003aPastor – Will Scott

A native of the Carolinas and graduate of Davidson College (B. A.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Columbia Theological Seminary (D. Min.), Will came to Dalton in 2014 after working in congregational ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, Indiana. He leads worship, preaches, provides pastoral care, and moderates session, working alongside the members of First Presbyterian Church to support them in their ministries. He has served on various Presbytery and community boards, is a regular columnist for the Dalton Daily Citizen News, and is currently chairman of the board of the DEO Clinic, which provides healthcare to uninsured residents of Whitfield and Murray Counties. Will is married to Katie Scott, an ordained PC(USA) minister. Outside of working hours will enjoys racquet sports, hiking, good food, and reading—and most of all chasing kids Ellie, Margaret, and Peter around Dalton.

Director of Music – Adam Burnette

Adam Burnette is a professional musician who has enjoyed a rich and varied career over the course of the last twenty years. He has conducted professional orchestras in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. He has worked with opera companies and musical theatre touring companies in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland, and has accompanied Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning artists, recorded with his long-time friend and colleague, two-time Grammy-winner, Sylvia McNair, and held guest conducting/vocal coaching positions at universities and conservatories in Canada and Ireland. As a composer/arranger, his music has been played by the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Napa Valley Youth Orchestra, Carmel Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He was commissioned to compose an original score for a theatre performance during the 2012 UK City of Culture Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland. He has been a church musician his whole life.

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Office Manager – Erin Witt
Erin is a Dalton native who graduated from the State University of West Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.  After 11 years in the banking profession, she decided to take a few years off to be at home with her 2 sons, and then discovered she missed working.   If she’s not volunteering at the children’s school or at the ball field, Erin enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and kayaking.


Session

Our church is led by leaders elected from the congregation. We call them elders. They do everything from planning social events, to service projects, to teaching classes, to paying the power bill.

Current elders are:

Clerk of Session – Hilliard Jolly

Christian Education – Laura Goins

Congregational Life – Betty Steinmetz

Connection – Jean Lowrey

Facilities – Robert Smalley

Finance – Charles Allgood

Mission – Margaret Venable

Staff – Tate O’Gwin

Worship – Wesley Sanders