• Rev. Dr. Philip McVay - Lead Pastor

    Started Position: July, 2014

    Family: My amazing wife of 29 years is Karen. We have three beautiful daughters and two sons-in-law we quickly embraced into our family. Mallory is married to Brian and they live in Birmingham. Brooke is recently married to Matt and they live in Pensacola. Our third daughter, Haley, is a senior at Auburn University.   

    Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 - Old Testament, John 10:10 - New Testament

    Favorite Movies: I love underdog stories like Rocky, Rudy, We Are Marshall, and The Rookie. The Fugitive would be my favorite non-sports movie.  

    Favorite Books:  I once heard the leading book sellers are The Bible, cookbooks, and diet books. Well I have never bought a cookbook or diet book but I do understand why the Bible remains the best seller. The reading of the Bible never becomes old.  My favorite book of theology is The Theology of Hope by Jurgen Moltmann. For more personal growth I read with a district lay team, John Wooden's book The Seven Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours by Pat Williams.  

    Loves: My wife, daughters, family, I take sports way too seriously (please forgive me in advance), and running.

    Why I Do What I Do: 
    Being a pastor is a great calling and I cannot imagine being or doing anything else! I love what I do. I love the opportunity to lead the church to have a great impact for the Kingdom. I like what Bill Hybels says about the church..."the local church is the hope for the world." The local church offers hope because we point people to Jesus. I am inspired when God's people go forward trusting God and make a huge difference in the lives of people. Also, I do what I do because I get to hang out with inspiring people with amazing stories. I have been a pastor since age nineteen and every day still feels new and hopeful. Most of all, I am grateful God called me early in life for I am still a work in progress. Ministry and the possibilities are boundless. There is a challenge and opportunity at every corner!  

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  • Rev. Brian Dale - Executive Pastor

    Started Position: July, 2015 

    Family: Wife Sue, works for Sacred Heart Medical Group. Mother-in-law Hilda Brodrick. Son David works for Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Other children: Daniel Dale, wife Roshell, daughters Maia and Audrey. Bethany Dale-Schiller, husband Cory, daughter Tovah. Son Michael, fiancée Ariella. 

    Favorite Scripture: Although it's hard to choose, I like Micah 6:8 "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, live mercy, and walk humbly with your God."

    Favorite Movies: Simon Birch

    Favorite Books: The Shack by William P. Young

    Loves: cooking and hiking

    Why I Do What I Do: T
    here is no better privilege than to serve our gracious God. I am honored to be called into His service, but I have to constantly remind myself that God does not call the equipped, but equips the called. It is very humbling.

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  • Rev. Jonathan Hart - Discipleship Pastor

    Started Position: July, 2011 

    Family: One beautiful wife, Liz; one son, Noah (August 2010); and one daughter, Eden (May 2012).

    Favorite Scripture
    : Psalm 139

    Favorite Movies: 
    “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Cinderella Man,” “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (Extended Edition), “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” the Jason Bourne trilogy, "We Bought a Zoo"

    Favorite Books: 
    The Chronicles of Narnia 

    Loves: Spending low key time with Liz, spending not so low key time with Noah and Eden, grilling, movies, music (listening and playing), being on the water, stimulating conversation, and sitting in an armchair with lamplight and coffee, a book in one hand and a pencil in the other.

    Why I Do What I Do: On a hot day in the first week of June 2003 I was sitting on a concrete slab in Juarez, Mexico, during a mission trip when I heard a whisper and saw an image. The whisper was “This is what I made you for.” The image was a pastor. I believe Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. Since the Church is His Body, it is through the local church that God is transforming earth and heaven. I have committed my life to preaching the gospel, making disciples, and equipping the saints for ministry in the world.

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  • Rev. Dr. Brad Bradford - Worship Pastor

    Started Position: November, 2012 

    Family: Married to Rhonda (May 31, 1980). Daughter Caroline who is married to Matt Morse. Daughter Allison who is married to Joseph Drake. Dog Bentley who rules the roost.

    Favorite Scripture
    : Psalm 150

    Favorite Movies: 
     Anything Bond and anything Star Trek

    Favorite Books: 
    I love reading the Bible. I also enjoy anything John Grisham.

    Loves: 
     My wife and my family. Bike riding (off road), Texas Bar-B-Que and really good Tex-Mex.

    Why I Do What I Do: 
    I have a burning desire to lead people into God's presence. I love taking a gift and pairing it with a passion to honor and glorify the Lord. Leading the passionate gifts of fellow artists to glorify the Lord and leading people in worship is what God made me to do!

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