Pastoral Staff

Jessica R. Patchett   |   Pastor and Head of Staff

Jessica joined Central’s staff April 8, 2019.





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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, South Carolina, 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, 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.