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.
I am a Georgia native raised in Columbus, GA. My wife Anna and I have been married for twelve years and we have three boys (Coleman, William & Caleb), as well as my two nieces (Mikaila & Tinsleigh). I am a born again believer, saved by God’s amazing grace. I feel blessed to serve as Associate Pastor at Pleasant Grove, and my goal is to lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I have served at Pleasant Grove since October 2016; before that Anna and I were missionaries in western Romania. God has helped me to earn a BA in religion from Luther Rice College & Seminary in Lithonia, GA with a focus on ministry. I am an outdoorsman and my interests are hunting, shooting, and old cars. I look forward to meeting and worshipping with you!
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.