Who We Are

Kairos is blessed with a dedicated staff to serve you in any way possible. Our sincere desire is to encourage you daily to follow in the way of Jesus. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.

 

 

Drew Ditzel, Pastor

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Drew Ditzel was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He attended Davidson College and is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary. Drew first found his way to Kairos Church through a year long internship in 2009 where he led a discipleship ministry, pushed the congregation closer to Jesus through his preaching, and pastored various folks in the community. He, along with his wife Amelia and sons Will and Beau, have been part of the community in a variety of forms ever since. Before becoming Kairos’ Head Pastor, Drew was the Director of Middle School Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and a teacher of Theology at Marist School. In his free time, Drew enjoys being terrible at fly fishing, pretty good at reading, and excellent at being an Atlanta Hawks fan.

Micah Dalton, Gathering Director & Artist-in-Residence

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Micah Dalton was born and raised in and around Atlanta, GA. Micah has spent the majority of his professional life as a touring singer-songwriter. He is also the co-founder of the ATL Collective, a collaborative music series that seeks to showcase songwriters by re-imagining classic albums in a live music format. Micah joined Kairos in Spring 2015 as Gathering Director & Artist-in-Residence after he and his wife, Mary Lynn, lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan for nearly two years. Micah is passionate about the collision of art, faith, and culture, and he strives to contribute through those avenues to the flourishing of the arts in Atlanta.

Micah enjoys mid-20th century Catholic writing, playing pick-up basketball, and stand-up comedy.

Sharol Hayner, Parish Associate

 

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After growing up in Pasadena, California, Sharol majored in Music at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. At a weekend retreat her freshman year, she sensed God’s call to ministry but didn’t know what that might mean. After graduation, Sharol worked with high school and college students while on staff at Park Street Church in Boston where she met and married Steve. They moved to Seattle in 1973 where Steve was pastor to students at University Presbyterian Church near the University of Washington where Sharol ministered to students, young moms and children.

When the Hayners moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1988, Sharol was encouraged by the community at Christ Presbyterian Church to go to Seminary. She began Seminary at age 48 and ultimately graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Sharol was Pastor for Discipleship at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta where she led teams in women’s ministry, adult discipleship and prayer ministry. At the end of 2009, Sharol joined Steve at Columbia Theological Seminary and to spend more time with her family.  Sharol is married to Steve and they have three children: Emilie, married to Chad and mom to Claire 6, Anna 3½, and David 1; Chip, married to Kristen, parents of 2 yr. old Lainey; and Drew, an artist in the Atlanta community. Sharol enjoys gardening, music of all sorts, and hospitality.

Joe Ryan, Minister for Community Discipleship

Joe Ryan, Minister for Community Discipleship

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Joe Ryan, Minister for Community Discipleship

Miriam Ryan, Minister for Community Discipleship

Miriam Ryan, Minister for Community Discipleship

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Miriam grew up in California, moving several times during her childhood as her Dad followed his pastoral call. Little did she know these moves would shape one of her greatest passions–helping others cultivate a sense of community and belonging in the church. Miriam is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and Fuller Theological Seminary, where she recently finished her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality. Prior to joining the Kairos staff, she had a background in teaching, and has worked in a variety of ministry settings including Hume Lake Christian Camp, Menlo Church and Peachtree Presbyterian Church with youth, young adults and women. She enjoys teaching, leading and forming small groups, and creating environments where people encounter Jesus in a deeper way. A few things she loves… spending time with her family, running (and coaching Girls on the Run), hot yoga, reading a good book with a cup of good coffee in hand, celebrations of all kinds, and summertime when the neighborhood pool is open. Miriam and Joe (also on staff at Kairos) have been married for almost 15 years and have two kids, Ellie and Conner.

Jan Williamson, Minister for Families and Children

 Jan Williamson, Minister for Families and Children

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Jan Williamson FinalJan grew up in Rock Hill, SC. After graduating from Winthrop University and teaching for a couple of years in Camden, SC, she received a MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Washington. After graduate school, Jan returned to the east coast, living in Charlottesville, VA, and serving as a hospital teacher with the University of Virginia Children’s Medical Center. In 2000, she moved to Atlanta to serve at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, initially as the Director of Preschool Ministry and later as the Director of Children and Family Ministry.

Growing up in a Christian family, Jan has known Jesus as Lord and Savior from a young age. She continues to explore and practice (and sometimes struggle) following him daily. She is thankful for the support, encouragement, and challenge of family and great friends who are fellow followers.

Spending time with family, including her nieces and nephews, and good friends is one of her favorite opportunities. Jan also enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and watching college (and kids) sports.
 Jan is excited to be part of the Kairos community, walking alongside families and helping the church family to partner with parents in raising the next generations to follow in the way of Jesus.

Michelle Wlodarek, Bookkeeper

Michelle Wlodarek, Bookkeeper

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Michelle Wlodarek, Bookkeeper