Rev. Dr. C. Gray Norsworthy
Gray Norsworthy was born in Billings, Montana, and moved to Atlanta when he was eight weeks old. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools. After attending a Baptist church throughout his childhood, Gray began attending a Presbyterian church while doing his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He graduated from UVA with a B.A. in English in 1979 and returned to Atlanta to work in marketing at Southern Bell.
When he was called to the ministry, he entered Columbia Theological Seminary where he completed a Master of Divinity with distinction in 1985. He was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on July 21, 1985. Gray later earned his Doctor of Ministry degree through McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois in June of 1997.
Gray has served as the Senior Chaplain of the ecumenical Big Canoe Chapel, Senior Pastor of Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Senior Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Staunton, Virginia, and Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Snellville, Georgia (1985-1989).
In his free time, Gray enjoys playing the guitar, recording music, reading, hiking, running and trying to play basketball. He and his wife Pam have two dogs and three grown children: Mason, Cammie and Maggie.
Rev. Brian Daoust
Brian recently joined the JCPC staff as the Associate Pastor for Youth—a position that will enable him to help our youth and their families prioritize their faith and its nurture by serving "the least of these" and loving those around them as Christ loves us. In serving his callings, Brian has found that his greatest passions are relationships and discipleship, mission work, vocational discernment, and preaching. He also loves working through tough questions with young people that seek out faith-based positions over opinions and finding ways they can serve and love all of God's children, including those with different beliefs.
Born in Austin, Texas, but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brian was an active member of his Presbyterian church youth group and a regular at Montreat conferences. He has been very involved in Scouting (earning his Eagle) and very dedicated to service—having participated in 20 mission trips.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Union Presbyterian Seminary, Brian has previously served as an Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults in Denver, Colorado and most recently as Director for Christian Education and Youth at historic First Presbyterian Church in Salsbury, North Carolina.
He and his wife Jessica have two children, Vincent and Gabriel, who Brian describes as "active, bright, inquisitive, clever, and kind." In their free time, the family enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, or watching something from their embarrassingly large movie collection!
Rev. Neal Kuhlhorst
Neal serves as Associate Pastor at JCPC and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. An ordained Presbyterian minister since 1982, Neal specializes in pastoral care and counseling. As a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Neal’s counseling skillfully blends the life of faith with the behavioral sciences, and he is particularly sensitive to interfaith and multi-cultural dynamics and issues.
Neal has served as a pastor at churches in Illinois, Kentucky and Georgia. He has also trained chaplains in the field of hospice and has consulted with several Metro Atlanta hospice organizations. More recently, Neal has become one of the leaders of the CanCare program at JCPC, working closely with volunteers to expand the scope of care provided to those facing a battle with cancer.
Neal holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Also he has completed studies for a Doctor of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Neal's clinical training includes Clinical Pastoral Education at Highlands Baptist Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Also, he has completed pastoral counseling residencies at University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and Georgia Association for Pastoral Care in Decatur, Georgia.
Married to his wife Debbie since 1988, Neal is the father of three children, Katie, Michael and Mary-Neal. He is especially attuned to the many stresses of modern family life and the struggle to maintain a healthy balance. Neal believes in the healing power of relationships to restore zest for living and provide deeper meaning to face the challenges of life.