Rev. Barry Giddens
was appointed as our pastor in March 2019. Barry, Erin, Maddux, Paxton, and Lennox became our pastoral family on June 12, 2019. He is a native of Cairo, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Sociology and minor in History. He attended Asbury Seminary where he graduated with his Masters in Divinity. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in Growing and Multiplying Churches from Talbot School of Theology with church growth authority Dr. Gary McIntosh. Barry is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Barry is an avid supporter of Pastoral coaching, through opportunities such as Living Tall Ministries with Rev. Karen Prevatt (livingtall.com). He is an alum of Church Leader Insight's Silver, Gold, and Titanium Levels of coaching with Dr. Nelson Searcy (churchleaderinsights.com). He has taught church growth courses in both Assimilation and Evangelism through Church Leader Insights. He is a SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Certifed Premarital Counselor. He has written two books with accompanying Bible Studies. His book Rebuild focuses on personal and church growth while The Blessed Life helps persons to experience the blessings of Almighty God each day.
Barry was married to Erin Cramer, a native of Glennville, Georgia, on July 7, 2007 (07-07-07). Barry and Erin have three sons, Maddux, born January 2010, Paxton, born January 2012, and Lennox, born September 2014. Erin received her BS in Radiology from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia and her Masters in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta State and is a Registered Nurse. In Macon, she served as the Director of Radiology at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, Georgia. Currently, she works part-time for Kettering National Seminars teaching Radiology review courses all over the United States and part-time as an emergency room nurse. She is full-time in the Radiology Department at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin. She enjoys being Maddux's, Paxton's, and Lennox's mom. She calls her three boys "the X Men"!
Barry's passion for ministry centers around Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Barry enjoys cheering on the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Florida State Seminoles football team. His main hobbies are having a date night with Erin and keeping up with Maddux, Paxton, and Lennox via their numerous activities at home, church, & school.