Our congregation is served by the following people:
Elders And Evangelist
Jim Webb – Elder
Jim and Judy Webb were converted to Christ through the Campus Ministry outreach at UGA in 1977. They have been married for 31 years and are one of the founding families of our congregation. They have three children, all of whom were baptized into Christ here in our Athens. Jackie attends the North River Church of Christ in Atlanta and served on the Auburn/Tuskegee church planting. She now teaches school in downtown Atlanta. Joanna is in the process of completing her Cosmetology certification at Athens Tech. She has served as an intern with our teen ministry and has been a vital part of building our teen ministry. Jesse is a graduating senior at North Oconee High School and is a respected leader in his school and in our teen ministry. He will enter UGA this fall. Judy is a Certified Oncology Nurse at Athens Regional, and Jim teaches high school math at Apalachee High School. Jim also teaches math at the Watkinsville campus of Gainesville State College. Jim and Judy are beloved and esteemed members of our church, and have served this church unselfishly and sacrificially since it began. Their family is an example of godliness, love and joy. Judy’s vivacious spirit and Jim’s devotion and spirituality make them a couple we are confident to follow as they follow Christ!
Mike Shapiro – Elder
Mike and Mary Shapiro were converted to Christ here in Athens in the late 1980’s. They are deeply loved for their devotion to God and to our congregation. The Shapiros have a godly, loving and vibrant family. All three of their children, Amanda, Robbie and Emily, were baptized into Christ in our church. Amanda and her husband Josh Mitchell serve the Northview Church of Christ in Roswell, GA as Teen Ministry Leaders. Robbie is finishing his degree at Piedmont College, and his wife Carol Ann serves as a campus intern in our campus ministry. Their daughter Emily is a student at TriCounty Technical College in Clemson, where she was an active part of our church planting there. Mike and Mary both earned their Ph. D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1984. They have been child psychologists in private practice since 1988. The Shapiros co-authored a book on emotional and spiritual health, Rejoice Always, which was published in 2000. They have also published a CD series, Understanding Sexual Development in Children, How to be Proactive in Educating and Protecting your Children. The Shapiros are both accomplished Bible teachers and are frequently asked to speak in other churches, especially on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and emotional and mental health. Coming to Christ from a Jewish background gives Mike an especially rich faith from which to draw as he serves the church in this vital role. The Shapiros are beloved in the Athens congregation for their warmth, joy, and caring spirit. We are blessed to have Mike as one of the shepherds of the flock here in Athens!
Robert Goodwin – Elder
Robert and Nancy Goodwin were converted to Christ in 1977 through the campus ministry at UGA. Robert was a three year lettermen and starter with the UGA Football team from 1976-79. They have been married for over 27 years. The Goodwins have four children, Philip, is the owner of a graphic/computer business here in Athens; Stephen is a junior in the campus ministry at UGA; Kaitlin, a graduating senior, will begin college this fall at Gainesville State College; and Kajal, age 12. Robert holds degrees from UGA in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education. He currently teaches at Oglethorpe County Middle School and coaches the golf team. Nancy holds degrees from the Medical College of Georgia (BS in Allied Health Sciences) and a Master of Education from Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been in the dental hygiene profession for 30 years and is currently a full time instructor in the dental hygiene program at Athens Technical College. Robert and Nancy have been active in the Athens church for over 30 years. They have led numerous Bible Talks and Family Groups during that time, and have been a source of strength and faith. The Goodwin family are outstanding examples of what it means to serve, live faithfully and put God first in life. They are a great blessing to the Athens congregation!
Sonny Sessions – Elder, Teacher, Evangelist
Sonny and Carolyn have deep roots in the church and have been faithful Christians for many years. Sonny graduated in 1975 with a Master’s Degree in Bible from Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, and Carolyn graduated in 1974 with a teaching degree from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN. They were married in August of 1971 and have two sons, Neal (Tripp) and Wilson. Tripp and his wife Bre-Lyn attend the North View congregation in Atlanta and have a daughter, Sydney, age 3. Wilson and his wife Erica live in Atlanta where he teaches and coaches in middle school. They have an infant daughter, Leah. Sonny began ministering in 1975 and in 1980 helped to start Louisville Church of Christ and served there for 10 years, pioneering in inner city ministry. In January of 1990 the Sessions moved to Atlanta and where Sonny served the Atlanta Church of Christ as an elder, sector leader, and teen leader, and where they helped to establish and lead the chemical recovery ministry. During the period when we merged with the Atlanta Church, Sonny served for five years as the preacher for the Athens region. In 1992 Sonny and Carolyn realized a lifelong dream by starting The Swamp, a camp for kids. The camp has helped thousands of children to come to faith and to learn about God, the church and spiritual life. Sonny and Carolyn are beloved for all they have done to help a whole generation of children to come to know the Lord. Sonny also serves part time on our staff, devoting himself to helping our family groups be close and effective. Sonny teaches and preaches frequently here in Athens and in the Southeast region of churches. We are blessed by God to have him and Carolyn back home with us in Athens!
Andrew Lombardi & Jenna Williams
Andrew Lombardi is originally from Philadelphia, where he was converted in the teen ministry in 2004. He moved to Athens in 2009 to pursue his degree in International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is currently in his third year and has been on staff with the campus ministry for two years. Jenna Williams is a first year intern, after being a part of the Alpha Omega campus ministry since 2007. She became a disciple in the teen ministry in Suwanee, Georgia in March 2006. Jenna graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2011 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. During her time in school, she was involved with the Alpha Omega campus ministry as a bible talk leader and family group leader, as well as spending several summers at The Swamp counseling and working with children and young adults. The two are getting married in May 2012 and plan to continue to live in Athens while Andrew completes his degree.
Rob & Carol Ann Shapiro
Rob and Carol Anne are both former students in the Alpha Omega campus ministry and were married in December of 2009. While in campus, Rob and Carol Anne served as bible talk leaders, family group leaders, and also interned for the campus ministry. Rob was born and raised in Athens and baptized in the Athens teen ministry in 2001. He received his degree in political science from Piedmont College in the summer of 2010. Carol Anne was raised in Los Angeles, California and baptized in the South Bay teen ministry in 2000. She attended the University of Georgia where she majored in communication sciences and disorders and received a bachelors of science in education in May of 2009. She is currently working towards her masters degree for speech-language pathology which she will receive in August, 2012.
Youth & Family Ministry
Jeff and Jennifer Rorabaugh – Teen Ministry Leader
Jeff & Jennifer have been working with the youth for the last 23 years as Children Ministry, Middle School Ministry and Teen Ministry Leaders both in a volunteer and paid staff role. Jeff became a disciple in 1985 and Jennifer in 1980 at the University of Georgia. They have two children: Samantha, a disciple in the Athens UGA campus ministry, and Nicholas, a disciple in the teen ministry. Jeff and Jennifer are currently working as program directors for The Swamp. They have lived in Lawrenceville, GA, Stone Mountain, GA, Marietta, GA, Denver, CO, Kansas City, MO and have been back in Athens since 2007.
TJ & Julie Richardson