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2191 Mars Hill Rd
Watkinsville, GA, 30677
United States

706-769-8315

Faith Presbyterian Church PCA. A community church located just outside of Athens, Georgia in Watkinsville, Oconee County. Serving our community, loving our neighbors and making disciples. 

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Introducing Faith's New Senior Pastor

We are delighted to announce that after a thorough search by the Pastor Search Committee and an overwhelmingly supportive congregational and Presbytery vote, God has answered our prayers for a new pastor!

The Parker Family

The Parker Family

Please welcome Nathan T. Parker, Ph.D., M.Div., his wife Nicole, and their children Michael ("Mikey"), McEwan ("Mac"), and Marigold to our church family. The Parkers are currently residents of Cutler Bay, Florida where Nathan has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Pinelands Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 2014. Nathan is wrapping things up at Pinelands and his first service as Senior Pastor at Faith will be mid to late November.

Nathan’s bio at a glance

Education

  • Durham University – Durham, England (PhD in Historical Theology) Oct 2010-Sept 2012
    His thesis dealt with the evangelistic methods of the Puritan John Flavel (1627-91) and was successfully defended in February 2013 with no corrections.

  • Reformed Theological Seminary – Atlanta, GA (MDiv) 2004-2009

  • Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA (BBA-Management) 1999-2003

ministry experience

  • Senior Pastor, Pinelands Presbyterian Church (PCA), Cutler Bay, FL, Jan 2014-October 2019

  • Teaching Assistant, Durham University, England, Oct 2011-June 2013

  • Research Assistant, Durham University, England, Jan 2012-Jan 2013

  • Director of Student Ministries, Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA), Atlanta, GA, 2004-2010

  • Other Ministry Experience:

    • Led or participated in 12 mission trips (9 international, 3 domestic)

    • Frequent guest on Miami’s 90.0 Life FM radio station

    • Regular guest speaker at Durham University’s Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (DICCU) and Christian Union events in Durham

    • Extensive involvement in discipling university students, leading Bible studies, and teaching at various Christian gatherings

    • Instructor for the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course in 2005 to 250 students at North Point Community Church and Mt. Paran Church of God, in Atlanta

the pastor search process

Bob McAndrew, Faith’s Senior Pastor of 26 years, retired in August 2019. We are honored to have had Bob as our Senior Pastor for so many years, thankful that he gave us a full year to make the transition, and above all else, grateful to God that He, as our perfect shepherd, ministers to His flock through human shepherds like Bob McAndrew and Nathan Parker.

After months of prayer, discussion, and receiving input from the congregation, the Session charged the Pastor Search Committee (PSC) in January 2019 with finding our next Senior Pastor. The Session stated that Faith values the following highly: the gospel, prayer, expository preaching, gospel community groups, personal discipleship, a participatory faith, engaging the culture, and evangelism. Nathan shares all of these values. The Session ranked as its top priority the spiritual development of members, followed closely by proclamation of the Word and evangelism. It also ranked discipleship training, teaching, and congregational communication very highly. The search committee believes that Nathan shares and embodies all of these priorities and can bring them to the benefit of God’s work at Faith.

The Pastor Search Committee evaluated dozens of applicants for this job. After a thorough search of many high quality applicants, the committee was enthusiastic in recommending that the congregation vote Nathan to be Faith’s next senior pastor.

installation service

Save the date for Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 PM for Nathan’s Installation Service. More details TBA.

all glory to god

We have so many things to be thankful for. To start, Bob McAndrew's many faithful years of service to Faith that have created a strong foundation on which to continue building this church. The "parade of providence" that so clearly led the Pastor Search Committee and the Parkers to where we are now. The palpable sense of unity at the September 15 Congregational Meeting to vote on Nathan. A devoted Associate Pastor in Steven Brooks who loves us and leads us well. Nathan's desire, gifts, and talents to lead our church.

Praise God with us for providing these blessings and many more, and His gift of a new Senior Pastor!