Taylor Kern

Taylor Kern is the Founder of Back to Life. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science. Taylor attends Passion City Church and lives in Atlanta, GA. Taylor has always had a passion for helping others and partnered with Orchard and an incredible team of volunteers to help raise awareness and strengthen the community. 


Burke Buster

Burke is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. He has a background working in many sectors of mental health including non-profit, behavioral health facility, and private practice. Throughout his career he has experienced helping people who suffer with all levels of suicidality as well as their loved ones. His desire to pursue a Masters in Counseling stems from his righteous anger towards mental health issues, especially suicide. Additionally, Burke has personal experience after losing a loved one to suicide in 2007. He is grateful for the brave work that Back to Life is courageously embarking upon and is thankful for the opportunity to work alongside them.


Katy Gohde

Katie Gohde is a licensed professional counselor in Atlanta Georgia. She received her masters in counseling psychology from Northwestern University in 2005. Katie currently has a private practice in Buckhead where she sees a variety of clients including individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and those who simply feel a lack of purpose and direction in their lives. She specializes in perinatal mood disorders and enjoys helping new moms and couples in their transition to parenthood. She is also passionate about her work with marriages in crisis. 

Katie is honored to be involved with Back To Life. She believes that often, people who are in deep emotional pain don’t know where to turn. They don’t think anyone will understand or be able to walk with them. They’re afraid of judgment and feeling lost so they resort to isolation and depression or worse - they end their own lives. It is her deepest hope that Back To Life will be a place that not only builds awareness but also strengthens communities and caregivers to be safe resources and support systems for anyone who might be struggling to find the will to carry on.


Jonathan Goode

Jonathan Goode serves as the Executive Director of Orchard, the parent ministry of Back to Life. He is holds a bachelors of arts degree in political science from Georgia State University and masters degree in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School. He is a part of Trinity Anglican Church and lives in Chamblee with his wife and son.

Orchard (Ministry Partner)

Orchard inspires and equips people to show the love of Christ by using their unique talents to meet the human and spiritual needs of others. We accomplish this by partnering with local churches to develop and implement strategies that serve their communities and by resourcing individuals with creative ministry ideas to launch and sustain entrepreneurial initiatives.