Rev. Jon D. Payne
The Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne serves as the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian. Rev. Payne previously served for 10 years as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Georgia, near Atlanta (2003-2013).
Jon and his wife, Marla, a graduate of the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina (Physical Therapy), met in Charleston in 1997 while Jon was playing soccer for the Charleston Battery. The Paynes have been happily married for 17 years and have two children, Mary Hannah (13) and Hans (10).
Rev. Payne is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A. '93), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S '98 /D.Min '04), and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), New College (M.Th. '02). He is a visiting lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta/Charlotte), series co-editor of and contributor to the new Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012––), and author/editor of several books including John Owen and the Lord’s Supper (Banner of Truth, 2004), In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century (Tolle Lege, 2008; translated into Spanish, Burmese, Chinese, Portuguese, & Italian), and A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism's Enduring Heritage (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013). Rev. Payne also frequently contributes to TableTalk and Modern Reformation magazines. Payne serves as the Convener of the Gospel Reformation Network and and is on the Council of the Twin Lakes Fellowship, two ministerial networks that seek to cultivate theological and ministerial faithfulness within the PCA and beyond.
Rev. W. Ross Hodges
Ross Hodges was raised in a strong Christian home in Montgomery, Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery (B.A., 2008) and Westminster Seminary California (M.Div. 2013).
Hodges served as an intern under Pastor Jon Payne during the summers of 2011 and 2012 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, Georgia. Ross met his wife, Joanna, at Westminster where they were both students. Joanna received her Master of Biblical Studies degree from Westminster (’13) and is also active in the life of Christ Church. Ross was ordained in the Palmetto Presbytery in November 2014. The Hodges have three children: Elias, Charlotte, and Isaac.
In addition to serving in various administrative, teaching, and discipleship roles, Rev. Hodges also leads Christ Church's campus ministry to local college and medical students.