I became a Christian at the age of 21 and shortly following my conversion experience surrendered to God's call of my life into His ministry. The past 40 years of my life has been devoted to presenting the Gospel of Christ through personal witnessing and pastorial ministry in local churches. My wife, Margaret, and I are committed to serve the Lord through the Word, Prayer,
Evangelism and Mission work. (Acts 20:27,28) For the past several years, God has given us a Passion for Him and a compassion to minister to children His truth that will change a child's heart. It is always a joy to witness a child birthed into God's family.
"Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing."
Richard has been in the music ministry for more than twenty years. He states the following about his love for music and worship, "Worship is the expression of love, honor, and devotion to the Lord, and music in the primary tool for such expression. Our goal for each service is that, when the time comes for the preaching of the Word of God, our hearts are hungry to receive it with a renewed longing for more of Him." Richard joined the Pope Drive staff in June 2010 and has brought a refreshing spirit of genuine worship through the blending of contemporary praise choruses, praise and worship anthems, and traditional hymns. Second only to his devotion to the Lord is Richard's devotion to his family. Richard and his wife, Kim, were married in 1986 and have two children, Anna and Joshua.
RJ has been in youth ministry since 2009, and joined the Pope Drive staff in 2014. He is married to Brandee and they have one son, Kaydon. RJ is currently attending Covington Theological Seminary. It is RJ's desire to obey God's commandments, to teach according to His Word, and to love the youth. RJ loves to connect with the youth on a personal level. It is not uncommon to see him on a Friday night at a football game then on a Saturday night at a dance recital! He loves to support the youth in any way he can. RJ was ordained on October 26, 2014.
Michael has an Associate Degree in Computer Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a Concentration of Computer Systems. Michael has worked with sound equipment since 1994. He has played around with the piano, guitar and drums when he was younger. Michael is currently employed by a local industry in the IT department.
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Les has a background in music, computer programming, and production assistant. He has helped his brother, Steve, with mini-broadway productions in Atlanta and Sumter. He comes from a family of musicians. His mother, and two of his three brothers play the piano and organ. Les and his brothers also excel in other instruments too. Les' favorite is the drums, which he has played professionally in a band as well as church musicals and as a member of a small orchestra in Atlanta for a production that was directed by Steve.