Vision Statement

Our Vision is To Know Jesus & Make Him Known.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to love and honor God in WORSHIP, to experience the fullness of life in Christ as we GROW, and to share in the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in the world as we answer the call to GO.

Core Values

  • Radical Hospitality
    Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. –Romans 15:7

We want to invite, welcome, and include every single person who walks through our doors. Our hope is that no one could walk away from North Avenue without having felt the love of Jesus extended directly and personally to them. We always try to go the extra mile to make every visitor feel welcome and comfortable through personal, engaging, and loving encounters.

Radical hospitality is not just something our first-time visitors experience; instead, we hope this is a mind set of every member of the North Avenue family that permeates all of our interactions with family, friends, co-workers, and community.

  • Passionate Worship
    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
    –Psalm 84:2

Our times of gathered worship are single-purposed in glorifying and praising our wonderful Savior. We hope that with worship that is heartfelt and unhindered, people can powerfully and personally connect to God. We try to lead consistently authentic worship that leads to encounters with God that result in radical life change.

We know that worship is not only our gathering together to praise God in song and preaching. It is actually everything we do! Every action is an opportunity to glorify and worship God. We may begin with passionate worship here on Sundays, but we carry that worship into our everyday lives, praising God in all we do.

  • Transformational Faith Development
    They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. –Acts 2:42

At North Avenue, we want to be and to make disciples of Jesus Christ; in a word, we want to be missional. We believe that it’s not enough to teach by simply conveying information. Transformative Faith Development is learning through discussion and accountability; through mutual trust and strong relationships; through honesty and openness in our dealings with God and with each other. Scripture is our foundation, and relationships with God and one another are our focus. We know that as we grow and mature as followers of Christ, our lives will be transformed in big ways!

  • Risk-Taking Mission and Service
    …’I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
    -Matthew 25:40

We strive to make a positive impact on the world around us in order to glorify God. We recognize that God often calls His disciples to uncomfortably different and unknown environments and atmospheres in order to accomplish His will. Our hope is that we are often stretched outside of our comfort zone, challenged physically, mentally and spiritually to faithfully follow Christ. We want to be pushed beyond our routine church commitments and into places that we would never be if not for our desire to follow Christ. Wherever Christ is moving, we want to be there.

We hope that through obedient service both in our local and global communities, we may make Jesus known, especially to those who may not otherwise know Him.

  • Extravagant Generosity
    You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. -2 Corinthians 9:11

    We want to share our blessings from God in a way that exceeds all expectations. We want to give sacrificially and selflessly of our time and talents. We believe in giving more than what is comfortable, fully depending on God to sustain us. We hope that our giving goes beyond simple obedience, but instead is inspired by the joy of giving as freely as God has so generously given to us.

Leadership & Staff

Pastor Shayne Wheeler
Senior Pastor | ext.210

Rev. Megan Johnson
Associate Pastor for Discipleship | ext. 220

Rev. Dr. Samuel Mwaniki
Theologian in Residence | ext. 211


Josh Schicker
Director of Worship Arts & Technology | ext.236

Bryan Black
Director of Worship Arts & Choral Music  | ext.217

Roxie Chess
Director of Children & Family Ministries and Mission Partnerships | ext. 243

Jessica Dart
Director of Youth Ministry | 205

Kenny Kyle
Executive Director
of Finance and Operations | ext. 222

Kim Goldsmith
Director of Congregational Care | ext. 206

Kay Carlson
Staff Associate for
Equipping Ministries | ext. 213

Lisa Ellinger
Executive Assistant for Worship | ext. 209

Jason Yu Chen
International Student
Ministry Coordinator

Trevor Atkins
Director of Communications | ext. 215

Susan Rembert
Director of Cherub Choir

Gene Wooldridge
Director of Facilities | ext. 224

Ruben Williams
Lead Custodian

Cynthia Kilgore

North Avenue is a member congregation of the Fellowship Community.  Read more about the Fellowship here.

North Avenue Bylaws

Our bylaws are available to view here.


We consider it to be a great privilege to have been at the heart of Atlanta since 1900.  


