Our Team

Meet the team that works together at Resurrection!


Jared Bryant, Pastor

Jared and his family started attending Resurrection at its formation, and he later came on staff as an Assistant Pastor. Jared attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and has additional counseling training from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation.  He is married to Kaitie, and they have two young boys (Ethan & Andy) who make them laugh, cry, and realize they are in way over their heads.


Carla Kooistra, Finance

Carla Kooistra is a financial administrator at Resurrection.  She and her family came to Resurrection in 2015. Carla and her husband Paul have three girls, Carson, Molly, and Ava. 


Katy Van Wyk, Admin.

Katy and her husband David were part of the core group that planted Resurrection in 2010. They live in Oglethorpe county with chickens, a big garden, and a very wonderful cat named Stella and two dogs - Lucy and Ivy. Katy would read books all the time if she could. Favorite authors: Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy. She also loves all the good food Athens has to offer, so if you need a restaurant recommendation, ask her. 


Ministry Leads

Joel May, Music Ministry

Joel grew up primarily in and around the state of Georgia and graduated from Gainesville High School (Go Big Red.) Joel started leading the music at Resurrection in January of 2014 while he was studying Religion and History at UGA. After marrying his wife, Maddie, and finishing his undergrad studies in May 2015, Joel started working full-time with Reformed University Fellowship as an intern. He is now in his third year with RUF and still loving it, as it has been very formational in both his marriage and in his ministry to college students. Joel is passionate about all things related to recreation and exercise, learning, fostering community and friendship, and whistling the melody line to songs that are too high for him to comfortably sing. He loves good food and drink, concerts, mountains, and football games. He also loves to meet new people, so come introduce yourself anytime.


Helen Snyder, Women's Ministry

Helen is Women's Ministry Coordinator. She and her family started coming to Resurrection a few months after the church was planted. She is married to Luke Snyder and they have three kids: Wren, Nell, and Muir. They live in Arnoldsville.



Heather Watson, Foster and Adoptive Ministries

Heather grew up in Carrollton, Georgia but lived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and the Atlanta area before moving to Athens and attending Resurrection. She is married to Rocky and has two young children, Olivia and Slade. Heather is passionate about helping the church love and serve the world’s most vulnerable, and she loves good food, a good laugh, and even a good argument.


Cheryl Hardin, Nursery Director



Ashlie Johnson, Children's Ministry - Res Time

Ashlie Johnson and her family have been with Resurrection since the beginning. She has four kids: Lucy, Noah, Levi, and Rose (three in high school and one almost in middle school)! Ashlie started her own floral design business Bud and Bloom where she can be found working weddings on many weekends. She also loves hosting people in her home and loves to gather with friends. She has a crush on Air streams and dreams of owning one, one day!


Stephanie Harding, Meals Ministry Coordinator

Stephanie Harding is the meals ministry coordinator and came to Resurrection in 2010. Stephanie and her husband Todd have three children. Emmi is 22 and married to Reese Walker. Alex is 19 and attends Kennesaw State University. Christopher is 16 and attends Prince Avenue School.