Darryl Ford | Lead Pastor
When Darryl Ford set out to see a holistic kingdom community form, what is Ikon today was just an idea. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, he now serves as the Lead Pastor of this community that strives to image God around the rich diversity and history that is Atlanta. Darryl's deep passion is to see his deep gladness meet the deep hungers of the world (Frederick Buechner). Darryl formerly served in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist and holds a B.S. in information systems as well as an M.S. in management, strategy and leadership. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Tucker with their three children: Paige, Audrey and Sebastian.
Jennifer Botzet | Executive Ministry Director
Jennifer Botzet serves as Ikon’s Executive Ministry Director. Being part of the church before it even started was possible for her because of Darryl’s vision for Ikon and its core value of renewal. She pursued her role after holding church staff positions in Wisconsin and Indiana. Jen pursued a BA in religious studies & sociology from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to anything that involves being active outdoors, Jen ponders St. Augustine’s quote on the restlessness of the heart outside of God and lives in Tucker.
Ametria Dock | Worship Director
Ametria Dock has served as the Worship Director at Ikon since its preview services in 2014. Growing up around summer family festivals, she possesses a passion for people, diversity and music. Meme, as friends and family call her, also works as a vocal coach and has worked at other locations as a music director prior to coming to Ikon with her husband, Timothy, and daughter, Kayla. When she isn’t helping advance Ikon’s vision to cultivate grace, community and renewal, you can find Meme swimming, hiking, traveling and looking to Jesus for wisdom in the everyday. She and her family live in Douglasville.
Tasha Craighead | Kids Ministry Director
Tasha Craighead joined the Ikon staff in April 2018 as the Kids’ Ministry Director. Her favorite thing about living in Atlanta is the beautiful landscape and the proximity to mountains and beaches. She enjoys the diverse population and the small community living found in Tucker, GA where she lives with her family. Her husband Chris and her kids, Phin, Phoebe, and Theo appreciate the big city amenities being so close by and you can often find her encouraging her family to try new things along with her. Tasha drew from her education, with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin, when she established and directed a local homeschool tutoring co-op in the city of Decatur. Tasha connects with the mission of Ikon and embraces living out the gospel in an authentic way by pursuing God’s kingdom both now and to come in community. Tasha loves traveling, dining out and a good television drama.
Lyric Lewin Creech | Communications Director
Lyric Lewin Creech started attending Ikon in 2015 after searching for a community that reflected the city of Atlanta and the heart of God. In January 2019 she began her role as Communications Director which integrates her love of photography, writing and people into one mission. She graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia and spent the next five years in the newsroom at CNN. She and her husband, Hayes spend an ample amount of time biking on the Beltline, scouring the web for cheap plane tickets and writing stories for various publications.
Philip Scheidt | Worship Technical Director
Philip Scheidt serves as the Worship Technical Director at Ikon. He takes his childhood hopes as an artist into the field of music and audio, mixing them into the rhythms of the church’s vision that drew him and his wife, Kaitlyn, to join the community in 2014. Originally from Athens, Ga., Philip abides by the idea that steady streams carve canyons. He graduated with honors in the bass program of the Atlanta Institute of Music, organized and produced two records, and has traveled as a full-time musician since 2011. Philip can be seen laying audio cables or balancing sound every Sunday at his Ikon “home,” but his favorite space is around a campfire with family and friends. He and Kaitlyn live in Cabbagetown.
Kim Akano | Ministry Intern
Kim started in August 2018 as a Ministry Intern at Ikon. Kim’s favorite quote is from author and poet Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” This quote is congruent with her pursuit of her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She enjoys living in Atlanta because there’s almost always a fun festival to attend or a beautiful park to explore. Kim has found a home at Ikon because she wants to be a part of learning with and from those who are culturally/ethnically different. She enjoys trying new foods, exploring neighborhoods to find murals/street art, cooking, and reading.