Pastor Jerry was born and raised in Michigan graduating from Manistique High School in 1972. After high school he spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard and in the summer of 1977 he began studying for the ministry at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. (Hear Pastor Jerry's testimony in Revelation Series Part 25—Saved by Grace.)
That fall he met and became engaged to Karen Horner from Indianapolis, Indiana; four months later, they married in February 1978. (In the sermon Parable of the Wedding Garment you can hear how they met.) Karen is an occupational therapist working in the Bradley County Schools in Tennessee.
Their daughter Hannah married Mickey Ortel; their son Jeremy married Laurel Towles and their youngest son Joshua married Amanda Hayes. They have six grandchildren.
Jerry has a BA in theology from Andrews University an MA in religion (homiletics and soul-winning) from Southern Adventist University and completed a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Andrews University in 2008. His hobbies include reading, golfing, skeetshooting and cheering on the Colts. His greatest delight is spending time with Karen and their family.
Pastor of Church Life
Pastor Jim Lewellen, the youngest of five, was born in Mattoon, Illinois and raised in Casey, Illinois where he attended public high school. Jim graduated from Atlantic Union College with three bachelor degrees (Business Administration, Secondary Education and Religion), and has been employed with IBM, Greater New York Academy, Battle Creek Academy, Blue Mountain Academy, and Georgia-Cumberland Academy.
In June 1989 Jim married Natalie Czerkasij, a paralegal from New York. In 1998, while in Michigan, they had their daughter, Shelby, presently a nursing major at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Natalie continues to operate a family business acquired in 2004.
Jim loves tennis, is an avid Chicago Bears fan, and enjoys cooking and baking for the fun of it. His favorite activity is doing anything with his family..
Pastor Nate enjoys living in the reality of God’s love and responding by making a difference in the lives around him. He is dedicated to being a loving husband to his amazing wife Kristina, and dad to their daughter, Ella.
He is passionate about creating healthy teams that are guiding the young people of the Greater-Chattanooga area towards flourishing in God’s grace.
Some highlights of his past experience in leading youth and young adult ministries include eight summers on staff at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp (ask him how it changed his life), a year as an academy teacher on the island of Palau (ask him about the sharks), two years on the campus ministries team at Southern Adventist University (ask him about the red balloons), and three years as a youth pastor in Greeneville, TN (ask him about his new couch). Nate most recently served as a pastor in central Georgia (ask him about the armadillos).
He loves the outdoors, playing guitar, woodworking, drawing, eating Thai and Indian food, and reading a good book.
Pastor Nate earned a BA in theology from Southern Adventist University in 2010 and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 2015.
Pastor Stephanie Whitley-Ferguson was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She graduated High School from Georgia Cumberland Academy in 1988, completed her B.S. in Dental Hygiene degree in 1992 from Medical College of Georgia (now GRU) in Augusta, and worked as a dental hygienist until 2011 when she finally answered God’s persistent call to ministry upon her life. In that year she moved to Berrien Springs, MI to attend Andrews University SDA Theological Seminary where she earned her M.Div degree in 2014.
During her time at seminary she served as an Associate Pastor of Highland Ave SDA church in Benton Harbor, MI, as the president of the Women’s Clergy Network of Andrews University, and taught Religion and Health at Andrews Academy.
She’s also earned 1 Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education during an Internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite hospital in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 and had the opportunity to work with the Breath of Life ministry during the “NY-13” evangelism initiative under the leadership of Dr. Carlton Byrd and Dr. Donnieval Walker at the North Bronx SDA church in Bronx, NY, May 2013.
Stephanie loves to write and has authored several published articles and in 2005 published her first book entitled The Sweetness of A Bitter Cup. She also enjoys hiking, camping, good laughs with family and friends, and cozy evenings at home with good movies, and good food.
She’s the mother of two bright teenagers and just recently married Mr. Tony Ferguson, Captain of a Fire Dept. in Atlanta, Ga. Together Stephanie & Tony love football, music, travelling, exploring new places & things, being with family, quiet evenings at home…and pretty much whatever they can do together!
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