While all of us have been focused on the pandemic, a very important—and long-planned—transition was happening at Perimeter Church. Gordon Moore, the church's first and only CFO made his planned transition to focus on Stewardship and other congregation-focused financial ministries. And Stacey Earnest, who has been the church's Pending CFO for several months, officially transitioned into the CFO role in March.
We wanted to take a few minutes and give you a glimpse of our new CFO—and the first woman ever to serve on the church's Executive Leadership Team.
1. What's your backstory? Where are you from?
I’m from Mississippi, and I graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in accounting. I practiced as a CPA in Memphis, TN, with the accounting firm now known as Ernst & Young. After that, I worked in the corporate tax department at the headquarters of International Paper Company. My husband and I then went back to law school at Ole Miss together. I practiced law for three years with a law firm in Jackson, MS, before coming to Atlanta.
2. Tell us about your family.
My husband, Steve, and I have three adult sons. Lee is an attorney in the Atlanta area, Cole is in sales in Chicago, and Houston is preparing to attend medical school at the Medical College of Georgia at its Athens campus. All three boys went to Perimeter School and were raised at Perimeter Church.
3. How long have you been at Perimeter Church? What brought you here?
My family has been here for over 23 years, since January 1997. My husband was transferred with his job at Bellsouth from Mississippi to Atlanta.
4. Your first job with Perimeter was with Perimeter Christian School. You were there for a long time! What was your role there, and how do you feel it prepared you for being CFO of the church?
I was on staff at the school for 16 years. When I left, I was in charge of all administrative functions, with direct responsibility for financial functions. I have worked closely with the Church’s accounting department for years and have developed a good working relationship with other departments within the church.
5. How do you feel your background in both finance and law will aid you in your role as CFO of a large church?
I really feel that God has woven all my past experiences together for this role. I am so thankful for my experience with the church as well as my past experience in accounting and law and pray that He will use it all for His glory.
6. How do you feel about taking over for Gordon Moore?
Gordon has been incredibly generous with me and is a wonderful mentor and role model. I don’t think I could ever “fill his shoes”, but I am so thankful to be able to learn from him and continue to get his advice and counsel as he moves to a stewardship role in the fall.
7. What other ministries/groups are you involved in at Perimeter?
I am a discipleship leader and love working with the Women’s Ministry and getting coaching and equipping through them. I also have been blessed to work with Community Outreach in my role as a Board Member for Friends of Refugees.
You can reach Stacey at SEarnest@perimeter.org. Please reach out to welcome her officially to her new role!