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Welcome to Perimeter
We are pleased that you have chosen to visit our web site and we hope you will come and visit us in person as well. As you explore our site you'll notice that we have a lot to offer the families and individuals in our community, including things for children of all ages as well as adults, no matter what their age or stage of life (single, married, divorced, widowed, whatever). Perimeter is a truly a come as you are church. It's a safe place to explore the truths of Christianity and it's a great place to experience growth and community.
Our services feature a blend of traditional hymns with contemporary praise songs, and will often feature drama, personal testimonies, and dance - providing a dynamic and impacting time of worship. We were all created to worship and at Perimeter Church our desire is to help you worship well.
Sunday: 9:00 AM (Sanctuary)
Sunday: 10:45 AM (Sanctuary)
Childcare - 0-5 yrs old (Pre-Kindergarten)Sunday: 9:00 & 10:45 AM
We will be electing those nominated for the office of Deacon or Elder during the service.
Click on the candidates' names to view their bio:
I came to Christ in 2003 through campus outreach at North Georgia College, met my wife Lindsay in 2004 while being a camp counselor at Camp All American, and have been a part of Perimeter ever since (except for a short stint as members of The Vine in Cumming), I actually spent 2 years on staff serving as an intern under Matt Ballard.
Lindsay and I have now been married for almost 12 years, and have 3 beautiful (also insane) children. Annie is 7 years old and is in love with Art, all things Disney, and Jesus. Judah is 5 years old and is in love with all things Star Wars, he is still learning to love Jesus, but he is kind of afraid of Heaven cause “it seems like a really long time to be with Jesus.” Jack is 2, and loves to laugh and wrestle.
I am very excited about this opportunity to become an Elder, and look forward to shepherding God’s people if elected.
Jeff Friedel is the VP, Western Region for Choosing the Best, a company which provides teachers, parents, and community leaders with the tools and techniques to make a meaningful difference in how young people are prepared to navigate an increasingly complicated world. Choosing the Best's mission is to improve life outcomes for teens and their families by providing educational materials on how to make the healthiest choices.
Jeff is a West Point graduate with an MBA from Columbia business school. He experienced excellence in leadership while in the Army, at KPMG, and at Goldman Sachs. He grew his ability to create sustainable value as a managing director for a “business process redesign” firm where he helped drive tens of millions of dollars in revenue growth and tens of millions in cost savings. He then leveraged his entrepreneurial skills and value creation principles building a software company that delivered custom workflow automation systems to school districts, growing that company from less than 10 to over 150 people.
Jeff moved to Atlanta in 2004, is married to Virginia and is father to four children, two of whom are currently at UGA.
My wife, Melissa and I were both born and raised in south Georgia. Married in 2003 after graduating from Georgia Southern, we moved to the Atlanta area in 2005, and began attending Perimeter shortly after. Originally living in Marietta, we moved to Peachtree Corners to be closer to work and church. Our daughter, Elleri (9), was born in 2009, and two years later we welcomed our son, Lawson (7). Our family moved to Sugar Hill three years ago.
For the last 9 years I have worked for UPS in our Supply Chain Solutions office in Alpharetta. Melissa currently works in the administration for Bridgeway Christian Academy, where both our children attend school.
For over 30 years I have been blessed to have been able to serve in leadership positions within both for and not-for profit organizations. I spent 18 as a Human Resources leader within high tech companies such as Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. I also worked as Chief Human Resource Officer for the largest health care system in southern New Jersey before taking on the role of Head of HR at Samaritan’s Purse. I was fortunate to be able to also serve as Director of Worship and Arts for Perimeter for 3 ½ years and am now doing leadership and organizational development consulting with a firm called Conversant.
My wife Melanie, and I live in Sugar Hill and have been blessed with 5 wonderful children and 5 precious grandchildren. Melanie and I both have BS degrees in Christian Education from Biola University and I have a MS degree from Azusa Pacific University in Human Resources Leadership.
As a follower of Christ, I was fortunate to become aware of His calling on my life at a young age. As only He can do, God formed and shaped me to take on what I consider my main calling – be the servant to those who tirelessly serve Him. Regardless of job, my passion has been to be a warrior in help unlock the shackles holding so many in defeat and despair and awaken the genesis of the work Christ wants to do in them and help them see themselves as God sees them in Christ – as heirs and saints.
It was while working with a Christian relief organization that I began to realize I was called to serve those who serve. God had been developing in me the skills to be the servant to those who were so tirelessly serving Him. I am burdened by how many of our brothers and sisters are burned out, disillusioned or discouraged in their Christian work. They see themselves as having failed or have somehow seen the church as having failed them. As a result they have quit their area of calling, become jaded, and in some cases left marriages, the church and even their faith.
