Our Staff

Matthew Armstrong


Matt and Stacey Armstrong are thankful to be in a church in their home town. Though both were born outside of Georgia, like many others, Atlanta has become their home. They have three beautiful children, Zoe (11) and Cameron (9), and Noah (5).

Before setting out to plant Village Church in 2010 Matt served as an assistant pastor at All Souls Fellowship in Decatur. It was during that time that he learned the importance of loving and serving a place and gained a deep affection for the east-side Atlanta neighborhoods. He and his family hope to grow old and raise their kids here. Matt is passionate about pastoring the church to love, serve, and benefit its neighborhood. 

He loves good food, dark beer, and deep conversation around the table. Stacey is a gifted musician, singer, and song-writer when she’s not making sure the kids don’t kill each other.

Helen Kynes

Administrative Director

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Helen is a native of Atlanta and has lived here most of her life. She and her husband Lee moved to East Atlanta in 2010 to help plant Village Church of East Atlanta.

She started as the Church Administrator/Bookkeeper at Village Church in 2010. In 2015, she took a break to practice real estate. But now she’s back in full force and is excited to take on the role of Administrative Director.

When she’s not working on church logistics and processes, she sells homes, Crossfits, and enjoys playing piano, guitar, drums and singing, along with parenting her three daughters with her husband Lee. She loves living within walking distance to Village Church and being a family that is IN, OF, and FOR her neighborhood!

Rachael Smith

Children's Ministry Director

Born and raised in Denver, Rachael has a special fondness for outdoor adventures. But as an Atlanta transplant since 2004 she has a growing appreciation for air conditioning.

She grew up in a tight-knit community that exposed her to the Lord from as early as she can remember. However, God really grabbed hold of her heart around at age 17. She graduated from Colorado Christian University with a double major in Biblical Studies and Communication. It was during her college years that she first became involved with youth ministry (with Young Life) and began to see her heart for teaching and discipling others. She is passionate about training up and speaking into generations of believers starting with children and reaching into adulthood. It is a real honor for her to see how the Lord uses the full church body to minister to the young hearts at Village Church of East Atlanta.

Rachael can tell a great (mostly true) story and loves a good laugh. The only people Rachael loves more than Carol Burnett are the four boys who live in her house — her husband, David, and three fast-growing sons.