Brad Parkhurst – Lead Pastor

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Brad and Angie Parkhurst grew up in Oklahoma and have been married for 22 years and have 3 great kids – Cameron, Carson and Avery. They have over 26 years of ministry experience, with many of those years in student ministry. Brad loves to coach and watch sports with his boys, go on dates with Avery, and spend lots of time with Angie. His passion is for people to come to Christ, no matter their background, and to follow Him completely through “taking their next step” in corporate worship and personal discipleship.

Bryan Barton – Discipleship, High School and Young Adults Pastor
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Bryan has been married for ten years to his wife Lee Ann and they share a passion for ministry. He has five children, Alice (their Slovak daughter), Elijah, Evangeline, Merci and Enoch. Bryan’s experience in ministry has always involved College and Young Singles, Youth, mission work in Slovakia and he is currently working with Vertical Life Church to develop discipleship. Bryan spends his lack of extra time playing sports, reading and enjoying good conversations.

Bonnie Baker – Elementary Children’s Minister
Seab Baker – Elementary & Middle School Pastor

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Seab and Bonnie have been married for 16 years. They have three awesome kids! Zeke, Silas, and Cali, and Ruby Grace. They enjoy getting to meet new families and hanging out with friends. They LOVE to have a good time. They enjoy camping, hiking, going on vacations and eating good food. They are so excited that God has allowed them to partner with families, to help equip parents to teach their children what it means to follow Jesus!

Emily & Misty Woodard – Preschool Coordinators

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Andy and Misty have lived in Georgia since 2010. They have 3 children Emily, Levi, and Isaiah. They are also foster parents through Faithbridge Foster Care and ultimately want to adopt a sibling group. Misty has been involved in nursery and preschool since she was little and served with her mom. She has served as a nursery and preschool director in the past and is a former preschool teacher. She loves homeschooling her kids, shopping, eating out, and hanging out with friends and family.
Emily is a Christian studies major with a concentration in Psychology. She attended Truett-McConnell College for 3 years and is now finishing her bachelors through Liberty University online. One of Emily’s favorite things about preschool ministry is seeing children begin to grasp concepts about who God is and His love. She loves to travel, read a good book, hang out with friends and family, as well as go on adventures.

Chris Huff – Worship Pastor
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Chris feels very blessed to serve as the Worship Pastor at Vertical Life, and has been doing so since the beginning. Chris, along with the very talented group of musicians that make up the worship team, look forward to praising our God through song with you each Sunday morning. He has been serving in Metro Atlanta churches and youth programs for the last 12 years. Chris and his wife Kimberly have been married for seven years, and have a son, Noah.

Wanda Grogan – Community Missions Coordinator
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Wanda is a native Georgian and has lived here all of her life. She has been married to her husband, Billy, for 37 years and they have two children and a 4 year-old grandson, Owen. As a lay person, Wanda has worked as a Children’s Church Director, led Children’s Missions and taught Sunday School. Wanda and Billy are founding partners of Vertical Life Church. Wanda has always had a heart for service.

Wally & Nidia Walkup – Global Missions Coordinators
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Wally resisted the whole “missions thing” even as he watched his wife getting fully involved in it. He thought it was a waste of both time and money. His friends continued to invite him to go with them, which frustrated him to the point where he told them, “Read my lips: I will never go on a mission trip!” Well, no surprise: God had other plans for him. Wally finally decided to try a trip and it changed his point of view and his life forever! Other than mission journeys, he loves football, lacrosse and the family dog – Midnight. He played lacrosse at Hofstra University, which is where he met his other love….his wife, Nidia! Nidia accepted the Lord and knew that she was called into the mission field, but was too afraid to take the leap. Twenty years later, she went on her first mission trip and felt absolutely fulfilled. It was confirmation that short-term missions was her purpose in life. Nidia loves shopping, Bible studies and spending time with her friends and family. Wally and Nidia have two children – Gregory, who is married to Rachael and have two children – Finn and Selah. Their daughter, Natasha is married to Eric, and have two kids, Berkleigh and Kash.

Rachel Adair – Administrative Assistant
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Rachel and her husband, Nick, have lived in Paulding County since 2005. They have two wonderful children – Angie and Caleb. Rachel has been the administrative assistant for VLC and Nick has been the technical director since VLC launched in June of 2012. Both love watching God use VLC to change people’s lives with the gospel. They are excited to see people grow in their faith through serving at VLC, in our community, and around the world.