This is the gap I feel called to stand in.
I believe we are all called to preach the Gospel, make disciples and love as Christ did. However, I believe we also all have unique callings that God has entrusted to us. Mine is to help break the bondage of self-doubt that is holding so many in defeat and despair and awaken them to the work Christ has called them to do. It is the healing work of grace and not the message that “works” will make them better. I don’t live my calling all the time. I get selfish and fail often. However, knowing the risks of not staying the course - seeing broken souls stuck in living defeated lives - pulls me back in line pretty quick. All I can do is trust God will take my broken efforts and use them for His glory.
Mark Jones grew up the son of missionary parents in Indonesia. He committed his life to Jesus Christ at a young age and he strives to follow God's will each day. Mark earned a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech, which prepared him for a 20 year career in fiber optic communications networks. He chaired a United Nations subcommittee on fiber optic network technology for most of that time. Sensing it was time for a change, Mark is now a part time facilitator at the Georgia Tech Challenge Complex, where he leads groups in team building activities. Mark is also regularly involved in Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech, where he is a mentor to students and a caving trip leader.
At Perimeter Church, Mark is a parking team volunteer and the current Parking Team Captain. Mark first married in 2008, and cared for his wife as she suffered with cancer and passed away in 2011. At the beginning of 2017, he was reacquainted with Lisa, another “missionary kid” from his childhood, and they married in May of that year. As a result, Mark is now stepfather to four adult sons. Mark and Lisa are actively sharing the love of God with those they meet at Perimeter Church, in their Chamblee neighborhood, and in the Georgia Tech caving community. To be better equipped for future service, they are starting graduate school in August to become licensed counselors in Marriage and Family Therapy.
After graduating from UGA in 2003, Brett and his wife, Nicole moved to Florida where Brett started his career. Brett & Nicole moved back to Johns Creek in 2007 when they found out they were expecting twins. Today, they have three daughters (12, 12, and 7), and have been attending Perimeter Church since 2008.
Clifton Loo grew up in Augusta, GA and went to the University of Georgia where he earned a BBA and PhD in economics. After college, Cliff has lived and worked in the Atlanta area for over 20 years in the banking and investment industries. For the last 15 years, he has been married to the former Kerry Poon and has three children: Evan, Katherine and Logan. For over 20 years, Cliff has attended PCA churches and has been a member of Perimeter Church for the last 15 years, where he has served in ESL and International Community Connect.
My name is David Lopez. I’ve been attending Perimeter Church for 5 years and I’m currently on Staff here. My wife Lesly and I have been married for 31 years, and God has blessed us with two wonderful children, Clarissa, 25, and Jordan, 17. Our walk with the Lord has been filled with ups and downs, but we have learned to believe that He is Sovereign and above all things, so we keep our lives in His presence, and seek to fulfill His purpose.
Tim Mele has been married to Sandra for 33 years. They have three children – Alexandra, Kendall, and Michael. The Meles have been active members of Perimeter church since the year 2000. He has been involved in Perimeter school, Smiley for Kylie Camp All American, Seasons of Life, Children’s Ministries, Middle School Discipleship leader, Crown Ministries and MNFM. Tim played college soccer and is an active coach is various sports. He has served on various charity boards including New Beginnings Adoption agency, Georgia Youth Soccer, various PGA/USGA events, FSU alumni groups and Ocee Park Baseball. He was a volunteer fireman / EMT for eight years with Alpharetta Fire Department. He recently retired from 35 years in the technology business.
Josh Riley is a native of the Sunshine State, having grown up on Florida's Space Coast. He earned a BSBA in Finance at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, and has lived in the Atlanta area for 30 years.
He has been employed by JLL for 22 years, managing corporate real estate programs and projects for clients rangng from Homeland Security to various national retailers, and is currently working with T-Mobile.
Josh and his wife Caroline recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and have been members of Perimeter Church for about as long. They live in south Forsyth County with their son Graham (rising 8th grader, Anvil Academy + home school) and daughter Delaney (rising 6th grader, South Forsyth Middle School). Josh and Caroline serve as teachers and small group leaders in children's discipleship and JHi, and Graham serves on the JHi Servant Team and Jhi worship band.
