Meet Our Staff

Rev. Tom Shepard

Lead Pastor
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I have served as the lead Pastor at Addis since July of 2010 and have experienced as many failures and trials in my life as the next man, and I certainly do not walk on water.
It is a blessing to serve and work in the community we love. I believe our God is a God of second chances, and is continually doing a redemptive work in the hearts of men. I am married to my best friend, Daneyel, and we have seven children. Thomas II, Kirby, Makenna, Micah, Anthony, Molly, and Mercy.

Rev. Ben Harris

Student Pastor & Worship Leader
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I have served on staff at Addis since January 2011. My wife and I were married in September of 2011 and we welcomed our first  child in April 2013 and will welcome our second Oct 2017.  I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church learning the Word of God as a child, but it wasn’t until later in life, at age 22, that I would come to experience a real and personal walk with Jesus. Due to the love and grace from some close friends who took the time to mentor me and encourage me, I began my new life following the truths and convictions of my Lord. I now believe God has called me to a life of making those same relationships with others that would allow me to share the Love of Jesus with them in a real and honest way.

Gary C. Smith

Director of Media & Senior Adult Ministry
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Worship is not just a series of songs. It’s a multi-dimensional experience where our spirits give honor and glory to our God who is worthy of our praise. The goal of each praise and worship time is to celebrate God for who He is and what He has done. Lift up the name of Jesus and worship him for his redeeming love, and individually join our spirits to the Holy Spirit so we can know the truth that sets us free.

Jean Putnam

Headmaster of TCA at Addis
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Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
How pure and innocent is a child’s love.  As they grow, it’s my joy to help them learn about God’s love in creative and relevant ways. With our leaders and teachers, we also enjoy providing support and encouragement for parents as they lay the foundation of spiritual growth at home.

Kevin and Lessie Stone

Youth Ministry Associates

Kevin and Lessie Stone surrendered their lives to Christ as children but were lead astray as teens. They both rededicated their lives to Christ in 2011 when they joined Church at Addis. In 2015 they accepted God’s call to work with students and help lead them through the most confusing season of life. Kevin and Lessie have three daughters; Lilly, Arissa, and Bryleigh. Their mission is to impact the local communities by loving each and every child just as Christ has done.