Staff Members

Tara Berry

 

Communications and Administration

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Tara is responsible for keeping the office open and running smoothly, directing the communication avenues and some of the general congregation-wide events at All Souls.

 

WHAT DOES SHE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"I love that we try to really think about the purpose of each part of ministry - we deconstruct things and then try to build them back in a very authentic and worshipful way, always trying to get rid of anything that is simply Christian-Culture and not the gospel."

 

WHAT DID SHE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

Tara was a part of the lauch team for All Souls and first couple of years before moving overseas to London from 2005 to 2007. Upon returning to Atlanta, she moved to East Lake to be near All Souls. She previously was on staff with CRU, then worked in publishing, then study abroad with James Madison University and Georgia Tech before joining the All Souls staff in May 2013.

 

MORE ABOUT TARA:

Tara and her husband, Chris, love good food, traveling, living in the city and anything creative (from art to movies/TV to home projects).

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Keri Dziuban

 

Women's Ministry

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Keri provides women with opportunities for connection, community and discipleship. She plans and oversees the women's studies and also organizes retreats and other events for women.

(More about the Women's Ministry at All Souls.)


WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

"I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I have also lived and worked in Georgia, North Carolina and Swaziland. My degree is in elementary special education, and I have worked in various roles instructing students, parents and teachers. My latest position has been taking care of my sons and keeping our household somewhat functioning."

 

MORE ABOUT KERI:

"My husband Eric and I originally attended All Souls in 2005, and one of the positive factors of moving back to Decatur in 2012 was to rejoin the All Souls family. We have two sons, Ezra and Cole, and we like family bike rides, local travel and neighborhood hangouts. When I am able to squeeze in some time to myself I enjoy running, reading historical fiction (and People magazine), binging on Netflix shows from the late 90's and trying different varieties of white wine."

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Alisha Ensor

 

Nursery Coordinator

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

"It is my pleasure to love on the smallest ones in our church. I make sure we have childcare for services and events through out the year. You will see me running between the registration desk and nursery on Sundays, making sure our new guests and members are taken care of for our services."

 

WHAT DOES SHE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"I love the mission of All Souls. It constantly makes my evaluate my walk to live in the world, but not be ruled by it."

 

WHAT DID SHE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

"I am a Midwestern girl at heart. I grew up in Wisconsin, love the Packers, Brewers, beer boiled brats and cheese curds....but NOT the cold! After school, I packed up and moved to Rhode Island where I got my degree in Culinary Arts/Foodservice Management, and met my husband, Nate. After college we moved to Atlanta, and have settled into the southern way of life."

 

MORE ABOUT ALISHA:

"I have three energetic kids: Lily, Jack, and Hazel. In my spare time I enjoy baking, running, and sewing."

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Mark Grapengater

 

Assistant Pastor

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Mark is responsible for Community Groups and the Men's Ministry. He is also one of the teaching pastors at All Souls.

 

WHAT DOES HE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"I love working at All Souls because it is a place where people can be real about their struggles in life and with God."

 

WHAT DID HE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

"I grew up in Oklahoma before going to college at Kansas State and Seminary in Chicago at North Park Theological Seminary where I earned my Masters of Divinity. While working with various church plants in Chicago and St. Louis, I had the opportunity to work in fine dining in Chicago and St. Louis. I moved to Atlanta in 2013 to become an Assistant Pastor at All Souls."

 

MORE ABOUT MARK:

"My wife, Stacey, and I met in St. Louis and married in February 2011. Since moving to Atlanta, we have added Michael and Evelyn to our family. In my downtime, I am either cooking a whole pig, baking bread, drinking bourbon or smoking fine cigars."

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Lori Jackson

 

Financial

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Lori is responsible for the recording and reporting of the finances, essentially making sure the coffee is paid for and the lights stay on.

 

WHAT DOES SHE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"I have enjoyed the tasks of the job as well as the spiritual stretching that my job entails. I am in constant challenge to trust God for the finances of our church family."

 

WHAT DID SHE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

Lori has a background in accounting and was a part of the lauch team for All Souls. She joined the staff team a little over 10 years ago. Lori works part time at All Souls while raising her children.

 

MORE ABOUT LORI:

"I enjoy spending time with my husband, Josh, and my 3 kids. In my rare moments of spare time I enjoy reading and playing tennis."

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Mike St. Denis

 

Youth Ministry

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Mike oversees the youth ministry for students in grades 6-12. He also oversees our facilities, membership seminar and confirmation class."

 

WHAT DOES HE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"I love getting to be part of the lives of so many students and families, both in our church and in the community."

 

WHAT DID HE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

"I grew up in Roswell, GA, before playing football at Georgia Tech and graduating with a B.S. in Psychology. I graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity."

 

MORE ABOUT MIKE:

"I'm married to Meredith, and we have a daughter, Bailey. I love all things Atlanta Sports, spending the day on the golf course, and I've been coaching football in the City Schools of Decatur since 2012."

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Susan Trotti

 

Children's Ministry Coordinator

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Susan provides overall leadership for the creation, development and implementation of the vision for all classes and activities related to the Children’s Ministry.

 

WHAT DOES SHE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

Susan loves being a part of creatively engaging children’s hearts with God’s story.

 

WHAT DID SHE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

Susan has been part of All Souls from the very beginning and has been the Children’s Ministry Coordinator since 2005. She was a middle school teacher for three years and a paralegal for nine years before coming to work at All Souls.

 

MORE ABOUT SUSAN: Susan and her family enjoy watching movies, taking walks and eating good food. She regularly travels to the Golden Isles where she gains inspiration from the beauty and tranquility of the Georgia coast.
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Carrie Wheeler

 

Worship Director

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Carrie's responsibility is to organize and develop the music and liturgical component of worship at All Souls.

 

WHAT DOES SHE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"Being a part of the All Souls staff family has deepened my faith, challenged me personally and is richly rewarding relationally. Being deeply involved in All Souls since the very beginning has shaped my view of worship as being the whole of life, not just music."

 

WHAT DID SHE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

"I have been playing and singing in church since I was just a wee tot. I studied psychology and music in college, but honestly, experience has taught me as much or more than 'book learning.'"

 

MORE ABOUT CARRIE:

"My 3 children are the biggest joy of my life! I’m so enjoying getting to know them as young adults and am super proud of the awesome people they are. I love making music of all sorts, cooking, reading, hanging out with good people and watching good TV."

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Shayne Wheeler

 

Senior Pastor

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Shayne is responsible for the overall vision and mission of All Souls. He is the founding pastor and lead Sunday morning teacher at All Souls.

 

WHAT DOES HE LIKE MOST ABOUT ALL SOULS?

"I like the posture of grace and acceptance of broken people that exists at All Souls."

WHAT DID HE DO BEFORE THIS ROLE?

"Originally from Nashville, I have served churches in Missouri, Virginia, and the suburbs of Atlanta before moving to Decatur in 2001 to start All Souls."

 

MORE ABOUT SHAYNE:

Shayne is married to Carrie, and they have three kids (21, 19, 16). He enjoys exercise, reading history, premium cigars, and his sweet Harley Davidson.

See more about Shayne's latest book, The Briarpatch Gospel.