Pastors and Staff

Corey Ingold

Corey Ingold is the current pastor of Buford Presbyterian Church having begun his ministry here in August, 2010. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and graduated from St. Andrews College (B.A.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (D.Min.).

Corey was ordained to ministry in 1992 and has served continuously in pastoral ministry since that time. Having served congregations in both North Carolina and Virginia, he is happy now to be back in Georgia where he lived during his time in seminary and where he met his wife, Nancy, a native of the Atlanta area. Corey and Nancy have two daughters, Anna and Blair, and love living out in Hall county near the shores of Lake Lanier.

Some of his special interests include study of Scripture and particularly, of the parables of Jesus. He is an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction alike and has long been keenly interested in the relationship between theology and literature. Corey loves to walk in the mornings and enjoys going to the gym for exercise and watching all kinds of sports events on television. He also likes to travel when he and his family are able to get away.

There are many things about ministry at Buford Presbyterian that he enjoys, but coming to know people at all occasions of life and offering a pastoral word of hope and encouragement is the thing he most values about his work here. He says, "It's a privilege to serve and proclaim the name of Christ in all the ways that finds expression in pastoral ministry."

Carrie Ann Barnes

Carrie, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, grew up “running up and down the aisles”* of Dorchester Presbyterian Church where she was ordained as a Teaching Elder in October 2013. Carrie is a graduate of Presbyterian College and Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, Carrie served as Director of Christian Education in churches in Tampa, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.
Carrie was recently married to her best friend, Hamilton. Together they enjoy smoking BBQ and cooking, watching college football (even if he does pull for the wrong team) and hanging out with friends and family on their front porch in Decatur.
 *words her childhood pastor would use as he charged the congregation during children’s baptisms.


Founded in 1890 with 14 charter members, Buford Presbyterian Church previously stood on Main Street in downtown Buford, Georgia. The building was destroyed by fire in 1922 and replaced in 1925 with a sturdier brick building at 170 Main Street. During the 1920's the church grew to about 60 members and was supplied by students from Columbia Theological Seminary. Membership grew slowly and a full-time pastor was not called until 1973 when the Rev. Bill Crosland was installed.

In 1974 the Greater Atlanta Presbytery purchased the current 8-acre lot on Buford Highway in Sugar Hill, GA. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building was held on July 10, 1983, and the congregation celebrated Holy Communion in the new sanctuary on October 14, 1984. The building underwent re-modeling and enlargement including a new sanctuary and educational space in 1996-1997. We added additional facilities in 2003 including the Fellowship Hall and additional educational space.

Weekday School

Established in 1988, Buford Presbyterian Weekday School offers half-day early education preschool and kindergarten programs to children ages 12 months through six. This award-winning program provides an environment rich in personal, loving experiences that focuses on the development of the whole child; spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. For more information about this ministry, please visit the school's web site.


Buford Presbyterian Church ● 1242 Buford Highway ● Sugar Hill, GA 30518 ● 770-945-6711