Pastors and Staff

Alex Smith

Lead Pastor

I am passionate about seeing people healed by Jesus within a life-giving community and seeing the world put back together by His love. I have an amazing wife, Audrey who puts up with my jokes, and three kids— our daughters, Della and Amelia, and our son, Asher. I am a huge UGA fan,  love Disney and Crossfit, and have an inordinate loyalty to Bic pens. 

Bryan Stevens

Student Ministry Director

Hi! I’m Bryan, I’m a big Alabama Crimson Tide football fan, love my Atlanta United soccer, and definitely won’t miss a chance to talk about my 4 younger siblings. My own experiences as a student within my youth and college campus ministries stirred up what I can only describe as God’s calling for me to be a part of His work, with a clear passion for student-focused ministries. I love to talk about this wild journey God has put me on, and I look forward to welcoming you to the Orchard family and guiding your student(s) to a loving and devoted relationship with Jesus that I can’t imagine living without.

Christina Durden

Director of Children's Ministry 

Hi, I'm Christina. My husband David, and children, Jonah and Jacob, have called The Orchard Church home since 2011. I believe Jesus loves children of all ages, energy levels, and abilities, and as Director of Children’s Ministry, I seek to share that love with the next generation, and have made that my mission since 2017. I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, swimming, going to the beach, and new experiences. 

Adam Ralston

Worship Director

Hey everyone! My name is Adam Ralston and I get to be the part-time Worship Director here at The Orchard. God blessed me with a talent and passion for music and has called me to share that passion with as many as I can for His glory.  

Audra Rauton

Graphic Designer

My name is Audra, and I love Jesus, my family, the beach, and Georgia bulldogs football! My job as the graphic designer is a fun and busy job. I oversee the website, social media pages, live streams, community connections, and advertising. I could NOT do it without the amazing volunteers who work with me on a weekly basis to get it all done. I love The Orchard because this is where my family is…I could not do life without these loving people. If you do not have a church home, let be the first to say…Welcome Home, we have missed you!

Nick Nixon

Connections Coordinator

Hi! I’m Nick Nixon and I get to be the Connections Coordinator here at The Orchard.  That means I get to meet you, to welcome you, and help you feel comfortable here.  Whether it’s your first, second, or tenth time attending here, I want to make sure that you feel the love of God and of your Orchard family.  

Michele Lewis

Office Administrator

Hi! My name is Michele and I am thankful to work alongside this incredibly gifted and talented team to serve God and His people. I have served in ministry over twenty years and have enjoyed watching God grow and use me in unexpected ways.