Interim Senior Pastor
Director of Community Groups & Administrator
Director of Service Teams & Worship Leader
After completing his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in May 2002 and serving five years in the Greater Philadelphia area as a youth pastor and associate pastor, “P. Matt” felt a call from the Lord in 2003 to plant a campus church in Atlanta. With an initial team of six members, The Journey Church of Atlanta was launched in August 2004. What initially began as an exclusively campus church, Journey has now grown into a multi-site, multi-generational, multi-cultural ministry with a commitment to church-planting, disciple-making, and reaching the lost for Christ.
P. Matt's personal mission statement is to see hope restored in people's lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His main ministry responsibilities include: pioneering, staff/leadership development, teaching, counseling, and leading with vision. He enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and following his beloved Michigan State football and basketball teams. P. Matt and his wife, Julia, were married in May 2006 and are the proud parents of three daughters, Ella, Audrey, and Claire (Feb 2017).
David and his wife, Grace, came to Journey in 2015 after living in Boston for several years as students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. It was while David was studying to go into law enforcement that God called him into full-time ministry. This was a difficult calling for David to accept in the initial years, until the grace of God became more clear to him, changing everything. That is the passion of his heart for ministry, to help others see the beauty of grace and allow it to change everything in their lives.
Grace hails from Yeongju, South Korea (where?!), and David grew up in the great city of Dallas (I root for all Dallas teams). They have two sons, Daniel and Noah.
Min Soo Choi
Min Soo graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign having studied Business Administration and is currently pursuing a M.Div at Reformed Theological Seminary. Min Soo entered seminary because of his heart for overseas missions, but during his time at Urbana, he became passionate about local college campus ministry. Through building relationships with college students, he aims to produce disciples of Christ who simply love God’s Word and God’s people.
Min Soo joined the Journey family in January 2015, and in May 2016, he married the love of his life, Ah Rim, who also has a heart for missions and desires to see the making of disciples from all nations.
Claudia is a native New Yorker who transplanted to Atlanta to pursue a degree in engineering. After many bumps and turns, she gave her life to the Lord at age 19 and decided to forego her parents’ dream of becoming an engineer and instead, pursued Business Administration. In 2007, Claudia found her way to Journey and has been committed ever since.
Claudia is passionate about organizing, networking and relationships. Through the healing of brokenness in her life, God also cultivated a passion for deep discipleship among sisters and a desire for each woman to grow into their God-given calling to affect and change the world. Claudia is married to Trevor (Aug 2003) and they have two children, Isabelle and Owen.
Stephanie came to know the Lord in college during one of Journey Church's Sunday services, in the same lecture hall her classes were held. Having studied architecture and business, and previously working in Healthcare IT, she started working on church staff in 2015 and has been enjoying it ever since. Stephanie currently helps with strategic planning, oversees service teams and is part of the worship ministry leadership. She loves to travel, drink coffee and make music.
Dandy was born and raised in Puerto Rico and committed his life to Christ when he was 14 years old. At the age of 21, he moved to the U.S. and began attending a church in Miami where he served for 16 yrs as a youth pastor while getting his M.Div and MA from Trinity Theological Seminary in practical ministry and biblical studies, respectively. It was in this church that he met his wonderful wife and best friend, Jennifer. They have three kids together: Timothy, Abigail and Olivia.
In 2010, he and his family left to Colombia for four years to serve as full-time missionaries to different native tribes. There, Dandy trained locals to become pastors to their own indigenous community. After returning from Colombia, the Lord led Dandy and his family to join the Journey Church of Atlanta family in July 2016 and serve as Family Pastor.
Amy Yie Shin
As a young girl, Amy met the Lord at Vacation Bible School in her hometown of Longmont, Colorado. Later, during her freshman year at Emory University, she felt the Lord speaking directly to her at a weekend retreat with Journey Church. She then committed to Journey and was actively involved in the community. After graduating with a degree in business, she went on a one-year life-changing mission trip to Shanghai and returned to Georgia with a deepened heart for ministry.
