Our story is simple. We are passionately in love with Jesus and His love has caused us to be radical in our love for people. Our goal is to lead people into this same kind of life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Janna and I met at while attending school at Lee university in Cleveland, TN. We dated for 4 1/2 years while completing our education. We have been married for 11 years and we knew from the very beginning that our relationship was ordained by heaven. We love doing life and ministry together and we know that we are stronger and more effective as a team.
Over time our team has grown. Almost 6 years ago God blessed us with our beautiful daughter Sophia. She is a compassionate little girl with an uncommon walk of faith. Four years ago my wife gave birth to our miracle boy, Grayson. This little guy was born with two heart deformities, and a mass in his kidneys that would have required open heart surgeries, and removal of the mass before his release from the hospital. Within two days of Grayson’s birth the doctors were astonished as both heart deformities were miraculously corrected and the mass in his kidneys had disappeared. We love our children more than words can say and we are excited to see what God is going to do through these world changers.
Ministry to our family will always be first and foremost in our lives, and we believe that this principle of life qualifies us to minister to the world more effectively. As time went on, our family grew and so did our ministry experience. We’ve had some incredible opportunities to lead many people in many different capacities. Ministry started for me at a young age. While most little boys dream of being a policeman or fireman when they grow up, all I can ever remember wanting to do was preach. I have come from a rich heritage of ministers and leaders that has helped shape me into the man I am today. My wife was also born into a christian home. As a pastor’s daughter, she has always been around the church and had godly influence in her life. My wife comes from a very musical family which has enriched her gifting and allowed her to travel around the world ministering the gospel through song.
For the past 14 years, we have been a part of the leadership team of New Life Bible Church in Cleveland, TN. During this time we served as the Associate Pastors of this amazing body of believers and God developed in us a passion for the local church. I served as the director of New Life Bible College where I played a vital role in shaping the lives of hundreds of ministry students that had dedicated themselves to the calling of God. From this experience we took away a passion to develop emerging leaders, an appreciation for the power of biblical discipleship, and a desire to lead people into a vibrant life of fulfillment in Christ. As worship pastors for New Life Bible Church we had the opportunity to lead congregations around America in pursuing the presence of God while growing as leaders and songwriters. We have had the opportunity to record our own original worship albums and heard churches around the nation sing our music. Our responsibilities during our service at New Life Bible Church has provided us many opportunities to reach out to people with the gospel, both locally and around the nation. Most importantly, though, we gained a profound appreciation for the values of Spirit-led ministry, integrity, servanthood, and faith in God.
In January of 2014, we began to feel a stirring in our hearts and God revealed to us that we were being called into new territory. As we continued to seek the heart of the Father, we began to see that he was us calling us to pursue the God sized dream of planting a life-giving church in Atlanta, GA. In June of 2013 God deposited in us a profound burden for the people of this city. As we were driving through the city of Atlanta God spoke to me and said “Atlanta shall be saved”. We had always enjoyed visiting Atlanta but this is the moment God gave us a heart for this city. Through prayer and preparation, the Holy Spirit has given us a vision for the ministry he has called us to in this region. As we now see this dream becoming reality, we are filled with excitement and anticipation to for the journey ahead.
As we step out to do what God has called us to, we realize more than ever that this is an amazing adventure of faith. Stepping out into that place of faith is not always easy, but we are confident that we are doing what God has called us to do and we have seen His favor on us every step of the way. We knew that God had called us to Atlanta, but metro Atlanta is a very large area so we began praying for God to narrow down for us exactly where to go. We felt drawn to the north west portion of Cobb County, and we prayed for God to confirm this leading and direct us on the timing to move. After a few months of prayer we got a call from a family in Georgia who told us that God had been dealing with them to take a second home that they owned off of the market and offer it to us, free of charge. The home is not only a gorgeous blessing that meets every one of our desires, but it is also located in the very area of Atlanta we felt drawn to. This was the confirmation from the Lord we were looking for. God is continuing to do miraculous things in our lives and we know that this is just a glimpse of the type of ministry Abiding Church is called to be.
