Our Staff

Meet the people who keep everything running smoothly!

Senior Pastor

Pastor Fritz Wiese

770-487-8717 ext 215

Associate Pastor

Miriam Beecher

770-487-8717 ext 204

Minister of Music

David Beecher

770-487-8717 ext 213

I am married to Pastor Miriam (1981), whom I met at seminary. We have adult sons, Andrew and Matthew. We all came to Georgia and Christ Our Shepherd in 1998.

I am involved in just about all aspects of worship. I play the organ (and piano) for sanctuary services. I love working directly with seven music groups; there are about 16 more which I support. All kinds of exciting worship planning takes place with the staff, the Worship and Music Team, our passionate volunteers, and with GraceFlock’s worship leadership. Stephen Ministry is important to me; I have been a S.M. leader for over two decades.

What's your favorite part of your job?

Every day I am amazed at the devotion, talent, enthusiasm, compassion and generosity in the COS family. Not only are the people rich in ability, they are willing and excited to use their gifts to praise God, build his kingdom, and enrich the community of faith. When all that is guided by a Spirit-filled vision, God will bless our neighborhood, community, and his world through COS.

What's something most people don't know about you?

I have worked with 12 pastors in 3 denominations, not counting Miriam.

My favorite...

My favorite Bible verse is: "So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way." Colossians 3:12-17 (The Message)

Fun Facts:
Hobbies: reading; going to movies; attending plays and concerts, particularly if COS family are in them; fretting about politics (don’t ask)
Born in: Rogers, Arkansas
Raised in:  Northwest Arkansas
Learned something at:  Arkansas Tech University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, West  Virginia University, Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta)
Favorite Teams: Braves; Cardinals (baseball only); UGA Bulldogs, Arkansas Razorbacks, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, West Virginia Mountaineers, anyone playing Texas
Cool Spot in PTC area: Coweta County Performing Arts Centre; 411 Palmetto Road

Director of Children & Family Ministry

Ellen Pfundt

770-487-8717 ext 208

What is your favorite part of your job? 
Glimpsing God’s presence in the play, actions, insights and questions of children. 

What is something most people don’t know about you? 
I wish I had an artistic talent.

My favorite. . . 
My favorite verse is "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."  Galatians 4:6b

Director of Operations

Sue Kunig

770-487-8717 ext 207

What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being to interact with so many members of the congregation. Everyone is so dedicated to the upkeep and improvement of our facility. I enjoy the opportunity to sit with a group of members, look at what projects we will work on, start the project and then I am able to sit back and look at how we have transformed that section of the building. I could not do my job without the help and cooperation of so many members who are behind the scene.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I love to travel, to places that we have never been before or just back home to our favorite stomping grounds. My favorite place to be though, is at the beach. I feel so grounded and at peace there. For me, it is knowing that I am just a small piece of God’s universe, but, we are all an important piece!

My favorite...
My favorite way to spend my time off is to be with my husband, our children, and our granddaughter. As everyone told me, wait until you become a grandparent...boy were they right! Our little one cannot do anything wrong in our eyes, and I just delight in spending as much time as I can with her.

Director of Connecting Ministry

Kerry Ackerson

770-487-8717 ext 214

What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is helping people find a "sweet spot" in the church – a place where they can find meaning and put their own unique talents and strengths to work.

What's something most people don't know about you?
Few people know (and fewer would care) that I am a champion hula-hooper!

My favorite...
My favorite gift is a power tool.

Kerry lives outside "the Bubble" in beautiful Brooks with her husband Peter and menagerie of dogs and cats.

Office Administrator

Jane Smith


What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is getting to know the members and finding ways to assist them.

What's something most people don't know about you?
I was on the first United States team that competed in the World University Orienteering Championship in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

My favorite...
My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." With the constant crush of bad news, it helps me to know that God is here, if I will just stop and listen to Him.

Director of Contemporary Music

Frank Fortunato


What's your favorite part of your job?
My most favorite part of the job that I have at Christ Our Shepherd is rehearsing the band. I like to come up with creative arrangements.

What's something most people don't know about you?
Something that people don't know about me is the fact that I have been a teacher my whole life. I love teaching improvisational piano to adults, and would be open to have some new students from our church.

My favorite...
My favorite activity in all of life is reading a great book.

Music Assistant

Lynn Kalinke

770-487-8717 ext 220

Director of Preschool

Colleen Ferris

770-487-8717 ext 211 or 770-487-0086

What's your favorite part of your job?
The little ones who share my days!

What's something most people don't know about you?
I do not enjoy shopping for myself. If I had the money, I would rather hire someone to do it.

My favorite...
I like enjoying time with my family and friends most of all.


Melissa Speice

770-487-8717 ext 212

What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the flexibility that it offers.

What's something most people don't know about you?
I love to kayak.

My favorite...
My favorite sport is tennis.

Audio Coordinator

James Callison


Communications Coordinator

Erin Martin

770-487-8717 ext 203

What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being able to get to know the members here. I have been shown incredible love and care since I have been here.

What's something most people don't know about you?
I have a passion for marine life and giving gifts.

My favorite...
My favorite thing of all time is to spend time with my husband and daughter (especially if we are out looking for an adventure)!

Nursery Ministry Leaders

Melanie Byerly and Andrea Williams