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Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Justin graduated from Lipscomb University in 2005 where he earned a degree in Government and Public Administration and a minor in Youth/Family Ministries. During his time at Lipscomb, Justin met his amazing wife, Bethany. The two were married on October 1, 2005.

God has instilled the passions and gifts within Justin to minister to students and has led him to the North Atlanta family. For the past four years, Justin has been dedicated to these students and lives to see students give themselves more fully to God.

Major L. Boglin (Ph.D., M.MFT) is the Family Life Minister and Director of Genesis Center for Christian Counseling for the North Atlanta Church of Christ. Prior to coming to Atlanta in June 2001, he served for 5 years as Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the Graduate Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University (ACU). He served for 4 years as the Dean of Students and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Biblical Studies at ACU. He also served for two years as a full-time therapist in ACU Counseling Center and part time as a faculty member in Undergraduate Bible department.

Although now practicing in the area of pastoral counselor and family ministry, Major holds a license in marriage and family therapy from the state of Texas. He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is also an Approved Supervisor. He has 15 years of private practice experience in pastoral counseling and marriage and family therapy. In addition, he has conducted workshops and enrichment retreats in many areas concerning marriage and family life (e.g, marriage enrichment, sexual enhancement in marriage, family faith building, positive parenting, divorce adjustment, step-family transitions, and families in stress). He has worked extensively in the areas of marriage and sex therapy, family therapy with child and adolescent difficulties, and individual issues like alcohol and drug recovery, spiritual struggles, depression and anxiety disorders.

Major and his wife, Bernadette, have two sons, Berkley and Alexander.

Dana Dowdy has been part of the North Atlanta Family since 1994. In 2010 she joined the staff as the Director of Children’s Ministry. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University, and she holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State University. A former classroom teacher, curriculum consultant, student-teacher supervisor, and teacher trainer, Dana has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education and curriculum development.

Dana is married to Herb Dowdy. Dana and Herb have served as volunteers over the years in a number of North Atlanta Ministries. They have two sons, Jay and Wil.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Nelson and his family came to the USA as missionaries in 1994 to work for the Hispanic community. During that time, they established four congregations in the Atlanta metro area.

Nelson graduated from University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, from Heritage Christian University with a Post-Graduate degree in Bible Studies, and from Louisiana Baptist University with a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling. He is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and a Board Certified Addictionologist. He is a member of the Georgia Christian Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, National Christian Counselors Association, and the Association for Hispanic Theological Education.

Nelson is married to Mariela. They have four children (all married) and one lovely granddaughter.

Scott Galloway is our Sports Outreach Minister and the director of our Family Enrichment Center. He has an extensive background in sports as a winning basketball coach on both the high school and college levels and even coached a season of professional basketball in Europe. Scott has a master's degree in Kinesiology, is certified in fitness training, and spent five years as the Director of Residence Life at Abilene Christian University. He has served as a minister to college and singles in the Dallas, TX area, has been a principal at a Christian high school in Oklahoma. He brings a wealth of experience and a background of successful ministry.

Scott is married to Marie Galloway. Marie has worked for a number of years as a school registrar and administrative assistant. She came to us with an extensive background working with children, teachers, and school administrators. Marie also works as a member of our staff as Director of Children's Education.

The Galloways have two children (both married and living in Texas) and four beautiful grandchildren.

Sheree serves as the Education Minister with the North Atlanta Church of Christ. Prior to that Sheree was a school teacher and principal from 1978 until 1998, in both public and private education. During that time, she worked extensively with local congregations in the development of their children's and adult education programs. She has served on the curriculum committees of several congregations.

Sheree has spoken at many brotherhood workshops around the country. She has spoken on such topics as teacher training, Christian parenting, ADHD, curriculum development, time management, stress management, personal evangelism, and school and church growth.

Sheree is graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, from Azusa Pacific University with a Master's Degree in Education Administration, and from Carolina University of Theology with a Doctorate in Religious Education.

Bill Long

Administrative Elder

Before retiring as pulpit minister in August 1997, Bill had served 26 years as minister of North Atlanta Church of Christ (formerly Sandy Springs Church of Christ). He now serves as elder and on staff at the church in an administration capacity. He does enjoy semi-retirement with his wife Betty while continuing to teach Bible classes and preach on occasion.

Prior to his 26 years at North Atlanta, Bill’s history included:

  • 1966–1971 Midtown Church of Christ, Fort Worth Texas
  • 1965-1966 Central Church of Christ, Valdosta Georgia
  • 1961-1965 President, Georgia Christian School, Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1957–1961 Cascade Heights Church of Christ, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1955–1957 Park boulevard Church of Christ Louisville, Kentucky

  • Don McLaughlin

    Pulpit Minister

    Don and Susan McLaughlin have been serving with North Atlanta since 1997. Their five children are pursuing their undergraduate and graduate studies around the country while Don and Susan are enjoying ministry and the empty nest. Don graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in Bible and a minor in New Testament Greek. From 1999 to 2001 Don continued his education at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Prior to serving at North Atlanta, he and his family served with churches in Anderson, Indiana and Byesville, Ohio.

