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Rainbow Presbyterian Church Leadership

Rainbow Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will.  Please scroll below to get to know the staff team of our church.

Wade Hooper

Director of Ministries

Wade is thankful that his parents were involved in church as he grew up. He placed his faith in Christ at an early age. He was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana and grew up in the outskirts of New Orleans.  He attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama and in 1988 graduated with a degree in Pastoral Theology. Over the past forty years he has served the church as a teacher, youth pastor, senior pastor, elder and missions leader.  He has had the privilege of ministering in Belize, Australia, Venezuela, and for the past ten years he has ministered in Tanzania, Africa. Wade joined Rainbow Presbyterian Church in 2006 and became a full-time staff member in 2016.

Wade has been married to Kimbra for twenty-five years.  They have four children: Jennifer, Andrew, Josiah and Julia.  Three of their four children are married and they have six grandchildren.  One of their greatest joys is spending time with the family. Wade has had the joy of serving in Tanzania with Kimbra and two of his children for ten years.

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Wade is thankful that his parents were involved in church as he grew up. He placed his faith in Christ at an early age. He was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana and grew up in the outskirts of New Orleans.  He attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama and in 1988 graduated with a degree in Pastoral Theology. Over the past forty years he has served the church as a teacher, youth pastor, senior pastor, elder and missions leader.  He has had the privilege of ministering in Belize, Australia, Venezuela, and for the past ten years he has ministered in Tanzania, Africa. Wade joined Rainbow Presbyterian Church in 2006 and became a full-time staff member in 2016.

Wade has been married to Kimbra for twenty-five years.  They have four children: Jennifer, Andrew, Josiah and Julia.  Three of their four children are married and they have six grandchildren.  One of their greatest joys is spending time with the family. Wade has had the joy of serving in Tanzania with Kimbra and two of his children for ten years.

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Drew Laughlin

Youth Pastor

Drew grew up in Etowah County and went to college at Jacksonville State University where he came to faith as a sophomore. While at JSU, he was discipled and mentored by a man named Seth Terrell who taught him how to study the bible, share his faith, and minister to others. In college, God gave him a passion to make an impact for His kingdom.

After graduation, he married his amazing wife, Marianna, and they went on staff with Campus Outreach at the University of West Georgia. After several years, God brought them back to Gadsden, and Drew became a teacher and coach at Rainbow Middle School. 

Eventually, Drew and Marianna felt a calling towards vocational ministry and after several years of prayer, moved to Sofia, Bulgaria to serve with Mission to the World. 

Upon returning from the mission field, the Lord called Drew to become the youth pastor at Rainbow in 2018. He loves what he does, and is thankful to be here. He is currently in seminary at Birmingham Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters in Public Theology. Drew and Marianna have three kids, Evan, Sarah Grace and Lottie.

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Drew grew up in Etowah County and went to college at Jacksonville State University where he came to faith as a sophomore. While at JSU, he was discipled and mentored by a man named Seth Terrell who taught him how to study the bible, share his faith, and minister to others. In college, God gave him a passion to make an impact for His kingdom.

After graduation, he married his amazing wife, Marianna, and they went on staff with Campus Outreach at the University of West Georgia. After several years, God brought them back to Gadsden, and Drew became a teacher and coach at Rainbow Middle School. 

Eventually, Drew and Marianna felt a calling towards vocational ministry and after several years of prayer, moved to Sofia, Bulgaria to serve with Mission to the World. 

Upon returning from the mission field, the Lord called Drew to become the youth pastor at Rainbow in 2018. He loves what he does, and is thankful to be here. He is currently in seminary at Birmingham Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters in Public Theology. Drew and Marianna have three kids, Evan, Sarah Grace and Lottie.

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Katie Ellison

Worship Team Leader

Katie has served as the Praise Team Leader for Rainbow Presbyterian since 2008. Music has been the backdrop of her life. From a very early age the importance of worshipping the Lord through song was impressed upon her heart. Many of her childhood memories include participating in church choirs and musicals, taking years of piano lessons, and spending time as a family singing around the piano.

