Starting Feb. 18 we move to two services. First Service at 9:15 AM and Second Service at 11:00 AM. | We are Located at: 2150 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA, 30605 | Contact Us:  +1.706.850.8881 | UPDATES: Click Here to Read the Weekly Word from Pastor David Holt (Updated Wednesday December 27, 2017 | Sunday January 07, 2017 We Will Be in Nehemiah 7 | Discipleship Hour (9 AM) will resume on January 14th and just go until February 11th

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Dr. David Holt has been married to Dede for almost 30 years and they have four children. He has been a pastor for over 27 years. David has earned degrees from the University of Georgia (BBA; 1983), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv and ThM, 1990) and Trinity International University (DMN, 2005). Pastor David served as a college pastor for four years at Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; the Senior Pastor for 17 years at the First Evangelical Free Church, Onalaska, Wisconsin; and the Pastor of Discipleship at Watkinsville First Baptist for four years.  He is the author of two books: “Meeting You Where You Are” and “Pastoring with Passion.”
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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.  Contact Pastor Jimmy:




Jerry is a graduate of Asbury Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He also has a certificate from the American Association of Christian Counseling in addiction recovery coaching. He has been a church consultant in North Georgia for over 20 years in several areas of church growth and evangelism and has consulted with over 250 churches. His wife Phyllis is a LPC and a Christian counselor in Athens, Ga. He was the Executive Director of Victory Home, men’s long term recovery facility, Tallulah Falls, Ga as well as Board Chair of The Healing Place of Athens, a Christian Alcohol & Drug Rehab Facility and Homeless Shelter for Men, Athens, GA. Contact Jerry:


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.
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Kevin Stout graduated in May 2014 from the University of Georgia with aIMG_7282 Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance. While attending UGA Kevin was actively involved at Watkinsville First Baptist Church. He led an elementary small group for two years before leading a middle school small group for a year. He was involved in various campus organizations where he participated in evangelism events and helped equip college students in making disciples. He is passionate about training students in whole-heartedly following Jesus Christ while encouraging them to own their faith!
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Jarrett Fletcher will graduate with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia 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 fiancee’, 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.
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IMG_7265Cathy Hayes has been happily married to Shanon for over 27 years and 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.”

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Judy is married to her beloved husband, Mark, of 33 years. They are parents to Christa and Josh, and in-laws to Hannah. Judy is a life-long educator, teaching elementary age all the way up to The University of Georgia. Most recently, she was a principal at a local Christian school. Judy received her B.S.Ed. from Georgia Southern University, her M.Ed. from UGA, and her Ed.S. from Lincoln Memorial University. Her life mission is to live out Jesus’ greatest commandment -“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind… and love your neighbor as yourself…” (Matthew 22:37-39), and living by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Judy’s great passion is to serve others. Judy is on the advisory board of Covenant Care Adoption Agency in Athens. Judy loves leading mission trips, sports, hanging out with family and friends, and being outdoors.
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