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Rev. Elaine Puckett (She/Her)

Interim Minister

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Elaine is an ordained elder in North Georgia with 34 years of ministry experience. She has been serving as an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist since 2010. Eastside Church is her 11th interim appointment. Her husband, Richard, is also an elder in North Georgia. In addition to local church appointments, he spent 18 years at the United Methodist Children’s Home, now “Wellroot”, which is one of Eastside's mission partners. Elaine and Richard have both taught in the Emory Course of Study School. She was an adjunct instructor in “Theology of Wesley” and “Women in Ministry” at Candler. They now reside in Norcross, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. She also loves to dance and enjoy traveling, particularly to the beach!

Karina Aragon-Buchanan (She/Her)

Minister to Youth and Congregational Care

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Beth Starling (She/Her)

Volunteer Children's Minister

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Troi Aragon-Buchanan (He/Him)

Worship and Arts Director

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Troi, originally from Stone Mountain, was born into a musical family. He grew up on various tour buses as his family followed his father’s music career. Troi’s family eventually settled in Saint Augustine, FL where he finished school and began his own career in music. After a few years of playing in weddings bands, bar bands, restaurant bands, and every other kind of band, he settled into the role of Worship Director for Campus To City Wesley (CCW), where he would go on to serve for 6 years. It was during his time at CCW that Troi experienced his call to ministry and felt God pulling his heart and his path deeper into the ways in which we gather together in the name of Jesus. Troi met his wife and partner-to-be, Karina, while living in Saint Augustine and they married not long after Karina graduated from Flagler College. After living and working in ministry in North-East Florida for 3 years Troi and Karina moved to Atlanta in May of 2019 to pursue a church where they could build the Kingdom together and so that Karina could attend Candler School of Theology while pursuing ordination as Deacon in the UMC. When Troi is not leading worship or playing music at a wedding you can find him at the closest movie theatre catching the newest flick, playing with his cats (Penny & Fluff), or eating Jeni’s ice cream.
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Angela Nichols (She/Her)

Building Manager

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Angela grew up in Richmond, Virginia and Columbia, South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the University of Georgia and a Master of Fine Arts degree also in Printmaking from Louisiana State University. Angela has taught Printmaking, Drawing, Papermaking and Book Arts classes at LSU and at UGA. She served as the Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs at the Gwinnett based non-profit Hudgens Center for Art & Learning for ten years. Prior to joining the staff at The Hudgens, Angela worked as the Visual Arts Curator at The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia for five years. She was a founding member of The Atlanta Printmakers Studio and currently serves on their board. In 2020, Angela and her husband, Ryan Sterritt, formed the property management company, Harper Rose. The name of their small family business comes from their children’s middle names. Angela feels passionate about historic buildings and very much enjoys taking care of the beautiful building Eastside calls home. She lives in Kirkwood with her husband Ryan, their daughter, Clementine Rose and son, Grey Harper. When not exploring musty, dirt floor basements and humid attics, Angela enjoys camping, gardening, and various other creative endeavors.



Troy Kiber (He/Him)

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Rachel Delashmit (She/Her)

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Peter Somuah (He/Him)

Finance Team

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Erica Garvin-Schwartz (She/Her)

Finance Treasurer

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Robert Vore (He/Him)

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Katie Farmer (She/Her)


Chelsey Goins (She/Her)

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Dave Logeman (He/Him)

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James Hervey (He/Him)

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Breanna Lathrop (She/Her)


Eileen Howard (She/Her)

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Eric Morris (He/Him)

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Jason Glass (He/Him)


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Pierre Bullard (He/Him)

Co-Trustee Chair

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Jackie Jacobus (She/Her)



Will Burke (He/Him)



Diana Lancaster (She/Her)



Omi Conklin (He/Him)



Leslie Willeford (She/Her)

Trustees Finance Team Representative