Leadership Team

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 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.

Dr. Karen Beam, Worship Director

KarenBKaren Beam, D.Ed., has been involved in Christ’s Church for over 40 years as a worship leader, youth pastor, pianist, and educator.  She is a retired teacher from Dekalb County Schools and served as professor in the graduate education program at Mercer University.  She served as choir director of First Baptist Church, Lithonia, for over 30 years.

Karen holds degrees from University of Cincinnati as a triple major and Mercer University.  She has traveled to all fifty states and sang a hymn in each, and loves to garden.

Matt Cook, Associate Pastor, Family Faith Formation

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.

Jackson Thomas, Youth Ministry Coordinator and Resident Artist

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.  He is also Trinity’s resident artist.

Canangela Boyd-Robertson, Liturgical Artist

CanangelaCanangela Boyd-Robertson is a classically trained vocalist and pianist with a B.A. in music from Spelman College and a Masters in Music from the University of Rhode Island.

She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Urban Ministry from the Urban Seminary of Atlanta, Georgia. Her career ranges from that of a public school teacher to professional vocal coach working in the recording industry.  She has been involved in music ministry for over twenty years.  She has participated in local missions work as well as a European tour as part of a singing group called Prayz.

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