Abiding Church exist to reach the city of Atlanta with the love of Jesus Christ. Our hearts desire is to serve the people of Atlanta through Abiding Church and offer them a real and powerful experience with Jesus.
All interstate moving companies are required to assume liability for the value of the goods which they transport.
However, there are different levels of liability and consumers should be aware of the amount of protection
provided and the charges for each option. Basically, most movers offer four different levels of liability under the
terms of their tariffs and pursuant to federally approved Release Rates Orders which govern the moving industry.
Option 1: Released Value
This is the most economical protection option available. This no-additional-cost option provides minimal protection. Under this option, the mover assumes liability for no more than 60 cents per pound, per article. Loss or damage claims are settled based on the pound weight of the article multiplied by 60 cents. For example, is a 10 pound stereo component, valued at $1000 were lost or destroyed, the mover would be liable for no more than $6.00. Obviously, you should think carefully before agreeing to such an arrangement. There is no extra charge for this minimal protection, but you must sign a specific statement on the bill of lading agreeing to it.
Option 2: Declared Value
Under this option, the valuation of your shipment is based on the total weight of the shipment times $1.25 per pound. For example, a 4000 pound shipment would have a maximum liability value of $5000.00. Any loss or damage claim under this option is settled based upon the depreciated value of the lost or damaged item(s) up to the maximum liability value based on the weight of the entire shipment. Under this option, if you shipped a 10 pound stereo component that originally cost $1000, the mover would be liable for up to $1000, based on the depreciated value of the item. Unless you specifically agree to other arrangements, the mover is required to assume liability for the entire shipment based on this option. Also, the mover is entitled to charge you $7.00 for each $1000 (or fraction thereof) of liability assumed for shipments transported under this option. In the example above, the valuation charge for a shipment valued at $5000 would be $35.00.
Option 3: Lump Sum Value
Under this option, which is similar to Option 2, if the value of your shipment exceeds $1.25 per pound times the weight of the shipment, you may obtain additional liability coverage from the mover. You do this by declaring a specific dollar value for your shipment. The amount you declare must exceed $1.25 per pound times the weight of the shipment. The amount of value that you declare is subject to the same valuation charge ($7.00 per $1000) as described in Option 2. For example if you declare that your 4000 pound shipment is worth $10,000 (instead of the $5000 under Option 2), the mover will charge you $7.00 for each $1000 of declared value, or $70.00, for this increased level of liability. If you ship articles that are unusually expensive, you may wish to declare this extra value. You must make this declaration in writing on the bill of lading.
Option 4: Full Value Protection
Many interstate movers offer a fourth level of added-value protection, often referred to as “full value protection” or “full replacement value”. If you elect to purchase full value protection, articles that are lost, damaged or destroyed will be either repaired, replaced with like items or a cash settlement will be made for the current market replacement value, regardless of the age of the lost or damaged item. Unlike the other options, depreciation of the lost or damaged item is not a factor in determining replacement value when the shipment is moved under full value protection. The exact cost for full value protection may vary by mover and may be further subject to various deductible levels of liability which may reduce your cost. Ask your mover for the specific details of its plan. Under these four options, movers are permitted to limit their liability for loss or damage to articles of extraordinary value, unless you specifically list these articles on the shipping documents. An article of extraordinary value is any item whose value exceeds $100 per pound. Ask your mover for a complete explanation of this limitation before your move. It is your responsibility to study this provision carefully and to make the necessary declaration.
In addition to the above options, your mover can also sell you, or procure for you, separate liability insurance if you release your shipment for transportation at a value of 60 cents per pound per article (Option 1). Then, in the event of loss or damage which is the responsibility of the mover, the mover is liable only for an amount not exceeding 60 cents per pound per article and the balance of the loss is recoverable from the insurance company (up to the amount of the insurance purchased). The mover’s representative can advise you on the availability of such liability insurance and the cost. If you purchase liability insurance from or through your mover, the mover is required to issue a policy or other written record of the purchase and to provide you with a copy of the policy or other document at the time of purchase. If the mover fails to comply with this requirement, the mover becomes fully liable for any claim for loss or damage attributed to its negligence.