Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Wes Simmons

Senior Pastor

Wes is the Senior Pastor of St. Andrews, having previously served as the RUF Campus Minister at Auburn University, the RUF Campus Minister at Carson-Newman University in East Tennessee, and as a Pastor on the staff of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is married to his best friend Nancy, and they have two daughters, Emily and Kate. Wes loves seeing people come to faith in Jesus, and follow Him in their lives, vocations, marriages and families.  

Bill Douglas

Pastor Emeritus

Bill Douglas along with his wife Brooke moved to Columbus in January of 1984 to start the church that became St. Andrews. Bill graduated from Auburn University and Covenant Theological Seminary, served as Youth Minister and Assistant Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Macon, GA before coming to Columbus. Their three daughters are grown and married, leaving Bill and Brooke to feed and fund the care of 2 large, unrepentant cats and a moderately loyal dog. 

Grant Gilliam

Assistant Pastor and Director of Youth Ministry

Grant Gilliam ministers to the youth at St. Andrews. Both Grant and his wife are natives of Mississippi where they met in the library of Mississippi College, their Alma Mater. While there, Grant earned his degree in Christian Studies and Philosophy and participated in RUF campus ministry where he developed a call to ministry within the Presbyterian Church in America. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and was ordained in the PCA as a Pastor in 2021. Before joining on Staff at St. Andrews, Grant served as the Youth Director for First Presbyterian Church Crystal Springs and as a middle school teacher at Christ Covenant School In Mississippi. Grant can usually be found playing soccer, cheering for the Chicago Cubs baseball team, hiking, drinking coffee, or reading. Also, Grant and Jada are figuring out parenthood with their two young sons, Gray and Banks. 

Jeff Barkhouse

Assistant Pastor

Jeff Barkhouse is an Assistant Pastor at St. Andrews and works full-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Columbus after serving for 20 years as a missionary among Albanians in Kosovo. Jeff graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and got his Masters at the University of South Carolina and met Sara his wife at Columbia International University where they were both attending seminary.  St. Andrews Church was a part of Jeff and Sara’s ministry among Albanians from the beginning with Jeff becoming ordained through the PCA while serving the church in Kosovo.  They are delighted to be back in Columbus serving at the church that partnered with them in ministry for so many years in the Balkans. Jeff and Sara enjoy walking and cycling along Columbus’ fantastic Fall Line Trace Trail.

Thomas Gibbs

Pastoral Intern

Thomas is our Pastoral Intern - learning about what it means to work in a Church, and how to reach God's people as a minister of the Word. Thomas and his wife, MaryBeth, attended Texas A&M for college and came to Columbus for Army training at Fort Moore. Unfortunately, the Army has chosen to medically retire Thomas, so as a way to prepare for his future career he is able to work at St. Andrews as a Pastoral Intern during the retirement process. Thomas hopes to attend Covenant Theological Seminary this Fall in order to pursue a Masters in Divinity. MaryBeth wife works at Burn Boot Camp as a personal trainer, and they love to walk their dog, Teddy, around the Columbus.

Marie Baum

Director of Children's Ministry

Marie loves her work at St. Andrews! Her primary focus is helping our church, families, and children love God with all their hearts, souls, and minds. She is an Army brat who married an Army chaplain, David. David and Marie have been happily married for 30 years and have two adult daughters, Emma and Anna. The Baums retired in Columbus in 2012 and have been at St. Andrews since 2017. Some of Marie's favorite things include reading, office supplies, and hanging out with her family.

Margaret Taunton

Director of Communications & Administration

Margaret graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Journalism, and  began working in Church Communications shortly after graduation. While at Auburn, she began attending RUF - coincidentally the same year that Wes began as the Campus Minister. Little did she know that her four years of involvement with RUF would lay the foundation for friendship and vocation with the Simmons family at St. Andrews.

Margaret and her husband Jacob moved to Columbus in the thick of a global pandemic, and are so thankful for the community that St. Andrews has provided and continues to be. Margaret loves Diet Coke, college football, and her cat & dog (most of the time). They most recently welcomed a son, Hank, in 2023!

Juli Pope

Nursery Coordinator

Juli Pope is a native of Columbus, Georgia. She graduated from Liberty University in 2009 and married her husband Dale in 2012. They have three children: Finch, Smith, & Rosemary. 

Bob Ross

Music Coordinator

Bob is a retired family physician originally from Jackson, MS, and a graduate of University of MS Medical School.  He and his wife, Alison, moved to Columbus in 1983, and soon after helped start (what is now) St. Andrews in their living room! {Bob says it's because they had no furniture except a piano...}

Bob is now a ruling elder, and thankful to now have the opportunity to serve part-time in coordinating the Music Ministry and playing the piano in worship.  He shares St. Andrews' belief that corporate worship is a vital means of grace for all Christians, and feels blessed to work with a committed group of musicians who also share this conviction.  Bob and Alison have 3 sons, and  2 precious (and very bright!) grandchildren.

Jennifer Schoonover

Office Administrator

Jennifer and her husband Chris have been long-time members of St. Andrews. They have 2 children, Blake and Mason. Jennifer grew up in Northern Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Finance.  She worked in the banking industry for several years.   This is her second time with St. Andrews; she was the office manager for three years ending in 2017, and jumped at the opportunity to come back and serve in this capacity.  Jennifer loves baseball, shoes, and her two puppies Audrey and JoJo.