Meet the people of Ponce Church
Tolivar and his lovely wife Sam hail from Ohio. Sam and Tolivar have 3 beautiful children, Hailey, Riley, and Anthony. After 11 years with Campus Crusade, the Lord led Tolivar to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to Ponce Pres., Tolivar served as an assistant pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Connecticut and helped plant a church in The Hill community of New Haven.
Sam and Tolivar both love college football, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and spending time with friends and family.
Hung and his wife Emily are from the Atlanta area. They have 4 children: Holland, Ella, Ben, and Emerson. After graduating college in 2001, Hung was on staff with Campus Outreach Augusta. Hung and his arrived at Ponce Pres. in 2009, previously spending two years church planting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Emily and Hung love hanging out with people and eating at Atlanta's diverse restaurants. Hung likes telling jokes and playing sports (except soccer).
Drew is from Warner Robins, GA and he met his wife Lindsey at Valdosta State University, where they both graduated with degrees in theater. Their theater careers took them all over the U.S. before bringing them back to Atlanta, where Drew attended seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary-Atlanta. Drew and Lindsey are blessed with three children: twins Celia and Joel, and Audrey.
As an assistant pastor, Drew serves not only Ponce Pres., but also the whole body of Christ through TheaTheos – a new performing arts ministry bringing God’s Word to any who desire to hear it.
Both native Georgians, Larrie and her husband Andrew grew up in Augusta. After three years studying Church Music and Theology at the University of Mobile, Larrie received an undergraduate degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and a Masters in Scoring for Film from Berklee Valencia. In support of Beloved Atlanta, Larrie released her first worship EP You and i (2015) under the artist name the little spark.
Larrie enjoys spending time with Andrew, family, and friends, as well as cooking, reading, traveling, volunteering, and running with their dogs.
Women's director and Worship Assistant
Nikki Ellis has been a church music consultant and jazz vocalist with over 10 years experience as a touring performer and worship music facilitator. Nikki and her husband Byung enjoy traveling and experiencing new places. Nikki, a Tennessee native and avid city lover, can be found exploring the city, frequenting open mic nights, or searching for other places where artists regularly gather.
Ashley started working for St. Paul's in August 2015. She and her husband, Matt, came to Atlanta in 2014. While not at the office, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and her amazing son, James; hanging out with friends; reading; cooking; eating chocolate; and taking medium-length walks.