Rev. Dr. Larry Bryars - Lead Pastor
Started Position: June, 2004
Family: Married to Vicki in 1978, three sons: Paul, Nick & John.
Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:28, I Peter 5:7
Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump
Favorite Books: The Bible (of course)
Loves: Preaching, exercise, movies and eating.
Why I Do What I Do: I am called to preach the Gospel and to lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. My life changed when I encountered Jesus Christ as my Savior. I found the love, joy and peace that I had longed for. The presence of God’s Holy Spirit living in me gave me an open door to experience God’s awesome power for living. There is now a passion in my heart to see lives changed through a transforming relationship with our Lord.
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Rev. David Hoppenjan - Executive Pastor
Started Position: January 1, 2006
Family: Wonderful wife: Jennie and two amazing sons: Andy & Michael and our faithful hound “Murphy”
Favorite Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
Favorite Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart
Favorite Books: The books my family are most interested in at the time. We pass travel times by listening to books on CD. Most recent purchase “The Cat Who Talked Turkey”
Loves: First and foremost, my God, wife and children. Other loves: Chocolate, Cheese, Fruit. Then techno gadgets.
Why I Do What I Do: In a time when nothing else seemed to matter, I found myself seeking God’s will for my life. In this seeking, wandering through wilderness you might say, I heard God say, "Come and serve me. I have just the thing for you." I haven’t looked back since. My calling is to follow God's leading anywhere, anytime. I love serving the Lord.
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Rev. Jonathan Hart - Pastor of Discipleship
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. 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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