Our Team

Meet some of the incredible people that lead the way at VLC.

Brad Parkhurst

// Lead Pastor

Brad and Angie Parkhurst grew up in Oklahoma and have been married for 25 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.

Reggie Abercrombie

// Elder

Reggie and his beautiful wife Karen have two children and four grandchildren, and have been a part of VLC since day one. This is the first church they have been a part of from the ground up. They always felt that God was calling them to be a part of a church that wasn’t like all the rest. They would say they feel the closeness of being part of a big family here, and they love how VLC takes care of the community and people who are in need. They are looking forward to seeing what God continues to do with VLC.

Patrick Jarvis

// Elder

Patrick grew up locally in Cobb County and attended church most of his life. He married his awesome wife Kimberly in 1995, and added their only child, Austin, in 2001. Having grown up in the church, he knew the name Jesus but didn’t begin a relationship with Him until 2006. Now, he loves serving the Lord and watching Him move in the lives of others. Men’s ministry has always been a passion of his, and he's committed to encouraging and challenging the men of VLC. He also plays softball against inmates with the Saints Prison Ministry. He works for the Cobb County School District in the transportation department.

Bryan Barton

// High School + College/Young Singles Pastor

Bryan has been married for eleven 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 further. Bryan spends his lack of extra time playing sports, reading and enjoying meaningful conversations.

Seab & Bonnie Baker

// Elementary + Middle Grades Ministers

Seab and Bonnie have been married for nineteen years now.  They have four awesome kids!  Zeke, Silas, Cali, and Ruby.  They love that they get to do ministry together and feel that God has called them to serve alongside each other.  They enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new families. For fun as a family they love going camping, playing together, going on vacations and making memories, 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!

Cameron Parkhurst

// Worship Coordinator

Cameron is a graduate student in Liberty University's online seminary program. He is passionate about leading people to love Jesus with their whole hearts and know their identity as loved children of God. He loves hanging out with friends, playing ultimate frisbee, watching sports, and spending time with his amazing family.

Emily Woodard

// Nursery + Preschool Director

Emily serves as the Nursery/Preschool Director alongside her Mom, Misty Woodard. She loves seeing children grasp truth and begin to understand God’s love! Emily also enjoys helping Bryan lead FLI, the college / young singles ministry at VLC. Emily has spent her past 6+ summers serving as a part of the Slovakia mission team and considers Slovakia her second home. Her greatest desire is to see the younger generation here and abroad have a personal relationship with Jesus, equipped to be disciples who make disciples and multiply the kingdom.

Misty Woodard

// Nursery + Preschool Director & FaithBridge Coordinator

Misty and her husband Andy have 4 children: Emily, Levi, Isaiah, and MaryGrace. They are also foster parents through FaithBridge. They recently adopted MaryGrace and hope to adopt one more to be a part of their forever family. Misty is a former preschool teacher and has been involved in nursery and preschool ministry since she was little and served with her mom. She loves homeschooling her kids, shopping, eating out, and hanging out with friends and family.

Rachel Adair

// Administrative Assistant

Rachel and her husband, Nick, have lived in Paulding County since 2005. They have two wonderful children, Angie and Caleb. Rachel and Nick have been on staff since VLC launched in June of 2012. They both love watching God use VLC to change people’s lives with the gospel. They are always excited to see people grow in their faith through serving at VLC, in our community, and around the world.

Nick Adair

// Technical Director

Nick is the husband of our Administrative Assistant, Rachel, and serves as our Technical Director. He and his team handle the technical aspects in our building, including sound, lighting, projection, video, and networking.  Their goal is to create quality, distraction-free environments for worship gatherings and events. Nick has more than 20 years of experience with church A/V systems, and also works full time as a Senior Cost Consultant at Project Time & Cost, LLC in Atlanta.

Nidia Walkup

// Global Missions Contact

When Nidia began following Jesus, she knew that she was being called into global missions, but hesitated for years. Now, Nidia’s passion is serving others in the mission field. Every fiber in her body is geared towards the rejected, neglected and ignored. Being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus is what drives her! She’s married with two children and four grandchildren.

Marty Altman

// Counselor

Marty is the husband of Carolyn and a father to their 3 boisterous children. He is a trained counselor who is fully licensed to practice in Georgia. He has been practicing for over 7 years and is comfortable discussing any topic, having experience with individuals, couples, and families. He offers counseling that integrates Christian principles with compassionate attention and traditional counseling.

If you would like more information, contact Marty: altman.marty@gmail.com

Jennifer Harris

// Photographer

Jennifer loves taking pictures for VLC! She is involved with FLI (College/Young Singles) and also helps out with the middle & high school students. She enjoys reading, writing, going new places, and spending time with friends.

Interns

Wilfredo Sagastume

// ELEVATE High School Ministry
Wilfredo is a 23-year-old student at Kennesaw State University. Since placing his trust in God, he wants nothing more than to share the love and joy that comes from knowing and following Jesus. He is passionate about helping our students come into a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Father. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, especially ultimate frisbee with the VLC students. He loves being a part of a team and encouraging those around him.

Nick Howerton

// UPRISE Middle-Grades Ministry
Nick is a student at Kennesaw State University. He grew up at VLC and was involved in the middle school and high school ministries. He would say that the leaders and community of VLC helped him grow so much in his faith, and his experiences have given him a desire to help lead other youth to Jesus. He enjoys playing sports like ultimate frisbee and basketball.

Mallory Perenich

// UPRISE Middle-Grades Ministry
Mallory's heart’s desire is to be like Jesus so the world might see Him through her. She especially feels called to help her students strengthen their walk with Christ so they can be a light to others. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, and enjoys cooking, traveling, being outside enjoying nature, and new adventures.