Our Staff

DALE AND DEBBIE WILSON,
LEAD PASTORS


Dale Wilson is the Lead Pastor of Duluth Church of God (Duluth Church). He
and his wife Deborah are alumni of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
Pastor achieved his Masters from the School of Theology w emphasis in
Pastoral Counseling, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Pastoral Studies. Debbie fulfilled the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education. Debbie served for several years as Early Childhood Director at Mt Paran Church of God. Their global ministry has allowed them to experience God's grace restoring lives throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.

In the 1980's Dale and Debbie began pastoring the Lithia Springs Church of God. During their time at Lithia the church flourished. growing from approx. 50 to over 600, expanding to become a community ministry as well as seeing two amazing structures built in just eight years.  While pastoring at LSCOG they were blessed with Joshua and Jennifer.

Their journey has prepared them to share Christ's message of Restoration, Rebuilding, and Reconnecting to Gwinnett County. After ministering for over twenty years Dale and Debbie went through a tragic divorce. Through the ministry of His Word, His Love, faithful Christian friends and His Grace . God restored their marriage and their family. This journey has opened their heart to love, care, and comfort all people who are bruised, broken, and battered by life's realities.


 

LAMAR AND MARTHA HANSARD,
SENIOR ADULTS PASTORS



Lamar Hansard graduated from Duluth HS in 1951.  In 1952 following HS graduation he joined the National Guard which he retired in 1986 with a rank of Chief Master Sergeant.  He worked in Civil Services for 30 years.  His ministry began in 1957 later to accept an appointment where he served as GA state YPE president in 1963.  Dawsonville Church of God was his first pastorate from 1964 to 1968.  His ministry lead him to an Associate Pastorate of Suwanee COG (1968-1970); Sr. Pastor Suwanee COG (1970-1996); and he is presently serving as Sr. Adult Pastor following the Interim Pastor and Adult Sunday School Teacher at Duluth Church.  He and his wife Martha’s desire is to reach the Gwinett community with the love of Christ. And to continue their service to this community they have lived in and love for years.
 

BOB AND PENNY PETTY,
WORSHIP AND YOUTH PASTORS


Bob and Penny are alumni of Lee University; where Bob has a degree in Christian Education and  Penny has a BS in Education and Bible.  They presently are serving at Duluth Church as Worship Ministers.  In 1990 Bob began his ministry by accepting an appointment to evangelize the eastern United States.  This led to and opened a position as Youth Minister at Lithia Springs Church of God in Lithia Springs, GA .  He also has served as Youth Minister at Fort Mill Church of God and Worship/Youth Minister at the East Market Street COG.  He became Senior Pastor in 2002 at Rock Solid Church of God in Kansas, Ohio for 3 years and Victory Community Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio in 2004. After that service opportunity for 5 years he became a State Evangelist for the state of Ohio, where he founded and established Next Level Ministries (Church Consulting Ministry).  On July 23, 2011 he and Penny married and she has become an integral part of his ministry.  Penny’s passion is ministering to young ladies and assisting them to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.  Her calling is to evangelize, give hope, promise, and God’s divine power to the community. Their hope as a couple is to reach, teach, and disciple those looking for more in their Christian walk.
 

ROSENDO "RUSS" AND GEORGIA BRYDEN ,
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION



Russ and Georgia have been married for 24 years. They celebrate over 30 years of walking in Spirit-filled living . Russ migrated to Duluth Church from Jersey City, NJ.  He is a graduate from the Business College / Inst of Tech in New York.  He and Georgia lead our church in many areas.  Russ is our Sunday School Superintendent, Senior Usher, and a member of our Pastor's Council. As Senior Greeter, Georgia is one of the first smiling faces that will greet you as you enter the doors of Duluth Church. They enjoy working in the Lord's vineyard.
 

 

DR. LARRY WEBB,
DISCIPLESHIP & COUNSELING




Dr. Larry Webb brings a unique approach to faith based counseling and discipleship by combining his training and experience as Christian Therapist/Counselor and Life and Executive Coach.

His faith based counseling approach focuses on healing, as well as strategically looking ahead to anticipate and prepare for life challenges.

Dr. Webb is a Board Certified Christian Therapist/Counselor by The Board of Examiners for Georgia Christian Counselors and Therapists, and has served on their board since 2005.

He has both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Logos Graduate Schools in Jacksonville, FL.

Dr. Webb also is a graduate of two professional coaching schools certified by the International Coach Federation; CoachU (Life Coach) and Corporate CoachU (Executive Coach).

Dr. Webb and his wife Cathy have been married since 1975, and live in Duluth, GA.  They have two adult children Ann and Nathan.  
 

JENNIFER ACKERMAN,
ORCHESTRA AND DEVELOPMENT



Jennifer Ackerman is an alumnus of Lee University, where she has a Bachelor of Music Education. While at Lee University she was a member of the Lee University Wind Ensemble and the Lee University Symphonic Band. As a member of the Symphonic Band, she was blessed with the opportunity to travel to 25 states and 4 foreign countries, ministering the praises of God through instrumental music.
She served as Music Minster at Duluth Church of God from 2009-2012 and is now looking forward to further developing the church’s instrumental music program, with an eye towards building an orchestra.