Pastors

Dr. Ollie Wagner

Senior Pastor
Ollie and his wife, Heather, have three children: Jacob, Neal and Zoey. They moved to Alpharetta in 2008 after serving the Montoursville Presbyterian Church in central Pennsylvania. Ollie is a graduate of Davidson College (NC), Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary (VA) and Columbia Theological Seminary (GA). Before he came to APC, he served as a college chaplain, associate pastor and solo pastor. As senior pastor, Ollie does the majority of the preaching, shares in teaching and providing pastoral care, moderates meetings of the Session and leads the APC staff. He also enjoys playing church softball and basketball and lending a hand on property work days.

Rev. Caitlin Phillips

Associate Pastor
Caitlin is a Savannah native who has lived in Atlanta for the past eight years. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in history and minored in political science. After graduating college, she worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Atlanta before deciding to attend seminary. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Caitlin has served as a Resident Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta and as a hospital chaplain at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northside Hospital. She enjoys preaching, teaching, pastoral care and engaging in small group ministry. She is passionate about the opportunity to share life stories and explore where God is leading each of us next.
 

Dr. Jo Anderson

 Associate Pastor
Jo, her husband, John, and son, Luke, are Atlanta natives, currently living in Marietta. Jo has degrees in music and theology, graduating in 2007 from Columbia Theological Seminary. Since then, she has served as Associate Pastor for Roswell Presbyterian Church and as a solo Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Bremen, Georgia. As a former church musician, Jo has a passion for music and worship. Most of all, she is looking forward to walking alongside the members of APC in the area of pastoral care. Her interests are playing the harp, reading, needlework, and yoga.

 

Rev. Dr. Walter M. Jones, Jr.

Pastor Emeritus
Walter enrolled at Columbia Seminary when he was 40 and after graduation was called to Eastminster Church in 1984, then to Alpharetta Presbyterian Church in 1995, serving with Rev. Skillern. Together they saw the church through to the new century and the difficult days following September 11, 2001. Walter earned the title Emeritus in the fall of 2011, and at that time the Memorial Garden was named in his honor. He currently lives in Dalton, with his wife Jeane.

Rev. Helen Skillern (1932-2015)

Pastor Emerita
After a 23-year career as Director of the preschool and Kindergarten program at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Helen began her course work at Columbia Theological Seminary at age 50. She was named Interim Senior Pastor of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church in 1994, and continued to serve in a variety of roles for the next 16 years, retiring in August, 2010, and named Pastor Emerita in 2011. Helen believed in the power of education for change, wanting her congregants, young and old, to know they were beloved of God and so should respect oneself and others. Helen passed away on March 8, 2015.