2021 Specials


February 11, 2021


Dear Residents and Staff,

I want to thank all of the tenants, staff, visitors, and partners of Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia for remaining vigilant during these turbulent times. Our staff and tenants have found innovative ways to remain connected, while continuing to social distance. Although connection is important, I want to strongly encourage each of you to continue adhering to the CDC guidelines to best mitigate viral spread.

Based upon the updated information that has been received, Baptist Retirement Communities has created the following guidelines as listed below:

Internal Groups Gatherings may increase up to 25 people, but individuals must remain 6 feet apart. All participants are strongly encouraged to wear face masks, adhere to cough/sneeze etiquette, and follow proper handwashing procedures.

Apartment Tours have resumed at all properties. All guests are required to complete health screening, including temperature check, and to wear masks (gloves if available) during time of visit. 

On-site, Internal Vendor Work Internal vendor has resumed with specific guidelines.  All vendors are required to wear mask (gloves if available) during time of on-site, internal visit.  As in the past, the vendor company must provide BRCGA with a written safety protocol that addresses COVID 19

Tenants that have been traveling abroad and ALL (including apartments) New Move-Ins  Tenants are strongly encouraged to wear mask (gloves if available) while on any of the BRCGA properties and adhere to one of the following:

  • Quarantine in their apartment for 10 days after arrival and not gather in common areas or participate in in-person activities, or
  • Submit a negative COVID test within the past 24 hours, or
  • Submit proof of COVID vaccination (both injections). 

Resident Families

Resident family members are encouraged to wear masks, practice cough/sneeze etiquette, and practice social distancing when visiting our locations.  If family members or guests show signs of illness or have a fever, they will be asked to reschedule their visit. We strongly encourage you to find alternative methods of connecting as visiting a loved one in their apartment or cottage is more close contact than normal and could possibly increase risk factors.

Palmetto Park Dining Room

Palmetto Park Dining Room will remain closed as of this time.  A plan to safely re-open with restrictions is underway.  Details will be provided once finalized.

Outside Volunteers or Groups

Outside volunteers and groups have been temporarily suspended until further notice. 

Off-Campus Trips

Trips are suspended at this time.  A plan to safely schedule trips with restrictions are underway.  Details will be provided once finalized.

Thank you for your continued support during these trying times.  We ask for your continued prayers as management begins to slowly reintroduce a more normal routine into the communities.  Please continue to do your best in adhering to the Mask/Glove Protection, Handwashing Procedures, and Cough/Sneeze Etiquette that staff and residents were initially trained on until further notice. 

We appreciate your continued flexibility and patience as we all strive to keep our BRCGA communities healthy and well!


May God Continue to Bless and Protect each of you,


Shannon Watson, President/CEO


Our Caring Communities

If you are looking for a retirement home for yourself or a family member, you’ve come to the right place. Our mission is to provide affordable housing for seniors, age 50 and up, in a Christian environment. Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia provides below market independent living at our three locations: Clairmont Crest in Decatur, Georgia, Hiawassee Park in the mountains of North Georgia, and Palmetto Park in Palmetto, Georgia

You, no doubt, have many questions regarding the selection of a retirement home. One of the most important things you can do is to visit several communities and compare services and prices. Our Administrators would be happy to schedule a time with you and explain the features of their particular campus. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Core Values

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia (BRCGA) is an agency that operates under the umbrella of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. BRCGA owns all its assets and any associated debt, but we choose to operate under the umbrella of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The Executive Director of the GBMB, sits on our board of trustees as a “Sole Member.”

Because we are an agency of the GBMB, BRCGA adheres to the faith, practices, and common beliefs held by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. All operations are consistent with those of the GBMB.

Our stated purpose is to serve senior adults with a ministry that has as its mission: To enrich the lives of senior adults by empowering each individual to flourish while aging in place within a Christian environment.  “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray your gray hairs I will carry you!  I have made, and I will bear:  Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”  Isaiah 46:4

We embrace the following core values:

 Love God, Love People, Serve People“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:19
1. Fairness and Accountability
2) Sense of Community
3) Servant Leadership
4) Honesty and Transparency

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia will be the premier provider in Georgia for Christ-centered independent living and senior services designed to help enhance the lives seniors remaining independent and aging in place.

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” Psalm 133:1
“Finally, all of you be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, and be humble.” 1Peter 3:8

Our Corporate Staff

About 1

Shannon Watson


About 2

Sharalene Roper

Vice President 

About 3

Amanda Kirkindoll

HR Coordinator & Corporate Secretary
About 4

Joanna Hannah

Executive Director

Clairmont Crest

About 5

Katie Lumpkin

Community & Lifestyles Director Clairmont Crest
About 6

Alicia Rogers

Executive Director

Hiawassee Park

About 7

Megan Eyrich

Community Relations Director

Hiawassee Park

About 8

Matthew Galyon

Executive Director

Palmetto Park

About 9

Christina Watkins

Community Relations Director

Palmetto Park

Our History

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia began with the gift of the Winecoff Hotel on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. Since conception the ministry has maintained a clear mission:

“To enrich the lives of senior adults by providing comfortable, attractive homes and services at an affordable price enabling them to age in place within a Christian environment.”

For over five decades, hundreds of families have been blessed by this ministry. Today, there are three modern communities in the metro Atlanta area. Hiawassee Park offers mountain views far from the busy Atlanta life. Palmetto Park, nestled in South Fulton County, appeals to seniors seeking a quiet retreat with the close convenience of city living. Clairmont Crest in Decatur offers high rise senior living in an urban setting.

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