James Dickson

Pastor

jdickson@christchurchpca.net

Anna, Pierce, Blair, Stuart, and I moved to Trussville in August of 2011 to begin the work of planting Christ Church PCA. It was a journey the Lord had been preparing us for all of our lives, but one that we have only recently been able to see more clearly. Prior to our call to ministry and my transition to seminary, I believed that my identity was in Christ, though I often struggled with placing that identity in my various roles as a husband, father, and business man. Anna and I met while students at Auburn University, and were married just a couple of years after graduation. I then went on to Emory University in Atlanta for an MBA. Following Emory, Anna and I began to have kids, and I started a career in business. Initially, that led me to the world of finance, working for what was then known as Wachovia Bank. After several years, we moved to North Carolina and joined my father-in-law in the family homebuilding and development business. There we stayed until, in the midst of the housing downturn, we shut down our business, and I submitted to the call to ministry.

Those past experiences are part of who I am and God has used them all to prepare me for ministry, but there is so much more that is important to why we are here in Trussville to plant Christ Church PCA. Most significantly, my identity is still in Christ, but God has added the role of church planter and has has called us to this ministry, in this place, at this time. 

Personally, I love the doctrines of grace! I love the doctrine that, we in the PCA, hold so dear. I love the Word of God. But most of all, I believe God has called us to this ministry so that we might reach the hearts of the people in Trussville with the message of Jesus Christ’s redeeming love. When I am not doing the work of the church, I am usually spending time with my wife and 3 children. I like to exercise. I love to talk football. I also love to fish, though I am a better fisherman when I have someone with me, guiding me along the way. 

This is who I am and a little of who we are. Our family is thankful to be here in Trussville, and thankful that God has placed us in His Church. We look forward to sharing it with you.

 

Linda McElroy

Financial Administrator 

lmcelroy@christchurchpca.net

Linda was born and raised in Birmingham, never moving outside of a 30 mile radius of where she was born. She attended Samford University focusing on Paralegal Studies. After working for years in the legal field, Linda's focus turned principally to financial work. She worked for ten years at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Homewood, and then as Covenant planted Cahaba Park Church, accounted for and reported to Murray Lee during his initial fundraising efforts. Linda enjoys reading and sewing, but primarily having close family relationships with her husband Roger, their girls, and grandsons. Linda is thrilled to now be at Christ Church PCA, never being more sure that this is where God has called her to be. 

 

Jason Kriaski

Youth Pastoral Intern

jasonkriaski@gmail.com

Jason was born and raised in Jackson, TN, where he also went to college at Union University. He had been a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church for a little over six years. Jason graduated from Union last year and studied Biblical Languages. After graduation, he started working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He just moved to Birmingham to begin the Master's of Divinity program at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. His passions include making and listening to music, doing construction work, working for his college fraternity, and outdoors activities.

 

Mary Katherine Whatley

Chief Musician

emkaywhatley@gmail.com

Mary Katherine (MK) Whatley is a 2010 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts with a concentration in voice and a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with BA in vocal performance. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education at UAB. MK led worship at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in the youth group for six years and the college class for two years. She also co-led worship at a ministry called The Station, at the University of North Texas in 2010 & 2011. "God could not have brought me to Christ Church at a more perfect time. In his always perfect will, it was exactly the kind of church home that I had been needing. I love my church family and have been so happy with what God has done in the life of our church. I can't wait to see what other exciting things God has in store for us as a church body."