Meet Our Staff

Bret Yaeger

SENIOR PASTOR

Bret attended New Orleans Theological Seminary and has been the Pastor of Temple since May 10, 1992. He enjoys leading and discipling individuals into a life-transforming relationship with Christ.

Bret is married to his high school sweetheart, Joyce Skidmore Yaeger. They have been married since May 19, 1979, and have two grown children, Michael Yaeger, and Christi Fetzer. Michael and his wife Bree have 4 children (Noah, Gia, Luke and Asa) while Christi and her husband Seth have 2 children (Jossi and Tessa). Besides spending time with his family, Bret enjoys all kinds of outdoor sports, especially running.

Michael Yaeger

WORSHIP PASTOR

Michael Yaeger

WORSHIP PASTOR

Michael has been leading worship at Temple since November, 2006. He is passionate about using music to reach others in both their time of need and celebration. He, also, heads up our Technology Ministry. Michael studied Computer Science and Music at Georgia State University from which he holds a Bachelor's degree.

When Michael isn't playing music, he enjoys spending time with his growing family. He, also, enjoys many athletic and outdoor activities including basketball, golf, and mountain biking.

Rhett Ausmus

YOUTH PASTOR

Rhett and Angela Ausmus were over the children's ministry at Temple for 13 years before they stepped down and felt God calling them into the youth ministry. He enjoys digging into God's word and teaching and speaking God's word into people's lives and seeing them applying it to their lives. He also has a desire for all Christians, young and old, to put Jesus Christ first in their lives.

Rhett has been married to Angela for almost 18 years. They have 3 daughters, Ali - 16, Kacie - 14 and Molly - 10. Rhett enjoys spending time with his family and watching his daughters participate in different activities.

Alisa Parker

Alisa Parker

CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR

Alisa Parker

CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR

Alisa Parker is the newest addition to our church staff but has been a member of Temple for many years. Alisa attended both Cleveland State Community College and Dalton State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. While working with children, one of Alisa's favorite things is to watch kids develop a love and passion for Christ and watch them expand their faith and be drawn in closer to serving the Lord.

Alisa has been happily married to Zach Parker for 13 years. They have 2 kids—Ashton (10) and Zoe (8)—and enjoy coaching their sports teams. As a family, they love going outdoors, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Alisa enjoys reading the Bible (Ephesians 4:11-12 and 2 Peter 3:18 are her favorites) and other books.

Alisa Parker
Marty-Cooper

Marty Cooper

MINISTER OF EVANGELISM

Marty is dedicated to reaching out to those in need and showing them the love of Christ. He is firmly committed to upholding The Great Commission and lives out Luke 14:23 every day. Aside from leading our Evangelism Ministry, you will find Marty behind the pulpit at Temple on a regular basis sharing God's Word.

Marty is married to Cynthia Skidmore Cooper. They have two children, Mickey and Stephanie. Marty is a former dirt track racing star and stills enjoys building and repairing fast machines.

Mary Whitfield

Mary Whitfield

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Mary Whitfield

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Mary is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University where she studied Music, Business, and Administration. She has been serving in the church office of Temple for less than 1 year but has served other churches and Christian schools in the Dalton area for nearly 20 years. Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 13:8 as it reminds us all that Jesus Christ's love for us never changes!

Mary was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN and now resides in Rocky Face, GA with her husband, Mark. They have been married for 28 years and have one daughter and son-in-law. In her spare time, Mary enjoys playing the piano and mowing several acres of their rural Rocky Face property.

Mary Whitfield