Laura has served as Associate Pastor of Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta since June of 2012. She is a graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and of Rhodes College, where she was a music major. Laura also served as pastor of churches in Virginia and Tennessee before moving to Georgia. From 2005-2012, she served on faculty of the Lovett School as religion teacher and chaplain. In 2006, her husband, Dr. John Jernigan, joined the Shallowford congregation and Laura became an active volunteer, leader, and choir member. Their three sons, Ben, Jeff, and Will were active members of the youth group and youth choir at Shallowford. Laura’s mother, Peggy Hollandsworth, joined Shallowford in 2008. Laura’s father, Rev. Ned Hollandsworth was also a part of our community until his death in 2011.
Laura is a deeply gifted minister, a joyful and grace-filled person, and a compassionate and caring pastor. We are fortunate to have her join our staff and pastoral team in the part-time position of Parish Associate for Congregational Care.