Director of Christian Education- Jean Strain
After growing up in Tidewater Virginia, Jean attended Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) in Staunton, Virginia, graduating with degrees in Religion and Philosophy. Upon moving to Dalton with her husband Dan, she taught ballet at the Creative Arts Guild for a number of years before leaving to become the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church Dalton. She went back to graduate school to obtain a specialist degree in Christian Education and became a Certified Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to teaching Bible studies for both adults and children, Jean also teaches Grief Recovery classes. Jean enjoys reading, sewing, being outdoors and is an unabashed bird watcher
Hye Jeong Kwon is a native of South Korea. She received a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2018 from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where she studied voice, piano and conducting under Dr. J. W. Park and Dr. Ivan Konev. While at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, she served as a vocal coach and Assistant Conductor for the Women’s choir. She earned her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Georgia State University in 2020. While at Georgia State University, she studied under Dr. Deanna Joseph and Dr. Jennifer Sengin. During her time at GSU, she was awarded a Graduate Assistantship, and worked as an associate conductor of the GSU Master Singers. During that time, she also served as a music intern at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Her responsibilities included conducting and rehearsing the orchestra, chancel choir and bell choir, as well as providing accompaniment for Wednesday and Sunday services. Hye Jeong has been a member of J. W. Summer Festival Chorale, the semi-professional choir in Seoul, South Korea and was a music intern with the Seoul Metropolitan Children’s Choir.
Hye Jeong lives in Dalton with her husband, Daniel, and enjoys cooking Korean foods.
Hye Jeong’s mission is to use her musical talents to show her life goal, “Love God and Love People”.