Rev. Reeda began her ministry with us in July of 2009 and has brought with her a sense of enthusiasm and energy for sharing the journey of faith and discovery with all people.
Reeda has been in ministry of some kind since she was a teenager. At the age of 18, she began teaching children's Sunday school in the church of her own childhood in Lula, Georgia. While in college at Kennesaw State University, Reeda was an active member of the Baptist Student Union and served as a summer missionary in Germany and Nicaragua.
Reeda previously served as Director of Youth and Education at Holt Road Baptist Church in Marietta, GA from 1997 to 2002. She then served as Youth Minister at First Baptist Church in Claxton, GA from 2002 to 2004. In 2004, she moved back to the Atlanta area to finish seminary and serve as Youth Minister and then Associate Pastor at Johns Creek Christian Church from 2004 to 2009.
Reeda has had the unique pleasure of being twice ordained. She was ordained at First Baptist Church in Claxton in 2004 and continues to be grateful for her Baptist heritage and the affirmation that she received from that church. After finishing seminary at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology, Reeda was ordained as a Disciples minister in 2007 by Johns Creek Christian Church. She is grateful for the addition of her Disciples heritage to what she believes is a rich and diverse faith background.
After 38 years of singlehood, Reeda took the proverbial plunge into a life of covenant relationship with Claude Nardy, whom she met at Eagle's Landing Christian Church. Reeda and Claude made their commitment to life partnership in June 2013. Though Reeda has no children, she proudly claims as her own all of the children and youth from the churches she has served. Her passion for ministry lies in working with children and youth and in doing mission work. Her goal here at ELCC is to establish and build a strong ministry with children and youth and families, seeking to build a community of faith that is truly diverse in age, gender, race, ethnicity, and even worldview.
Reeda enjoys the outdoors, spoiling her nieces and nephews, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, Georgia Bulldogs football, laughter, hugs, traveling, and being real. Her personal motto is: Life is a journey to be traveled and lived as best as we know how. When I come to the end of my life, whether I've accomplished everything I wanted or not, I just want to know that I've lived my life with meaning and purpose and grace.
Barbara Taylor, Accompanist
Barbara has professional experience in a broad range of music activities including music educator, music publisher, record producer, symphony musician, composer, conductor, church musician, and choir director. In addition to her position as band director for the HOME of Fine Arts Connections, Barbara also started a band program at the Master's Academy of Fine Arts in Covington and North Henry Christian Academy. Barbara teaches private music lessons on piano, oboe, and all woodwinds.
Barbara, a native of Wichita, Kansas, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University with a major in oboe performance and minors in piano and music theory. She received her Master of Music at the University of Florida. She performed for 8 years as an oboist with the Jacksonville, FL Symphony Orchestra. Following that she became the conductor of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra program at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
After moving to Atlanta, Barbara founded Rising Star Records and Publishers, an independent record label and music publishing house. She produced 35 CD releases, earning her a spot as a voting member of the Grammy Awards sponsored by the National Academy of Records Arts and Sciences.
Barbara has also authored several books on music business topics and has had her own compositions appear on commercial CD releases. She has been listed in "Who's Who in American Women."
In addition to serving Eagle's Landing Christian Church as Accompanist and Choir Director, Barbara also serves as an Elder to the congregation. Barbara's contributions to the church, both musically and spiritually, greatly enhance our life together in worship. She is truly a blessing to us.
The volunteer leadership responsible for helping ELCC fulfill its mission and ministry is led by the Church Council, Elders, and Deacons. This Church Council meets monthly to give oversight to the ministries and business of the church. The 2015 Council includes: Mike Ryan - Moderator; Audrey Chambers - Treasurer; Felicia Watson - Secretary/Assistant Treasurer; Brenda Knox - Elder Chair; Jill Murray - Deacon Chair; and Carole Brazier - Acolytes/Member-at-Large. The Elders are the spiritual leaders of the congregation who work alongside the pastor to provide care for the community and insight for leading the church as a people of faith. The 2015 Elders are: Brenda Knox (Chair), Barbara Taylor, Susan Ryan, and Carol Morgan. The Deacons are the servant leaders of the congregation who model the example of Christ and the earliest church leaders who served those in the congregation. The 2015 Deacons are: Carole Brazier, Audrey Chambers, Becky Gregory, Ted Lemon, Jill Murray, Coleman Ryan, Mike Ryan, Adassa Shand-Browne, and Rupert Watson.