Staff & Leadership

We're a small shop, with two full-time pastors and one part-time pastor. Check out their bios below. In addition to our paid leaders, we also have a volunteer team of men and women called "elders" who sit with the staff on a regular basis throughout the year, working together to ensure that Atlanta Christian Church is a healthy place to be. 


Marla Smith

Steve Rose

Jeff Box

Joel Mooneyhan

  • derek sweatman

    lead pastor since 2007 | email

    Born & Raised: Born in Atlanta, GA, raised in Decatur, GA

    Education: M.A. in New Testament Studies, Johnson University (Knoxville, TN), B.S. in Biblical Studies, Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, OH). Doctoral work in progress.

    Side Hustle: Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Studies at Point University

    Trivia: Has a tattoo of Jerry Garcia on his right ankle

  • lindsey self

    Youth & family pastor since 2011 | Email

    Born & Raised: Born in Nashville, TN, raised in Roswell, GA

    Education: B.S. in Psychology, Georgia State University

    Interests: Music, reading, softball, and tennis

    Trivia: Wrote and recorded an album (also, she doesn't have a middle name)

  • Joel Mooneyhan


    Born & Raised: Winder, GA

    Education: B.F.A. Reinhardt University, MDiv. Asbury Seminary

    Trivia: Preacher's kid!