Ralph Hawkins

Our beloved pastor since 2018, Ralph Hawkins, is the fifth installed pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church. In addition to his vibrant preaching and teaching, he shares in worship, leadership, visitation, and community outreach with elders and members of the congregation. Prior to this call, Ralph served as the Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Shenango — 45 congregations in western Pennsylvania.  He grew up in Covington, Louisiana, outside New Orleans, and was educated at King College, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He served congregations in Georgia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania before arriving in Macon. His focus in pastoral ministry is “equipping the saints for the work of ministry,” including developing elders and deacons for their leadership roles, nurturing cross-cultural mission partnerships, and mobilizing Presbyterians for local ministry in the neighborhoods around congregations. Ralph is married to Rev. Deb Tregaskis, pastor to our presbytery, and together they have 3 children, Amelia, Thom and Ella. In his spare time, he is an avid railroad enthusiast, an amateur photographer, a tent camper and canoer, and a computer geek squad for family and friends. Ralph keeps a blog of pastoral writings.  Contact him at

Music Director

Gunner Chancey

The Session is delighted to welcome to our church staff Gunner Chancey as our new Music Director.  Gunner is a graduate of Valdosta State and is currently in the masters program at Mercer studying choral conducting, collaborative piano, and organ. Contact Gunner at

Ministry Assistant

Jennifer Whitehead

Although I was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, I grew up and established roots in Macon when I was 4-years-old. After marrying my high school sweet-heart in 2001, we shared the joys and fears of his military service and the birth of our three children – boy/girl twins born in 2003 and our littlest girl born in 2006. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in General Management in 2016, God blessed me with the opportunity to become the Ministry Assistant at Northminster. Although my family shares another church home, the congregation at Northminster has become my second church family.  I am inspired, encouraged, and amazed by the people of this church as I have the incredible privilege of seeing how they live out their daily lives shining the light of Christ. There is a genuine love and kindness here that seems so rare in the world today and I am so thankful to be a part of it. Contact Jennifer at: