Senior Pastor

Joshua Culver
Senior pastor 

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In my house: In 1997 I married Rachel Hawkins, and we set out to serve Jesus, love each other and start a family. All these years later we are still enjoying that same mission. We have four children, Adison, Obi, Ruthie Belle, and Hawkins, and a chocolate lab named Angus. We really enjoy all things outdoors: hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing, so living in South Carolina’s upstate is like a playground for us.

In my hands: I usually have a few books in my hands at any given time. This year Lance Witt's Replenish was timely and welcomed. I have also enjoyed The Pursuit of God (Tozer), The Empowered Leader (Miller), and The Abolition of Man (Lewis).

In my ears: My musical tastes are pretty broad. Currently I am enjoying a Hillsong United and Jason Upton on my playlist. I am a lifelong lover of country music, old school rap, and classic rock. On the podcast front, I regularly listen to 9Marks, T4G, Matt Chandler, and 99% Invisible. In the last several months, I have not been listening to many sermons; I have gotten in the habit of reading Spurgeon’s sermons instead (www.spurgeon.org).

10997443_10152748037703479_2237894132103139963_oIn my heart: I am of the opinion that a singular passion for Jesus to receive the reward for His suffering orders the lives of His people. Additionally, from within that passion all other passions receive their fullest and most vibrant colors. I seek, not always successfully, to build my life around that truth: Passionate Faith, Priority of Family, Personal Focus and Professional Fidelity.

In recent years I have found the book of Colossians to be a challenge and a blessing in the second chapter Paul wrote, "Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."I have so much to be thankful for. I am blessed beyond words to have a Savior, as family, friends, and a great church to lead.

In yo’ face: In my early 20’s I sang regularly in a couple of bars around Birmingham, AL. I even had a producer from Nashville listen to my demo tape and was planning on coming down to hear me one weekend. A few days before, I sliced my right thumb to the bone and was unable to play the guitar for several months. I saw it as a sign from God and canceled the whole deal and have never regretted it.

 

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