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LEADERSHIP TEAM

SENIOR PASTOR / ELDER

David Holt's FamilyPASTOR DAVID HOLT

Pastor David has been married to Dede for 30+ years and they have four children (Catherine, Michael, Josiah, and Sarah Beth). David has been a pastor for over 27 years. He enjoys taking walks with his wife, hunting/fishing with his boys, and showing affection to his girls. More information about Pastor David can be found on our website.

 

 

 

ASSOCIATE PASTOR COUNSELING AND PRAYER / ELDER

PASTOR JIMMY BAMBERG

Jimmy Bamberg has been a pastor for over 48 years, serving the past three years as Pastor of Counseling and Prayer at Living Hope Church.  He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 45 years, and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. He has an undergraduate degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Masters degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  He enjoys travel, time with his family and riding his motorcycle.

 

 

 

PASTOR OF WORSHIP AND STRATEGIC MINISTRIES

  PASTOR JEFF RENN

A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, Jeff Renn has served in a number of evangelical churches throughout the United States, and has coordinated short-term mission projects in nearly 20 countries. Jeff currently serves full-time as Pastor Of Worship & Strategic Ministries at Living Hope Church. He is the founder of a Christian nonprofit called His Idea, Inc. and has published a book on musical worship entitled “Worship Redeemed”. He and his wife Leigh are the parents of three daughters, Gracie, Isabelle, and Lilly, who are students at Prince Avenue Christian School. They reside in Statham, GA.

 

ELDERS

Elders provide the spiritual leadership of the church.

 

JimmySHANON HAYES

Shannon is married to Cathy they have two sons – William who attends Liberty University, and Samuel who attends Athens Christian School. Shanon was previously a pastor in Chatsworth, GA, Eastanollee, GA, and Hull, GA. Shanon attended Tennessee Temple and Covington Theological Seminary. Currently, Shanon owns and operates a poultry farm in Comer, GA. Cathy works at Athens Christian School. Shanon loves spending time with his best friend Cathy and their sons at the beach, or on the farm, and serving the Lord together.

 

Robert-SekandiROBERT SEKANDI

Robert was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, and graduated from Makerere University of Uganda, with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. He has been married to Dr Juliet Sekandi for 14 years. They have five girls and one son.

 

 

 

John-ShealyJOHN SHEALY

John graduated from Athens Christian School, Emmanuel College and UGA with a degree in Business Administration. He has been married to Gina for 26 years. They have four sons and one daughter in law.

 

 

 

Jeff-PaulkJEFF PAULK – ADVISORY ELDER

Jeff has been married to Janet for 30 years and has two sons and an adopted daughter. Jeff was an F-16 pilot in the USAF for 24 years and retired as a Colonel. He played on the 1980 UGA National Championship football team. He currently owns his own consulting business and is the head football coach for Johnson Ferry Christian Academy in Marietta Georgia.

 

 

photo rmRALPH MOTSINGER

Ralph has been married to Lavon for 61 years, has 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He has a doctorate in Plant Pathology from Auburn. He was on the faculty at Univ. of Maryland, Auburn Univ., L.S.U.; College of Agriculture, Malaysia, & UGA. He and Lavon were missionaries to Honduras for 5 years.

PRAYER MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Rick-Marcia-SmallMARCIA WILBUR

Marcia and Rick have been married for 34 years. They have 3 sons, one daughter, 2 daughters-in-law and 1 granddaughter. A lifelong educator, Marcia holds a doctorate from UGA and currently serves as the President of the Athens College of Ministry.

COLLEGE MINISTRY

JARRETT RAY FLETCHER

Jarrett Fletcher graduated with a degree in Business Administration from UGA in May 2016. He has been a part of the Navigators campus ministry throughout his college career, heavily involved in discipleship, worship leading, and Bible studies. The Lord led him and his wife, Jenna, to Living Hope Church just a few months after we planted, and has proceeded to guide him into this role as a College Ministry Director. His life motto is the Navigator slogan, “To know Christ, and make Him known..” Jarrett hopes to utilize the disciple-making tools he has learned from the Navigators to equip college students with the ability to follow Jesus daily, share their faith, and discover God’s will for their lives.

 

MISSIONS MINISTRY LEADERS

GipGIP MARCHETTE

Gip and Cathy have been married since 1985. They have three sons, Reade, Teale, and Rushing. Gip grew up in a Marine Corp family. He hails from South Carolina where he was a Marine Biologist. Cathy is from a farming family in Statesboro, GA. Gip met Cathy in a mud hole, fell instantly in love with her, married her, and moved to Athens where they started Wolfskin Growers Nursery. Their international outreach began in 2000 working in Central America. The outreach has since expanded to Central Asia, Southeast Asia, West and sub-Sahara Africa. They specialize in Agriculture/Aquaculture development, water purification, micro enterprise and small business development. Their saying is “Go when you are asked and bring your friend Jesus with you.”

