Pastor and Staff

Rev. Kristy Ray


Pastor Kristy joined our staff June 2021 as Head of Staff. As Head of Staff she works alongside Session to make sure that the Worship, Education, Fellowship, Congregational Care, Mission, and love is shared in the congregation.

Before God called her to SPC, she served as an Associate Pastor for Outreach, Youth, and Families and other duties. She has a passion for young people and intergenerational belonging. Pastor Kristy came to us with a vision for connecting the community and the church alongside the great work that has been done over the years from previous spiritual leadership. There is great wisdom and love here and will be an excellent place to partner in ministry.

Kristy hold a BA from King University (Bristol, TN- PCUSA College) in Theatre and Youth Ministry. Kristy holds also an MDiv and MAPT (Master of Art in Practical Theology-Christian Education) from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). She and her husband, Anthony, have two children: James (14) and Micah (2). Kristy loves to socialize with others over a good beverage and watch tv and movies. She loves to play with her little one and share in good storytelling in theatre, art, film, and beyond.

Michael O’Hearn

Office Manager

Michael is thrilled to join the Staff at SPC! An Atlanta native, Michael moved to New York to pursue a career as a Professional Opera Singer in 1995, and after 26+ years has recently moved back to the Atlanta area and resides in Jonesboro. Michael has been featured with many Opera Companies and Orchestras throughout the World, and feels incredibly blessed to have enjoyed a rich and diverse career on some of the world’s greatest stages. Michael also has had a long career as a church musician, having held Staff Singer positions with churches both in the Atlanta Metro area and in NYC. He currently is the Bass Staff Singer at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Michael also worked for many years in NYC for Citigroup, Goldman Sachs & Co and the General Services Administration as an Executive Administrative Assistant (his “side”gig!) and brings his years of knowledge and experience to SPC. Michael is more than happy to share his experiences with you all…..just ask him!

Andrea Emmel

Interim Music Director and Musician

Andrea is originally from Brazil. She is a graduate of Georgia State University where she got her Masters in Music Education. She is a Elementary Music Teacher in Gwinnett County and has taught private piano lessons for many years.

Andrea is a delight to work with as Organist and Pianist and has stepped into the Interim Director position since February of 2023.