Rev. Dr. Gail Atchison, Senior Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Gail Atchison is Senior Pastor of MCC of Our Redeemer. She came to the church in February of 2018 from Denver, Colorado. Rev. Gail has earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Wichita State University, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion. Rev. Gail received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Human Behavior from Newport University in California and has a special area in organizational psychology.
Rev. Gail worked as a psychologist in private practice for 12 years and then went into administration as a
CEO for behavioral health organizations and primary care. She has been with MCC for the past 14 years.
Rev. Gail has a son and three grandchildren who live in Phoenix, Arizona along with her mother who is
94. She enjoys jogging, reading and working in children’s ministries. Since being in Augusta, she has
renewed her love of golf. She says that Augusta is one of the friendliest cities she has lived in and is
excited about being the Pastor for MCC of Our Redeemer, Augusta!
James Brooks, Pianist
James played trumpet while in school as well as sang in various choirs. He played for piano for an MCC in Columbia during 1988-1989. James says, “My love for piano has always been strong since I was 17, when I first picked up music lessons at my Grandma’s piano in Tazwell, Virginia during the summers. I’m so thankful to be with MCC. It’s been a tremendously enriching experience, the people, the worship, and the wonderful music that comes from joining a great group of people.”
Jennifer Rahner, Administrative Assistant
Jenn moved to Augusta from the greater Northeast in 2008 and came to MCCOR in 2016. She also owns her own small contracting business, works as a Software Support Technician and Documentation Specialist full-time, and is working toward her Bachelor’s degree part-time. Jenn leads PFLAG meetings at the church the 2nd Wednesday of each month in cooperation with PFLAG Aiken.
When she has spare time, it is spent with her husband, Sean, and step-daughter, Kyla. She loves learning, reading, cooking, mountain biking, and travel. Sam and Jack, two male tabby cats, tolerate her, and let her family stay in their West Augusta home.
Vera DeVito, Treasurer
Vera had no previous church affiliation until finding MCC in Chicago in 1996. Upon moving to the Augusta area, she was pleased to find MCC of Our Redeemer and became an official member in 1998. Vera studied accounting in college which helped her in becoming treasurer at our church. She has served as treasurer for approximately 12 years. She enjoys singing in the choir and has been a member of our choir since its inception. At home Vera enjoys gardening, sewing and cooking. She’s been with her partner, Mary Anne Crosby, for 14 years. Vera and Mary Anne have a dog, Murphy, 5 birds, and many fish all under one roof in North Augusta, South Carolina.