003aPastor – Will Scott
A native of the Carolinas and graduate of Davidson College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Will came to Dalton after working in congregational ministry in Pittsburgh, PA and Indianapolis, IN. He is passionate about all kinds of ministry: worship, preaching, music, pastoral care, teaching, and service. And he loves working alongside the friendly people of First Presbyterian Church, Dalton.

Outside of working hours will enjoys reading, cooking, and travel. You can often find him and wife Katie chasing their daughters Ellie and Margaret and golden retriever Zola around Lakeshore Park.




Director of Music – Trent Whisenant

A north Georgia native, Trent Whisenant joins First Presbyterian Church, Dalton after serving as organist at First United Methodist Church, Chatsworth. Having studied piano since the age of four, Trent has studied under numerous instructors in the disciplines of organ performance and music theory.

Trent is currently a student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA pursuing a B.S. in Public Policy and plans to attend law school. Outside of work and school, Trent enjoys volunteering, reading, and exploring different cultures.




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.





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 – Jo Beth Thompson

Congregational Life – Annelle Scott

Connection – Pam Partain

Facilities – Robert Smalley

Finance – Julie Tharpe

Mission – Margaret Venable

Staff – Tate O’Gwin

Worship – Jeane Jones