David Cozad | Interim Pastor
David stepped in as Central’s interim pastor and head of staff in August 2016. He will lead Central until the Pastor Nominating Committee brings a recommendation for Central’s next called pastor.
David comes to Central from Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC where he was named interim senior pastor in January 2015. He is pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, SC where he retired in 2012 after serving 10 years as senior pastor and head of staff.
He is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and also holds a Masters of Science in Planning degree in urban planning and social policy from Florida State. His Master of Divinity degree is from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and his Doctor of Ministry degree is from Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, with an emphasis in stewardship.
He has served Florida churches in Tallahassee, Ocala and Sarasota, and close to 20 years in higher education ministry at Eckerd College, his alma mater. He also served for nine years as secretary of the board of trustees of Columbia Seminary and chaired the Board of Visitors at Eckerd as well as the Board of Church Advisors at Presbyterian College. Likewise, David has served on a number of boards and committees pertaining to urban development matters within the communities he and his family have lived.
David and his wife Dana have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Michelle Hwang | Associate Pastor
Originally from Carrollton, Texas, Michelle joined the pastoral staff at Central in 2014.
She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Sociology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a Masters in Christian Education degree from Union Presbytery Seminary (Union-PSCE) in Richmond, Virginia, and a Master in Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.
While attending Union, Michelle received the Wade and Lou Boggs Scholarship for excellence in Theology. She is also the recipient of the Chalice Press “Outstanding Seminarian” Award. Likewise, Michelle was a Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, and a Board member of the Women’s Center at Princeton.
Before attending seminary, Michelle taught Advanced Placement Biology in Carrollton, Texas for six years and taught in Los Angeles for one year. Prior to joining Central, Michelle served several churches in the Baltimore Presbytery as a Director of Christian Education and Associate Pastor.
When not at Central or attending to pastoral duties, Michelle’s favorite pastime is reading, (about spirituality and good biographies), with movies and travel as close seconds. Additionally, she has two nephews and one niece, who she affectionately calls, “my joy”.
Anna George Traynham | Associate Pastor
Anna came to Central in 2014 as a part of the Residency Program, funded through the Lilly Endowment. In 2016, upon the completion of the program, Central extended an invitation for Anna to remain on staff as an associate pastor (non-installed).
Originally from Fountain Inn, South Carolina, Anna received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Religion and Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC and a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Likewise, she received a graduate certificate for patient counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
She is the recipient of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Hammond Award for excellence in preaching and worship (2013) and graduate fellowship (2014), and is a contributing member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the new edition of the Book of Common Worship.
Prior to coming to Central, Anna served as an intern at Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond, Virginia, and spent several summers on the staff of Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina.
Anna serves on the board of Presbyterian Campus Ministries and Ukirk Agnes Scott with Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga. In addition, she will serve as a worship leader (liturgist) for the 94th Annual Bible Conference and Church Music Conference at the Massanetta Springs Conference Center in Virginia.
Anna has a passion for writing and leading liturgy, giving language to the depths of hope, joy, and longing she experiences in the worship of God. Her liturgy has been featured in several Presbyterian conferences and publications, the Union Presbyterian Seminary Sprunt Lectures (2016), and worship services around the nation through her blog, www.andalsowithyou.blog. Several of her prayers will be included in the new Book of Common Worship, coming to shelves in late 2017.
She lives in Decatur with her husband, Blake, and their dog and cat, Buoy and Mosby.
The Lilly Endowment is one of the world’s largest private philanthropic foundations and among the largest endowments in the United States. It has historically focused on three primary grant areas: community development, education and Christianity. It is the largest private foundation in the United States that funds almost exclusively in its home city and state, and is one of few major foundations to fund religion.