Christopher Hemmerich - Lead Pastor
Christopher was born and raised in New York and Connecticut. (Yes, he's a Yankees fan) Christopher has several passions in life: his family, good books, hiking, and coffee. In 2000 Christopher met his best friend, Corey. Both were captured with a vision for serving the Lord passionately and rejoiced in the opportunity to, as their Pastor dubbed it "be dangerous together". They can be often be found laughing together, hiking in the woods, talking about ideas both abstract and mundane, or acting out Beowulf with their kids. Christopher holds graduate degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Liberty Theological Seminary; if he could get paid to stay in school he would still be there!
The first time Christopher ever spoke to a crowd was as a 3rd grader at an annual meeting of an area A.A. and Alateen. He never knew this would be the beginning of God's call upon His life. Christopher grew up going to church sporadically and surrendered His life to Christ while in college. His passion is to glorify God through leading a healthy church, faithfully preaching the whole counsel of God, planting Gospel-Centered churches, and training up a generation of future ministers.
Tripp Almon - Executive Pastor
Tripp was born and raised in Newnan, Ga., and became a Christ follower as a child. A former elite gymnast, Tripp received his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia in sports administration. His interests in Christian theology, philosophy, and science began to take up his free time as his faith began to be challenged, especially in a university setting. While at UGA, he met and married fellow gymnast Megan in 2003. The couple moved to Newnan after college, and Tripp continued to work as a full time gymnastics coach. Tripp has always considered himself in ministry as God had sovereignly placed him to use his gifts and passions in a coaching enviornment to "bloom where he was planted." Now, God-given gifts in the areas of discernment, teaching, and organization combined with a passionate pursuit in self-studies as well as opportunity has now become a passionate — and deeply fulfilling — vocation. Tripp's wife Megan, also in vocational ministry, is a graduate of Biola University as a Christian apologist and now works as a speaker and presenter for Life Training Institute.
Tripp has served Four Corners Church as a community group leader since 2009, became an elder candidate in 2010 and a Pastor in April of 2011. Tripp and Megan have one daughter, Neely (born 3/27/06) and one son, Rogan (born 5/13/12). They love playing together — especially if it’s outdoors. Tripp is into some extreme sports, especially whitewater kayaking, motorcycles, mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing — he’s even tried his hand at kite boarding. And yes, he can do a back flip. Taking an executive role, Tripp wears a lot of hats. His primary roles fall within the realm of the day-to-day running of Four Corners Church and include logistics, ministries oversight, Gospel Communities, and human resources. Tripp also assists in the areas of teaching and preaching.
Gregg Katz - Pastor of Worship & Arts
Gregg Katz was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1976. During his life he has lived on both sides of the U.S. and most recently in Seattle, WA where he attended Mars Hill Church and completed the ReTrain Masters of Missional Leadership training. He is blessed in marriage to Gina Katz and has three amazing children, Addisyn, Lillie, and Draven.
Gregg received Christ as a young man, but struggled greatly with his faith and understanding of the Gospel. Around 2004 the pursuit of the Holy Spirit brought Gregg back to the church and renewed the “Call” to full time ministry on his life..
As a musician he loves to play all styles of music and multiple instruments. As a Christian, he strives to serve a living God by bringing Him glory in all things. As a “Worship Leader”, Gregg works to serve the body of Four Corners by not only leading in song, but an understanding of “Gospel Worship”. Knowing who God is and who we are in relationship to Jesus. This is the root of worship.
Kathryn Simon - Pastoral Assitant
Kathryn serves on staff at Four Corners as the Pastoral Assistant, helping the Pastors maximize their time so they can effectively shepherd the church. She also answers church phone calls and runs errands.
Kathryn was born in Houston and, due to her parents' jobs, moved several times before settling in Central Texas. Though she attended church occasionally during her childhood and adolescence, she did not truly know and follow Jesus until she was 18. She went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies in 2006.
Upon graduating, she took her newly discovered passions for Jesus, ministry and missions, and moved to Argentina to work amongst college students. It was there that she met her husband-- fellow missionary, John Simon. Kathryn returned to the United States in late 2008, and in 2009 began a masters degree in Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. Eager to put an end to their long-distance relationship, Kathryn put her studies to the side and moved to Newnan to get married to John in September 2010.
Kathryn loves learning about Jesus and the Bible, as well as how to counsel people Biblically. She also loves learning about whole foods and making green household cleaning products from scratch. Kathryn and John both love traveling, learning about new cultures and languages. They thoroughly enjoy living together in a garage apartment in Newnan with their two cats, Patsy and Joon.