Board of Directors


 Gordon Brittingham, President

Gordon is an experienced leader and consults regularly with business teams in a variety of areas to help create effective strategies that will impact organizational results. He has hands-on experience within a wide range of financial service areas including: bankcard, internet lending, short-term lending and mortgages. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Delaware.

He and his wife Cynthia were married in 1992 and have three children, Taylor and David, who graduated from NCCS, and Kendall, who currently attends NCCS. 

The Brittinghams attend Grace Covenant Church. Currently Gordon is a soccer coach with the NW YMCA of Metro Atlanta. He enjoys spending time with his family and says his kids are his only current hobby.

Gordon's favorite Scripture was used in his wedding ceremony and is Jeremiah 21:11-13 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."


 Jay McAnnally, Vice President

Jay studied Geology and Mining/Petroleum Engineering at the University of Alabama and graduated in1981. He went on to study Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.Jay is currently the Corporate Chaplain for Carl Black Automotive Group.  He provides Spiritual and emotional care for up to 1000 employees in GA, FL and TN. He also serves as their Director of Facilities and Construction.

Jay and his wife, Laura, have been married for 27 years and have three daughters, Erin, a graduate of NCCS, Kelsey, and Callan, also a graduate of NCCS. The McAnnallys attend Cedarcrest Church. Jay is also active in Men's Ministry, Volunteers, and Hospitality and Construction.  Jay was a founding pastor at NorthStar Church of Kennesaw, GA serving as their Pastor of Family Life for seven years.  In the 1990's he worked with the Promise Keepers organization in Atlanta becoming a licensed and ordained minister in 1997.  

Jay’s favorite Scripture is Proverbs 3:6-9 " all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”


 Jonathan Marquess, Secretary

Jonathan received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, he has completed The International Health Care Course sponsored by the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy in Copenhagen, Denmark and The American Pharmacy Association’s (APhA) Community Pharmacy Management Program.  Jonathan specializes in diabetes care and is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

Jonathan is a member of the American Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees.  He is a past president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) and in 2012 Jonathan was named GPhA Independent Pharmacists of the Year and in 2008 was named Innovative Pharmacist of the Year by GPhA.  He is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma and Phi Beta Delta.

Jonathan, along with his pharmacist wife, Pam, are the owners of five Health Mart Pharmacies in the Metro Atlanta Area.  He is also the President/CEO of The Institute for Wellness and Education, a disease management company.  

Jonathan and Pam have been married for 18 years and their two children, Will and Madison, both attend NCCS.  Jonathan and his family attend Woodstock Baptist Church and his favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 which reads "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." 

MarkHumphreyMark Humphrey, Treasurer

Mark has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 23 years and is currently Director of Financial Planning and Reporting. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with Bachelor degree in Finance and has an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Mark and his wife Karen were married in 1988 and have two children, Michael and Allison, both graduates of NCCS who were "lifers" who attended NCCS since kindergarten.

The Humphreys have been members of First Presbyterian Church of Marietta since 1992, where Mark serves as a deacon and has been a youth advisor with the middle school youth group for several years.  Mark also serves on the board of Men Abiding in Christ Ministries, Inc., a ministry focused on growing men’s relationship with Jesus Christ and assisting churches in growing discipleship through retreats, seminars and small group programs.   

One of Mark’s favorite bible verses is Colossians 2:6-7--- “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” 

MichaelBellMichael D. Bell

Michael graduated from Georgia State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Major in Accounting.  He received his CPA Certification from the State of Georgia in 2000.  Michael has worked for C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. for 16 years and is currently an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer for the company.

Michael married his wife Kayle in 1996 and they have 6 children, Bryant, a graduate of NCCS, Tyler, Angela, Samantha, and Colton, who all attend NCCS, and Jamie. The Bell family attends Cedarcrest Church.  Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Michael’s favorite Scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.”


 Jonathan Crumly

Jonathan is General Counsel for LakePoint Sports in Emerson, Georgia. He has been a practicing attorney for over twenty years in the areas of civil litigation, construction & development law and Constitutional law. He has been a partner at one of the largest national law firms, Alston & Bird, LLP as well as a founding partner of his own firm before taking his current position. Jonathan has donated over 2,000 hours of legal services to various Religious Freedom matters as an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Jonathan has been a long advocate of parental choice in education and dedicated many hours to lobbying the Georgia Legislature on behalf of school choice, including expanding and improving the Georgia Education Expense Credit statutes. He received his Bachelors degree from Wofford College and his law degree from the University of Georgia.

Jonathan and his wife, Kim, were married in 1993 and have seven children, Jonathan Jr. and Will, both graduates of NCCS, Caleb, who currently attends NCCS,  Caroline, Mia, Ben and Samuel. 

The Crumlys attend the Church of the Apostles. Jonathan recently completed a three year term serving the Church of the Apostles on its Vestry.

Jonathan's favorite Scripture is Psalm 127, particularly verse 1 – “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.” 

Dennard WayneWayne Dennard

Wayne holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's of Public Administration from Columbus State University, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He is currently the Chief of Police at the Acworth Police Department, where he has served the community for 13 years. Wayne has resided in the North Cobb Community for more than 40 years, and attends Summit Church in Acworth.

Wayne and his wife of 20 years, Melinda, have two daughters, Madelyn, a graduate of NCCS, and Mallory. Wayne and Melinda feel blessed that their daughters have been able to receive a Christian education in a structured environment where their children have been surrounded by other students, families, and staff who share like values and a love for God. Wayne's passions include community, local missions, and family.

