Anna George Traynham is originally from the small town of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Throughout her childhood, the Presbyterian church was an important part of her family’s life. She went to Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, to study music and Christian education. After graduation, she moved to Richmond, Virginia, to attend Union Presbyterian Seminary. While at Union, Anna worked for Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Richmond and obtained a graduate certificate in counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was the recipient of one of Union’s excellence in preaching awards and the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Graduate Fellowship. She spent several summers working for Montreat Conference Center, which has been an important place in her life and in her faith.
In 2014, Anna was called to serve Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta as a resident pastor, through a program funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Upon completion of the residency program, Central called Anna to stay as an associate pastor. When the congregation went through a series of pastoral transitions, Anna served as acting executive pastor and then acting head of staff. She has overseen the development and deepening of Central’s local and global mission programs, stewardship, new member engagement, operations ministry, and congregational vitality, among other things. Anna began a young adult ministry at Central, fostered a new small group ministry, and saw the congregation through seasons of transition with compassion and care. She is passionate about helping the church be a place where all people are invited into transformational community, with a particular eye for people on the margins.
Worship is at the heart of her call to ministry, and she has been recognized by the denomination as a gifted preacher and liturgist. Her liturgy is published in The Book of Common Worship, Call to Worship, the Connections commentary series, and Presbyterian Outlook, as well as multiple online publications, denominational resources, and PC(USA) conferences. Anna earned a master’s of business administration degree from The Citadel Graduate College through a distance learning program in December 2019. She has found that her MBA courses are incredibly relevant to leadership in the church.
Catherine joined the Shallowford staff in June 2014. She was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from Davidson College, where she studied religion and Spanish. After a year directing the seminar program of the Presbyterian United Nations Office in New York City, Catherine received a master’s in international relations from the University of Bristol, U.K., on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. She loved her three years at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Catherine began her ministry as the Lilly Endowment resident pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas, and then served as the associate pastor for young adults at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. In her free time, Catherine loves to dog-sit, read, and attend Zumba and spin classes.
Bradley, an Atlanta native, received a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion and behavior from the University of Georgia. Bradley began her ministry as the associate director of Youth and Family ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Wanting to explore her passions at the intersection of faith and health, Bradley received her Master of Public Health and Master of Divinity from Emory University while working full-time as Shallowford’s director of Youth and Programs ministries. The Reverend E. Bradley Kibler was ordained and installed on March 3, 2019, at Shallowford Presbyterian Church.
Laura is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and of Rhodes College, where she majored in music. She also served on the faculty at The Lovett School as the religion teacher and Chaplain. Laura is no stranger to Shallowford; along with her husband and three children, she joined the Shallowford congregation and became an active volunteer, leader, and choir member. Before joining staff, Laura served as associate pastor at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Landon A. Dillard was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was raised within the walls of First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, actively involved with a variety of aspects of the church, such as bell choir, youth group, local service projects, mission trips, and Montreat conferences. She graduated from Furman University with a BA in business administration. After a few years working in Charlotte, she felt called to ministry: she later attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree, Landon accepted a call to Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina, as their associate pastor for Christian formation, where she served for the last four years. Landon is a proud dog mom to a chocolate lab named Camden. She is also an identical twin, often confusing people (unintentionally) when they are together. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Emily joined the Shallowford team as director of Music ministries in 2008. In addition to her church work, Emily teaches at the Choristers Guild Institute and Encore Choir Camp and conducted the Georgia Statewide 6th Grade Honor Choir. She has presented workshops for ACDA, Choristers Guild, Fayette County Schools, and the One Song Church Music Conference. Emily attended Florida State University and received a bachelor’s degree in music education (voice) and holds the Choristers Guild Children’s Choir Leadership Certification.
Anne joined the Shallowford staff in July of 2018. She has had extensive youth and children’s choir experience over the past 25 years. Anne graduated from Florida State University, where she obtained a choral music education degree. She has a passion for seeing children learn and grow in their faith through making and experiencing music. She lives in Tucker with her husband and four boys.
A cradle Presbyterian, Sandra was born in Macon, Georgia. During her childhood and teen years, she moved with her family to suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, Kansas City, KS, and St. Louis, MO. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX where she received her BA in sociology. Upon graduation, Sandra got her first job in the hotel industry, a fast-paced profession which quickly “got into her blood” and became a long-term career. She has managed events for conventions, trade shows, incentive trips, and major sporting events that included 3 Super Bowls, 4 NCAA Final Four Tournaments, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and 13 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl games. She enjoys travel, both domestic and international, reading, and taking long walks and hikes with her canine companion, Tilly. Sandra is currently a member of Morningside Presbyterian Church where she has served as Elder.
NellHerring was born and raised in Mooresville, N.C., where her family has deep roots. Nell attended Furman University, where she studied communications and religion. In May, Nell will graduate with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in practical theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. Nell became a member at Shallowford shortly after moving to Atlanta in the fall of 2017. Nell is under the care of the Shallowford Session and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta as she pursues ordination in the PC(USA). At Shallowford, Nell can often be found leading middle school small groups or sipping coffee with the Pairs & Spares Sunday school class. Nell is beyond excited to be serving her home church this year as she continues to discern how God has called her to serve the church. When Nell isn’t working on her studies, she can be found with her nose in a book, snuggling with her cat, or eating chocolate ice cream.
Asia was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. There, she found a passion for ministry and biblical interpretation, and decided the next step was pursuing a Master of Divinity. Asia is currently pursuing this degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, with a concentration in scripture and interpretation and society and personality. As she continues to discern her next steps in ministry, Asia is excited at the opportunity to serve Shallowford as a seminary intern with her passion for pastoral care and Christian theology.
Meredith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary social science education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University. She is a former social studies teacher at Tucker High School and assistant principal at Meadowcreek and Tucker high schools. Meredith holds teaching certificates in social studies, leadership, and gifted education. She has been involved with Shallowford Presbyterian School since she was 11, when she volunteered during the Summer Fun camps. To learn more about SPS, visit the Shallowford Presbyterian School Website.