Three Rivers Church believes that the model of leadership and governance that we see modeled and prescribed in the New Testament is one of multiple elders (also referred to as pastors or overseers in the New Testament) leading the church as undershepherds to The Chief Shepherd Jesus.  

As undershepherds and overseers of a local church, elders are men who are entrusted with teaching, protecting, leading, equipping, and caring for the corporate church body and her individual members.  Our elders work together to shepherd the church body in all areas. Each elder has specific ministry areas they lead as well as pastoral responsibilities to entire Three Rivers Church family.

  • Mitch Jolly

    Mitch is the primary teaching pastor. He is the husband of Jennifer, the daddy of Gabriel, John Mark and Daniel. Mitch loves to teach, hunt, and watch football.



  • Joseph colston

    Joseph is a native of Rome. He and his wife Kristen are both graduates of Shorter College. Together they lead the ministry to middle and high school students.



  • jim lanier

    Jim and Diane have been married over four decades and have two grown sons and four grandsons. Jim and his sons are Georgia Tech graduates. After local business involvement, Jim now enjoys being outdoors managing the family farm, hunting, fishing, gardening, and playing with the grandsons.



  • eric cone

    Eric is originally from Columbus GA and came to Rome in 2004 to attend Berry College. He serves on the Leadership Team of WinShape Wilderness and is passionate about missions, traveling. and most outdoor endeavors. His wife, Anna Lauren, serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor and they have a son, Gabriel, and a daughter, Selah.




    Josh was born and raised in Rome and is a graduate of Shorter College and Beeson Divinity School. He is married to his wife Jenny and loves his job as a campus minister at Shorter University. He and Jenny have a son, John, and a daughter, Lydia. While he enjoys reading theology and watching movies with Jenny, he often dreams of becoming a professional disc golfer.




    Emmett has lived several places in the south and is most fond of Rome, GA. He is blessed to call Jenny his bride and Natalie, Karis, and Jonathan his children. Emmett enjoys all things outdoors and believes Mexican food to be tangible evidence of God's love. He works with a local independent insurance agency.



  • Justin Owens

    Justin is married to Alexa, and they have two children, Violet and Isaac.  He works as a financial advisor and CPA at Owens Financial Group in Rome.