Pastors and Staff

Our Leadership Team

Our Pastors and staff are invaluable in directing and coordinating the various ministries and volunteers at Advent. 

Rev. Dr. Joe Skillen

Head Pastor

Joe is passionate about sharing from the Scriptures and mobilizing the church for faithful mission. He received a BA from Sterling College, a MA in Practical Theology and a MA in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox University.
Joe has spent most of his life in Kansas and has served churches in the Wichita area. Most recently, Joe served as the Pastor for Young Adults at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta Georgia. Along with his ministry experience, Joe has experience teaching theology and ministry classes at Sterling College, Friends University, and Tabor College.
Joe and his wife Ginger have two children, daughter Avery and son Ezra. There is a good chance that you will find Joe at a sporting event, enjoying great coffee and conversation with others, or hanging out with his family.


Rev Don Kerns

Arlington Campus

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

Associate Pastor

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.

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David Shotsberger

Director of Worship & Music – Cordova




Chris Cardona

Worship Leader – Arlington



Linda Aycock

Preschool and Parent’s Day out Director



Alison Bryan

Arlington Parent’s Day Out Site Director


Greg Aydt
Youth Ministries Director
Robin Ballou
Christian Education Director
Leslie McKinney
Christian Education Assistant
Daphne Stephens
Children’s Ministry Director
Randy Young
Business Administrator
Sandy Finerson
Financial Assistant
Daniel Eubanks
CLC Director
Gretchan Mishler
Office Administrator
Gary Pennel
Maintenance Director
Geoff Nelson
Media and Technology Administrator
Randy White
Arlington Campus Event Coordinator
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