In 1894, the City of Atlanta expanded its city limits to a point about where the A.T. & T. building now stands on Peachtree. This encompassed many new homes in the area north of the city and anticipated the construction of many more homes. Mrs. J. M. High (High Museum of Art), Mrs. J. D. McCarty, and Mrs. Clem Harris were members of First Presbyterian Church and lived in the area; they felt that a new Presbyterian church was needed and held organizational meetings in their homes. They recruited 100 members from First Presbyterian, 15 from Central Presbyterian Church, and one from Athens Presbyterian Church to be founding members on December 4, 1898. Descendants of the original founding members still are members: Frank M. Eldridge, Joseph K. Orr, IV, James T. Porter, Jr., and Edward K. Van Winkle, Jr. The first pastor was the Rev. Dr. Richard Orme Flinn. The church was constructed from Stone Mountain granite donated by charter members whose family owned the mountain and were in the granite quarry business. It was occupied for the first time for the Thanksgiving service in 1900.

In 1909 the church created the North Avenue Presbyterian School, which began with 21 students and met in the Sunday School building. In 1920 the school was incorporated. In 1921, the school moved to the 189 Ponce de Leon Avenue campus and operated as NAPS: coed until the sixth grade and a girl’s school through high school. Dr. Vernon S. Broyles was the President from the retirement of Dr. Flinn, until the formation of The Westminster Schools in 1951 by merging NAPS and Washington Seminary together after the retirement of the Washington sisters from operating this girl’s finishing school. Westminster was created as a Christian preparatory school for children of all ages.

The officers and members of North Avenue Presbyterian Church made a strategic decision in the 1950’s, which was to remain downtown although the church was no longer a neighborhood church as it had been at its inception and members had to pass many suburban churches on their way to church each Sunday. This decision was to become involved in urban ministry, with internationals, and with the world as well as the city.

Col. Roy LeCraw, a long time member, had a passion for foreign mission and after service in Korea during the Korean War he helped start over 100 churches in Korea. In 1957 North Avenue held its first annual missions conference where funds were raised for international and urban missions. This has continued ever since.

Missions became so important that a Minister for Missions was created on a part-time basis in 1970 and became a full-time staff position with the calling of Rev. Dr. Prakobb Deetanna on October 17, 1976, who had previously served part-time while completing studies at Columbia Theological Seminary in Theology and at Georgia State University in Education. He started the International Sunday School Class for American born and internationally born members and students. Alpha House was created for international students, and close ties were formed with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, through their ministers studying at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Prak became the Minister to Internationals all over metropolitan Atlanta.

North Avenue sheltered three different Korean congregations in their formative years, one Kenyan Fellowship, one Eritrian Fellowship, and one Sudanese Fellowship. North Avenue, along with other churches in Atlanta, assisted in the founding and funding of the Kenyan Presbyterian University from the Pastoral Institute. Prak was the driving force behind many short term mission trips; because he felt that the experience would be transformative of the youth and members who went.



Dr. Flinn retired on July 3, 1939, and Dr. Ernest Thacker served as interim minister for 16 months. In January of 1941, Dr. Vernon S. Broyles became the second pastor of the church of 250 members. In 1950 Dr. Broyles accepted a call from the General Assembly to head the Board of Church Extension as its first Executive Secretary. In 1950, Dr. R. McFerran Crowe became the third pastor. In 1954, Dr. Crowe received a call to become president of Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, and Dr. Broyles was recalled to be the pastor of North Ave. Dr. Broyles served until his retirement on May 30, 1976. On September 26, 1976, Rev. Charles Parker Wright was called to be the fourth pastor. In October of 1984, Rev. Wright resigned to undertake studies for a doctoral degree at Columbia Theological Seminary. On September 8, 1985, Dr. R. Leslie Holmes was installed as the church’s fifth pastor. In 1988, Dr. Holmes left North Ave. to accept a call to a church in Coral Gables, Florida. In 1990, Dr. James E. Long, Jr. was called as the sixth pastor. On June 16, 1995, Dr. Long died after a long illness. On April 20, 1997, the Rev. Dr. D. Scott Weimer was called to be the seventh pastor of North Avenue Presbyterian Church, retiring in May of 2019.


North Avenue’s beautiful Sanctuary is home to several amazing stained glass windows, some crafted by Louis Comfort Tiffany. In February 2020, the three churches in Atlanta that have Tiffany windows, All Saints Episcopal, First Presbyterian, and North Avenue Presbyterian, collaborated to conduct the Tiffany Talk and Tour. A day-long tour of all three churches with lectures from Tiffany scholar and Ph.D., Josh Probert. You can watch the full presentation at North Avenue below.

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