Anna, Pierce, Blair, Stuart, and I moved to Trussville in August of 2011 to begin the work of planting Christ Church PCA. It was a journey the Lord had been preparing us for all of our lives, but one that we have only recently been able to see more clearly. Prior to our call to ministry and my transition to seminary, I believed that my identity was in Christ, though I often struggled with placing that identity in my various roles as a husband, father, and business man. Anna and I met while students at Auburn University, and were married just a couple of years after graduation. I then went on to Emory University in Atlanta for an MBA. Following Emory, Anna and I began to have kids, and I started a career in business. Initially, that led me to the world of finance, working for what was then known as Wachovia Bank. After several years, we moved to North Carolina and joined my father-in-law in the family homebuilding and development business. There we stayed until, in the midst of the housing downturn, we shut down our business, and I submitted to the call to ministry.
Those past experiences are part of who I am and God has used them all to prepare me for ministry, but there is so much more that is important to why we are here in Trussville to plant Christ Church PCA. Most significantly, my identity is still in Christ, but God has added the role of church planter and has has called us to this ministry, in this place, at this time.
Personally, I love the doctrines of grace! I love the doctrine that, we in the PCA, hold so dear. I love the Word of God. But most of all, I believe God has called us to this ministry so that we might reach the hearts of the people in Trussville with the message of Jesus Christ’s redeeming love. When I am not doing the work of the church, I am usually spending time with my wife and 3 children. I like to exercise. I love to talk football. I also love to fish, though I am a better fisherman when I have someone with me, guiding me along the way.
This is who I am and a little of who we are. Our family is thankful to be here in Trussville, and thankful that God has placed us in His Church. We look forward to sharing it with you.
The journey the Lord has brought my family and I along which led us to Christ Church PCA has been a display of His faithfulness, and provision. Michelle and I grew up in Trussville, but before arriving back in our hometown the Lord had several other places for us to serve him along the way. Michelle and I met the summer after my freshman year at the University of Alabama. After graduating from college we were married in 2006. After nearly 6 years in the electrical supply sales industry the Lord stirred our hearts towards ministry and provided a way for us to move to St. Louis, MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. During our time in St. Louis the Lord gave us further clarity, and directed us to consider serving Him overseas. After a few trips to England, he made it clear to us, and provided the resources for us to move to Northwest England (near Manchester) where Michael served as pastor of a small International Presbyterian Church (IPC). After serving there for 2 years the Lord guided us back to the US and gave us great clarity that we would be serving Him right back here in our hometown of Trussville, Alabama. What a joy it is for us to be a part of and to serve alongside this wonderful family that is Christ Church PCA.
Our family has grown along the way as well. We moved away from Alabama with one child at age 2, and returned with 4 wonderful and energetic kids. Sarah Kate, Evelyn, Silas, and Levi are always keeping Michelle and I on our toes!
As I read scripture I am continually amazed by how much our Lord loves people. My hope is that I might be able to share some measure of that love with the people of my hometown of Trussville. I look forward to an opportunity to connect with you personally.
Linda was born and raised in Birmingham, never moving outside of a 30 mile radius of where she was born. She attended Samford University focusing on Paralegal Studies. After working for years in the legal field, Linda's focus turned principally to financial work. She worked for ten years at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Homewood, and then as Covenant planted Cahaba Park Church, accounted for and reported to Murray Lee during his initial fundraising efforts. Linda enjoys reading and sewing, but primarily having close family relationships with her husband Roger, their girls, and grandsons. Linda is thrilled to now be at Christ Church PCA, never being more sure that this is where God has called her to be.
Jason was born and raised in Jackson, TN, where he also went to college at Union University. He had been a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church for a little over six years. Jason graduated from Union last year and studied Biblical Languages. After graduation, he started working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He just moved to Birmingham to begin the Master's of Divinity program at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. His passions include making and listening to music, doing construction work, working for his college fraternity, and outdoors activities.
Youth Pastoral Intern
Jeri and I met at the University of Georgia through our participation in Campus Outreach, a college ministry which was critical in forming in us a solid biblical foundation. After getting married in 2014, Jeri began working while I finished my degree in advertising. Upon graduation in 2015, we moved to Birmingham and eventually joined Christ Church P.C.A. The people of Christ Church have walked alongside of Jeri and I through various career changes, all in the process of our pursuit of God’s calling on our lives. After working as a landscape contractor, and then as a banker, I am now thrilled to join the Christ Church staff through the RYM Youth Intern program. Jeri and I have been amazed to see God at work in our lives and we are so thankful for the love and support of our church family. Now, through our ministry at Christ Church, we are excited to continue cultivating relationships centered on Christ's love for his children.
Mary Katherine Whatley
Mary Katherine (MK) Whatley is a 2010 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts with a concentration in voice and a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with BA in vocal performance. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Education at UAB. MK led worship at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in the youth group for six years and the college class for two years. She also co-led worship at a ministry called The Station, at the University of North Texas in 2010 & 2011. "God could not have brought me to Christ Church at a more perfect time. In his always perfect will, it was exactly the kind of church home that I had been needing. I love my church family and have been so happy with what God has done in the life of our church. I can't wait to see what other exciting things God has in store for us as a church body."