Pastors & Staff Leadership
Matt Miller, Lead Pastor
As the Lead Pastor, Matt is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the church, which he does the only way he knows how: in team! Matt provides strategy for the mission and leadership to the staff team, so that together with the Elders, Roswell Community Church can continue to live out its pursuit of Gospel transformation. Matt also serves as one of the Elders.
Matt grew up as a missionary kid in France for the first 15 years of his life and married his high school sweetheart, Becky, before joining the Air Force for 6 years. Following his time in the service, Matt spent 4 years in business until he was drawn into youth ministry in 2002. In 2010, Matt joined the team at RCC and has loved being a part of the beautiful community God is building here!
Matt and Becky have journeyed through 25 years of marriage together and have two married children. Matt enjoys many things, from a good movie to an energetic conversation about WWII, to an exciting Philadelphia Eagles victory, but whatever it is, he’d rather do it together with people.
Matt holds a Masters in Theology from Columbia International University.
Mike Browne, Pastor of Student Ministry, Local & Global Mission
Mike was brought on staff in 2007 to oversee the youth ministry, and over his years, his responsibilities have evolved. In addition to running the youth ministry, which includes equipping youth coaches and discipling students, he also helps organize all the church’s mission trips, the global giving initiatives, and the local outreach to our community.
Although Mike was born in Ohio and lived in New York a couple of years, he has been in the north Atlanta area since he was five, and considers this home. He was raised in a church that taught him how to have a relationship with Jesus and where he was formed by doing ministry in community. God eventually led him to Wheaton College where his calling became clearer. After graduating, he moved back to the Atlanta area and got plugged into this church, volunteering and playing drums on the worship team (something he has loved to do since he was four). Mike conferred his Masters of Divinity in 2010, which is when he was ordained and brought on full-time at the church. Though he met his wife, Bailey, in high school, he was too shy to pursue her then; fortunately, when they ran into each other after college, he refused to give up! They were married in July 2007, and they now live in Woodstock with three kids (two boys with a girl in the middle) where they serve together loving the youth of Roswell.
Art Vander Veen, Teaching Pastor
Art is our part time Teaching Pastor and, with 44 years of ministry experience, our mentor. Over his long career he has, among other things, been a founding member of the Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, planted and pastored a church for 25 year in North Atlanta, and served as the chaplain for the Atlanta Falcons. Art was also in on the beginning of Roswell Community Church and has been on our staff for all of its 10 year history. He authored all 11 volumes of the Amazing Collection, a five day a week Bible Study for each book of the Bible for women.
Art grew up in Chicago and at age 18 moved to Albuquerque NM where he met and fell in love with a 16 year old named Jan who later became his wife. They just celebrated 54 years of marriage. They have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren ranging in age (as of 2014) from 11 to 26. Art received a B.A. Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1968 and a Th.M. From Dallas theological Seminary in 1976.
Art fell in love with teaching the Bible while ministering to the college kids in Santa Barbara in 1970. In one way or another he has been doing that ever since. Besides family and ministry Art enjoys remodeling projects and he and Jan share a love for RV travel and gardening.
Joel Blackburn, Worship Coordinator
Joel plans and organizes the services each week at RCC. This includes the oversight of the worship and tech teams, the selection of songs and liturgical readings, scheduling of band and tech volunteers, and preparation of media for services. Joel also plays bass guitar in leading worship and rehearsals on Sunday mornings. He has served on RCC’s worship team since 2006, and officially came on staff in 2013.
A native of the Atlanta suburbs, Joel grew up involved in youth group, worship team, and global missions. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He worked for several years as an accountant and analyst for a manufacturing company before taking off to backpack through Central and South America. Since then, he has worked in Roswell doing marketing, accounting, and writing surety bonds for a local licensing firm. He also plays bass for an Atlanta alternative rock band. Other interests include Arsenal soccer, UGA football, Spanish, travel, and spending time with his girlfriend and family.
Cori Panyard, Roswell Kids Ministry Director
Cori, together with Jadie Burton, is responsible for all things Kids at RCC – from creating safe, engaging, Jesus-centered environments for babies through 5th graders on Sunday mornings, to championing opportunities for family involvement in our liturgical calendar. Cori joined the staff in early 2012 and has seen God grow Roswell Kids grow from 25 kids to roughly 150.
Though she spent much of her childhood state-hopping between the Midwest and Southeast, Cori has always considered the mountains of North Carolina home and enjoys going back whenever possible. Cori graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN where she began dating her husband, Michael, while studying Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Deaf Education and Communication Studies. She has enjoyed regaining a life after college and now lives in Woodstock with her husband and their 2 young daughters (ages 3 years old and 18 months) who share her love of baking, painting and playing outside.
Jadie Burton, Roswell Kids Coordinator
Jadie, together with Cori Panyard, is responsible for all things Kids at RCC – from creating safe, engaging, Jesus-centered environments for babies through 5th graders on Sunday mornings, to championing opportunities for family involvement in our liturgical calendar.
Steve Heimler, Adjunct Teaching Pastor
more information about Steve coming soon…