Dave Farrington

Board Chair

Dave Farrington is the president of Farrington Consulting Company; a meeting facilitation and organizational performance company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In his tenure with Farrington Consulting, Dave has worked with many of leading companies in Georgia including Delta Airlines, The Coca Cola Company, and the Southern Company. Dave also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector working with The Atlanta Regional Commission, Hartsfield-Jackson Development Program, Atlanta Department of Aviation, The Center for Disease Control, The Carter Library and The United Way.

Dave and his wife Sandy have lived in downtown Atlanta for the past 7 years where they have become active in their community connecting with the poor in their neighborhood. They have served in local mission opportunities via SafeHouse Outreach, City of Refuge, and Grace United Methodist Street Ministry. Both Dave and Sandy feel blessed to have been engaged over these past several years with inner city missions.

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Heather Davis

At-Large Member

Heather Davis has a heart for serving those in need, especially women and children. She is an active member at Mount Pisgah UMC where she leads a small group experience with children on Sundays as well as is engaged in the churches Emmaus community. In addition, she is a leader at Community Bible Study in Norcross, GA. Her desire to help others extends to Zambia, Africa where she has traveled and serves on the board of Wiphan Care Ministries, serving widows and children (www.wiphan.org).

Heather resides in Alpharetta with her husband, Bryan, and their two daughters, Madeline and Kendall.


Ricke Jenkins

At-Large Member

Ricke Jenkins is a Sales Engineer at Bardi Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. (“The climates always right at Bardi”). He serves on the company Leadership Team and is Chairperson of the Bardi Community Fund Committee, the Bardi companies’ employee charitable foundation. A native Atlantan, he has been a part of the Atlanta business community for over 30 years with most of his career being in the sales or business development arena. He describes himself as a people person which is probably why one of his “strengths”, as determined by Strength Finders 2.0, a book and study by Tom Rath, is WOO! A characteristic defined as Wins Others Over.

Ricke has worked middle school age students for 27+ years! He is and has been for the last 12 years been a 6th grade SS teacher. His involvement with young people pre-dates his romance and marriage to his Children’s Pastor wife. He and his Ordained Minister wife, Jill, have been married almost 27 years and have two “practically perfect” children, Maggie, a TFA high school teacher in Orangeburg, SC and Jack, a junior Chemical Engineering student at Georgia Tech.

Ricke sees his deeper involvement with RATL as one of his next’s, as he imagines God’s next phase in his journey. He knows that while God meets us where we are; He loves us too much to just leave us there! In Christ, there is ALWAYS a next!


Jim Ellison

Executive Director

Dr. Jim Ellison serves as Executive Director of Restoration ATL. Jim has over 25 years of experience serving congregations in the Atlanta area including serving as senior pastor of the historic downtown Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Jim has served on multiple boards in the non-profit community in Atlanta including SafeHouse Outreach and Historic Oakland Cemetery. Jim currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Young Harris College.

Jim holds an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Young Harris College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from LaGrange College. Immediately following the completion of his undergraduate degrees, Jim enrolled at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and received his Master of Divinity degree the spring of 1993. Most notably, Jim received his Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and church leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005, where he was awarded the Beeson Pastor Fellowship scholarship.

Jim and his wife, Beth, live in Berkeley Lake, Georgia, and have two sons.

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Jay Knight

At-Large Member

Jay Knight is an owner/partner in Knight Homes, a 36 year old homebuilding company based in Jonesboro, Georgia. Knight Homes has built over seven thousand homes since 1978.

Jay is the immediate past chairman of Landmark Christian School’s board of trustees where he served on the board from 2000 until 2013.

Jay and his wife Michelle live in Fairburn, Georgia and have four children.


Robert H. McMichael III

At-Large Member

Robert Henry McMichael, III, is a 5th generation Atlantan. A product of the Atlanta Public Schools, Robert is a 1999 graduate of Morehouse College, and a 2009 graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

