John Nixon, II

Senior Pastor

John Nixon, II has spent his 15-year pastoral career in South Atlantic Conference, pastoring in all 3 states of the territory. He is married to the love of his life, the former April Mendinghall, and they have 2 children: John III and Julia. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Oakwood University in 2000, and holds Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andrews University. He loves people and wants to see as many of them saved into God's kingdom as possible.


Deidre Etheridge

Administrative Assistant


Deidre is a fun-loving, hard-working person who loves the Lord and loves people. Her professionalism and organizational skills have been a big asset to the Decatur church family and its operation. She hails from Massachusetts, attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and now resides in Douglasville, GA. She has many hobbies including: singing, poetry, miming, acting and cooking. She serves as the president of Open Praise choir, directed by Minister David Trofort. She also tours with Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling, singing backup across the globe.