I am so blessed to serve as pastor of this wonderful church! My family and I moved to Ellijay in 2013 and we truly feel like this is home. I am originally from Augusta, GA and graduated from Augusta College in 1990 and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994. I have been married to Janice since 1990 and we have two children, a daughter Hailey (elementary school teacher) and a son Brooks (college student/athlete). We think this is a church that loves the Lord and wants to reach Gilmer County with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Join us this week and I think you will see an extremely genuine and friendly group of people that want to make known the glory God in Gilmer County and to all the nations!
I am originally from Cobb County, Georgia, and grew up in Kennesaw. I attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree with a concentration in trumpet. I later went on to Auburn University and graduated with a Master of Education (MEd) degree with a concentration in choral music.
It has been my joy to serve as the Minister of Music here at Pleasant Grove since 2002. Pleasant Grove is a warm, friendly, and very talented church that loves Jesus. I have been blessed to be a music minister in several churches in north Georgia for over thirty years. My wife Gennie and I have been married for thirty-five years and have three wonderful adult children.
Our family would like to give thanks to PGBC and to everyone who has helped with our transition here to Ellijay from Romania. The awesome response from the church body has been overwhelming, and we truly feel blessed and welcomed here. I am reminded of the Apostle Paul in response to the church at Philippi when they generously provided for him. He responded with: “Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account” (Philippians 4:17). These are our sentiments also for PGBC. Our primary goal at this point is to get to know you, and become accustomed with what is happening here at Pleasant Grove. We look forward to serving the Lord together with you as we partner to reach families and youth for Christ.
Your brother in Christ,
I went to school for computer study and after graduation I moved to Chattanooga TN. I worked as a secretary at Chattanooga State Technical College in the Practical Nursing Department. I retired from there in 2010 and I moved to Ellijay to be near my parents, who are members of this church.
I came to work as church secretary at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in September 2011. Moving to Ellijay was a great decision for me and getting this job has been a blessing.
Donna joined the staff of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on July 3rd as our Financial Secretary and Receptionist. She is married to Hal Brady and has 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren. In May, 1972, Donna accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Second Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC. She has served in various ministries throughout her Christian walk in NC, FL and GA.
Donna’s life scripture is Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Favorite quote: “This Too Shall Pass”. I believe that no matter what I go through, I am not alone…GOD is always with me and will see me through every trial I face.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys working in her yard, crafts and spending time in their mountain home here in Ellijay.