The Rev. Catherine Renken, Pastor
Email address: Catherine@kirkwoodpc.org
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.
Becky Burnette, Nursery Director
Nursery Director Becky Burnette is a life-long resident of Cobb County. A teacher at a Christian day care facility, Miss Becky has worked with children for more than 50 years, including several years of involvement in Scouting. She enjoys spending time with her son, daughter and four grandchildren as well as her brothers and sisters. Her other interests include working in her yard and cooking.
Marisa Hallberg, Children's Church and Education Leader
Marisa, a Cobb County native, earned her Communications degree from the University of Georgia. She then attended Kennesaw State University for her Early Childhood Education degree and later a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education. Marisa is certified to teach children of all ages and abilities and is currently a teacher in Cobb County Schools. In addition to teaching, she has experience working in private preschool as well as the non-profit sector. Marisa is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Dane, and they are the proud parents of two daughters and one son. She’s an artist, an animal lover, and enjoys spending time with her family in nature. With her passion for helping children to discover and strengthen their God-given gifts, Marisa began serving at Kirkwood in January 2020.
Nancy Wellman, Administrative Assistant
Nancy Wellham holds her B.A. in social work from Texas Christian University and her M.S.W. from the University of Georgia. Nancy worked primarily in the field of sexual trauma with an emphasis in program planning and administration. She was later married and had three children: Emily (21), Julia (20), and Campbell (17). She homeschooled her children for many years and regularly volunteered in her church's ministries for women and children. She is glad to be a part of the Kirkwood staff and is thankful for the church's intentional outreach to the community.