Oconee River Church
A wESLEYAN congregation
Pastor Deborah “Debbie” Huckaby has been a leader of “new beginnings” for decades in the fields of healthcare, business and ministry. She earned her nursing degree from South Georgia College, and a Bachelors and a Masters of Business Administration from Brenau University. As a Registered Nurse, Debbie has worked in leadership roles in almost every area of an acute care hospital, but primarily as a department director where she had the unique opportunity of leading the creation of four new departments in her 28 years at Athens Regional Medical Center
Following a call to the ministry, Debbie earned a Masters of Theology from Wheaton College and a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree. Debbie is also a Faith Community Nurse with additional education as a Faith Community Nurse Coordinator and a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course Faculty for the International Parish Nurse Resource Center.
Currently, Debbie is the Assistant Pastor at Oconee River Church and President of the Georgia Faith Community Nurses Association. She is wife, mother and grandmother to six and when she can find the time, Debbie loves to walk, ride bicycles and knit.
Pastor Hoard is a 1985 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky where he received the Master of Divinity degree and the Seminary’s annual preaching award.
He is author of three books. His most recent novel, Through Fear of Death, is a story of how good people rise and fall - and then rise again. He is also the author of the memoir Alone Among the Living and the novel The Race Before Us. His books can be purchased at CSePub and Amazon. He and his wife Candise have been married for 39 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Pastor Hoard is also a chaplain with United Hospice of Athens and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. His hobby is dramatic performance, and he occasionally appears in local theater productions, most recently as Uncle Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, a Studio Dance Academy production. He has also played Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Professor Marvel/Oz in The Wizard of Oz, both Oconee Youth Playhouse productions.