WHO  WE  ARE

Stan Percival,  
Lead Pastor

Hi, I'm Stan Percival. My wife, Janet, and I moved to Cumming in September, 2008. We have two daughters, Amy and Amber, who are out of the house but find their way back quite often.

Janet and I began our ministry in 1982 and had the privilege of starting a church as church planters in Naples, Florida, and relocating a church that had been in existence for 50 years in St. Petersburg, Florida, to another area in the city.

When I graduated from Lincoln Christian College, I prayed that God would use me in whatever way He saw fit. I have only one life on this earth, and I want to use it all for Him. I hope that you will come and visit us at Canvas. This church has a great deal to offer, and I am thankful to be a part of it.

Heather Anderson,
Worship Leader

My name is Heather Anderson and I am thrilled to be a part of Canvas Christian Church! I have a masters degree in music education and feel so honored to be able to use my musical gifts and talents to serve the Lord. My husband Jeremy and I have two boys; Noah who is 15, and Jacob who is 13. I look forward to worshipping with you!

Jalen Gardner,  
Student and Young Adult Pastor

Hello everyone, my name is Jalen Gardner and I am from Butler, Ga. I graduated Point University with a BA in Humanities and Biblical Studies and Fuller Theological Seminary with MA in Theology . I am filled with joy knowing I have an opportunity to serve you all in whatever capacity arises. Please feel free to contact me if you ever need anything!

Jarrell Florence,  
Discipleship Pastor

Blessings to each of you, my name is Jarrell Florence and I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Fl. I am a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. After which, I went on to National-Louis University and graduated with honors with a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision and Educational Leadership. I am an educator in the Forsyth County school system. Outside of my personal accomplishments, the thing I am most proud of is that I am a child of God. My wife Lakesha and I moved to Georgia with our 3 children in 2017 for ministry. We are the former leaders of Ark of Safety Church. I have been in the church since birth and have been in ministry for over 13 years. I possess a strong desire to serve the Lord and help lead His people toward his promise. My love and faith in God is what propels me to please Him in all I do. If I can be of any assistance to you please feel free to contact me.

Mandy Thompson,
Online Ministry Coordinator

My name is Mandy Thompson. I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have attended Canvas Christian Church since I was a young girl, and was baptized at First Christian Church. I am thankful to now have the opportunity to serve my church and community as Canvas's Online Ministry Coordinator, working with the church website and social media.  I look forward to impacting the faith journey of many. 

Lakesha Florence,
Children’s Director

Hello, my name is Lakesha Florence. I am a native of Florida. My husband, three kids and I relocated to Valdosta, Georgia four years ago to Pastor a local church. I obtained my certification in ECCE as a Children’s director and am currently completing my Associates in Early Childhood Education and Care, from Wiregrass Technical College. I will be continuing my education at Mercer University in this field. I am a lover of Christ. I enjoy serving all of God’s people but my heart is most full when I am able to work with our young children! I look forward to serving you! If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me!

Melissa Barnett,
Business Administrator 

Hello, my name is Melissa Barnett and I am delighted to serve as your Business Administrator here at Canvas Christian Church. Prior to coming on board, I earned a bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry (Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), a master's degree in Accounting (Liberty University), and accounting experience from CPA firms, a local builder, and a local nonprofit ministry. 

My husband's name is Jay and we have 3 boys: Justin (25), Payton (18), and Ian (15). As a family, we love to participate in ministry, sports, and any outdoor adventures. Personally, my heart song is serving our glorious God with the gifts, talents, and experiences He has so generously entrusted to me; therefore, serving here at Canvas Christian Church is both an honor and a privilege. Thank you and I look forward to working with you all.