Staff and Officers
Meet the Presbytery Staff and Officers
Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody
Transitional General Presbyter
In November of 2019, the Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody began his work as the Transitional General Presbyter for Savannah Presbytery. Alan grew up in Florence, SC in a Lebanese-American family. His Presbyterian roots go back to his great grandfather who was a product of our early missions to the Middle East and was a Presbyterian minister in Beirut, Lebanon in the late 1800’s. Alan and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and two grandchildren. They are scattered around the country from NYC to GA to Albuquerque to Sacramento! Alan transferred to our presbytery from Grace Presbytery where he served on the COM and was the transitional pastor for two churches in the greater Dallas area.
The Baroodys are not strangers to Savannah Presbytery. Alan, a licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor, served as pastor to the Jekyll Presbyterian Community Church for five years and then as the Executive Director of the Mary Lou Fraser Foundation for Families (The Fraser Counseling Center) in Hinesville, GA for thirteen years. Suzanne is a Military Family Life Counselor and has worked on military installations in this country and abroad. Alan’s 44 years in ministry have included serving local congregations in upperstate SC as well as directing counseling centers in Colorado and Georgia. He presently serves on the board of the Soul Repair Center, a branch of Brite Divinity School that is dedicated to the education and research of moral injury suffered by veterans of our military services. Both Alan and Suzanne continue in their 11 years of volunteer service as members of the PDA National Response Team.
Educational and Professional Background
Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary; Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond; Doctor of Ministry in Family Systems from Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary; and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Supervisor in TX and GA.
Liz is from Southern California, born and bred. She holds a BA in liberal arts. She and her husband Dave have lived all over the continental US including Fairbanks, Alaska due to his military career, and both of their corporate careers. During the last 35 years Liz has been privileged to be employed as the Lawyer Referral Service Director for the South Carolina State Bar; the Managing Director for Wheels to Work in Atlanta, GA; and an Advancement and Development Associate for the University of California at Irvine. What started out as a part time position with the Savannah Presbytery in 2008 became full time employment working with a wonderful group of people. Liz is also a portrait artist and craftsperson in her “other” life. She has two grown sons and four beautiful grandchildren.
Interim Program Coordinator
Marty Susie is from Pittsburgh, PA and is a life-long Presbyterian. Her first career was in the Culinary Arts field for about 30 years beginning as a cook in Pittsburgh and ending as a multi-unit restaurant manager here in Savannah, GA. As God would have it, her second career has been in Christian Education as part-time Director of Christian Education at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church for the past fifteen years and recently added as the Interim Program Coordinator of the Savannah Presbytery. Marty is also a graduate, Class of 2012, of the Savannah Presbytery School of the Laity. Marty is married to Jack and they share three children and all are members of Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church.
Jaclyn Beeler is a native of Smyrna, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership and Ministry from Williamson College. Jaclyn is a lifelong Presbyterian, she grew up attending First Presbyterian Church of Smyrna in Middle Tennessee. She was the Director of Youth Ministries there for three years after graduating from WC. Jaclyn currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. Upon her arrival to Knoxville she began working at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, TN where she was the Children’s Ministries Coordinator for three years. Currently Jaclyn serves as the Communications Coordinator for UKirk, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and as the Communications Coordinator for the Savannah Presbytery. She and her wife, Katherine, are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN where Jaclyn also serves as a ruling elder.
Ann Henderson is a member and elder at FPC Statesboro. She has been an active member of the Mission Committee and currently serves as cochair of the Administration Committee. Ann is a cofounder and active board member of Rebecca’s Cafe, a local soup kitchen in Statesboro that just celebrated their 11 year anniversary. Ann is a Lecturer for the School of Accountancy in the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University and a CPA. Ann and her husband Allen are the parents of four young adult children.
Administrator, M. K. Pentecost Ecology Fund
Hermina Glass-Hill, MHP is a Creation justice steward, lecturer/public speaker, writer, and a 2019 recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities for her research on African American/Gullah Geechee history and culture. Guided by the African philosophy of Ubuntu, which means I Am because We Are, her work intersects faith, nature, racial reconciliation, and the earth-honoring traditions of African Americans.
