003aPastor – Will Scott

A native of the Carolinas and graduate of Davidson College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Will came to Dalton in 2014 after working in congregational ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, Indiana. Will enjoys preaching, teaching, and pastoral care—especially when it takes place over racquetball or at Dalton Brewing. He is currently working towards his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary, researching pastoral writing and memoir as a spiritual practice. He serves the church as Moderator of the Cherokee Presbytery Building Leaders Team; as a regular columnist for the Dalton Daily Citizen news; and as Chairman of the Board of the DEO Clinic, a non-profit health clinic that serves the uninsured in Whitfield and Murray Counties.

Outside of working hours will enjoys reading, cooking, and travel. You can often find him and wife Katie chasing kids Ellie, Margaret, and Peter, and golden retriever Zola around the parks and trails of the North Georgia hills.




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 senior at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN pursuing a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Politics and plans to attend graduate school to continue his studies in organ and sacred music. 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 – Betty Steinmetz

Connection – Pam Partain

Facilities – Robert Smalley

Finance – Julie Tharpe

Mission – Margaret Venable

Staff – Tate O’Gwin

Worship – Wesley Sanders