Gary is the President of PCA Retirement & Benefits (RBI) and is responsible for its overall management and service to the Presbyterian Church in America. Prior to joining RBI in August of 2006, Gary had retired as President and Chief Investment Officer from Kennedy Capital Management, Inc., an institutional investment manager of small and mid cap equity securities with $3.6 billion under management at the time of his departure. Previously, Gary was the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for the Commerce Trust Company in St. Louis, MO. Gary is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He served on the RBI Board for 10 years and is a member of Intown Community Church in Atlanta. Gary is married to Holly and they have three children. Gary enjoys spending time traveling with Holly and playing golf.
Financial Planning Advisor
Don is a Financial Planning Advisor for PCA Retirement & Benefits. RBI called Don to be a part of their mission and ministry in 2017. Don is a Teaching Elder in the Georgia Foothills Presbytery and serves as its stated clerk. Before joining RBI, he as Senior Pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia and, before that, as Associate Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia. Don is a graduate of Virginia Tech (BS, Computer Science), and Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv) in Philadelphia. Don is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) and presently working towards his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. Prior to ordination, Don worked in the software industry holding a variety of positions in product development, IT, product management and sales. Don’s primary responsibility is to provide pastors, plan participants, and churches with retirement, investment, insurance, and general financial planning advice and guidance. He also visits presbyteries, churches, schools and seminaries to conduct seminars on financial wellness and retirement readiness and to meet individually with our ministry partners. Don and his wife Jenny have 4 adult children and they attend Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia, the church they had the privilege to plant in 2010. In his free time, Don enjoys photography and watching all things Star Wars and Star Trek.
Financial Planning Advisor
Dave is a Financial Planning Advisor for PCA Retirement & Benefits, beginning his service in October, 2011. He is a Teaching Elder in the Gulf Coast Presbytery and has served several congregations. Dave is a graduate of the University of Georgia (BA), Auburn University (MBA), Reformed Theological Seminary (MDIV), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and served as a member of the RBI Board of Directors from 2001-2005. Prior to ordination, Dave worked as a Financial Analyst with Mutual of New York (MONY) as a Financial Planner with Ron Blue & Co., and as an Adjunct Instructor at Belhaven College. Dave’s primary responsibility is to provide pastors, plan participants, and churches with retirement, investment, insurance, and general financial planning advice and guidance. He also visits presbyteries, churches, schools and seminaries for individual counseling and product presentations. David and his family worship at Restoration Presbyterian Church.
Heather serves as Office Manager to the senior management at RBI. She has worked in several different industries to obtain 25 years of administrative and operations experience. Heather is married to Tony and she is mother to four children and three step children. She attends 12Stone Church and enjoys living a healthy and active life.
Myra is a benefits specialist responsible for retirement plan operations and customer support. Myra spent twelve years with Perimeter Church in various positions but mainly as Administrative Assistant for the Children’s Ministry, and also worked with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries as Administrative Assistant for the US Speaking Team. She studied business administration at Georgia State University. Myra is a member of Restoration Presbyterian Church, Buford, GA.
Financial Planning Advisor
Ed is the President Elect of PCA Retirement & Benefits. He joined RBI in March 2015 and served as a Financial Planner until the board elected him as the new President in November 2019. Ed is a Teaching Elder in the Georgia Foothills Presbytery. Prior to joining the staff of RBI Ed planted and served as Pastor of Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA for nine years. Prior to serving in Roanoke, Ed served as a Campus Minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Washington for eight years after graduating from Covenant Theological Seminary. Ed is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP. He also visits presbyteries, churches, schools and seminaries for individual counseling and product presentation. Ed is married to Stefanie and they have four children. In his free time, Ed enjoys running, swimming, going on dates with Stefanie and hanging out with his family.
Ministry Partner Services Assistant
Peggy joined RBI in September of 2016 and serves as Administrative Assistant on the Ministry Partner Services team. Peggy has a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of New Jersey and comes from a background of 12 years of experience as Accounting Coordinator/Executive Assistant at a local non-profit that assisted the Homeless in Gwinnett County with housing needs and case management. She is married to Michael Henry and has two daughters, McKensie and Grace, and two stepdaughters, Madison and Alison. Peggy is a member of 12Stone Church and enjoys spending time with her husband, weekend visits with their daughters, family trips with her siblings, reading, and gardening.
Ingrid joined RBI in November, 2017. She is excited to serve the team and their clients in her position as Retirement Representative. Ingrid holds a BA in English from Bryan College and comes from a background in marketing and education. She is a member of Restoration Presbyterian Church where she serves on the praise team. She enjoys traveling, her monthly bookclub, and spending time with her four children.