    In addition to his pulpit ministry with North Atlanta, Don serves as an adjunct professor with Harding, teaching Bible in their online degree program. He also conducts seminars and workshops on spiritual growth, communication, leadership, and personal effectiveness in the U.S. and around the world. He especially enjoys working with universities, young people, churches, and corporations. His first book, Heaven in the Real World, is available through Simon and Schuster publishing.

    A note from Don and Susan...

    We love Atlanta and we love serving with our North Atlanta family. It is such a joy to be a part of a Christ-centered, diverse, community-impacting church. Together with our church family, we have grown in our love for Christ Jesus and our desire to inspire others to give themselves fully to God. Our prayer is that North Atlanta can be an inspiration to everyone we touch.

    Kendra Smith

    Student Minister

    Kendra is from Pennsylvania, but her family now lives in Searcy, Arkansas. She graduated Harding University in 2011 with a General Studies degree with emphases in Bible and Behavioral Sciences. Kendra was a summer intern at North Atlanta from 2009-2011, a year-round intern from 2011-2012, and was hired as a full-time Student Minister in September 2012. Kendra is here to share the good news of the freedom found in Jesus Christ to everyone, especially the students at North Atlanta.

    Ken Snell

    Administrative Executive Minister and Worship Minister

    Ken Snell has been on staff at North Atlanta since 1991. He currently serves as Administrative Executive Minister and Worship Minister. He began ministry as a College Minister (University of Tennessee 1976-1982) and then served as Youth & Family Minister for nine years in Middle Tennessee before joining the staff at North Atlanta.

    Ken's education includes an undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Tennessee.

    Ken is married to Susan, a graduate of The University of Tennessee. They have two daughters:

  • Lauren Snell Kamal lives in Marietta, GA, is married to Derek Kamal, and is mommy to granddaughter, Nico.
  • Whitney Snell lives in Austin, TX and serves as Assistant Director of Comfort the Children, International.


    Tim Tidwell has been a part of the North Atlanta family since 2000. A native of Alabama and a graduate of Auburn University, Tim worked in the commercial construction industry for twelve years before pursuing a calling in full-time ministry. After completing a one year ministry internship at North Atlanta, he joined the staff in the fall of 2011 as Young Adult Minister. His primary roles include working with college students and young single adults and inspiring them to give themselves fully to God.

    North Atlanta Church of Christ Staff


  • Bill Long, Administrative Elder (e-mail)
  • Ken Snell, Administrative Executive Minister (e-mail)
  • Linda Lindsay, Accounting Manager (e-mail)
  • Sondra Alexander, Receptionist & Shepherding Support (e-mail)
  • Carolyn Berry, Printing Services (e-mail)
  • Building & Grounds

  • Tad Danner, Facilities Manager (e-mail)
  • Liliana Boucher, Assistant
  • Chuck Hack, Assistant
  • Children's Ministry

  • Dana Dowdy, Director of Chidren's Ministry (e-mail)
  • Marie Galloway, Director of Children's Education (e-mail)
  • Education

  • Sheree Yasko Hill, Minister (e-mail)
  • Karen Henson, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Family Life Ministry

  • Major Boglin, Minister (e-mail)
  • Betty Holloway, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Genesis Center for Christian Counseling

  • Major Boglin, Executive Director (e-mail)
  • Betty Holloway, Assistant (e-mail)
  • Guest Relations Ministry

  • Dennis Gerdes, Coordinator (e-mail)
  • Involvement Ministry

  • Ken Snell, Minister (e-mail)
  • Trey Smith, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Latino Outreach Ministry

  • Nelson Galarraga, Minister (e-mail)
  • Loren Visaez, Coordinator (e-mail)
  • Life Groups (Small Group Ministry)

  • Sheree Yasko Hill, Minister (e-mail)
  • Karen Henson, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Local Evangelism/Pulpit

  • Don McLaughlin, Minister (e-mail)
  • Julie Stanley, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • North Atlanta Preschool

  • Melissa Deegan, Director (e-mail)
  • Angie Malone, Office Manager (e-mail)
  • North Atlanta Student Ministries (Youth Ministry)

  • Justin Bagwell, Lead Minister to Students (e-mail)
  • Kendra Smith, Student Minister (e-mail)
  • Judy Gage, Student Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Praise & Worship Ministry

  • Ken Snell, Worship Minister (e-mail)
  • Eric Greenwald, Director of Worship Media Technology (e-mail)
  • Trey Smith, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Recovery Ministry (ANCHOR Ministry)

  • John Neiland, Director
  • Sports & Fitness Ministry

  • Scott Galloway, Minister/Director (e-mail)
  • Jeremy Hill, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Susan McLaughlin, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Betty Williams, Ministry Assistant (e-mail)
  • Young Adults Ministry

  • Tim Tidwell, Minister (e-mail)