Dr. Joe LaGuardia, Senior Pastor

Joe LaGuardia has been on staff at Trinity Baptist Church since 2003, first as associate pastor and then as senior pastor as of April 2010.  Joe’s personal mission is to practice God-centered hospitality, Christ-conforming discipleship, and Spirit-inspiring ministry in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joe LaGuardia holds degrees from Palm Beach Atlantic University and McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. He, his wife, and their two children enjoy reading, movies, art, and writing. For more information, visit Joe’s website. Email:

Matt Cook, Associate Pastor

MatthewMatt Cook is associate pastor of young adults and family faith formation.  He and his wife, Michelle, are natives of Conyers and have been in a variety of ministries from youth to young adults.

Matt holds degrees from North Georgia College and the McAfee School of Theology.  He serves as a social studies middle-school teacher in Newton County.

Karen Woods, Associate Pastor, Missions and Outreach

KW0001Karen Woods holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Georgia State University.  She is a full-time seminary student at McAfee School of Theology as a candidate for the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Pastoral Care.

She enjoys tennis and biking.


Kristina LaGuardia, Children’s Minister

Kristina LaGuardia has over 15 years of experience in ministry and childhood education.  Kristina currently serves as a tutor in the Dekalb County Public School system.

Kristina holds a degree in Elementary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a certified teacher in the state of Georgia.  Her interests include exercise, reading, music, visiting the Atlanta Zoo, and playing with her and Joe’s two children, Haleigh and Hayden.


Deborah McRae, Office Administrator

Deborah McRae has been a part of the Trinity ministry team since 2005.  She is retired from General Motors as a proud third-generation GM employee.  Email:

Jackson Thomas, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Jackson Thomas is a student at Georgia Perimeter College and aspires to be a minister to youth and young people on the margins.  Jackson enjoys music, the arts, and living a radical life for Jesus Christ.  He has experience in ministry and missions, and has traveled to the Philippines and to the Ukraine.

Jackson’s mission is to reach out to questioning or oppressed young adults who are seeking a place to belong.

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