Our Staff

Reverend Esta Jarrett, Pastor

Rev. Esta Jarrett is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Her special areas of interest are preaching, church music, pastoral care, and helping churches serve people who suffer from depression.  

Ordained in 2011, Esta came to Canton after working and assisting in churches in Richmond VA, Granville OH, Burnsville NC and Asheville NC. 

Esta is originally from Newport News, VA, but has deep family roots in western NC, and is proud to call Canton home.

Jeff Gonce, Organist/Director of Music

Jeff has been very active in church music since a young age. He has studied both organ and piano since elementary school, and formally studied organ performance at Montreat.

He is currently following his passion for music, as well as his love of travel. After eight years of working in the banking industry, he  joined the travel team at AAA in the summer of 2013.

Jennifer Johnson, Nursery Attendant and Office Assistant

Jennifer Johnson is from Canton and graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education.  She is also certified in Special Education and maintains current CPR/First Aid certification. 

During the week, Jennifer works at Community Action Opportunities as a Head Start teacher. She has also worked in other local programs including Hazelwood Early Education and Preschool, the Irene Wortham Center, Jonathan Valley Elementary, and First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, NC. She has experience working with children from infants to elementary-school-aged, but mostly with preschool-aged children, both typically developing and with various special needs.