1The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

2Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

3not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,

5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

1 Timothy 3:1-7

The Qualification of Elders

Ty Blackburn

Ty Blackburn

Senior Pastor (Preaching, Shepherding)

Ty is the senior pastor at Providence Church. After attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi for two years, Ty then transferred to and graduated from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. In 1993, Ty and his wife, Patti, accepted the call to ministry at Providence Church. Ty and Patti have two children, Jonathan and Maggie.

John Blackburn

John Blackburn

Elder (Facilities, Widows)

An elder at Providence since 2002, John serves on the facilities committee and teaches Sunday morning Bible study. John has been married to his wife, Connie, since 1963.

James Rouse

James Rouse

Elder (Home Group, Student Ministry)

James attended Capital Bible Seminary, and leads youth discipleship at Providence, where he has served as an elder since 2015. James and his wife, Erin, have four children: Sarah, Miriam, Scott, and Peter.

Charles Walker

Charles Walker

Elder (Men's Ministry, Benevolence)

Charles and his wife Denise have been attending Providence since 2008. They have 5 children and 9 grand children. Charles has served as a deacon and was appointed as an elder in the spring of 2018. He is currently the elder for the Men’s Ministry and Benevolence Ministry.

Ted Guthrie

Ted Guthrie

Elder (Music, Finance, Women's Ministry)

Ted has been our worship leader for the past 15 years and served on the elder board for 8 years. Ted grew up in a Christian home and trusted Christ early in life. Starting in junior high and throughout college, he had the opportunity to share Christ on various mission teams and in challenges to school and church groups. Following graduation with an accounting degree in 1990, Ted married Jennifer, his high school sweetheart. They have been married for over 26 years and she has homeschooled their four children for the past 17 years. Jennifer also serves as the church pianist, Ladies’ Bible Study teacher, and children’s music director. They also enjoy playing tennis together. Prior to attending Providence, Ted and Jennifer led the youth ministries for many years at churches in Lilburn, GA and Bonita Valley. Ted and Jennifer both love music and have a heart for encouraging the church to worship God together through songs and hymns. Ted is a CPA who works as an accountant for a publicly traded chemical company in Alpharetta, GA. He has also worked for KPMG and Hitachi Home Electronics.

Boon Lau

Boon Lau

Elder (Technology)

Boon has served as a deacon and was appointed as an elder in 2023. Boon and Paulynn have three children: Hannah, Sarah and Joshua.

Our Deacons

Deacons are men of irreproachable character whose primary function is to minister to the practical needs of the Church body (1 Timothy 3:8-13). 

At Providence Church, we have set aside several men to lead various service teams that facilitate the ministries of the church.  Some of them also lead Home Groups, teach Bible Studies, or lead other ministries as well.  

If you would like to volunteer to serve in any of these areas, click on the link below. 

Matt Ziesmer

Kitchen Team

Peter Pace


Providence Church Deacon Victor Tan

Victor Tan

Hospitality Team

Karl Reilmann


Prison Ministry

photo Trevor Gilliam, Providence Church, Duluth, GA

Trevor Gilliam


Our Staff

Carolyn McAfee

Carolyn McAfee

Ministry Coordinator

photo Dalton Teal

Dalton Teal

Director of Family Ministries

photo Dave Covalli

David Covalli

Director of Biblical Counseling

photo Kim Pitts

Kim Pitts

Facilities and Maintenance

photo Mitchell Cooper, Providence Church, Duluth, GA

Mitchell Cooper

Church Administrator