We are glad to welcome Lynette and Mark Griffin back to NPC. Below they share some of their journey that led them to NPC first in 2012 and then again in 2022… (we hope to share a photo of them soon.)
(From Lynette and Mark): We are actually returning rather than new members. We and our three children moved to the Atlanta area from Orlando, Florida in 1994. We moved to White County in 2012 when Lynnette accepted a position as a school counselor at White County High School. At the time, Mark was a psychology professor at Georgia Perimeter College (now Perimeter College of Georgia State University) where he had taught since 1998. We became members at Nacoochee Presbyterian a few months after our move.
After we moved to White County, Mark began teaching at the University of North Georgia in 2013 and he continued to teach there until retiring in 2018. Lynnette retired from the high school in 2016 after 20+ years as a school counselor. Prior to beginning our respective careers in education, we both worked in human services/mental health agencies. We were both licensed counselors. Mark held positions in several agencies in Florida and Georgia as a program director and agency administrator. Lynnette served for a time as the executive director of a domestic violence shelter in Orlando.
After Mark’s retirement, we moved to Roswell to be closer to our children and their families. We have a grandson and three granddaughters. After a few years in Roswell, we missed being in Northeast Georgia and returned on a part-time basis. Soon after, Mark decided that retirement was not working for him and he accepted a position as the Coordinator of White County Family Connection and we resumed living full time in the area and returned to NPC.
We both enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. We both are avid readers. Lynnette enjoys gardening and Mark enjoys music. We also enjoy visiting with our kids and grandkids but are thankful to be able to leave the traffic and congestion of the metro area and return to the hills and valleys of home.
NPC is the church home that we had been seeking for several years when we first moved to the area. We were pleasantly surprised to find it tucked into the mountain valleys of Northeast Georgia. We were drawn to the church because of its openness, its inclusivity, and its understanding of the gospel (not to mention its marvelous preaching and music). We are pleased to be back.