Working Together to Build a Church in Haiti

Why build a church in Haiti?

Central is glad to be in a vibrant partnership with the church of St. Philip and St. Jacques in Trou Jacques, Haiti, on the island of La Gonave. Several years ago, we began a dialogue with the teachers, congregants, and neighbors of Trou Jacques, listening to the needs in their community. With a resounding voice, the people of Trou Jacques expressed their need for a church building. 
In memory of beloved Central member Margaret Montgomery, Central and the Montgomery family are partnering with the Trou Jacques congregation to build a church structure. 


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Above: Members of the December 2014 trip
stand at the church foundation in Trou Jacques.


Above: Atlanta architect Bob Guinn
discusses plans with the priest on La Gonave
and the Haitian engineer working on the
Trou Jacques church building (December 2014)

How can I help?

-Travel to Haiti: Join one of the Central teams on their trips to Haiti in order strengthen our ties to the community of Trou Jacques. Our next trip is January 31-February 5, 2016

-Fund the Church: In order to fulfill our promise to the community of Trou Jacques, we need to raise over $90,000. Through generous donations from Central's global mission budget, individual donors, and partner churches, we are within $10,000 of our goal! Every donation makes a difference. You can make a donation towards the Trou Jacques church through Central’s online giving page.

For more information, contact Rev. Anna George Traynham.

Live Locally, Act Globally!

Who is the Global Mission Committee?

All are welcome to join the Global Mission committee at any time. This committee does important work on behalf of the church, and we have a lot of fun in the process. Current committee members include Anna George Traynham (Resident Pastor), Jo McMurtrie (chair), Tricia Downing (vice chair), Mary Caroline Lindsay, Harold Harbert, Elizabeth Neil, Ellen Campbell Logan, Kemie Nix, Ed Galloway, Bede Campbell, Ella Ruth Hunnicutt, Cindi Yarborough, Kirsten Benson, Miranda Brownlee, Grace Paulsen, Jennell Charles, and Debbie Miller.

What do we do? How?

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International mission trips

International Mission trips: Nearly every year, Central sends a group of members on an international trip to build relationships and serve God in the church abroad. 

Upcoming trips: Haiti (January 31-February 5, 2016); US-Mexico Border (June 12-18, 2016). Scholarship funding is available for international mission trips! Contact Anna George Traynham for more information.

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La Gonave Haiti Partnership

Central is an active member of the La Gonave Haiti Partnership (, which seeks to be a ministry of presence fostering sustainable relationships and community development on the island of La Gonave, Haiti. Central is partnered with an Episcopal congregation in the village of Trou Jacques to support nutrition, education, health initiatives, and the construction of a church building.

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Fair Trade Sales

Coffee, tea, cocoa, olive oil, and chocolate candy are available the third Sunday of every month in Tull Fellowship Hall. 

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Refugee Resettlement

In the spring of 2015, Central began sponsoring a refugee family through the International Rescue Committee. We have been providing home furnishings, financial support, emotional support, and much more, and we look forward to a continued relationship with the family.


International students

Central hosts an annual December holiday luncheon for international students staying in Atlanta through the Christmas House International program.

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Support of Presbyterian mission co-workers

Through our prayers and financial resources, Central Global Mission supports the work of four PC(USA) mission co-workers:

-Rev. Kate Taber, Israel-Palestine

-Revs. Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather, South Sudan

-Rev. Mark Adams, US-Mexico Border

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  • One Great Hour of Sharing (Easter)
  • Peace and Global Witness(World Communion Sunday)
  • Christmas Joy Offering: supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and emergency support for church workers and their families
  • Pentecost Offering: supports the PC/USA General Assembly and children at risk in Atlanta and abroad
  • PATH Offering (5th Sundays): supports hunger programs in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

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Interfaith initiatives

Interfaith Initiatives: We serve as a center for interfaith relations at Central and provide financial support to the Presbyterian Peace Foundation.
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Faithful Central members hold a peace vigil every Sunday. When executions are scheduled in the state of Georgia, we hold an execution vigil and host a letter-writing campaign. Central is also proud to participate in the Peacemaking Partnership of Greater Atlanta Presbytery


There are ways and ways and ways to live locally and act globally. New initiatives and new participants are always welcome. Contact Anna George Traynham for more information and more involvement.