Rev. Jon D. Payne
The Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne serves as the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian. Rev. Payne previously served for 10 years as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Georgia, near Atlanta (2003-2013).
Jon and his wife, Marla, a graduate of the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina (Physical Therapy), met in Charleston in 1997 while Jon was playing soccer for the Charleston Battery. The Paynes have been happily married for 20 years and have two children, Mary Hannah (15) and Hans (13).
Rev. Payne is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A. '93), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S '98 /D.Min '04), and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), New College (M.Th. '02). He serves as the Convener of the Gospel Reformation Network, and and is on the Council of the Twin Lakes Fellowship. These two networks seek to cultivate theological and ministerial faithfulness within the PCA and beyond. Rev. Payne also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Payne is series co-editor of and contributor to the new Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012––), and author/editor of several books including John Owen and the Lord’s Supper (Banner of Truth, 2004), In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century (Tolle Lege, 2008; translated into Spanish, Burmese, Chinese, Portuguese, & Italian), and A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism's Enduring Heritage (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013). Rev. Payne also frequently contributes to numerous publications including TableTalk, Modern Reformation, and the Gospel Coalition.
Rev. W. Ross Hodges
Ross Hodges was raised in a strong Christian home in Montgomery, Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery (B.A., 2008) and Westminster Seminary California (M.Div. 2013).
Hodges served as an intern under Pastor Jon Payne during the summers of 2011 and 2012 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, Georgia. Ross met his wife, Joanna, at Westminster where they were both students. Joanna received her Master of Biblical Studies degree from Westminster (’13) and is also active in the life of Christ Church. Ross was ordained in the Palmetto Presbytery in November 2014. The Hodges have four children: Elias, Charlotte, Isaac, and Abel.
In addition to serving in various administrative, teaching, and discipleship roles, Rev. Hodges also leads Christ Church's campus ministry to local college and medical students.
Mrs. Austin Griffin
Church Life Coordinator
Austin Griffin was raised in Myrtle Beach, SC and quickly returned to the coast after graduating from the University of South Carolina (B.A. ’15) with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a strong commitment to love and serve others, and her years of teaching experience has prepared her in many ways as a planner, organizer, and strong communicator. As the Church Life Coordinator, she is motivated to help support the life and spiritual growth of our church through administration, children’s ministry, and women’s ministry, so that Christ Church Presbyterian would be a family of men and women who know and worship the triune God rightly, that in view of His majesty we would walk in compassion, mercy and grace and that both our minds and our hearts would be full of and shaped by Him.
In Charleston, she met her husband Stevie Griffin. They have been married for two years and have one son, Finn Griffin (under 1). When she is not at work, Austin enjoys running, spending time outside, and enjoying fellowship with family and friends.