About Justin

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Justin has attended Connect Church since 2010 and joined the staff in January of 2016. He and his wife Anna have been married since 2006, and they have one child, Ava-Marie.

Where did you grow up?  
I call East Alabama home.  I grew up in a small town called Ranburne in Cleburne County, lived in Jacksonville while I was in college, moved to Birmingham after college, then Anna and I moved back to her hometown in Boaz to start a family.

How did you become a Christian? 
When I was young, my  family bounced from church to church because we never felt that sense of belonging or purpose.  We joined Ranburne United Methodist Church, and through that I attended a youth camp at Sumatanga.  A friend of mine delivered a message of God's purpose in your life and I went to the altar that night and surrendered my life to Christ.  I've always felt a call into active worship ministry, and I am blessed God led us to Connect Church to pursue that calling!

What do you do for free time?  
"Free time"... that's a great joke!  I'm a loan officer at a bank for my day job, then the majority of my time is spent with family.  I am a Rotarian and a member of the Marshall County Leadership Challenge Class of 2016.  I am a semi-amateur golfer, and I also enjoy woodworking and carpentry.

What’s your favorite movie?  
Too many to name!!  I usually gravitate toward suspenseful movies with a complex plot line.

What’s the craziest job you’ve ever had? 
Hmmm... Barista?  Car Salesman? Banker? Campus Worship Leader?  ;-)

What is your favorite Bible verse?  
"We love because He first loved us."

1 John 4:19

What is your favorite Connect Church memory?  
The first "Downtown" service.  6pm on a Sunday night.  A surprisingly good crowd for a pilot service, and the events that followed led us to a campus plant in Albertville!

What’s on your playlist/iPod?  
I have never owned an iPod...  I'm a Spotify kinda guy.  Playlists include Chris Tomlin, Crowder, All Sons and Daughters, Elevation Worship, Bethel, Jesus Culture, Hawk Nelson, Needtobreathe, among others.  With secular music I tend to gravitate towards classic folk/rock.

Favorite books?  
Anything by Grisham and Lewis Grizzard.