Interim Supply Pastor Tom Kenny

Pastor Tom Kenny was born in Ireland toward the end of World War 2. He grew up in a farming community, the second son in a family of four. Tom was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. Adopted into the Archdiocese of Miami in the mid-sixties, Tom served in churches in Kendall and in Miami Beach, Florida. Tom joined the Lutherans in 1970 and married Barbara that same year. Their only daughter and two granddaughters live in North Carolina. The first call in the Lutheran tradition was to serve as pastor of St. Luke Lutheran, Hialeah, Florida. After serving for ten years in Florida, Tom accepted a call to Prince of Peace Lutheran in Johns Creek, GA. After 27 years of meaningful service, Tom retired in 2015. Retirement has been blessed with interim and supply work. Waiting for the next call to serve is full of joyful expectation.


Ms. Christine Bergman, Office Administrator

Chris grew up Lutheran and graduated from one of our ELCA colleges, Carthage, in Kenosha, WI.  That is where she met her husband, Rev. Dr. Devin Strong of Lutheran Campus Ministry at Georgia Tech.  Chris and Devin have twin daughters, Hope and Joy, who are now college students.  Chris has worked as a church office administrator in parishes in Ohio, Michigan, and now here in Georgia.  She loves working in a church setting!  Her hobbies are singing, cooking, playing cards, and watching live theater.


Ms. Carole Harris-Mitchell, Music Director

Carole received her Master of Music degree from Georgia State University, with a concentration in piano pedagogy, organ and piano. She maintains a piano studio in her home in Lilburn, and her students actively participate in GCMTA events, Federated Festivals, and other events...where several of her students have been recipients of special awards and scholarship.

Carole has been an organist and pianist for churches and other community functions throughout  the metro Atlanta area for 35 years. In addition to her time at Messiah, she is also a piano teacher at Greater Atlanta Christian Schools in Norcross. She is very proud to teach alongside her daughter, Julie Mitchell Smith, who is also on the piano faculty at GACS.