Carrie Dean

Carrie Dean

  • Co-Pastor
  • 404.585.1370

Hi there!  I’m Carrie.  I am a mom, a wife, a pastor, a teacher, a friend, a determined gardener, and a sporadic artist.  I love a good adventure.  I grew up in Brazil and part of me is surprised that I’m still living stateside.  I hope to do more traveling one day, but for now, starting a family and a church and loving a neighborhood is a pretty great adventure!


DSC_1065I’m an introvert at heart.  My favorite time of day is early in the morning – before the world is awake.  I love to sit with a cup of coffee and my bible and listen to a quiet world and an often quieter God.


I am a nurturer.  I want to walk with people through good times and bad – encouraging, celebrating, mourning, and hoping.  I love to cook for people and I love to welcome people into our home – although, I may on occasion become frantic in the moments before you arrive…I still love it.


I am a perfectionist, but I am learning to embrace the beauty in messy imperfections and my own frustrating limitations.  I am finding peace and joy with a life that doesn’t always meet my crazy expectations.  My kids and my church help me with that.


IMG_1446I should mention that my kids make me a better human in lots of ways.  Too often, we parents complain about our high-maintenance little dependents, sometimes we try to identify them as the reason our life isn’t all that it could be.  There is a part of this that is true.  I am not nearly as productive and efficient in almost everything often (but not always) because of my children.  But, I am a better human.  They teach me to love, holding nothing back.  They teach me to be patient and kind when I am tired, overwhelmed or angry.  And they teach me to simply love God – to love being loved by God – without looking for results or self-improvement.  They are teaching me to love life and live it fully – the way Jesus promised we could.


I hope, above all, that I am a follower of Jesus.  That means that I have high ideals.  I want to shine love and hope, light and joy into a world that is beautiful, but broken in places.  I want to be a part of God’s healing work in the world and sometimes that means recognizing the places where I am broken and being willing to let God shine there.


Well, that’s enough about me.  I’d love to get to know you!



Career & Educational Experience

  • Pastoral Resident, First Baptist Church Decatur, 2009 - 2010
  • Master of Divinity - McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, 2006-2009
  • Director of Children’s Ministries at New Hope United Methodist Church, 2006 – 2008
  • Event Coordinator, Member Liaison, and Sales Executive at Gold Creek Golf Club, 2004 - 2006
  • B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Portuguese at University of Georgia, 1999 - 2002
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