Pastors and Staff
Our Leadership Team
Rev. Dr. Joe Skillen
Rev Don Kerns
Don serves as the primary site pastor of Advent’s Arlington campus. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. Don received his Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California then served as the Pastor of Springwood Presbyterian Church in Burlington, NC. He came to Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova in 2008 to form a new church campus in Arlington and is in a Doctor of Ministry program through Denver Seminary.
His wife Amy is a PA working at Faith Family Medical in Arlington and they have two children, Luke and Rachel, both in Arlington schools. Don is active in the Arlington community and enjoys hiking, biking, coaching, and travel.
Rev. Dr. Cindy Schwartz
Cindy is an Ole Miss grad and married to another Ole Miss grad, Jonathan. She is the daughter of two educators. She and Jonathan have three great daughters, Myriah, Daria and Anastasia, now young women and out of the house. Cindy came to Advent after completing her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, but also has a Diploma in Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Prior to becoming a pastor, Cindy practiced as a psychologist for 12 years and served for 10 years as Director of Living Waters House, a non-profit center serving church leaders in the Mid-South. Cindy and Jonathan are committed to prayer, teaching the Bible, and service to the larger community. Their family enjoys theater and hiking. Cindy loves to read, knit easy stuff, and to make jewelry.