Our leadership here at Central is exceptional. The Elders that represent our church are compassionate Christians that lead our church and always put their best foot forward.
Central Church of Christ Ministers
Meet the Central Church of Christ Ministers.
PREACHING AND TEACHING MINISTER Steve Griggs Steve grew up “in church” and has been a part of the Central family all his life. A graduate of Lipscomb University (B.A. in Bible) and Abilene Christian University (M.A. in Religous Education), Steve is responsible for planning, staffing and facilitating all the adult Bible classes at Central. He is married to Carol, who is a teacher at Morris Innovative High School, and the proud father of Jonathan who attends Morris Innovative H.S. Steve’s dream for central is that it continue to be “a place of grace” in the midst of a harsh world, and a family of faith that continues to seek to help folks come to know, love and follow Jesus. You can email Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org
INVOLVEMENT & EVANGELISM MINISTER: Ross Jordan Around the age of thirteen Ross was talking with a friend on the phone about baptism. He was able to discover the truth from the Scriptures and realize the importance of baptism for remission of his sins. His study of the Word continued and he was drawn to this ministry because of his love for serving God and helping other people spiritually. Ross likes to fix broken things. He collects old radios, which he refers to as almost antiques. He also helps people in crisis “fix broken things” through his work as a mediator with our local Juvenile and Magistrate courts. The principles he uses to help those in need of mediation are Biblical. Ross sees Central church of Christ as a place where we can enjoy personal salvation through an eternal relationship with the Father, Son and Spirit. Our brotherhood, the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ, whether at Central or some other church of Christ, reaches far beyond the walls of our building. This fellowship allows people to worship God and be encouraged by the experience of being together. Internal peace promised in the scriptures in Philippians 4:7 can be achieved even if there is turmoil in our life. This scripture teaches us “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” and in verse 9 “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Ross wants everyone to know this peace. You may contact Ross at Central church of Christ Or, email him at: email@example.com
Youth Minister – Joshua Holloway
Joshua and his wife, Katie, began working with the youth at Central in January 2017. The greatest day of Katie’s life was June 6th, 2006 when she married “The Man of Her Dreams” (at least that’s how Joshua tell’s the story). In May 2010, God blessed them with a son, Benjamin. Joshua is an unconventional youth minister; he was raised at Central but his educational & vocational background was focused towards the business world. After high school, Joshua was offered & signed a scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Georgia. He earned his undergraduate degree in 2005 (B.S. in Management) & graduate degree in 2008 (M.S. in Business Administration). Joshua will begin work towards his Masters in Clinical Counseling in the Fall of 2019 through Faulkner University.
Joshua worked in the flooring industry for 12 years prior to being offered his dream job in January 2017. In a world that is constantly growing more complex & “busy”, the Holloway’s approach to youth ministry is very simple: “Love Every Child As If They Are Your Own!!” According to Joshua, “if everyone in the youth group knows we love them, unconditionally, everything else will fall into place.” As the Youth & Family Minister, in addition to leading the youth of Central, Joshua & Katie work closely with Central’s Elementary & Preschool Department & their weekly Wee Worship program. They also help coordinate & lead Central’s Lads-2-Leaders/Leaderettes program & spearhead the VBS program each year.
When Joshua is not doing youth group “stuff”, he enjoys coaching whatever sport his son is playing, fishing, playing golf & playing disc golf. However, his favorite pastime is doing whatever Katie tells him to do….SHE’S THE BOSS!! Joshua is also a certified high school & college football & basketball official. If you ever see him on a court or field, please don’t yell at him….he’s really sensitive!!!
My name is Mandy Coley. I serve Central in the role of Children’s Ministry Director! I have been married to my husband, Albert, for 15 years. Seven years ago, we were blessed with our twins, Luke and Lorileigh! Working with children has truly been my life’s work. I attended Lee University and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with K-8 Teacher Licensure, received my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and my Educational Specialist degree from Kennesaw State University in Instructional Technology. I worked in the public school system for many years. I taught 2nd grade, 6th grade, served as an Instructional (Curriculum) Coach, and lastly was an assistant principal for 4 years. I loved my time with all of the wonderful students and teachers that I worked with each day, however, I decided to stay home with my children for a few years. In January 2019, I began working part time in the best job in the world, working with ALL of the wonderful people at Central! Please let me know if you have any questions concerning the children’s programs or curriculum. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Connections/College Ministry
Shay is our First Connections with our Benevolence Ministry helping those in need of food and clothing on a daily basis. She also helps them with spiritual and emotional needs, often times serving as a “social worker” for the Lord.