DIRECTOR OF ASSIMILATION

JimmySHANON HAYES

Shannon is married to Cathy they have two sons – William who attends Liberty University, and Samuel who attends Athens Christian School. Shanon was previously a pastor in Chatsworth, GA, Eastanollee, GA, and Hull, GA. Shanon attended Tennessee Temple and Covington Theological Seminary. Currently, Shanon owns and operates a poultry farm in Comer, GA. Cathy works at Athens Christian School. Shanon loves spending time with his best friend Cathy and their sons at the beach, or on the farm, and serving the Lord together.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COORDINATOR: CATHY HAYES

Cathy Hayes is married to Shanon they have two sons, Will and Samuel. Cathy works full-time at Athens Christian school where she has been the secretary for over 11 years.  Cathy has a passion for serving children and their families, and has joyfully served in Children’s Ministry for over 20 years.  Family adventures, reading, and cooking are some of Cathy‘s favorite hobbies.
One of her favorite Bible verses is Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Contact Cathy: Cathy@livinghopeathens.org

DEACONS & DEACONESSES

Deacons and Deaconesses minister under the authority of the Elders and are involved in many physical and other servant ministries in the church.

Can a single or divorced man serve as a deacon or elder?  We believe they can based on the following biblical interpretation of 1 Tim. 3:

see http://www.gotquestions.org/unmarried-deacon-elder.html and http://www.gotquestions.org/husband-one-wife.html

 

In addition, see Dr. Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology p. 916-917

 

Robert-SekandiJUILIET SEKANDI

Juliet was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. She graduated from Mbarara University of Uganda, with a Medical degree. She is now pursuing her doctorate in Public Health at UGA. She has been married to Robert Sekandi for 14 years. They have five girls (Lilian-19, Neona-15, Vanessa-11, Vivian 9, Esther-5) and one son (Raymond-14).

 

 

John-ShealyGINA SHEALY

Gina graduated from Emmanuel College and UGA with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been married to John for 28 years. They have four sons and one daughter-in-law, and will gain another precious daughter-in-law in May 2014.

 

 

 

 

Kim DavisKIM DAVIS

Kim and her husband, Mitch are originally from North Carolina but have called Athens home for 14 years. Kim graduated from Appalachian State University and taught 4th grade in Boone, North Carolina prior to moving to Athens. She and Mitch have been married for over 14 years and enjoy snow skiing, riding their bicycles, and working with the College and Career group at Living Hope.

 

 

Kim DavisMITCH DAVIS

Mitch is a graduate of Appalachian State University and has been married to Kim for over d14 years. After working 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry he now works part-time in a local bicycle shop and spends his winter days as a professional ski patroller. Mitch’s passion is mentoring young men and pointing them to Jesus Christ. He and his wife Kim enjoy working with the College and Career group at Living Hope.

 

Blaine OgleBLAINE OGLE

Blaine Ogle lives in Crawford, Ga with his wife, Anna Ogle, and their daughter Kinsley Grace. Blaine is employed at Pilgrim’s Feed Mill in Athens, where he has been for 4 years, and will soon to be graduating with his electrical degree from Athens Tech. Since attending Living Hope, Blaine has enjoyed growing deeper in his faith and has gained a deeper passion for the lost. Blaine is both honored and excited to be a part of Living Hope’s leadership team and looks forward to serving alongside its congregation.

 

Julia HinesJULIA HINES

Julia was born in a small northern town in Indiana. She has been a Christian since 1976. She is married to Andy Hines since 1977. They settled in Athens, GA in 1989. One of her spiritual gifts is serving. At the present time she is involved in the Prayer Ministry and leads Greeter Ministry. She looks forward to serving as a Deaconess.

 

 

Mark YeomansMARK YEOMANS

Mark grew up in Jesup, GA. He graduated from Valdosta State University. He moved to Athens 15 years ago. He is married to Marnie for 13 years. They have 3 daughters Lucy, Carson and Raleigh. He currently serves as sound tech and provides technical support. He proudly says that his daughter Lucy was the first person to accept Christ and be baptized at Living Hope Church.

 

 

Tyler HoustonTYLER HOUSTON

Tyler is enrolled in the Terry College of Business at UGA intends to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Risk Management. He is actively involved with the Living Hope College and Career group and has also been involved with the Navigators at UGA since September of 2014. Along with striving to live by his favorite verse, Philippians 4:6-7, Tyler enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. Tyler is both honored and enthusiastic to be a part of Living Hope’s Leadership Team and endeavors to glorify God above all else through this new leadership.

 

 

CALEB DEANS

Caleb is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has been married to Katie since January 2015. He has worked for the Georgia Department of Audits since June 2014. Caleb and Katie enjoy hanging out with the Living Hope youth group and encouraging them in their understanding of the Gospel. In his free time, Caleb reads books ranging from Sherlock Holmes to C.S. Lewis and tries to go fishing whenever he is able.

 

FINANCIAL COORDINATOR

Alicia ProwALICIA PROW

Alicia is married to Buddy Prow and they have three sons (Cody – 21, Austin – 19 and Matt – 18). Alicia currently works as a Client Implementation Specialist for an outsourced accounting firm. She is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Business/ Accounting from Liberty University. She has been working in the Accounting and Business field for over 15 years.

 

 

 

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