Robert has distinguished himself as a writer, lecturer, vocalist and organist. He has served in numerous capacities in churches throughout the Atlanta area. As Organist, he has served at the Mallelieu United Methodist Church, East Point, GA, (now East Point First Mallelieu UMC) and at the Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church, his home church. He has served the Cascade United Methodist Church as Director of the Women’s Chorus and Praise and Worship Leader. He also served the Historic Central Ministries United Methodist Church where he served as Minister of Music, Worship and the Arts. He currently serves the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta as Worship Leader/Ministerial Assistant. As a baritone soloist, Robert has been featured at many recitals and concerts. One of his proudest moments when he was chosen to be a part of the Chorus that performed Brahms’s Nanie at the Woodruff Arts Center under the direction of the late Robert Shaw. In July of 2001 he co-chaired a delegation that traveled to the Ivory Coast of West Africa to take the Gospel message in song and to begin discussions on how the then “Methodist Church of Cote’Ivoire” and the United Methodist Church could merge. Within two years of the initial conference, the Methodist Church of Cote’Ivoire became a part of the United Methodist Church. Robert is also a Realtor ® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Buckhead West Paces office. He is one of Metro Atlanta's leading Real Estate Consultants.

Robert believes that it is his calling to “Spread the Liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and song.” It is this calling that has sparked Robert to begin writing his first publication With My Whole Heart: Worship as a Lifestyle. Robert believes that worship should be more than a once a week event, however, it should be the lifeline upon which Christians thrive.

Robert is an active member of several community and civic organizations; the NAACP; the Boys and Girls Club of America; the American Guild of Organist; the Hampton University Choir Director’s/Organist Guild; and the National Academy of Religion. Robert enjoys water sports, reading, writing, and especially cooking.

He is married to the former Dina Bagby and they have 3 children. They reside in the East Cobb community of metro Atlanta. Robert has adopted as his life’s theme, “Love, The More Excellent Way!”


Trent Shuping

At-Large Member

Trent Shuping is a partner with the Warshauer Law Group, an Atlanta law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Trent focuses his practice on representing victims of tractor-trailer wrecks, railroad accidents, defective medical devices, industrial accidents and unsafe consumer products. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Duke University School of Law and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 2005.

Trent and his wife Lisa live in Downtown Atlanta. They have served in various capacities at the City of Refuge, Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Cobb Legal Aid and the Ending Mass Incarceration Team of the North Georgia Conference.


Dave Altman

Founding Board Member

Dave Altman is a retired vice president of corporate communications for Southern Company, one of the nation's largest electric utilities. With responsibility for media relations, crisis communications, advertising and employee and environmental communications, Altman helped to direct the company's external and internal communication strategies during the tenure of five Southern Company CEO's over the past 30 years.

Prior to his career at Southern Company, Altman worked at WSB-TV in Atlanta as a writer and news producer.

Altman has supported numerous charitable and civic organizations in the Atlanta area. He was active with the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities--and has served on several Atlanta-area non-profit boards, including Childkind, Nobis Works (formerly the Tommy Nobis Center) and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

The Ohio native received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Georgia State University in 1974. He is a 1995 graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Altman currently is the Books & Writers Editor of the Pickens County Progress, where he is a columnist and contributing writer. He is also a professional bass fisherman, having competed in more than 50 professional tournaments over the past three years.

Altman and his wife Lisa live in Lawrenceville. They have three children and two grandchildren.

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Yvette Hogan

Founding Board Member

Yvette Hogan is a partner at Van Huss, Hogan, McCurry and Associates, P.C.

Yvette is a partner with over twenty years experience in public accounting. Yvette first began her public accounting career with D. Terry Van Huss, P.C. in 1989. In 1995, she was promoted to partner. Upon Terry Van Huss's retirement in 2000, Yvette along with Randy McCurry formed Van Huss, Hogan, McCurry & Associates, P.C. Yvette specializes in tax and small business accounting and IRS Representation. Yvette holds a BA from North Georgia College and State University. She is a member of the Georgia Society of CPA's.

Yvette serves in various civic and professional leaderships within her community. She served as the Treasurer for the Junior War Eagle Sports Association and was a member of its Board of Directors. Yvette is a past President of the Southside Chapter of the Georgia Society of CPA's.

Yvette and her husband, AI, live in Fayetteville, Georgia and have two children.

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Jason Rock

Founding Board Member

Jason Rock is an Enterprise Sales Representative at Siemens.

Jason has over fifteen years of experience in corporate sales with Ciba Vision, Monster.com and Siemens. Jason holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he played soccer.

Jason lived in downtown Atlanta for over a decade and it was during that time he began serving in local missions in the city. Over the years, he has served at the City of Refuge, Safehouse Outreach, Midtown Assistance Center in addition to serving through his local church.

Jason and his wife, Julianna, live in Villa Rica, Georgia and have a son.

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