Mike Parker
Pastor
I am glad you decided to visit our website and I hope you find all the information you need here. I am really excited about what God has done in the short time I have been here at Hurt Road. I truly believe that the best days of our church are ahead of us, and I invite you and your family to join us in this journey. I was born in Kokomo, IN and eventually found my way down here to the Atlanta area at the age of 20. I eventually received two bachelor’s degrees in business from Shorter College and worked for two seperate oil companies in the Atlanta area. God arranged for me to get some valuable experience in the business world before calling me into full-time ministry. My passion for the ministry began by teaching a Sunday School class. It was in this Sunday School class that I received several words of encouragement from those attending that ministry was my calling. And although I denied it for several years, I eventually saw that was indeed the direction God was leading. I attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY and served as a Youth Minister in Cincinnati, OH while attending there. I then served as a North American Missionary in Maryland for two years, and then, just prior to coming to Hurt Road in August of 2010, I served as a Transitional Pastor at Tri-County Baptist Church. I have a passion for missions and I believe that we are all called to be missionaries right where we are, and it is my passion to help God’s people join Him in His mission to take the Gospel to all people with an Acts 1:8 mentality (in Smyrna, in Georgia, and in the world beyond)! Besides ministry I love to read, fish, golf, and spend time with my family.
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Justin Rader
Interim Pastor of Student Ministries
Justin was born and raised in the beautiful city of Knoxville, Tennessee. Justin experienced new life in Christ at the end of 2000. After many years of rebellion while claiming to be a Christian, Justin finally understood and trusted in the Gospel, realizing His need for Jesus and his many years of disobedience which hurt him and those around him. It was the absence of a father that was such a struggle in Justin’s life that wrought bitterness, hurt, and anger. The defining time in his life was when, thanks to many loving people in his life, he came to understand what it meant to have a Heavenly Father and to rest in the Gospel. Shortly after, Justin was called to Gospel ministry at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, and moved to Louisville, Ky to attend Boyce College of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was there that he met his wife, and partner in ministry, Valerie, whom he married in 2003. Justin and Valerie graduated Boyce in 2005 and Justin began masters level studies at the seminary. Justin has served on the staff of 5 churches, serving as pastor at 2 of those churches, and led family, student, recreation ministries at the other churches. Justin has also been involved in local communities- serving as team chaplain for local high school football teams, substitute teaching, speaking in schools, FCA meetings, and school councils . He and Valerie both have a heart for missions and have led many missions efforts together. Justin has a passion for proclaiming the Gospel, investing in the lives of others, and serving others. Besides his relationship with Jesus, Justin treasures Valerie and counts her his confidant and partner in life and ministry, as she is always heavily and joyfully serving wherever they are. Together, they have four children- Addison, Gabrielle, Bryson, and Hudson. Justin’s passions, other than family and ministry, include sports (Tennessee Vols, especially-forgive his wardrobe), history, and writing. Justin loves being able to partner with others in what God is doing, and hopes to be a source of encouragement to those who seek to serve the Lord.
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Tommy Mullins
Minister of Music
Tommy Mullins is the Minister of Music at Hurt Road Baptist Church. He leads the Adult Choir, teaches the Wednesday night devotion message as well as teaching a Sunday School class. He is married with three children.
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