Our Team

Jerry Akin

About Jerry

Jerry is a native of Columbus, Georgia. Hearing and learning scripture at a young age played a key role in his spiritual formation, so he has a passion for guiding and equipping families to grow in their faith.

 He also believes that the local church should be an outpost of God’s Kingdom, and he considers it a great privilege to witness that Kingdom of love and grace as it breaks into this world through the people and ministries of Pierce Chapel.

Jerry is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Candler School of Theology, and he is currently completing doctoral work at Duke University. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Clare, and their children, Liam and Hannah Clare. He also enjoys running, writing stories and devotionals, and spending time in the outdoors.

Linda Laye

Pastoral Care Assistant

About Linda

Linda is a Deaconess in the United Methodist Church, having been consecrated to that role in May of 2020 after significant theological education and training.

Linda is also a Certified Lay Minister (CLM) in the UMC, by completing CLM training through our South GA Conference over the past couple of years. 

But beyond all of that valuable credentialing, Linda is a beautiful example of loving servanthood, care, and compassion. We have been the recipients of her faithful ministry in so many areas as she has lived out her call to be a disciple right here within our own congregation in countless volunteer capacities over many years.  

Roseanna Harbuck

Director of Programs & Communications

About Roseanna

Roseanna is originally from Buena Vista, Georgia, where she grew up in the United Methodist Church. She attended Georgia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

Roseanna served on staff at Pierce Chapel as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator from 2014-2021, and has recently moved into the position of Director of Programs & Communications. She loves helping connect people and grow the body of Christ through this new role! She is also passionate about missions and cross-cultural work and she enjoys helping coordinate Pierce Chapel’s mission efforts.

Roseanna is married to her high school sweetheart, Kasey, and they are the proud parents of Rayna, age 11. Their family enjoys seeking out new adventures and traveling!

Donna Pounds

Director of Music Ministries

About Donna

Donna has been involved in church music ministries since her preschool days and, since Junior High, has been employed at her home churches as an accompanist. She truly enjoys her dual role here at Pierce Chapel serving as choir director/service accompanist as she works at equipping folks to lead in worship through many different music ministries such as adult choir, children’s choir and handbells.

In addition to her duties at Pierce Chapel, Donna is proud to be a Registered Nurse and a Certified Lay Minister (CLM) through the South GA Conference.

Donna enjoys outdoor adventures with husband, Randy, and adult son, Miles, and his family.

Debbie Korytoski

Preschool Director

About Debbie

Debbie accepted the role of Preschool Director in January 2022. She has an impeccable reputation as an educator  in this community and she is dedicated to loving and serving children and their families in truly life-shaping ways.  Over her career, she has served as  Assistant Principal and Principal in Harris County, and in her work as Assistant Superintendent of Schools, she oversaw the Pre-K program for all of Harris County.  Debbie has a proven track record of fostering healthy, supportive relationships with staff, with parents, and with children. 

She and husband, Doright, have two sons: Philip (college) & Andrew (11th grade).

Noah Barfield

Director of Youth Ministries

About Noah

Noah came to Pierce Chapel from Christ Community Church (his home church). For the last 3 of those years, Noah volunteered as the “right-hand man” of CCC’s full-time youth minister. Noah has a passion for students and seeks to help them know their hope and value in Christ. He is committed to pouring his life into our students to encourage and challenge them to follow Christ with their whole hearts.

A graduate of Veritas Classical School in 2016, he is currently working toward a Bachelors in Ministry Leadership degree (online) through Toccoa Falls College. Noah married Ansley in June 2021.

Beth Hudson

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

About Beth

Beth has many years of experience serving children and families as a nanny as well as years of experience managing employees in a retail setting.  She not only loves to connect with people herself, but she also has the natural ability to help connect people with one another.  Beth identifies “shepherding” as one of her spiritual gifts, and her desire is to shepherd children into the knowledge that they are deeply loved by God and to support parents as they guide their children in a growing relationship with Jesus.

Beth and her husband, Will, have three children:  Elijah (age 10), Everett (age 6), and Elaina (age 4).   

Taylor Heinzelman

Nursery Director

About Taylor

Taylor, raised up at Pierce Chapel, has often said it was her childhood dream to one day serve as Nursery Director! She began volunteering in the nursery as a teenager and served many years as a regular nursery worker before becoming our Nursery Director. She loves caring for children and you will find her surrounded by babies and toddlers most Sundays!  Taylor also provides childcare at her home when she is not keeping kiddos at church. 

She is married to Kevin and they have two children, Brenna and Charlie.  Their family loves to explore new places and enjoy the outdoors. 

Clare Akin

Graphics & Publications Coordinator

About Clare

Clare is a native of Columbus, GA where she grew up in the Methodist Church. She attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.

Clare enjoys spending her spare time with her family, taking photographs of nature, sewing, and painting. She loves to put her creative skills to work while serving the church.
She and her husband, Jerry, and their two children, Liam and Hannah Clare, enjoy vacationing in the mountains and at their favorite beach spot, Jekyll Island.

Elena Graves

Children’s Ministry Assistant

About Elena

Elena has been an active member of Pierce Chapel for years and grew up in the Children’s Ministry. She is a Senior at Harris County High School and a part of The Refuge, Pierce Chapel’s Youth Ministry.

Elena has a heart for kids and has always wanted to serve in this role to give back to the church.  She is a gifted leader and devoted young follower of Christ!

Laura Stewart

About Laura

Laura moved to Columbus from San Antonio 28 years ago.  She was determined to return to Texas, but God had other plans; He provided a great job at TSYS, where she met her husband, Steve, of 21 years.  After working for TSYS 25 years, she retired but soon joined Pierce Chapel staff as our friendly and helpful receptionist!

Laura states,  “Even though I don’t attend Pierce Chapel, the people are outstanding; everyone has made me feel like family, like I belong here!”

Dawn Krueger

Financial Secretary

About Dawn

Dawn received her Bachelors in Accounting and MBA from Columbus State University. She has been working in accounting for over 15 years because she loves numbers and how they are accurate and exact. She married Eric Krueger in August 1999 and they had their daughter, Madeleine, in 2002 and their son, Nicholas, in 2005. Her children play sports all over the southeast and her family loves to travel to their sporting events.

As Pierce Chapel’s financial secretary, she hopes to serve those in the church by providing accurate and reliable information.