Staff & Leadership

  • Chris barbee

    Lead Pastor

    Chris has been married to Amy Barbee since 2008, and they have two children, Micah and Maggie. Chris grew up in Metro-Atlanta and is the son of a pastor. Chris has been in full-time ministry since 2010 and worked as a volunteer before that. He has a B.S. in Biblical and Theological Studies degree from Liberty University and is currently seeking his Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves all sports, but especially enjoys football and playing golf. 

    His goal is to is to seek after Christ with endurance (Hebrews 12:1-2), proclaiming His glorious grace to all (Ephesian 1:6) and raising up others to do the same (Ephesians 4:12).


    P: 478.845.2825 ext. 3

  • kenny burgamy


    Kenny has been married 28 years to his wife Dawn, and has one daughter, Morgan. He attended Macon State and a graduate of Atlanta's Columbia School of Broadcasting , and anchored at 13WMAZ television.

    He loves Piedmont because of the comfortable environment and community found each time we gather for worship.

  • james douthit


    James was born in Macon and graduated from Monroe Academy in Forsyth 1990. He graduated from Mercer University in 1993 with a degree in accounting. He has been a CPA since 1995, and a certified general appraiser since 2000. He married his wife Leigh in 1996 and has three children, Claire, Jake and Grace. He has been involved in church leadership since he was 25, and have been a part of Piedmont Church since it started, and has been on 6 mission trips to Guatemala. He has a passion for encouraging people to identify and take the next step in their spiritual journey. 

  • jay gillis


    Jay was born and raised all over South Georgia, where his family eventually settled in Americus Georgia. He met his wife, Angie, before moving to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech. Jay and Angie have two children, Turner and Martha-Kate. He is employed with Graphic Packaging in Macon. 

    There are many reasons he loves Piedmont, and feels that the messages are relevant, practical and challenging. He also loves the diverse and rewarding volunteer opportunities Piedmont Church has to offer. He and his family are continually encouraged to develop their personal relationship with Christ and share it with those we work with and live around. He always leaves Piedmont feeling energized and ready to take on another week. Finally, his kids love going to church on Sunday morning and attending youth events that help them to connect with God at an early age and through high school.

  • rusty gleaton


    Rusty is married to his wife Monica, and they have three children, McKenzie, Morgan and Gray. Rusty graduated with a BBA from the University of Georgia in 1992 and is the Senior Vice President at OneSouth Bank.

    He likes Piedmont because it’s a church that makes people from all backgrounds feel welcome. He loves the powerful, moving nature of the music and how it prepares our hearts for a time of worship each Sunday. His kids love the Youth and All Star Kids programs, their worship time and all of the programs have to offer. 

  • clay murphey


    Clay has been married for over 20 years to his wife Lynn, and they have two children, Hollis and JC. He was born and raised in Macon. After graduating from college, he moved to Washington DC, but moved back to macon a decade later and started a career in Commercial real estate and development. He is currently self employed as a consultant with the City of Macon as the Project Manager for the Second Street Redevelopment and is also a co-owner of SportClips.

    He love the family environment that Piedmont fosters and encourages. He loves his "little lambs" in All-Stars and watching them develop and grow into wonderful kids.

  • King Kemper


    King was born and raised in Macon.  He is  married to Katie Loving Kemper, from Nashville Tenn. and they have 3 kids Avery, Cook, and Amelia. He serves as a commercial real estate Broker with the Summit Group. King graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Communications and Mercer University with his MBA.

    He loves all aspects of Piedmont! He serves in various ways, but one area you will always see King is talking to people in the lobby and helping to make sure they feel at home!



    Pastor emeritus

    Jerry is our founding pastor. His family, with the support of many other families, planted Piedmont back in 2007. Jerry and Jana have been married for over 20 years. They have three children, Kenzie, Colton and Asher. Jerry is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a BS degree in Agriculture Economics. He then earned his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX in 1993.