Shay comes to us with years of experience working in the Lord’s Kingdom. She worked with Heritage Christian University in the Admissions Office for 4 years. While at HCU, she was an active member and instrumental in re-establishing Ladies Chapel. Shay has also has spoken at numerous Ladies Day and Seminars in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
Shay has been married to the love of her life , Doug Bingham, for 22 years. They have two faithful Christian children, Anna Grace and Ben. Anna Grace is in her second year at Harding University. Anna Grace also will be Interning for a second year at Central church of Christ in Huntsville, AL this Summer. Ben Bingham is a sophomore at Calhoun High School. Ben is very involved in theatre and plans to also attend Harding University. Doug and Shay also work with the College Ministry at Central.
My name is Joel Adam Esparza. I was born in Campeche, Mexico during a Winter Gospel meeting. I am a third generation Christian. My grandfather was a minister in Mexico, and my father has been a minister for over forty years. In 1989, my father was invited to establish a Hispanic congregation in California and that is how we arrived to the USA. I have helped my father in his ministry since I was a teen. We have lived in Arkansas, Texas and in 1998, my father was invited to work with the Hispanic ministry here at Central Church of Christ.
In January 2012 I was invited to lead the Hispanic congregation as a part time minister. I enjoy preaching and teaching the gospel according to the scriptures. My favorite reading is Psalm 91 which, in this day and age, is a huge reminder that we are under the protection of our Almighty God.
Central Church of Christ Elders
Meet the Central Church of Christ Elders.
Bob Lee celebrates two birthdays on the same day each year. He decided to become a Christian and was baptized into Christ on his twelfth birthday. His parents and grandparents were all Christians. He was raised in the church of Christ and had studied God’s Word his whole life. His sister Ann, who was a student at David Lipscomb at the time, came home for a visit and brought Bob a book. This was at a time when he was considering dedicating his life to the Lord. This book about celebrities who had become Christians helped him make the final decision to give his life to Christ. Bob’s genuine love for Christs’ church and all it can mean to those around us and each of us individually helps him be able to dream about Central church and the outreach that it can be to our community. He knows that we can teach the world the love of God, how to edify God, others and in return be lifted up ourselves. He feels that Central church of Christ has a leadership with tremendous common ground, yet diverse enough to be dynamic in a changing culture.
Bill Russell: At Central we are striving to worship God in spirit and truth. Our desire is to show others how “Great is our God” and how wonderful worshipping God and serving others can be. Bill’s goal as an Elder is to help the members of Central be the kind of people the Bible refers to in John 13:35, and for the world to know that we are God’s people by the love we have for one another. Bill gave his life to the service of God soon after his marriage to Linda. He had committed himself to go to church with her, though personally resolving never to become a member of the church of Christ. But, when he heard a tape in a Wednesday night men’s Bible study by Mid McKnight from Revelation 3:14-16 about the church in Laodicea that was neither hot nor cold, and that being lukewarm made God sick, Bill decided to make a change in his life. He was baptized the following Sunday. Bill has many other interests in addition to his love for church. He teaches professional education classes and enjoys gardening, painting, and family. You can reach Bill at email@example.com
Gary Duke has been a member of the Central Church at Dalton since 2002. He was baptized in 1972 at the Northside Church of Christ in Summerville soon after his marriage to Becky. He and Becky have 2 children; Kyle and his family worship at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville where he serves as a deacon and Erin and her family are members at Central. They have 5 grandchildren and love spending time with them. Gary enjoys working with Helping Hands Ministry, Lads to Leaders, work projects at Camp Watooga and being part of a yearly mission trip to Honduras with Kyle. Gary believes the strong desire of the Central Congregation to reach the lost and serve others is a great example of “The Great Commission” found in Matthew 28.
John Hayes has always loved the Central Church family. He has been a member for over fifty years, since his baptism when he was twelve years old. He still has fond memories of dating Judy during their teen years in the Central Youth Group. Their love grew and they were married on May 30, 1969. They have two terrific daughters, Shana married to Jim Medlen and Holly, married to Kieth Rollins. They also have three grandchildren, who fill their hearts with joy! John was in the Navy and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam while at the same time Judy attended Freed Hardeman. After the Navy John worked for thirty nine years as the Corporate Traffic Manager at Queen Carpet and over five years as Safety Director at Salem Truck Leasing. They are both now enjoying retirement. John likes to fish and watch his garden grow. Both John and Judy enjoy teaching fifth grade Sunday morning bible class. John served as a deacon for approximately ten years before becoming an elder in June of 1990. He is extremely thankful for the Central Church for their dedication, spiritual growth and love for their Lord. The members friendliness and acceptance makes everyone feel welcome at our services. Thank you Central Family for your warm support as John serves as one of our elders.
Jeff Ledbetter grew up in south Florida and was raised in the Church. His spiritual heritage was developed by Godly parents, Elders, faithful bible teachers, and many others who instilled the Story of God’s love through Christ. Jeff, and his wife Robin, attended the Miami-Gardens church of Christ and were married in 1979. After graduating from UF, he worked in industrial timberland management prior to retiring and settling in the North GA mountains. Jeff and Robin have two children and enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren, traveling, outdoor activities, and being a part of the Central Church family.