Pastors/Elders, Deacons, and Staff

We believe the Bible allows for the autonomy of each local church, and that the leadership structure for the local church is that of elder-led congregationalism. The entire church body has the final authority under God’s Word in matters of doctrine and discipline, yet the congregation practices that authority under the willing submission to elder-leadership. The Bible defines deacons as servants in the church.


Jared Poulton

Senior Pastor

Jared Poulton was born in New Haven, Connecticut and was raised in South Carolina. Jared received a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Biblical Languages at Columbia International University and received a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). Along the way, Jared worked in management at Starbucks and Chick-fil-A and still says, "My Pleasure." He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Counseling at SBTS and is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He also regularly contributes book reviews to the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Jared came to Harbins in February 2020 and served as the pastor of Biblical Counseling, Discipleship, and Outreach until May 2021. Jared loves seeing God's Word transform people's hearts. Jared and his wife, Kerry, have three children, Riley, Oliver, and Lily.


Abbi Tang

Administrative Assistant

Abbi Tang was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in Flowery Branch, Georgia. She has been attending Harbins with her family since January 2011. Abbi became a member of Harbins in July 2019 and has enjoyed serving the church body through the nursery, praise team, greeter team, and now as the administrative assistant. Abbi was homeschooled until college, when she attended the University of North Georgia for two and a half years. She has many hobbies and interests, including baking, knitting & crochet, and petting cats. Abbi is excited to see what the Lord has in store for Harbins during the next several years.

Kerry Poulton

Nursery Coordinator

Kerry Poulton was born in Maine but grew up in Clemson, SC. She met Jared at the University of South Carolina and they were married in 2012. Kerry graduated from Columbia International University (BA) and is currently pursuing an MA in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the proud mom of three kids, Riley, Oliver, and Lily. She is an aspiring Youtube-blogger where she shares her ideas about minimalism and scenes from her home with the world. She likes to read books, eat chocolate, and spend time with her family! Kerry loves serving the families at Harbins through providing them with a safe environment for little ones to play while their parents listen to the sermon. 


Paul Maksimenko

Alix Mezile

Jason Sims