Chad considers Homer, Georgia home. Born in nearby Gainesville (Hall County), Chad lived in Homer until 1996 when he and wife Lori moved to Macon, Georgia so he could attend Mercer University. At this point, Chad had established himself in the career field of public safety and dedicated his life to helping others. Initially focused on a career path in medicine, while in college, he began teaching in the state technical college system and was promoted to Program Director. After several years of teaching and working in administration, Chad transitioned out of the educational arena into public safety administration. Many years had passed when Chad realized God’s call on his life into full-time ministry.
Chad has been active in various aspects of ministry since accepting Christ in 1985 and in 2007, was called as the Associate Pastor to the church where he began his Christian journey twenty-two years earlier. Chad was licensed to preach in 2007 and ordained in 2008. After a successful secular career, God has no doubt been using the past twenty years to shape and mold him into a Pastor and spiritual leader with a servant’s heart. He is on the Board of Directors and CFO of Missions International, Inc and is co-founder of Rejoice In Hope Ministries.
Chad’s philosophy of ministry can be read here. Chad has served as Associate Pastor of Homer Baptist Church (GA), Senior Pastor of Liberty First Baptist Church (SC), and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Community Church (SC). He is a Chaplain with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and serves on the Board of Directors and CFO of Foothills Playhouse. As a Christian Counselor, Chad has chosen to be a vital resource in the community and to be used for the glory of God whether it be through teaching, preaching, counseling, or whatever door God opens for His service!
Chad and Lori were married in November of 1996 at Joy Baptist Church in Hull, Georgia by Pastors Jeff Appling (Grove Level Baptist Church) and the late Steve Stephens (Joy Baptist Church). Their daughter (Camryn) was born on December 23, 2001 and their son (Andy) on December 21, 2005. Camryn and Andy are considered the best Christmas gifts ever, taking second chair only to Christ Himself. In June of 2016, Chad and Lori became legal guardians of Billy, and are pursuing adoption (part of Billy’s story can be found in this video).
His academic background includes Gainesville College and Mercer University. He has completed courses of study from North Georgia Technical College, Athens Technical College, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University. Having completed a Master of Arts with a concentration in counseling and a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Chad is currently pursuing his doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a concentration in Leadership. In his secular career, he taught at Central Georgia Technical College, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, North Georgia Technical College, Gwinnett Technical College, Mercer University School of Medicine, and multiple hospitals and public safety agencies throughout Georgia. As a pastor, he has preached at churches both domestically and in Mexico.
Chad is excited and full of energy, dedicating his ministry to furthering the Great Commission, following the Great Commandment, and ministering to people where they are!