At Savannah Presbytery, she serves as the administrator of the M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund, a trust established for the presbytery’s ministry of environmental justice and ecological stewardship of natural resources including marine and wildlife. At Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, she engages communities of faith on the Georgia coast in stewardship of Creation as a direct expression of faithfulness and as a religious response to global climate change, resource depletion, environmental justice, pollution, and other disruptions in Creation. She is the founder and executive director of the Susie King Taylor Women’s Institute and Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the life of (Presbyterian) ex-slave Susie Baker King Taylor and promotes environmental education. She is an active ocean conservation advocate and champion for the protection of endangered North Atlantic right whales.
An Atlanta native, Hermina studied at Spelman College, a historically Black liberal arts college for women, and Georgia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in African American Studies and Environmental Justice and a Master of Arts in Heritage Preservation. She enjoys reading, exploring nature, and mindfulness meditation on the beach. She is a member of Midway Presbyterian Church in Liberty County . She is currently enrolled in online Pathway courses at Union Presbyterian Seminary located in Richmond, Virginia.
Rev. Dr. Proctor Chambless
Proctor Chambless is a native of Americus, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia and a Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Proctor was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by Mecklenburg Presbytery of the PCUS in 1978 and was honorably retired December 1, 2019 by Savannah Presbytery. Proctor served churches in North and South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. In addition, Proctor served as Moderator of North Alabama Presbytery and Savannah Presbytery. He also served as Interim Presbytery Executive for North Alabama Presbytery. Proctor and his wife, Ginger, now live in Dublin, Georgia. They have two children: Kate McMullan who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and Jason Chambless who lives in Savannah, Georgia. They have four grandchildren: Lilli, Thackston, Bailey and Carter.
Rev. Deanie Strength
Rev. Deanie Strength grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and was confirmed in the faith family of First Presbyterian Church. She graduated with honors from the University of Alabama and received her Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. She was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor of St. Simons Presbyterian Church in 1999 and assisted Skidaway Community Church (formerly Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church) as Parish Associate from 2017 to 2021. Deanie serves Savannah Presbytery as Council and Stewardship & Finance Committee Chair and as a member of the Transition Team. She has also chaired the Christian Education and Nominating committees and has been a long-time leader at the presbytery’s summer camp. She lives in Savannah with her husband Joey and children James and Nell who are all members of First Presbyterian Church.
Doty Barnard Dunn was born and raised in Albany, Georgia where she was baptized as an infant at the First Presbyterian Church and joined the church at the early age of eight years old. Doty and her husband, JD, are members of the Statesboro First Presbyterian Church where she serves as a ruling elder. Doty is a retired school psychologist. She received her college degrees from Valdosta State, Columbus State, and Georgia State. Her passion in life is serving children. In retirement she continues to receive joy from teaching children in Sunday school and serving as a court appointed special advocate for children in foster care. Currently serving as moderator of the Savannah Presbytery is a challenging position for Doty. Her faith is growing in this role as she is learning to listen more and to seek wisdom. She is excited to see the good work that the presbytery continues in these most challenging times for the church.
Rev. Mark George
Mark has served churches in Foothills, Greater Atlanta, and Savannah Presbyteries. He and wife Yvonne have three adult children. Mark currently serves as pastor at Metter Presbyterian Church.
Savannah Presbytery Council
Chair: Deanie Strength
Presbytery Moderator: Doty Dunn
Presbytery Moderator-Elect: Mark George
Committee on Ministry Chair: Jean Vernon
Committee on Preparation for Ministry Chair: Annie Franklin Arvin
Education and Training Ministry Team Chair: Vacant
Mission Committee Chair: Barbara Conner
Nominating Committee Chair: Jamil el-Shair
Personnel Committee Chair: Rick Douylliez
Stewardship & Finance Committee Chair: Deanie Strength
At Large: Ken Bailey, Margaret Brooks, Leslie McCracken, Johnnie Washington
Presbyterian Women Moderator: Charlotte Goff, ex officio
Teams and Task Forces of the Presbytery Council:
Racial Justice Ministry Team Chair: Bob Morgan
Transition Team Chair: Ben Beasley
Permanent Judicial Commission: Laurel McKeith, Chair
Committee on Representation: Chair pending
Savannah Presbytery Representatives to the Synod of South Atlantic
Commissioner: Margaret Brooks
Synod Permanent Judicial Commission: Diane Lovin
Synod Moderator: Kathi Parchem