Katie is a native of Tuscaloosa and a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Horticulture with a concentration in Floral Design. With a passion for Floral and Interior Design, painting, and singing, Katie believes in living a colorful life. Her life verse is “He has made everything beautiful” Ecclesiastes 3:11. She was created with a bent towards designing, cultivating and appreciating all things beautiful, all while being reminded that Our Father is the Beauty Maker. 

In 2011, Katie married Shane Ellison and they began to grow their family, welcoming their first son, Henry, in 2012 and in 2017 their second son, Meade. In 2018, she opened her floral design company, Bloom and Brush. Katie loves spending time on the water with her boys, sharing a meal with friends and family, and traveling and far in search of the finest cup of coffee.

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Katie has served as the Praise Team Leader for Rainbow Presbyterian since 2008. Music has been the backdrop of her life. From a very early age the importance of worshipping the Lord through song was impressed upon her heart. Many of her childhood memories include participating in church choirs and musicals, taking years of piano lessons, and spending time as a family singing around the piano.

Katie is a native of Tuscaloosa and a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Horticulture with a concentration in Floral Design. With a passion for Floral and Interior Design, painting, and singing, Katie believes in living a colorful life. Her life verse is “He has made everything beautiful” Ecclesiastes 3:11. She was created with a bent towards designing, cultivating and appreciating all things beautiful, all while being reminded that Our Father is the Beauty Maker. 

In 2011, Katie married Shane Ellison and they began to grow their family, welcoming their first son, Henry, in 2012 and in 2017 their second son, Meade. In 2018, she opened her floral design company, Bloom and Brush. Katie loves spending time on the water with her boys, sharing a meal with friends and family, and traveling and far in search of the finest cup of coffee.

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Paul Edmondson

Choir Director

Paul Edmondson serves Rainbow Presbyterian Church as Choir Director.   Prior to RPC, Paul served at South Highland Baptist, Fairview Baptist and First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff.  

His education includes a BS in Music Education (Instrumental), an MS in Music Education (Vocal/Choral) and Educational Administration Certification all from Jacksonville State University.

He and his wife Debbie have one son, Scot, who presently lives in Maricopa, Arizona.  “Rainbow has been and continues to be a tremendous blessing to our family.  Even from our very first Sunday at Rainbow, God’s love has always been evident.”

It is an honor to lead God’s people in worship through the medium of music. God has used music in corporate worship time and again to bring his children closer to His throne.  It is the prayer of our entire Music Worship Team that “when in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried, Hallelujah!”

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Paul Edmondson serves Rainbow Presbyterian Church as Choir Director.   Prior to RPC, Paul served at South Highland Baptist, Fairview Baptist and First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff.  

His education includes a BS in Music Education (Instrumental), an MS in Music Education (Vocal/Choral) and Educational Administration Certification all from Jacksonville State University.

He and his wife Debbie have one son, Scot, who presently lives in Maricopa, Arizona.  “Rainbow has been and continues to be a tremendous blessing to our family.  Even from our very first Sunday at Rainbow, God’s love has always been evident.”

It is an honor to lead God’s people in worship through the medium of music. God has used music in corporate worship time and again to bring his children closer to His throne.  It is the prayer of our entire Music Worship Team that “when in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried, Hallelujah!”

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Reed Chambers

International Students and Youth

Reed is a Gadsden native, born and raised in the Noccalula area. He received his Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Jacksonville State University. He was a elementary school teacher for several years, before realizing a call.

Reed leads our outreach ministry to the international and other college students at Gadsden State Community College. In addition, he works part time with our youth and manages our A/V ministry. 

He married his beautiful wife, Jill, in 2011, and together they have three wonderful children: Hattie, Solomon, and Beatrix.  In his spare time, he loves to work on cars, computers, houses and really anything he can do with his hands. He also enjoys writing and filming movies.

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Reed is a Gadsden native, born and raised in the Noccalula area. He received his Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Jacksonville State University. He was a elementary school teacher for several years, before realizing a call.

