Mt Zion Presbyterian Church
Meet Our Staff
I was born in Elberton, Georgia and grew up at Calvary Presbyterian Church. My father was a lifelong Presbyterian, therefore,
when he married my mother, she instantly became a Presbyterian. Our family was active and involved in the life of the church
and serving God in the local church was certainly one of my father's priorities.
I became involved in the Presbyterian Youth Fellowship at Calvary when I was in middle school. It was during this time a very influential minister was called to our church and was a key component to my faith formation and spiritual journey. During his eleven years as the minister I grew from understanding the church as a building to understanding the church as living and breathing life into my soul. What I came to learn later was that living and breathing life in me was the Holy Spirit.
Through the encouragement of this minister, I became involved in the Northeast Georgia Presbytery Youth Council. In 1988, I was the Northeast Georgia Presbytery Youth Advisory Delegate to the 200th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in St. Louis, Missouri. I learned so much about the polity of the church, but more importantly, I realized that no matter what overtures required a vote, or the debates that occurred, and the discussions that took place on the floor of the General Assembly, Presbyterians centered their life of the Church around worship.
I had the opportunity to worship with 5,000 Presbyterians at the General Assembly and my life as a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) changed during that week. It was during that week that the still, small voice of God called me to become a minister when I witnessed the pastor raise the bread during Holy Communion and offer the broken bread to us for the forgiveness of our sins.
It took many years for me to discern that still, small voice of God before I answered the call to go to seminary, however. I graduated from Elbert County Comprehensive High School in Elberton, Georgia. I then attended Emmanuel (Junior) College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Upon graduation from Emmanuel College I attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor's in Social Work.
I began my career as a medical social worker at AnMed Health in 1991 and have worked in home health, hospice, and end of life care. I have served the roles of hospice social worker, chaplain, and bereavement coordinator. I attended Erskine Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master's of Divinity in 2007. I then completed 1 1/2 years of Clinical Pastoral Education at AnMed Health.
I serve in the Foothills Presbytery through the Committee on Shared Ministry; the sub-committee, Support/Peer Groups; and the Small Church Leadership Team.
Allyson has one son, Ryne, who is a student at T.L. Hanna high school. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoying God's creation.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Sunday School 10:00 AM / Worship 11:00 AM.
Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church
1501 Sandy Springs Road
PO Box 429
Sandy Springs, SC 29677
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