Mark and his family began attending Perimeter Church in 1999. Both he and his wife Vicki became members shortly afterwards, in 2000. He works full-time in Information Technology, and is also a professional part-time musician with a degree in Music from the University of Georgia. He currently serves Perimeter in Worship and Arts by singing in the choir, assisting with rehearsals, and playing the piano for Chapel services. Mark is also currently midway through his Master of Divinity studies at Metro Atlanta Seminary.
Mark and his wife have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Bill is married to Julie, and has stepsons Justin (22) and Sid (19). He was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and attended Wake Forest University. Bill has lived in the Atlanta area since 1990, and was a Perimeter staff and member from 1992 – 1997, and has most recently been a member since 2014. He works in the real estate business and teaches at Providence Christian Academy.
The youngest of 3 siblings, this Georgia native was born into a southern Baptist family. Over the years that followed, I was a member of various Pentecostal, Charismatic, Methodist and non-denominational churches. This breadth of exposure to varying viewpoints sent me on a journey into the scriptures for truth. It was in the pages of scripture where I not only found the answers I was looking for, but also found the sweetness of the reformed faith. This embracing of reformed doctrine led me to the PCA denomination, which ultimately led me to Perimeter Church in the late 1990’s.
In the ensuing years, I wrestled with deep questions of faith and even a moral failure. It was the deep theology, church discipline, and the strong community of believers at Perimeter that God would use to help me navigate those painful times. Now I have an amazing and Godly wife named Aimee, a beautiful 16-year-old daughter named Abigail, and in 2008, I became the Director of Technical Ministries for Perimeter Church.
When I was nominated as an elder, I was excited for the opportunity to be part of the very team that helped me years ago. I look forward to being used by God to love and shepherd those God will providentially bring under my care. Soli Deo gloria!
I have attended Perimeter Church for more than 11 years and have been involved with various ministries throughout that time – from graphics and video switching in the Main Sanctuary, to leadership in the Twenties ministry, and production for the Young Adults ministries. I’m currently living in Duluth, GA with my beautiful wife, Sharon (whom I met for the second time at Perimeter about six years ago), and our newborn daughter, Eliza Jane. I’m always up for sharing the story of how Sharon and I were brought together by God’s amazing work, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Bobby and his wife Paula have been married for 22 years. They have two children, Hank, 20, and Grace, 16. Bobby has been on staff at Perimeter for 3 years, serving with the Camp and Sports Outreach Ministry, supporting Camp All-American and Sojourn Adventures. Prior to serving at Perimeter, the Wills family served 5 years as missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. Bobby and Paula have been Perimeter members since 2008. Before coming to Perimeter, the Wills family were full-time staff members at Woodlands Camp in Cleveland, GA. Bobby loves the outdoors and is an avid Obstacle Course Race competitor.
I was raised in a Lutheran household. Mom was the one who took me to church. I grew up with faith in God but not really understanding Him. In my later teen and early twenties I was involved in some bad things and at a low in my empty life. After getting married a few years later, my wife and I joined a Southern Baptist church where I came to believe in God and asked Him into my life. As time went on, and two kids later, my marriage became more difficult and I started to medicate my emotional pain by drinking. After 31 years of marriage, a four year divorce, losing a house, working on sobriety and financial issues, I have never lost my faith and love for God and Jesus.
Finding Perimeter church has brought me to a new understanding of our Father and HIS Son. I have grown greatly in my knowledge, wisdom, and faith in God. When my back was broken in five places He never left my side, and was there for me when I lost my job. God didn’t give me a job; He did give me the heart and strength to keep looking until I found a job. God has taken care of more than I’ll ever know and I will always be with Him. I have been attending Perimeter church since 1998, and have been a member for five years. I volunteer about 20 hours a week with the worship and arts production team. I am looking forward as serving as a deacon at Perimeter.
Paul is a graduate from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fl. His career started as a Consultant Engineer for Factory Mutual Engineering Association based in Atlanta, GA. He was later promoted to Engineering Officer with Arkwright Mutual Insurance, working with Power Generation clients in the Eastern US. He is now an Operations Vice President – Field Engineering Group Manager for FM Global – a large industrial property insurance firm. He also holds an industry designation of Associate in Risk Management (ARM).
Paul and Cindy have been married since 1979 and have been involved with serving as ushers, and serving at Rush, and as mentors for Right Start. They have two married daughters – Lauren and Erinn, a rescue dog – Hazel, and 3 grand-dogs.
Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of Home Repairs Ministries, a non-profit organization providing critical home repairs and modifications for homeowners in need. Prior to that, he spent his career in the Hi-Tech world of software serving in various sales and management roles.
He and Beverly have been married since 1985. They have a son, Matt, and a daughter, Shelby.