Pastors Josh and Julie Garner have been serving as Lead Pastors here at Encounter Church for 4 years. Their compassion for our community and love for people is evident by the tremendous impact they are making in the lives of people. The Garners reside in neighboring Lavonia with their two sons Zeph and Japeth.   

Josh & Julie Garner - Lead Pastor


Pastors Bradley and Elizabeth Collins have been a part of our community and church family for many years. They bring 20 years of family ministry experience and are dedicated to helping families encounter God in a life-changing way. The Collins reside here in Toccoa with their children Ricky and Alexis.    

Bradley & Elizabeth Collins - Family Pastor


Pastors Jake and Courtney Russell have been here at Encounter Church for nearly four years. Thier commitment to excellence and an energetic approach to worship ministry aid in creating a dynamic worship experience. The Russells reside here in Toccoa and will soon welcome their first son, Blake.     

Jake & Courtney Russell - Worship Pastor


Pastors Terry and Amber Mitchell have been involved in youth ministry for 15 years! Their calling is to bring out the very best in all of our kids, equipping them to be the men and women of tomorrow’s church. They have 6 children- Amberlin, Tayler, Madyson, Terynn, Sam, and JD. They reside in the Royston area. 

Terry & Amber Mitchell - Student Pastor

Lorrie Valencia serves as our Head Office Administrator. Lorrie moved here from California almost 5 years ago. Lorrie's commitment to excellence and heart to help make her an indispensable asset to Encounter Church. Lorrie currently resides in Stephens County with her husband, Rudy. 

Lorrie Valencia - Office Administrator


Samantha Rickman serves as our Nursery Director and has attended Encounter Church for 32 years. Samantha has a heart for community and growth and works at our local Chamber of Commerce. Samantha resides in Toccoa with her husband Josh and their children Piper and Jack.

Samantha Rickman - Nursery Director


Derek Goodwin serves as the director of our Royal Ranger program and Royal Rangers for the Georgia District. Derek has a deep conviction for mentoring young men and making disciples of Christ. Derek currently resides in Habersham County with his wife Rebekah and daughter, Kadie.  

Derek Goodwin - Royal Rangers



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Breanna Squires - MPact Girls



Tony and Holly are natives of Toccoa and have been part of our church family for ten years.  They have a genuine love for God and the church. They coordinate a team of people to greet, usher,  handle distractions, and promote safety. They strive to create a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment for everyone that walks through the doors of the church.

Tony & Holly Howard - Guest Experience



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Michelle Brouwer - E Group Coordinator 



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Linda King - Women's Ministry



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Rik Wise - Men's Ministry