Amy currently works as an analyst at CarMax and is pursuing an MBA at Georgia Tech. Her passions include hosting meals to bring people together, applying business principles to church ministry, supporting long-term overseas missionaries, and encouraging others through prayer. She and her husband Juheon (who introduced her to Journey and was also part of the Shanghai trip) married in 2014. They are the proud parents of Duley, a big friendly Great Pyrenees. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, creating calligraphy, going to farmers markets, and rooting for the Denver Broncos.
Juheon has been going to church since his mom was pregnant with him and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of four. He moved to Atlanta from his hometown of Nashville to attend Oxford College of Emory University. Having previously met Pastor Matt, Juheon came to college knowing he would attend Journey. Soon enough, a whole car of Oxford students started driving to Atlanta for church together.
After graduating, Juheon lived in Shanghai for one year as a missionary. It was one of the most rewarding and challenging years of his life. Upon returning to Atlanta, he interned briefly at Journey and then studied law at Georgia State University. He currently works as a bank compliance officer. Juheon is passionate about worship, Biblically charismatic ministry, and empowering others to grow in their giftings. Juheon likes to cook, play board games, and learn more about cooking. He and his wife Amy have a huge white fluff ball named Duley.
Austin was born and raised alongside his younger sister in North Carolina by his two loving parents. Although he grew up going to church, his family's attendance was sporadic and Austin remained apathetic at best towards the Gospel. That is until his 2007 sophomore year at North Carolina State University, when a friend invited him to attend a local campus ministry event. Austin felt compelled to get to know Jesus in a deeper, more intimate way.
Since then Austin has had a passion to help other believers grow deeper in their walks with Christ. Austin joined Journey Church after moving to Atlanta for graduate school at Georgia Tech, and he has continued to bring to the community his passion of helping believers both new and seasoned grow in God's love and power. He currently works as an architectural designer in Midtown and enjoys exercise and talking about movies.
Kevin has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of nine, when his father moved here for military work. He grew up in a loving Christian home, but he really came to appreciate and understand the value of Christian community at the age of 15 when his family intentionally moved to be closer to their church. Becoming more involved in Christian community had a deep impact on Kevin's discipleship and growth. He first started attending Journey as a Georgia Tech freshman in 2006 and has been a part of the community ever since. He is passionate about serving the poor, reaching the lost, and bringing the Gospel to the nations. He currently works with health coverage at Grady Memorial Hospital and resides in Clarkston, GA.
Jane Hua Cole
Jane followed her scientist parents to Athens, Georgia, after 11 years of growing up in China. In Athens, she witnessed her first squirrel, learned how to eat pizza, and met Jesus Christ. Timidly accepting Jesus as her Savior in the 9th grade, Jane dove in with Journey Church during her college years to follow Jesus. She has never looked back.
Since graduating as a proud Yellow Jacket, Jane has been working as a Human Capital consultant for Deloitte and earned an MBA from Emory Goizueta. Passionate about children's ministry, Jane currently serves as a Sunday School teacher at City Hope Community, one of Journey's missionary partners. Jane also enjoys serving the Journey church staff using her work experience and education.
Jane is married to a Marvel-loving, punny mechanical engineer named Ryan. They love exploring new places together and having friends over for dinner and board games, and are excited to welcome a baby boy in January 2019.
Raised in a strong Christian family, Jamie accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior when he was 10 years old. Jamie grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Atlanta in 2006 for law school. He has attended Journey Church since 2007 and became a deacon in 2017. He works as an attorney with a practice focused on commercial litigation and bankruptcy. He's been blessed to be married to Leah Carroll since January 9, 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys following and occasionally participating in politics, cheering for the Spurs and playing ultimate frisbee.
Xin has been part of Journey since moving to Atlanta in the fall of 2008 and currently works as an engineer at Delta Air Lines. From the church’s intentionality in family groups and one-on-one relationships, Xin has learned a lot about building a personal relationship with Christ and living out His Word among community. He continues to learn about loving God and people today through building up the Eastside family group ministry and the Hospitality team. Xin would love to meet you and get to know you better, so come say hi during fellowship times or reach out for a one-on-one.