Savannah Presbytery



The General Assembly represents the bond of union, community, and mission among

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations and governing bodies.  The 224th General Assembly will take place in Baltimore, Maryland June 20-27, 2020.  Savannah Presbytery will send a Teaching Elder, a Ruling Elder, and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate

(between the ages of 17-23) as commissioner.





First Class in School of the Laity Program
Offered: Each Summer
Bryant – Bible Survey Syllabus


Teacher: Dr. Robert BryantDr. Robert A. Bryant is the Kristen Herrington Professor of Bible and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Along with Bible Survey courses, he teaches upper-level New Testament courses, Biblical Greek, and a range of special courses on topics such as religious fanaticism and environmentalism. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech and his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, been a Visiting Scholar at Duke University, and served as a Visiting Professor of Religion and New Testament at the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe in Germany. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Bryant has served churches as Pastor and Supply Pastor in the Synods of the South Atlantic (South Carolina and Georgia) and the Mid-Atlantic (North Carolina and Virginia). He is the author of The Risen Crucified Christ in Galatians, The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us, First Corinthians: One in Christ and has written numerous articles and lectured extensively. He has also been active in lay schools of theology and contributed to the development of Christian Education curricula. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and bird watching. He and his family live in Clinton, South Carolina.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
—Psalm 27:1
Throughout history the Church of Jesus Christ has not only survived, but has thrived during periods of adversity. Such is the case for many of the congregations within Savannah Presbytery. We are learning new ways to be the Church. Most congregations are adapting to being a virtual church; worshipping via YouTube, Facebook Live, Skype, or email links, and holding session meetings and having Bible Studies using Zoom. With the Spirit’s guidance and the creativity available through technology and social media Savannah Presbytery continues to function during the challenging times presented by the spread of the Coronavirus.
In accordance with the Governor’s order to shelter-in-place to curb the Coronavirus, the Savannah Presbytery Office will remain closed through April 13 or until such time as the order is lifted. Alan Baroody, Transitional General Presbyter, and Liz Richardson, Office Administrator, will be working from home. Their contact information is listed below as are the names and email addresses of the Technology Task Group. If any church is having difficulty with issues around virtual worship or meetings, the TTG are available to assist. Many other COVID-19 resources for Church Leaders and Members can be found on the denomination’s website at
May God’s grace and healing be with all who are suffering from the Coronavirus or unemployed due to its spread, and may the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with all who are lonely or grieving. As the Church of Jesus Christ we remain separate but together.

(During this time of social distancing and shelter-in-place during COVID-19, there will be a weekly Zoom meeting for all Savannah Presbyter Pastors on Wednesdays at 11:00 am.
If you are a pastor and do not receive an invitation to this meeting please contact Alan Baroody at

Alan Baroody, Transitional General Presbyter: (912) 270-4557;
Liz Richardson, Business Administrator: (800) 616-3671;
Eric Beene, Stated Clerk:
Ann Henderson, Treasurer:
Marty Susie, Program Coordinator:

Technology Task Group:
Mark Giuliano, Chair –
Ada Owens –
Andrew Allen –
Ben Beasley –
John Gary –
Matt Chase –


The Work of the Council

  • INTERIM GENERAL PRESBYTER – TE Alan Baroody (as of 11/01/2019)

Alan joins the Savannah Presbytery after serving as Interim Head of Staff at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton, TX and Interim Pastor at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, TX. Before moving to Texas, Alan served as Pastor of Jekyll Presbyterian Community Church for five years and over thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Marylou Fraser Foundation for Families (The Fraser Counseling Center). Additionally, Alan has served on Committees on Ministry in three presbyteries for 20 of the past 24 years of his ministry.

Alan’s wife, Suzanne, is a ruling elder in the PC(USA). She is also a licensed professional counselor and works as a Military Family Life Counselor at various military installations, both in the U.S. and around the world. Both she and Alan serve as volunteers on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s National Response Team.

Alan and Suzanne have four adult children and two grandchildren. For recreation, Alan enjoys reading mystery novels, sailing, hunting, fishing, camping, and amateur radio.

Educational and Professional Background: Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary; Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond; Doctor of Ministry in Family Systems, Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary; licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor; Board member of the Soul Repair Center of Brite Divinity School (research and education on Moral Injury); Served churches in South Carolina, Texas, and Georgia; Directed Christian counseling and outpatient services in Colorado and Georgia.

The Savannah Presbytery Council

Rev. Andy Meeker (Wilmington Island) , Moderator of Presbytery***, pro tem, (912) 658-2496;      Chair, Committee on Ministry

Rev. Deanie Strength (Skidaway Island), Moderator of Council  (912) 223-2271;  Moderator-Elect of Presbytery *** Transition Team, Education & Training Committee

Rev. Rick Douylliez (St. Marys), Chair, Personnel Committee (912) 674-0142;

Rev. Jamil el-Shair (Midway), Chair, Nominating Committee (404) 839-5967;   Director, School of the Laity

Rev. Jeff Garrison (Skidaway Island) , Chair, Committee on Preparation for Ministry            

 (269) 804-9793 , Education & Training and MK Pentecost Committees                            2020 Faith Enrichment Conference Director

Elder Paul Scott (Jesup), Chair, Stewardship and Finance Committee                                       912-202-6261;

Rev. Will Shelburne (First, Savannah) , Chair, Committee on Education & Training              (843) 259-1098;   Chair, Transition Team

Rev. Ozeas Silva (Iglesia Latina), Past Moderator***  (770) 899-9095;      At Large

Elder Jean Vernon (First, Brunswick), At Large, Stewardship & Finance Committee         912-264-5763;  Member, Transition Team

Elder Charlotte Goff (Allenhurst), Moderator of Presbyterian Women                                         (912)312-1014; (ex-officio Council member)

***The Past Moderator, Moderator, and Moderator-Elect are also members of the Trustees, the Finance and Stewardship Committee, and the Personnel Committee.

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