MEET OUR TEAM

Chris & Alicia Summerlin - Lead Pastor

Pastor Chris & Alicia Summerlin joined Encounter in October 2022. Chris and Alicia have been married for 25 years and have three children, Michal, Emma, and Luke.

 

Their desire is for others to experience that freedom that is only found in the love of Christ. Their heart, vision, and motto are taken from the Lost Sheep Parable found in Luke 15:1-7, “After the One.” Through outreach and discipleship, they embraced the importance of seeing the people of God deepen their relationship with Him and one another. Their hearts are focused on: Going after the one - building loving relationships; sharing the gospel in word and deed; and inviting people into community with them.

 

Chris and Alicia are excited to see how God will use Encounter Church to make a lasting impact in this community and the surrounding areas.

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Pastors Jake and Courtney Russell have been here at Encounter Church for almost five years. Their commitment to excellence and an energetic approach to worship ministry aid in creating a dynamic worship experience. The Russells reside here in Toccoa and have two children, Blake and Evie.     

Jake & Courtney Russell - Worship Pastor

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Pastors Terry and Amber Mitchell have been involved in youth ministry for 16 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 7 children: Amberlin, Tayler, Madyson, Terynn, Sam, JD, and Ally. They reside in the Royston area. 

Terry & Amber Mitchell - Student Pastor

Jacob Segers - Children's Ministries Director