The Rev. Catherine Renken,   Pastor

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Our pastor, Catherine, joined us on September 5, 2011. She received an M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary and B.A. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has served churches in Brentwood, TN, North Palm Beach, FL, and Fort Worth. She has written for various homiletics publications and devotional materials. She volunteers as a Chaplain for the Cobb County Police, and is passionate about supporting organizations that fight human trafficking. Catherine is happily married to Brad, who is the owner of Hearthstone Luxury Pools + Outdoors, and she is the proud mother of two children. Catherine grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and she enjoys running and spending time at the lake or ocean.

Catherine invites you to join her at 10:30 every Tuesday for Coffee with a Pastor for a time of fellowship.

Heidi Hanz,   Director of Music

Our Music Director, Heidi Hanz , began her ministry at Kirkwood on June 1, 2002.  Heidi plans and directs music for all services at Kirkwood. She also directs the chancel, youth and children’s choirs. Heidi holds the master of music degree in sacred music and the bachelor of music degree in music education. She also is a Presbyterian Church USA certified church musician, a member of the American Guild of Organists, and the Music Teachers National Association.

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Dana Augur, Children's Church and Education Leader

Dana Augur is originally from Hingham, Mass. She earned her bachelor’s  degree in psychology from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. She worked  as a preschool teacher at a local United Methodist Church for 10 years and was the Assistant Director for five years. Currently she is a financial aid counselor at Kennesaw State University.
She has two sons and one daughter. Dana has a passion for teaching children about Jesus.


Ashley Knight, Administrative Assistant

Child of the Manse and a life-long Presbyterian, Ashley began her journey as an infant on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary, as her father earned his MDiv throughout the first years of her life. Whether in Chickamauga, Atlanta, or Cartersville, she always had a home in the Presbyterian church (office, especially….she’s been folding bulletins since she was old enough to walk). Ashley is a graduate of Cartersville High School. She trained at Chattahoochee Technical College and earned her certification and licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician. She worked 911 in Sandy Springs for three years, earning multiple commendations and life save awards. For the last two years, Ashley has worked as a COVID team supervisor for Georgia Department of Public Health, supervising 10 tracers/investigators, working hard to limit the impact of COVID on the north Georgia area. Ashley is the proud mother to two children, Isla and River, and enjoys cross stitching, true crime documentaries, and camping in her free time.