Pastoral Team

Rev. Brian Rockwell, Lead Pastor


Pastor Brian accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at 8 years old and received God’s call into full time ministry at the age of 17. Brian and Jessica were married in 1996 after each them had graduated from Toccoa Falls College, Brian in ’94 and Jessica in ’96. Brian has served in three other churches before coming to First Alliance Church Toccoa and has also worked with the YMCA. Jessica is a gymnastics coach and enjoys physical fitness. Brian and Jessica have four kids; Brandon (’99), Jared (’00), Colby (’02) and Isabel (’06). As a family they enjoy watching sports together, hiking, camping, disc golf, board games, and traveling.


Rev. Chris Gambill, Ministries Pastor

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Pastor Chris graduated with a double major in Church Business Administration and Youth Ministry from Toccoa Falls College; where he met his wife Beck. They have served together in ministry for 15 years all across the country. Pastor Chris has served in several churches as small group pastor, youth pastor, worship pastor, and even for a time as a solo pastor. He is gifted organizationally, likes to think strategically, and his passion is to see the body of Christ equipped to serve Jesus and grow as disciples. He co-owned a Greek Deli once and has designed websites and graphics for different business and organizations. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family to explore historic sites and pursue exciting culinary experiences. Chris and Beck have three children: Max, Layla, and Maggie.


Dr. Tom Council, Worship Pastor


Dr. Tom put his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of six. His family attended church faithfully, allowing Tom’s love for God to grow. He followed the Lord’s leading to study music at Toccoa Falls College, where Tom met Mitzi, his wife of 32 years. Dr. Tom continued to further his education with a Master of Music Education from Samford University in 1985 and a Ph.D. Music Education from Auburn University in 2000. In addition to leading us in worship, Tom is also the Dean of the School of Professional Studies (Music, Teacher Education and Business Administration Departments) at Toccoa Falls College. Throughout his years serving the Lord, Tom has taught many college level classes, led worship in numerous churches, conducted many choral groups including the Toccoa Falls College Choir and Singing Men, and blessed many with special musical programs including community theater productions and the Toccoa Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas Program. Tom and Mitzi have four adult children, Philip, Aaron, Jessica and Jacob.


Rev. Jim Hemminger, Visitation Pastor

Jim Hemminger grew up in a Christian home and accepted the Lord as Savior when he was seven years old. He is a graduate of Douglas Business School and Toccoa Falls College. He pastored three churches in the United States for a total of 12 years; and served, together with his wife, Ann, in Brazil for 33 years as missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.

He considers it a sacred privilege to serve First Alliance Toccoa as the Visitation Pastor.


Open Pastoral Positions

The Ministry Team currently has one open position. We have found a new lead pastor (more info here). Once he begins ministry, we will move toward a search for a new youth focused pastor. In the meantime, ministry continues at First Alliance led in partnership by the Elders and remaining Ministry Team. Should you have a ministry need, question, or concern, your first step is to contact the Church Office. Your request will be handled with confidence. Click here for prayer needs.