Staff & Leadership

  • Jerry Dingmore

    Lead pastor

    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. He has over 20 years of ministry experience and 17 of those as Senior Pastor.


    It is a dream come true for Jerry to launch a church with a group of like-minded people who long to create irresistible environments that will reach the unchurched and help people world-wide who are hurting, persecuted and afflicted.


    E: PastorJerry@piedmontchurch.net

    P: 478.845.2825 ext. 8

  • Chris barbee

    Executive Pastor

    Chris Barbee is the Pastor of Students and Groups here at Piedmont Church. He has been married to Amy Barbee since 2008, and they have two children, Micah and Maggie. Chris grew up in Cobb County 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).


    E: Students@piedmontchurch.net

    P: 478.845.2825 ext. 3

  • Ben Hammack

    Next-Generation Pastor

    Ben grew up as an Air Force kid and lived throughout the midwest mainly in Wichita, KS and San Antonio, TX. He attended Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Leadership with an emphasis in Youth Ministry. He has been heavily involved in student ministry and children's ministry since 2011. Ben loves art and loves to create in any way such as drawing, music, videos, graphics, acting, and writing. He's also a huge fan of pro basketball and the San Antonio Spurs.


    His goal is to positively change the way kids experience Jesus inside and outside of church along with helping kids to know and understand who Jesus Christ is before they reach middle school.


    E: allstars@piedmontchurch.net

    P: 478.845.2825 ext. 6

  • dawn burns

    tree house ministries

    Dawn is in charge of the treehouse ministry, which is devoted to giving children under 5 a safe, fun environment where they can begin to learn about Christ. She has devoted her life, personally and professionally, to serving and giving back to others. While at Piedmont, Dawn has also been heavily involved in the All-Star Kids ministry as a teacher and helping with the praise team. Professionally, Dawn has worked with the Macon Rescue Mission and the Department of Family and Children Services for nearly two decades. For eight years, she served as the Director of the Battered Women’s Shelter. Dawn is married to Robbie Burns and has two children, Hunter Lanier and Hannah Rose Burns.


    E: treehouse@piedmontchurch.net

    P: 478.845.2825 ext. 5

  • Brooks Hanson

    Worship Pastor

    Brooks was born and raised in Macon, graduated from FPD, and now lives in Milledgeville, GA while attending Georgia College and State University. At GCSU he's working on a degree in Business Management that he wishes to apply to ministry both now and post graduation. He is very active in the Wesley Foundation where he is a worship intern. Brooks has always loved worship and has been leading since high school and has only grown in his love for leading since then.


    Brooks exists to bring glory to God and serve those around him by catalyzing communion. He desires to connect people to the Lord in new and fresh ways that are inspiring to each person and further their personal walk with Christ and also connect people to each other in order to build up the Church. 


    E: worship@piedmontchurch.net

    P: 478.845.2825 ext. 4

  • kenny burgamy

    elder

    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

    elder

    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

    elder

    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

    elder

    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. In addition, he loves the way Jerry preaches his messages based on scripture and real world application. He also loves the powerful, moving nature of the music and how it prepares our hearts for a time of worship each Sunday. Finally, his kids love the Youth and All Star Kids programs, their worship time and all of the programs have to offer. 

  • clay murphey

    elder

    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

    Elder

    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!