Reed leads our outreach ministry to the international and other college students at Gadsden State Community College. In addition, he works part time with our youth and manages our A/V ministry. 

He married his beautiful wife, Jill, in 2011, and together they have three wonderful children: Hattie, Solomon, and Beatrix.  In his spare time, he loves to work on cars, computers, houses and really anything he can do with his hands. He also enjoys writing and filming movies.

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Carmela Garcia

Director of Congregational Care

A Georgia native, Carmela grew up in a town named Tunnel Hill. So when she says she’s from Dalton, Georgia, it’s because only Civil War connoisseurs recognize her hometown’s name. In 1997, after teaching elementary school for a few years, she moved to Gadsden, to work for Young Life ministries. Through YL, Carmela met her husband, Luis, and they married in 1999. Since 2004, Carmela has served as Children’s Director at RPC. In 2021, she transitioned into the role of Director of Congregational Care.

Carmela earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education from The University of West Georgia, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Birmingham Theological Seminary. She hopes to use this degree to further her ministry at RPC. In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with her family, volunteer with the GCHS Titan Band and nap. And in case anyone asks, she loves chocolate (w/o nuts), potato chips are her favorite vegetable. She wants to like drinking water, but she still holds a "healthy" love for coke with real sugar!

Carmela and Luis have two children: Bailey, who is studying nursing at UAB and Cade, currently a student at Gadsden City High School. 

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A Georgia native, Carmela grew up in a town named Tunnel Hill. So when she says she’s from Dalton, Georgia, it’s because only Civil War connoisseurs recognize her hometown’s name. In 1997, after teaching elementary school for a few years, she moved to Gadsden, to work for Young Life ministries. Through YL, Carmela met her husband, Luis, and they married in 1999. Since 2004, Carmela has served as Children’s Director at RPC. In 2021, she transitioned into the role of Director of Congregational Care.

Carmela earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education from The University of West Georgia, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Birmingham Theological Seminary. She hopes to use this degree to further her ministry at RPC. In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with her family, volunteer with the GCHS Titan Band and nap. And in case anyone asks, she loves chocolate (w/o nuts), potato chips are her favorite vegetable. She wants to like drinking water, but she still holds a "healthy" love for coke with real sugar!

Carmela and Luis have two children: Bailey, who is studying nursing at UAB and Cade, currently a student at Gadsden City High School. 

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Richard Cain

Senior Pastor

Dick has served in many varied roles and places in ministry.  Since 1986, Dick and his wife Scottie have lived in eleven different cities. He has served as a youth pastor, missionary, staff pastor, church planter, and senior pastor. This is his second time to live in “Sweet Home Alabama” since he previously served as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, AL for ten years.

Dick did his undergraduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. His dissertation covered a topic very close to his heart: “Recovering One of the Lost Tools of Christian Spirituality:  Praying the Psalms.” 

He and Scottie have four children: Elizabeth, Katherine, Rachel, and Austin. He has two sons-in-law, Josh and Taylor; one daughter-in-law, Franni. Three grandsons: Bridger, Campbell, and Sibbes.

Some of Dick’s hobbies include speaking Spanish, playing the guitar, listening to music, reading biographies and watching SEC football and UNC basketball.  He enjoys taking his family and friends waterskiing.

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Dick has served in many varied roles and places in ministry.  Since 1986, Dick and his wife Scottie have lived in eleven different cities. He has served as a youth pastor, missionary, staff pastor, church planter, and senior pastor. This is his second time to live in “Sweet Home Alabama” since he previously served as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, AL for ten years.

Dick did his undergraduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. His dissertation covered a topic very close to his heart: “Recovering One of the Lost Tools of Christian Spirituality:  Praying the Psalms.” 

He and Scottie have four children: Elizabeth, Katherine, Rachel, and Austin. He has two sons-in-law, Josh and Taylor; one daughter-in-law, Franni. Three grandsons: Bridger, Campbell, and Sibbes.

Some of Dick’s hobbies include speaking Spanish, playing the guitar, listening to music, reading biographies and watching SEC football and UNC basketball.  He enjoys taking his family and friends waterskiing.

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