elders

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 responsibilities for the campus they primarily serve as well as to the entire Three Rivers Church family.

Unity campus

  • Mitch Jolly

    teaching pastor

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


    mitch@threeriversc.org

    706-766-0942

  • Joseph colston

    pastor to students

    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.


    joseph.e.colston@gmail.com

    706-767-6058

  • jim lanier

    Radical life groups pastor

    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.


    jimlan411@aol.com

    706-232-1453

  • jonathan purser

    membership & Assimilation pastor

    Jonathan grew up all over Georgia as the son of a pastor. He attended Berry, married Crystal at Frost Chapel in 1986, and lives in Calhoun. They have a son, Andrew, married to Jessica, and two daughters, Jennifer, married to Chris, and Heather. He enjoys his orchard, running and hiking. 


    jcpurser@gmail.com

    678-986-5902

  • jeff mauer

    community engagement pastor

    Jeff grew up in Rome and lives here with his wife Mary Margaret.  They have three children: Jason, Jessica, and Maggie. Jeff enjoys working his blueberry farm in South Georgia and raising endangered breeds of livestock.


    jeff@mauerhome.com

    706-766-0003

  • eric cone

    global engagement pastor

    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.


    ericcone85@gmail.com

    770-359-8873

kingston highway campus

  • josh pilgrim

    Teaching pastor

    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.


    josh@threeriversc.org

    706-266-2807

  • emmett long

    Strategic engagement pastor

    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.


    emmett@threeriversc.org

    706-766-8379