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Meet our Clergy and Staff

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Rev. Dr. Alex Moses


Get to know Alex

Alex grew up nearby in Sandy Springs before heading to N.C. State University to study Civil Engineering.  While serving as an Army officer near Savannah, he began to discern a call to ministry which then led him to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  After serving as a pastor in three other churches for over 20 years and earning his Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Seminary, Alex accepted the call to be the pastor of Northwest.

While in Austin, Alex met his wife Jennifer who is a teacher.  They have two sons and a daughter – Addison, Broecks, and Caroline.  When not busy with work and school activities, the Moses family likes to travel, read, explore Atlanta, go to Braves games, and play with their dog Cody and cat Milo.


All about AJ

AJ Shortley earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div) and a Master of Theology (Th.M) from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2017 and 2018. He has been involved in ministry since 2008 when he began volunteering with a local college and young singles ministry.


AJ has served several churches in the Atlanta area in addition to providing pastoral care to families as a chaplain for Northside Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Capstone LLC. AJ is an avid reader, and his favorite subjects are history, science, theology, and biblical studies.


He is passionate about seeing and sharing the relevance and beauty of scripture, and especially scripture's amazing God. AJ and his wife Lindsey were married in May of 2016. They love spending time with their Australian Shepherds and mountain biking. 


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AJ Shortley

Director of Youth, Young Adult & Community Outreach

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Scott Mize

Director of Operations

Say hello to Scott

Scott began working at Northwest in October 2007, serving as the administrative assistant. In September 2010, he was promoted to his current position. He received a BA from Clayton State University and Masters of Music from The North Carolina School of the Arts, where he also completed a fellowship with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.


Connect with Clinton

Clinton’s experience in Music Ministry spans 15 years, most recently serving as the Chancel Choir Director at Good Samaritan United Methodist in Minneapolis, MN. Other positions include Director of Music at Unity of Farmington Hills (MI), Associate Director of Music at Plymouth First United Methodist (MI), Praise and Worship Team at Bethany Methodist (TX), Organist at Hyde Park United Methodist (TX), and Director of Music and Organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (TX).


Also a free-lance opera/orchestra conductor, in the 2022-23 season Clinton returned to Dayton Opera to conduct Charlie Parker’'s Yardbird with the Dayton Philharmonic and to Arizona Opera to lead an orchestral workshop of the newly commissioned Frankenstein. In December, he led members of the Atlanta Symphony at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their annual presentation of Messiah. On the orchestral stage, made his guest conducting debut with the Georgia Philharmonic, leading two subscription concerts.

For a collective nine seasons, he was the music director of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers (WA) and the St. Cloud Symphony (MN). For four seasons, he was the Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master at Minnesota Opera preparing over 20 productions in five languages. He spent nine summers on the music staff at the Santa Fe Opera and has conducted productions at the opera companies of Atlanta, Arizona, Minnesota, Dayton, Orlando, Florentine, Tacoma, Middlebury, Las Vegas, Kentucky, Birmingham, Fargo-Moorhead, Pacific Northwest Opera and served as guest faculty at Juilliard, The University of Michigan, Western Ontario University, Baldwin Wallace University, and the National University of Taiwan. Clinton holds degrees from the University of Texas and the University of Michigan.

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Clinton Smith

Director of Music & Organist

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