- Rick StarkAssociate Pastor
Rick is the Associate Pastor of Decatur Presbyterian Church. Prior to DPC, he was at Plains Presbyterian Church in Auburn, AL where he served both as it’s planting Pastor and Senior Pastor.
A native of Louisiana, Rick has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master’s of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Prior to entering seminary, Rick and his wife Betsy served 20 years with Athletes in Action (a ministry of CRU), both in the U.S. and internationally.
Other than his family (father of four beautiful children), Rick’s passions include hunting, fishing, landscape and home renovations.
Rick’s life verse is Galatians 2:20 and his favorite quote from missionary Jim Elliott – “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
- Nathan WhiteAssistant Pastor
Nathan was born and raised in Decatur, Alabama. He began serving Decatur Presbyterian as the Pastoral Intern in January of 2017, became the Youth Ministry Director in 2020, and was ordained and installed as the Assistant Pastor in January of 2021. Nathan grew up in church, hearing the gospel from an early age, and is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary.
He married his wife, Rachael, who is also a Decatur native, in March of 2016.
Nathan is deeply thankful for the opportunity to love and serve both Christ and His people at DPC.
- Stu SchielerWorship Director
Stu is originally from Ripon, WI., but he was raised in Miami, Florida. Music has always played an important role in his life and it allows him to worship God on a very personal level. For over 15 years Stu was very active in the music ministry of Old Cutler Presbyterian Church (PCA), and in his younger years Stu traveled to Latin America, Mexico, and Europe as a member of a musical mission team from that church.
Stu married his childhood sweetheart, Lory, and they have two children, Jessie and Tel, and they have been at DPC since August of 2010.
- Tonya RothOffice Coordinator
Tonya joined the staff as the Office Administrator for Decatur Presbyterian Church in the Spring of 2013, and is most often the first voice you hear when contacting the church.
Tonya was born in California, but grew up in Florida and Tennessee. She has lived in Decatur for 37 years. She and her husband Michael have three adult children, Nicholas, Asher, & Heather, and two grandchildren, Jack & Harper. Tonya has a strong love for her Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ, and loves the DPC family and considers it a pleasure to serve the staff and congregation of DPC.
- Lainee OliverNext Generation Ministry Director
Lainee was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and met her husband at Auburn University where she studied Public Relations and English. She was the Office Manager at Westminster Presbyterian (PCA) in Fort Walton Beach for four years before her family moved to her husband's hometown of Decatur in 2020.
Lainee grew up in the church and has loved the Lord since she was young, but in her freshman year of college she began to grow in her study of the Word, making Christ even sweeter to her. She enjoys reading and playing piano when she can find time with two young children at home. She is grateful to serve DPC and prays that each child comes to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Erika LadnerNursery Coordinator
Erika has been the nursery coordinator for DPC since Spring of 2013. She grew up in the Shoals area where she attended Covenant Christian School and went on to get a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The University of North Alabama. She worked in news for 4 years after she graduated college until she "retired" to stay home with her small children.
Erika had a wonderful Christian family, church and foundation growing up which helped point her to Christ at an early age. It wasn't until she was 13 that she realized how sinful she truly was and her desperate need for a Savior. That's when God changed her heart and made her new! She is now married to her college sweetheart, Jacob, and has three adorable children named Bennett, Hallie, and Claire.
Erika loves serving the body of Christ through the nursery ministry and prays that every child leaves knowing that Jesus loves them most of all!
Jeff Keith Jason Seale
Mike McMahan Greg Smith
Kent Quinn Jay Suggs
Brian Rodgers Blake Temple
Connor Ross Chip Walraven
Wade Littrell David Whitcomb