Pastoral Staff

Dr. Scott Borderud, Senior Pastor

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Pastor Scott was born in North Dakota, but later graduated from Stamford(CT) High School. A 1972 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Scott spent six years as a Marine Corps Infantry officer. He graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary in 1984, was ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance in 1987, and began his career as an Army Chaplain in 1988. A veteran of Desert Storm, he retired from active duty in 2006. He received his Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of South Africa. Scott came to First Alliance in June 2010 after teaching leadership and ethics at the Army Command & Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He and his wife, Carol, have three wonderful children: Joshua, Christy, and Katherine. He is an avid motorcyclist.


Rev. Chris Gambill, Discipleship & Admin Pastor

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Pastor Chris graduated with a double major in Church Business Administration and Youth Ministry from Toccoa Falls College; where he met his wife Beck. They have served together in ministry for 15 years all across the country. Pastor Chris has served in several churches as small group pastor, youth pastor, worship pastor, and even for a time as a solo pastor. He is gifted organizationally, like to think strategically, and his passion is to see the body of Christ equipped to serve Jesus and grow as disciples. He co-owned a Greek Deli once and has designed websites and graphics for different business and organizations. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family to explore historic sites and pursue exciting culinary experiences. Chris and Beck have three children: Max, Layla, and Maggie.


Dr. Tom Council, Worship Pastor


Dr. Tom put his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of six. His family attended church faithfully, allowing Tom’s love for God to grow. He followed the Lord’s leading to study music at Toccoa Falls College, where Tom met Mitzi, his wife of 32 years. Dr. Tom continued to further his education with a Master of Music Education from Samford University in 1985 and a Ph.D. Music Education from Auburn University in 2000. In addition to leading us in worship, Tom is also the Dean of the School of Professional Studies (Music, Teacher Education and Business Administration Departments) at Toccoa Falls College. Throughout his years serving the Lord, Tom has taught many college level classes, led worship in numerous churches, conducted many choral groups including the Toccoa Falls College Choir and Singing Men, and blessed many with special musical programs including community theater productions and the Toccoa Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas Program. Tom and Mitzi have four adult children, Philip, Aaron, Jessica and Jacob.


Rev. Jim Hemminger, Visitation Pastor

Jim Hemminger grew up in a Christian home and accepted the Lord as Savior when he was seven years old. He is a graduate of Douglas Business School and Toccoa Falls College. He pastored three churches in the United States for a total of 12 years; and served, together with his wife, Ann, in Brazil for 33 years as missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.

He considers it a sacred privilege to serve First Alliance Toccoa as the Visitation Pastor.