A Message from the Pastor Nominating Committee
The Pastor Nominating Committee is excited to introduce the Rev. Anna George Traynham as Shallowford’s next senior pastor and head of staff. Anna inspired us with her passionate preaching, impressed us with her thoughtful liturgy, encouraged us with her dedication to mission, and touched us with her gift for building relationships. Our prayer from our first PNC meeting was to ask the Spirit to lead us to the pastor God has chosen, and we unanimously agree that God has called Anna to lead Shallowford forward in ministry and mission.
Pastor Nominating Committee
Laura Bishop, John Bogle, Thurston Cooke, Katie Kilch,
Jenni Mathis, Diane Prucino, Bob Smithers, and Jay Turney
About The Traynhams
Anna and Blake grew up in neighboring towns and met in the seventh grade. They were prom dates Anna’s junior year, and they have been inseparable since. They both love to run, hike, travel, spend time on the lake, and explore the amazingly diverse cuisine Atlanta has to offer. They bought a house in Medlock Park in 2018, with no idea that Anna would be called to a church so close by!
Anna loves to grow vegetables, bake pies, read books, listen to podcasts, and write. She often writes original prayers on her blog, andalsowithyou.blog.
Blake is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Charleston is his favorite place on the globe. He is a Presbyterian pastor, and he has been serving as a chaplain at Grady Memorial Hospital since 2014. Anna’s sister and brother-in-law are both Presbyterian pastors, as well, serving churches in the Charlotte Presbytery. Church conferences are a family affair!
Anna’s parents still live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. During football season, you will often find the whole family under a Clemson tailgate tent.
Listen to Recorded Sermons
The Gospel of Milk and Bread
Hymn to Sing
Catching Up with the Spirit
This is Central: Liberation is Central
Some things sound just too good to be true, and that was the case for me when I learned that the gifted, visionary Anna Traynham was being called to serve as Senior Pastor at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, one of the healthiest and most faithful congregations I know.
At Union, Anna was an excellent student and received the preaching and worship awards, as well as a graduate fellowship, when she graduated in 2014. Just this past May, she served as the worship leader at Union’s prestigious Sprunt Lecture Series, where noted scholars speak annually. Creative liturgy is a special interest of hers.
My husband and I have many close friends at Central Presbyterian Church, a church I served for eight years as Minister to the Community way back in the day. Each and everyone of them rejoice that a young minister so talented, so spiritually deep, so adept at administration, so refreshingly visionary, so attuned both to their needs and the needs of the world has been their pastor. They will weep when she leaves. You will rejoice when she comes to you. How blessed you will be. Anna’s energy and her ability to help people connect with God’s Word and with the challenges of our changing world will ensure Shallowford’s growth in mission and outreach, as well as personal discipleship in the years ahead.
Anna proved herself a talented preacher, a fine liturgist, and an inspiring worship leader. I can only imagine that those gifts are going to flourish even more as she joins the ministry at Shallowford.