Herschel Hatcher

Herschel Hatcher was born in Atlanta, raised in Decatur, and graduated from Druid Hills High School, where he was involved in sports, drama, music, and student publications. He then went to the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a B.A. in Journalism focusing on Radio, TV and Film Production. He worked at the Instructional Resources Center at UGA making instructional films, and also at Channel 36 in Atlanta, before going into sales – first with Eberhard-Faber and then with Burroughs Computer Corporation.

He became a Christian in 1980, which dramatically changed the course of his professional life. After a few years in sales, Herschel felt led to go back to school to get a Masters in Counseling, which he received in 1984 from Georgia State. From there, he went to work as a Counselor to Students at Life College (now Life University) in Marietta. He served in that capacity for several years before being asked to become the Director of Admissions. At the same time and for several years, he was actively involved in urban “street” ministries in downtown Atlanta. He also developed an interest in foreign missions, going on ten short-term mission trips to such places as Ireland, England, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Mexico, Jamaica and China.

In 1991, Herschel married Gail Palmer, also of Atlanta, with whom he had gone to High School. Also in 1991, he wrote and recorded a song about the Atlanta Braves called, “The Tomahawk Chop,” which was featured on Entertainment Tonight, in the Atlanta Journal, and in USA Today, and was played on radio stations around the country. Soon, Herschel the Fourth or “IV” arrived, followed two years later by Branson. Herschel was actively involved at his church, serving initially as a Deacon and later as an Elder, which equipped him for the next stage in his professional life: in 1995, he was asked to go on staff at First Presbyterian Church of Dothan, Alabama as their Director of Pastoral Care.

In 1997, Herschel received a “call” to come on staff at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, Georgia, where he has been for the past 15 years. He has served as Pastor to Singles, Pastor of Congregational Care, Editor and Author of the Journey Discipleship Curriculum, and, most recently, as Area Pastor to Johns Creek. Over the past few years, Herschel has been pursuing a Masters in Divinity from the Metro Atlanta Seminary, which he should complete this summer.

Herschel’s interests include Discipleship – he has led discipleship groups for men and teens for the past 15 years; Music – he, Branson and IV perform together for the K-Street kindergarten ministry at Perimeter Church; The Georgia Bulldogs; and anything his wife, children and dog are doing. One of his biggest recent thrills was when IV and Branson appeared together in “Seussical” at Providence School.

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Kipper July 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Enjoyed the honesty & transparency, know God is using you for His glory bro!


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