CLC Staff

The purpose of the staff at CLC is to create an environment that rightly exalts the Lord in a manner that greatly influences the future generations of our community to continue in serving one another and Christ. Each job position does this differently, but the goal is still the same–as Psalm 34:3 states, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together.” We as a staff are determined to glorify the Lord in our personal lives as well as professional lives. We each consider our positions to be an honor, and we seek the Lord diligently as He uses us to impact our students.

Jennifer is the CLC’s Executive Director. She has faithfully served here at the CLC for over 17 years! Feel free to contact her at

Kristin is the CLC’s Assistant Director. She was born and raised in Gilmer County. Kristin loves coming to the CLC everyday and ministering to the students. When she isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, crafting,  and most of all, spending time with her husband, David, and their three sons: Joshua, Nathan, and David. If you need to get in touch with Mrs. Kristin, email her at!

Lauren is the Ministry Assistant at the CLC. Lauren loves the mountains, outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband, Josh, and family. Lauren also enjoys singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School at her church. Lauren is a 2016 graduate of Gilmer High School who was actively involved track and cheer during her time at GHS. She is now involved with the high school track team by assistant coaching during the season! To contact Lauren, email her at!

Buddy is the Intro to CLC teacher. He grew up in Pickens County and is at home in the mountains. The most important thing about Buddy is that he loves God’s Word and he loves to teach it to others, especially high school students who are looking for answers to their questions. He has his bachelor’s degree from Truett-McConnell University in Christian studies with a concentration in Bible and Theology, and he has his master’s degree in Ministry from Temple Baptist Seminary. He also directs the outreach program at his church. He’s been proudly married since 2009 and has one daughter and three sons. Feel free to contact Mr. Buddy via email at!

Jessi is the CLC’s 7th and 8th grade instructor. She has lived in Gilmer County most of her life. She loves reading, traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with her husband, David, and their children, Adam, Isaac, Amber and Elijah. Jessi helps out with the youth at her church and she wants to make sure every child knows how much God loves them. She loves to show them that the Bible is not a scary book, but it is full of truth and it has all the answers they need for life. To get in touch with Mrs. Jessi, email her at!

Sherri is the CLC’s 6th grade instructor. Sherri, and her family have had the amazing opportunity to live in six different states. They have resided in Georgia for the last 21 years, and now call Ellijay their home! Sherri loves spending time with her awesome family discovering the Georgia mountains. Her husband, Dr. Mark Gifford, is also a teacher. He instructs science classes at Gilmer High School. Their oldest son Sean and his wife Amanda, reside in Alpharetta GA, and their other two sons, Michael and Caleb, are both seniors at Lee University in Tennessee. Sherri’s heart for her students is that they grasp how deeply loved and special they are as a child of our Lord Jesus. Through Studying the scriptures TOGETHER, they will discover and celebrate who God is, and who He says they are in Christ Jesus through His PROMISES in the Bible! And, that they can TRUST THE ONE (JESUS) WHO DIED FOR THEM, TO ALWAYS KEEP HIS PROMISES! To contact Mrs. Sherri, email her at!