Wayne believes that God's plan is perfect and one of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."


 George Donovan

George holds a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and a M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, both in finance. George has been an elected board member of North Cobb Christian School since 1995, serving as Treasurer for most of those years, and most recently as the President of the board.

George is President of Donovan Enterprises, Inc., a holding company for venture capital investments.  Previously, he was employed by the Coulter Corporation, a world leader in in-vitro diagnostic testing where his responsibilities over 17 years included field sales, sales management, financial planning, budgeting, and new product project management.  He also serves on the board of one other technology company and advises for another leading edge business.

During 2006-2009 while living in Orange, California, George helped in the start up of a public charter school in Long Beach focusing on the underserved students in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Micro Enterprise Charter Academy has been heralded by the California Department of Education as having submitted one of the most forward thinking educational charter proposals ever received.

George has been married to his wife Mary since 1981 and they have three children, Sarah, Christopher, and Gregory.  Sarah and Christopher graduated from NCCS in 2003 and 2005 respectively while Gregory finished high school in Anaheim, CA having attended NCCS through the 8th grade,  George and Mary currently attend Branches of Christ Church.

Mr. Donovan's passion is helping provide students the opportunity to discover their God given potential. His favorite Scripture verse is 3 John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."


Dan Garcia

Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and a Master’s of Business Administration from Mercer University. He is the President of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. located in Marietta, GA.

Dan and his wife Debbie have been married since 1998 and have five children; Erika, Brianna, Kevin, Michelle and Katherine, who currently attend NCCS. The Garcia family are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Dan has served as past President of the Georgia Asphalt Pavement Association and is currently a Board Member for Youth in Mission, a non-profit organization that provides funding for young men and women to serve God’s people on mission trips.

Two of Dan’s favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:13 -- “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” and 1 Chronicles 29:12 “Riches and glory are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give greatness and strength to all.”

RickyPoeRichard Poe

Ricky received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry in 1992 and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996, both from the University of Georgia. He has practiced veterinary medicine since 1996 and has owned East Paulding Animal Hospital, along with his wife, Pam, since 1998.

Ricky is also a partner at Defense Research and Development, Inc. Additionally, he has served as vice president of the board of directors for McKenna Farms Therapy services since its inception, providing mental and physical therapy for disabled children.

Ricky and his wife, Pam, were married in 1998 and have 2 daughters Alexandria, and Victoria who have attended North Cobb Christian School since 2007.  Their family church home is Lighthouse Christian Church in Dallas.

A few of Ricky's favorite verses are Philippians 4: 6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." and Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God…”  


 Todd Rainwater

Todd is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA and has attended Dallas Theological Seminary, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Richmont University. Since 1993 he has served on the Pastoral Staff at Mount Paran Church where he currently serves as the Assistant Pastor. His pastoral teaching and leadership is reaching all across Atlanta helping people grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

He and his wife Karen have been married since 1997 and have three daughters - Halle, who graduated as part of the class of 2017, Hayden, class of 2019 and Macie, class of 2021. They have been part of the NCCS family since 2002.

Two of Todd’s favorite verses is Romans 12:2 (NLT) and Romans 15:13 (NIV) -- “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

ChrisSwardChris Sward

Chris graduated from Davidson College with a BS in Mathematics and then went on to Emory University School of Medicine. There he met his wife, Lisa. They married in 1992 and graduated in 1995. After 3 years in Tuscaloosa completing their Family Practice Residency, they moved to Cartersville and joined Harbin Clinic Family Practice. During that time, Chris has served as Department Chair of Cartersville Family Practice, was Chief of Staff at Cartersville Medical Center and spent 9 years on the Board of Managers of Harbin Clinic.

Chris and Lisa have one daughter, Anna, who started at NCCS in 2012 and will graduate with the class of 2022. They attend Woodstock City Church.

Chris enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, road cycling and sports of all kinds.

Chris’s favorite Scripture is Joshua 1:9 -- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

LaRonna Turnbough is a 4th generation ordained minister and serves on the Board of directors at NCCS 
LaRonna Turnbough 

LaRonna is an ordained fourth-generation minister who serves full time in ministry alongside her husband as the co-pastor of Lionheart Church in Austell and Riverdale, Georgia. She provides spiritual guidance and counsel through teaching, preaching and individual mentorship. She oversees several departments in the ministry but can also be found in the pulpit with her husband, teaching on topics like singles and courtship, marriage and family, inner healing, and spiritual warfare. 

Prior to being promoted to public ministry, LaRonna’s first ministry was (and still is) to her family. She home-schooled her six children, operated an in-home daycare to support working mothers, and continues to operate a home-based health and wellness business. She is a graduate of Word of Faith School of Ministry and uses her education, knowledge and extensive experience to pour into the lives of family -- as well as all those whom the Lord sends across her path.

LaRonna and her husband, Otha, were married in 1996 and have six children: Moriah (NCCS class of 2017), Otha, Rachel, Sophia, Elizabeth and Jeremiah (current NCCS students).

One of LaRonna’s favorite Scriptures is 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) – “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”


Dara Leslie

Dara Leslie is currently Vice President of Marketing for Comcast’s Central Division. In this role, she is responsible for leading marketing operations, competitive and internal marketing communications teams. A veteran of the cable industry, Dara has held various marketing and operational leadership positions for Charter Communications and Atlantic Broadband. 

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a Master of Arts from Old Dominion University. 

Dara and her husband, Josh, have been married since 1999 and have two children, Brennan and Keeghan, who attend NCCS. The family currently attends Woodstock City Church. 

One of Dara’s favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”


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