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Wayne Shelton

Pastor

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Wayne was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida, located on Amelia Island in North Florida. Michelle was born on the west coast in Bellflower, California. Providentially the Lord brought their paths to cross at Fernandina Beach High School; they were married on Valentine’s Day of 1981 and shortly after entered the United States Air Force. After an initial tour of duty, Wayne and Michelle along with their daughters moved to The Baptist College of Florida to prepare for the ministry. The next leg of their journey brought them to Birmingham, Al to Beeson Divinity School, Samford University where Wayne would earn a master of divinity degree (MDiv), and they would begin their pastoral ministry as a family. Wayne received his doctorate (DMin) through the Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS. One of their greatest joys is serving the Lord through his church. Wayne and Michelle also love their six grandchildren, the beach, and spending time with their three daughters and families (in that order). Two of their daughters and families live in or near Birmingham and are faithfully serving the Lord through his church. Their oldest daughter and her family serve a Presbyterian church in California. Their passion is to disciple young families and watch them grow in God’s grace.
Passions: Reading, exercising, the beach

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 4:7
‘What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?’
This is one of my favorite verses as it was one of the first to draw my heart to grace, or to the doctrines of grace and reminds me always that “all I have is of grace”.

Favorite Quote: Of course, it’s from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis: as the beaver says to the children concerning Aslan, “Of course he’s not safe. But he is good.” If you haven’t heard it in a sermon, you’re not listening.

Read Wayne’s blog:
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Chad Montoya

Director of Discipleship

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Chad is the husband of Kelley and just recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. Chad and Kelley have little ones: Alayna, Aiden, and Andrew. His favorite hobbies are reading and biking.

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 1:1-4
‘Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins,he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.’
This passage tells us from the beginning God has revealed Himself in various ways. However, in the New Covenant God has revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, God in the flesh, is the final definitive revelation of God. He is the Son of God who made a way for us to come to God; not through animal sacrifices, but by being the final, perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Favorite Quote: “To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect.” John Owen

Travis Prince

Director of Media

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Travis was born and raised in Birmingham. He is married to Angel and has three teenage daughters. He has always had an interest in the performing arts – as a musician, an actor, and a composer. For many years, he has worked as a freelance audiovisual specialist, traveling throughout the Southeast. He has felt led to use his interests, gifts and talents to glorify God. As a result, he has served as technical coordinator, director of drama programs, worship leader, and more.

Favorite Bible Passage: Philippians 2:1-18.
In this brief passage, we find the glorious story of the Gospel meshed with instruction on how its truth should influence our lives. It tells us how we should live and why we should live that way.

Favorite Quote:“As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the Eternal God. A God whom we could understand would be no God. If we could grasp Him, He could not be infinite. If we could understand Him, He could not be divine.” – Charles Spurgeon

Richy Hall

Director of Worship

Richy Hall is a musician and guitar instructor in Birmingham, AL and recently graduated from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University with a Master’s degree in Divinity. He received a Bachelor’s degree in music technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and teaches with Mason Music in Hoover. Richy grew up in a household filled with all types of music being played and family members who were talented musicians. This led to a stronger interest in music and eventually a pursuit of learning the guitar and then utilizing his musical abilities in church services. Aside from music, Richy enjoys exercising, watching baseball and football, and reading.  Richy, along with his wife Kassidy and their dog Marley, resides in Gardendale.

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’
I believe this verse is a beautiful reminder of the promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The verse has shaped my worldview, showing that despite the sinfulness of man and the often bleak nature of the world, those who trust in Christ should rejoice always and in all situations because of the work of Christ and the promises therein.