper understanding of God’s grace and reach out with that grace to our community. In my ten years as a youth pastor and nine years as an associate pastor at ChristChurch, I believe the Lord has given me a heart for shepherding and discipleship, and a real passion for the next generation.
Coming from a broken home, I came to know the Lord at a young age and have been influenced greatly by many godly people, including family members, teachers & coaches, Young Life leaders, youth group leaders, friends & mentors. After graduating from Anderson University in 1986 and spending 5 years in retail management, the Lord confirmed a desire to be in full-time ministry in the summer of 1991. While serving as a youth pastor, I completed my graduate studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1995.
The last several years have been a time of amazing growth in Christ and movement toward self-awareness and God-awareness. I believe the Lord has led my wife of 19 years, Paulette, and me on an incredible journey of our hearts. He has taught me much about myself, but more importantly, much about Him, exposing my idols and showing me His grace, His goodness, and His sovereignty. There have been times of struggle and difficulty, but a sense of wonder and “awakening” as well, with a new discovery and understanding of God’s grace and what that really means in our lives. It is truly irresistible and it’s truly amazing! Through the privilege of being a father to two incredible daughters, the Lord is redeeming my own experiences and revealing His character as I become more and more dependent on Him.
A Great Desire
Ministry in God’s church, many times, involves deep personal struggle. Nevertheless, I have a great desire to deepen my personal relationship with the Lord and glorify Him with my work, for I “continue to work out [my] salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in [me] to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Phil. 2:12-13)
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Drew grew up all over the US as an Army brat before settling down in Huntsville, Alabama in high school. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he served in lead and staff pastor roles with churches in Illinois and Mississippi, in addition to five years as an active-duty Navy chaplain in Japan and Seattle, Washington.
Drew is a graduate of Auburn University (BS), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Johns Hopkins University (MBA). He and his lovely wife, Janel, have four children and reside in East Cobb. When not at the church or spending time with his family, Drew enjoys playing tennis, backpacking, and exploring his new hometown of Atlanta.
Abe hails from Warner Robins, GA but moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech. As a sophomore he found a role leading music for campus ministry meetings and conferences. Around the same time, he providentially began attending a newly-planted church in Buckhead called ChristChurch which became his first introduction to the reformed faith and the historic beauty of Christian hymnody.
After graduating he took a corporate job but stayed involved in church music while working towards a music degree from Georgia State. During this time, an old ChristChurch friend introduced him to Bethany, who shortly became his wife and favorite collaborative pianist.
In 2010 Abe and Bethany moved to India to teach music and drama at an international boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. There they learned how broad and multifaceted the Church is, how beautiful big mountains are, and how delicious Tibetan food can be. Before returning to the states in 2016 he earned an MA in Psychology of Music from the University of Sheffield.
Once back in Atlanta, Abe taught at a local school before joining the staff at ChristChurch in 2019. He counts it an unexpected joy to once again serve a congregation in the worship of their God and he is thankful to be a part of a church that celebrates the art of the city and the diverse musical gifts of the congregation. Abe lives in East Atlanta with his wife and three perfectly-behaved children, Caroline, Sam, and Scarlett. In his free time, he does house projects but dreams of riding his bike.
Kutania is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and has served in ministering to youth and young adults for over 18 years with her husband Brian of 19 years. She and her husband share a love for music and have recorded several underground musical projects with a style of hip hop alternative and contemporary worship for the local congregation. Their message is to bring hope to the broken hearted and encouragement to strengthen the weak. Kutania and her husband have two lovely daughters, Kenya age 17 and Zionne age 10 and they reside in Powder Springs, Georgia.
Kutania has received her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice University and has served in children's ministry for over six years. She has a passion for reaching the next generation while leading them and their families in a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Her two favorite passages of Scripture are Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” and Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” To her, these are messages of hope to all people for knowing they have purpose and knowing they are loved by God. Kutania finds joy in giving endless energy, honesty, creativity and resilience to the next generation in helping them to discover their part in God’s story.
Katy is a Georgia native, born in Macon and raised in Atlanta, having graduated high school from Pace Academy. She earned a BA in Spanish from Furman University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University and has worked as a pediatric RN for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since 2007.
Katy and her husband, Paul, started attending ChristChurch in 2005, the same summer they were married. Together with Paul, she has served in the children’s ministry for 11 years in various capacities, most recently as the Preschool Coordinator. In this role, Katy is passionate about teaching children about God through His living and active Word. In addition, she feels a strong desire to help equip parents in their God-given roles to disciple the children within their home to know and love Jesus. Katy’s three children, Mary Frances, Margaret, and George, are a strong motivating force to reach ChristChurch’s children for the glory of God and the joy of the next generation.
Karen is a CPA who joined the ChristChurch staff in December 2016. A native of metro Atlanta, she earned a BS in Management with an Accounting minor from Georgia Tech. After graduation, Karen's career has included tax and audit work with several public accounting firms and traveling internationally for BellSouth as an Internal Auditor. Karen enjoys her role as an accountant for a ministry-minded team.
Together, Karen and her husband Greg have two daughters and reside in East Cobb. As a family, they have been active members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church for 17 years. When not at church or work, they enjoy attending Georgia Tech sporting events, high school sporting events, and walking their dog at the Chattahoochee River.
Carl is originally from Birmingham, Alabama where he began his career in facility management at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. After 5 years, he then moved to Atlanta where he served at the Perimeter Presbyterian Church for 15 years. Carl has been at ChristChurch since 2002. When not putting out fires at the church, he enjoys bowling, lifting weights, and dreaming of Christmas.
Lisa joined the ChristChurch staff as Administrative Assistant in June 2018 and moved into the Office Administrator role in July 2019. A native of metro-Atlanta, she graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Lisa has been attending ChristChurch since 2010. During her school years she worked in different administrative roles and went into her degree program feeling God’s leading to work in the non-profit world. Lisa married fellow CCP member Matt Griscom in August of 2019.
Rebecca grew up in Zambia, Africa and moved to the suburbs of Chicago, IL during high school. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Art and a focus in Studio Painting. Upon graduation, she moved to downtown Chicago where she worked as the Image Specialist for an illustration studio.
After four cold Chicago winters, Rebecca moved to Atlanta for more sun and became the studio assistant to a successful Atlanta painter. The time spent working in his art studio proved to be invaluable for learning how to run an art business. After three years, Rebecca left to pursue her own fine art. She continues to paint and sell her art online, while also working as the Arts and Media assistant for ChristChurch.