Mark Sterling

Since November of 2008, Mark has served as the Senior Pastor at Curtis. His heart is for prayer and seeing lives changed as people surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ. He also continues to provide vision and initiative to the staff and the congregation on how to reach the entire world with the Gospel.

Mark loves spending time in the outdoors with his family, and also enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, biking, and walking on the beach. You can even catch him running in the Marine Mud Challenge from time to time! Ecclesiastes 12:13 is one of his favorite verses, although there are many others!

Harold Harper

In March of 2014, Pastor Harold joined our team, serving as our Executive and Discipleship Pastor. He brings to the team a strong heart for discipleship and deep desire for and emphasis on prayer. His passion is being able to help people discern and pursue God’s will for their lives and their ministry.

Harold enjoys doing life with his friends and family, which is more often than not at the local coffee shop. He says that 1 Samuel 9:6 is a verse that guides his life and is what he hopes, one day, can be said of him.

Corwin Kulig

Beginning October 2016, Corwin Kulig joined the Curtis team to serve as our Student Discipleship Pastor. Corwin and his wife,  Morgan, come to Curtis from Gainesville, GA, where they both were raised. They both recently graduated from Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, GA.

Corwin and Morgan have a passion for students, teaching God’s Word, and seeing lives changed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are looking forward to pouring into students, working alongside our ministry teams, and partnering with parents. Ephesians 2:10 is verse that he clings to everyday as he walks in the path the Lord has already prepared for him.


Tom Lowry

Tom began serving on staff at Curtis on June 1, 1978 where he led our Student ministries until the mid-2000’s when he began serving in his current role of Missions and Media Pastor. He is quick to note that his passion is telling the story of Jesus where He has not been named (Romans 15:20).

Tom enjoys almost anything that has to do with photography and can many times be seen at our various church events with a camera in hand. Hebrews 11:6 is a verse, he says, that has had a great impact on his life.

Ben Palacz

Ben joined our ministry team in January 2016, coming to serve as our Family and Children’s Discipleship Pastor. His primary areas of ministry will be helping equip parents to point their children to Jesus and train them in the instruction of the Lord, as well as to oversee the Children’s Ministry. He has a passion for teaching and preaching God’s Word with the good news about Jesus at the center so that people may know God and be changed to become more like Him.

Ben enjoys being with his family, watching and playing sports, exercising (at least most of the time), and reading. Paul’s bold declaration about the gospel in Romans 1:16 gives him confidence in God and in the message that He has called us to believe and proclaim. 

Johnny Carr

Johnny has served as a part time staff member at Curtis since 1990 when he began working in our Children’s Summer ministry. Currently, he is serving as our Choir & Orchestra Director and Assistant Worship Leader. He is passionate about serving his Savior, loving his family, and playing, writing, and recording music.

Johnny enjoys hiking, biking, hang-gliding, kayaking, and traveling the globe with his wife, Jenny. Philippians 4:13 is a verse, he says, that has greatly impacted his life.

Kim Burgin

Kim began serving at Curtis in December of 2015, she serves as a ministry assistant and helps in various areas with administrative task. She also manages our website and keeps things up to date as well as helping with our social media presence. She likes to help keep things in order and running smoothly.

Kim enjoys getting to spend time with her family and especially enjoys the outdoors. Spending time on the water whether at the beach or lake is her favorite place to be with family and friends. Matthew 6:33 is a special verse to her and reminds her to keep Christ first in her life.

Tara Hasty

Tara began serving at Curtis in the mid-2000’s, volunteering with our Music Ministry Assistant. She now serves in that very position and is an integral part of our Student and Worship Staff. She is passionate about helping people and getting things done. She says that “getting things in order is a must and I love doing it!”

Tara enjoys getting to spend time with her family, going camping, watching NASCAR races, and going on thrill rides- even skydiving. Psalm 46:10 has had a significant impact on her life, helping her to treasure the peace that only God can provide.

Beth Hendrix

Beth began serving in the Finance Office at Curtis in June 2010. With all the ministry activities going on around the church and school, Curtis is in constant need of someone to supervise all of the financial activity that occurs. She desires for everything she does to be “as unto the Lord” and that He be glorified throughout it all.

Beth enjoys being outside “to enjoy God’s creation and to worship Him there.” She also says that Proverbs 3:5-6 is a passage of Scripture that has had a significant impact upon her life.

JanJee Hitt

JanJee joined our team and began serving at Curtis in January 2012. Since then, she has taken on much of the daily secretarial and administrative activities that help keep our church organized and functioning smoothly. She says that she absolutely loves serving the Lord, especially in gladness and out of the overflow of her heart.

JanJee loves spending time and making memories with her husband and three sons, which usually takes place outside watching them play baseball and football. James 1:2-4 is a passage of Scripture that she says has had a great impact on her life.

Anna Johnson

Since June 2007, Anna has served on our team at Curtis, working hard to keep up with the weekly financial data, financial transactions, reports, and resources of the church. She says her passion is her family and spending time with them.

Anna enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She also says that Psalm 100 is one of her favorite passages of Scripture.

Karleen Nichols

Karleen began serving at Curtis almost 50 years ago as a volunteer in many ministry areas, and in June 2013 she joined our staff as our Preschool Director, providing the much-needed care for our preschool children. Her passion is serving the Lord where He chooses to place her, while reaching out and helping to build relationships within the body of Christ.

Karleen enjoys being with her children and grandchildren, jet skiing, traveling, riding fast amusement park rides, and mountain bike riding. She notes that Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalm 16:11 are verses that have greatly impacted her life.

Brenda Wilson

Brenda joined our staff in 2010 as our church receptionist. More often than not, she is the first voice you hear and first face you see when visiting Curtis. She says that the best part of her job is being able to help each ministry at Curtis, as well as helping those people that walk through our front door!

Brenda enjoys getting to spend time with her friends and family, traveling, reading, and helping others. She notes that Romans 8:28 is a verse that has had a great impact on her life.