Leadership

"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood."
— Acts 20:28

Elders and Wives

Caleb Hawkins
Elder

Caleb and his wife Natalie have been at Generations since 2018. A native of Gwinnett county, Caleb enjoys spending time with his family and church community here in Norcross/Peachtree Corners. He serves as Associate Pastor at Generations along with currently pursuing a Ph.D in historical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.




James Rowell
Elder

James Rowell helped to plant Generations with his father, John, in 2010 and he took on the role of Lead Pastor in the summer of 2013. James received a Master's Degree from Kennesaw State University in Conflict Management in 2008. His undergraduate degree is in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College. Growing up in the home of a pastor and church planter, James was saved by Jesus at a young age, but his heart was more fully captured by the person of Jesus and the mission of Jesus in his early 20's.


James spent 4 years after college in a management role within the service industry before entering vocational ministry in 2008. He loves sharing life and ministry with his best friend and beautiful wife, Betsy, and their 6 kids, Dylan, Josiah, Ephraim, Daniel, Reagan and McLean. They live in Norcross and dream about seeing this community saturated by the gospel of Jesus Christ so that disciples are made, servant leaders are sent out, and churches are planted among the nations and the next generation.


If you have any questions for James or want to connect with him, please feel free to send him an email.




Paul Wilson
Elder

Paul was born in Detroit, MI, raised in Buffalo, NY, and attended his last two years of high school in Miami, FL. Paul attended Stetson University in DeLand, FL, where he met his wife Karen whom he married in June, 1983. Karen was born and raised in Lakeland, FL. The Wilsons have one daughter, Maegan, and three grandchildren ages 3, 5 & 7. Maegan and her family reside in Johannesburg, South Africa as her husband Michael, works for Campus Outreach.


Paul spent 32 years in the Property Casualty insurance industry until retiring in May of 2018. Paul became a Christian at the age of 30. In 2005, Paul became the pastor of Turning Point Baptist church in Mulberry, FL and then moved to Singapore in March of 2009 with his day job. In Feb 2012 Paul became an Elder at Redemption Hill Church in Singapore. The Wilsons relocated back to the US in Jan 2016.


The Wilsons began attending Generations Norcross in May 2016 when they relocated to Atlanta. Paul became an elder in Feb 2018. Paul is part-time on staff and currently oversees community groups, discipleship and finances. Karen is a Bible study teacher and cohort leader. Paul spends most of his free time on the golf course or reading.




Zac Gilcrease
Elder

Zac was born and raised in Tampa, FL where he grew up as the second oldest of 3 brothers and 2 sisters. His parents are on staff with a Christian ministry and demonstrated to him from an early age what it looks like to trust and follow Christ. He began taking his faith in Christ more seriously at the age of 17 after a church youth camp where the Spirit opened his eyes to the immeasurable grace and love of God through Christ.


Zac attended The University of South Florida in Tampa, FL where he studied accounting, played baseball, and met his wife, Jasmine. After graduating in 2015, Zac and Jasmine spent two years in Louisiana before settling in the Duluth, GA area where they now live with their daughter Lyla. Zac works full time at Specialty Building Products which is a building materials distributor based in Duluth. When he is not working, he enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, drawing, and pouring into the lives of other men. Zac is also extremely proud of achieving his life-long goal of playing church softball as he is the starting left-center fielder for the Good News Bears.




Staff

Beth Hanley
Director of Engagement

Beth has been going to Generations since the beginning of 2018. She was born in Ethiopia, but was raised in Washington state. She moved to Georgia with her family in 2017 and as a huge blessing, found Generations quickly after that. She is in charge of newcomer assimilation, communication, managing the building, and event logistics. She loves her community and has a passion for creating environments and events that foster fellowship and gospel-centered communication.




Caleb Hawkins
Associate Pastor

Caleb and his wife Natalie have been at Generations since 2018. A native of Gwinnett county, Caleb enjoys spending time with his family and church community here in Norcross/Peachtree Corners. He serves as Associate Pastor at Generations along with currently pursuing a Ph.D in historical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.




James Rowell
Lead Teaching Pastor

James Rowell helped to plant Generations with his father, John, in 2010 and he took on the role of Lead Pastor in the summer of 2013. James received a Master's Degree from Kennesaw State University in Conflict Management in 2008. His undergraduate degree is in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College. Growing up in the home of a pastor and church planter, James was saved by Jesus at a young age, but his heart was more fully captured by the person of Jesus and the mission of Jesus in his early 20's.


James spent 4 years after college in a management role within the service industry before entering vocational ministry in 2008. He loves sharing life and ministry with his best friend and beautiful wife, Betsy, and their 6 kids, Dylan, Josiah, Ephraim, Daniel, Reagan and McLean. They live in Norcross and dream about seeing this community saturated by the gospel of Jesus Christ so that disciples are made, servant leaders are sent out, and churches are planted among the nations and the next generation.


If you have any questions for James or want to connect with him, please feel free to send him an email.




Jasmine Gilcrease
Director of Ministry Support

Jasmine started attending Generations with her husband, Zac, in 2018 and came on staff in 2021. She has served in various capacities over the years, and serves us now as the Ministry Support Director. If you have any administrative questions about finance or questions about our children's ministry, she's your gal! Jasmine grew up in St Petersburg, FL, and lives in Duluth, GA, with her husband, Zac. She enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors in general, especially if water is involved (salt water specifically).




Paul Wilson
Pastor of Discipleship

Paul was born in Detroit, MI, raised in Buffalo, NY, and attended his last two years of high school in Miami, FL. Paul attended Stetson University in DeLand, FL, where he met his wife Karen whom he married in June, 1983. Karen was born and raised in Lakeland, FL. The Wilsons have one daughter, Maegan, and three grandchildren ages 3, 5 & 7. Maegan and her family reside in Johannesburg, South Africa as her husband Michael, works for Campus Outreach.


Paul spent 32 years in the Property Casualty insurance industry until retiring in May of 2018. Paul became a Christian at the age of 30. In 2005, Paul became the pastor of Turning Point Baptist church in Mulberry, FL and then moved to Singapore in March of 2009 with his day job. In Feb 2012 Paul became an Elder at Redemption Hill Church in Singapore. The Wilsons relocated back to the US in Jan 2016.


The Wilsons began attending Generations Norcross in May 2016 when they relocated to Atlanta. Paul became an elder in Feb 2018. Paul is part-time on staff and currently oversees community groups, discipleship and finances. Karen is a Bible study teacher and cohort leader. Paul spends most of his free time on the golf course or reading.




Scottie Finlayson
Pastoral Resident

Scottie was born in Michigan but grew up in the Suwanee/Duluth area. Though he grew up going to church, it wasn't until his senior year of high school that he came to personally understand his own deep need for the grace of Jesus. Throughout his time at Auburn University and in the years afterward, the Lord began to lead Scottie in the direction of vocational ministry, giving him opportunities to serve churches and ministries both in the U.S. and Latin America.


Scottie began attending Generations in 2018 and very quickly felt that it was a place he needed to root himself. As he and a few other young men met weekly with James over the span of a year and a half, it started to become clear that there was significant overlap between the church's needs and some of Scottie's experiences and passions. This eventually led to him coming on staff as a Pastoral Resident at the end of 2020, which has been a joy and a tremendous blessing to him.


Scottie currently oversees missions, worship, and communications, and is developing towards pastoral ministry. His heart is to equip our church family to live in a way that is "worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Philippians 1:27), joyfully and sacrificially engaging in the mission of God. In his free time, Scottie can be found exploring nature, playing music, or out on the soccer field.