Leadership

STAFF ELDERS

Justin Ely

Lead Pastor
Justin is Lead Pastor. The author of Gospel Focused Discipleship, a three-year curriculum for discipleship, he hosts Monday Musings, a podcast about culture and theology, with Daniel. He has a business degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary. Before planting CFC in 2017, he served in previous churches as College Pastor, Missions Pastor, Young Adult Pastor, and Discipleship Pastor.
 
Justin came to faith in Christ through the witness of his mom when he was a child and felt called to ministry in the eighth grade.  Both the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and BYX (a Christian fraternity) played an important role in growing his faith in high school and college. He enjoys UGA football games and playing golf in his free time.
 
He is married to Hillary, and they have three young children.

Daniel Chen

Pastor for Discipleship
Daniel Chen is Pastor for Discipleship. He hosts Monday Musings, a podcast about culture and theology, with Justin. Before joining CFC, he worked as a software consultant and, later, was Campus Director for Campus Outreach at Kennesaw State. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Divinity from Metro Atlanta Seminary.

He loves watching sports, early morning workouts with friends, and playing tennis, basketball, and pickleball. He enjoys fantasy novels and is a foodie. He likes hugs—except side hugs, which he hates.

Among his more notable accomplishments are saving a tuba player from being run over by an ESPN TV crane on the sidelines of a college football game, backpacking through Europe (and being thoroughly unimpressed—USA! USA! USA!), and having a restaurant name a burger after him—The Cheneral—in Panama City Beach.
 
He is married to Meredith, and they have three young children, Charlotte, Thomas, and Samuel.

Willie Padgett

Pastor for Corporate Worship
Willie is Pastor for Corporate Worship. He currently works at Ameris Bank in the mortgage industry and previously served as an officer in the Army Reserves. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a BA in Music Performance with an emphasis on Classical Guitar.
 
Willie started playing guitar in his youth group band when he was 15, played the bottom bass drum on the drumline in college, and sang in many choirs growing up. In his free time, he enjoys running, vacationing in the mountains, and reading (The Lord of the Rings and The Pilgrim’s Progress are his two favorites).
 
He is married to Katie, and they have three young children.

LAY ELDERS

Jonathan Gunter

Michael Harward

Tyler Linderman

Charley Malmquist

Todd Shearer

Danal Slay

Ron Wakefield

John Wood

DEACONS

Donna Kay Brown

Hospitality

Jason Cole

Audit

Jim Brown

Security

Josh Coberly

Connect

Meredith Chen

Women's Ministry

Olivia Davis

Communications

Austin Dudman

Men's Minsitry

Hillary Ely

Congregational Care

Daniel Flaherty

Video Production

Lessie Gunter

Scheduling

Joey Nay

Students

Amelia Mahfood

Partner Care

Austin Wen

Tech

Julie Malmquist

Kids

Katy and Tim Whitson

Foster Care & Adoption
You can learn more about how our church is led and governed by reading our bylaws here.