Shelli was ordained August 7, 2005 in the Northeast Georgia Presbytery. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English from Converse College in 1996. She received her M.DIV. from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2005. Shelli has a great passion for worship seeking to make it multi-sensory and engaging of the whole person. She is also passionate about serving God’s most vulnerable children and has a particular call to advocacy. Shelli, whose first call was to youth ministry, has a great love for engaging teens and children in the church, and has a soft-spot for intergenerational ministry. When not in the church building, Shelli spends a lot of time pounding the pavement in her running shoes, hammering something or other in her work-in-progress home, watching old episodes of West Wing, and planning adventures. Pastor Shelli can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
Barrett Payne, the Director of Youth Ministry, is in his final year of the Master of Divinity program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Barrett, his wife, and their three children lived in Asheville, NC prior to moving to GA. He received his bachelor degree from NC State University. Barrett can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at 404-875-7591 (x102).
Rachel Mathews, DHPC’s pastoral intern, is a second year student in the Master of Divinity program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Rachel graduated from the University of Alabama with an Electrical Engineering degree and worked in engineering before starting seminary. Rachel and her husband live in Decatur. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404-875-7591 (x105).
Dr. Michael Fuchs is Director of Music Ministries. Mike graduated with a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the Director of Choral Activities at Clayton State University. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at 404-875-7591 (x104).
Cliff Frierson, DHPC’s organist, works with A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company out of Lithonia, GA. His hobbies include songwriting/composition and making stained glass windows. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404-838-9640.
Danielle Wilson, DHPC’s Office and Facilities Manager, is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition to her work at DHPC Danielle has two small businesses. Danielle and her daughter live in downtown Decatur. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at 404-920-8987.
Elizabeth Soileau Acton, DHPC’s Interim Communications Director, has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Presbyterian College, a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia. Elizabeth, her husband, and their two children live in Lilburn. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404-875-7591 (x103).