Chief Operating Officer
Chet is RBI’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for operations, HR, compliance, employee benefits management and IT. Chet joined RBI in 2003 after working as an internal auditor in the banking industry and as an internal auditor, finance manager, and marketing manager in the telecommunications industry. Chet is a Certified Internal Auditor, has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from The University of Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from Samford University. Chet sings in his church’s choir along with his wife Eleanor (who also works for a PCA ministry) and is a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Reverend Jon Medlock joined the team at RBI in 2019 to serve as Director of Ministerial Relief. He oversees RBI’s efforts to care for pastors and their families through efforts to address and prevent crises and seek holistic ministry health. He is a member of the Northern California Presbytery, where he served as lead pastor for Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo, CA. Prior to pastoring, Jon was an attorney in the litigation group of a corporate and commercial law firm. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Oglethorpe University, a J.D. from Samford, an M.Div. from Covenant Seminary, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity International University. He and his wife Laurabeth have 6 kids.
Client Services Manager
Mark is the Client Services Manager for PCA Retirement & Benefits (RBI) and is responsible for the oversight of participant servicing, relationship development among our PCA ministry partners, communications and marketing, and staff development. He joined RBI in 2003 after more than twelve years in human resource management and consulting. Mark received his BS from Florida State University. He is married to Julie Melendez and has four children. Mark also serves as a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA).
Bonnie Nowak brings to her position of Benefit Supervisor a skill set which has been molded by previous positions in her work career. “As I think back through these positions, I see how each role provided a bit of a stepping stone for my work here at RBI”. Bonnie provides support for those requesting assistance with adding or updating insurance plans, works with monthly and quarterly reports, and assists with data updates through our contacts at SmartBen, our on-line benefits administrator. Bonnie and her husband, Marty, are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church where both sing in the choir. Marty’s profession of Executive Chef provides them a unique opportunity to minister to others through the preparation of food for various events at Westminster.
Vickie came to RBI with a degree in Marketing and Small Business Management and has more than ten years of experience in those fields. As the Relief Assistant she says, “I love using my administrative skills to help the widows and disabled pastors of the PCA. My favorite part of my job is talking with the widows/widowers. “While I was not a widow when I began at RBI, I became one not long after. The Lord gave me comfort with which He comforted me, so I might comfort those I talk with.” Outside of work she likes to spend her time drawing, painting and taking pictures. Vickie and her late husband Charles have two grown children and one very adorable granddaughter.
Teresa graduated from Cal State University, Hayward with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She moved to Georgia in 1999, earned her CPA license, and has joined RBI with 22 years of strong for-profit and not-for-profit accounting experience. As RBI’s Controller, Teresa tracks, audits, and analyzes plan activity and serves as accounting liaison for our investment managers, consultants, custodian bankers and record-keeper. She and her daughter are active members of 12Stone Church. Teresa enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle and spending time with her family and friends.
When Sandie started at RBI she was the first person you would either speak to or see when contacting RBI, but has been Benefits Representative in our Insurance department since 2016. From 1989-1998 she was a secretary at the University of Tennessee, Development Office, Knoxville, Tennessee; Department Chair Secretary at Lamar University, Military Science, Beaumont, TX and then Department Chair Secretary in the Psychology Department; College of Business at Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia. She had been a stay-at-home mom since 1998. She enjoys working at RBI helping to contribute to RBI’s mission to help pastors and their families. She has been married to her husband Mike for 28 years and they have two daughters (ages 21 and 18). She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, cooking and spending time with friends. She is a member of Restoration Presbyterian Church in Dacula, GA.
Ministry Partner Services Assistant
Katelyn joined RBI in 2015 and serves as an Administrative Assistant to the Ministry Partner Services team. She is a graduate of Mercer University where she majored in Communication Studies. Prior to joining RBI, she worked at Hodges-Mace,LLC, an employee benefits technology and communications firm. Katelyn is married to Chris “Buck” Rogers, PCA pastor and church planter. As of January 2020, Buck and Katelyn began planting Christ the King, a PCA church plant in Braselton, Georgia. Together they have four children: Eli, Rosie, Sarabelle, and Abigail. Katelyn is incredibly thankful she gets to serve the Church through the ministry of RBI.
Stephanie joined RBI in January 2019 as a staff accountant. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accounting, and earned her CPA license in 2018 while working in public accounting. A member of 12Stone church, Stephanie enjoys exercising, painting, and traveling.
Emily joined RBI in November, 2018 as the Administrative Assistant. She studied music at Covenant College and loves being involved in the music at her church. Emily has been a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for about 12 years. She enjoys trivia, reading books, watching TV, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog.
Director, Philanthropic Giving
Chris is passionate about connecting individuals and churches with high-yielding Kingdom investments that serve the most vulnerable in a lasting and dignifying manner. Prior to joining RBI, Chris served as the Vice President of Philanthropy at Lifewater International, the oldest Christian water non-profit in North America, leading the communications, marketing, and development of financial resources for Lifewater’s ministry. Before joining Lifewater in 2011, Chris served for eight years in multiple church-planting and humanitarian-aid efforts in Ukraine. Chris is a member at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo, CA and holds a B.A. in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
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