Rev. Jeff Falkowski
I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. For one week during the summer until my confirmation in eighth grade, I would go to the Cathedral of the Pines church camp on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minnesota. I have wonderful memories of those years.
Although I was involved in church activity as a pre-teen, I drifted for several years trying to figure out what life was all about. My junior year of college my quest ended when I came to understand how to have a good relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It was and still is a watershed moment for me. Jesus is much more than a relic of history, He is the living God! Bringing Christ into everything I do whether at work, home or play is my goal each and every day.
Upon graduating college with a degree International Business, I worked for Ford Motor Credit Corporation for a brief time. During this time, I felt a call to plant churches and went to Gorno-Altaysk in Southern Siberia Russia to reach an unreached people group, the Altai, with the Gospel. Upon returning home to Athens, my pastor asked me to be our interim Youth Pastor which ended up lasting for four years. This was a formative time of ministry where I gained a heart to see people embrace their calling to know God and make Him known.
Shortly after my years as a Youth Pastor, I received a call to come on staff at The Church of The Apostles which at the time was a large Independent Anglican church in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, I served in a variety of roles on the staff, earned my Masters of Divinity Degree and was ordained to ministry by Dr. Michael Youssef. After nearly nine years at Apostles, I moved to the North Georgia mountains to assume leadership of a small church plant called Trinity Church just outside the gates of Big Canoe in Marble Hill, Georgia. God blessed us with continuous growth and our congregation moved out of an old house having to build a Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall in order to accommodate all that God was doing.
With a strong sense of God’s providential leading, I am now the Lead Pastor at the Church of the Messiah in Canton, Georgia. I know God has great plans for His people in our area. God is calling us to big things, he is stretching our faith inviting us to participate with Him in His purposes.
Fun Fact: Although the Church of the Messiah is a non-denominational church, I am an ordained Anglican Priest in the ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) and canonically resident in the Anglican Diocese of the South (ADOTS). The Bishop has blessed my service to this special non-denominational congregation.
I am currently working on my Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity School for Ministry, in Pittsburgh.
The love of my life is my wife, Gwen. We have been married since 1996 and have three precious children who know and love the Lord; Joshua, Lauren and Noelle.
Oh and by the way, I enjoy fishing, hiking, exercising, hanging out with friends and college football. My team is the Georgia Bulldogs…Go Dawgs!
Kelley grew up in Charlottesville, VA and has lived in about 11 different states! She got her Bachelors Administration degree from Virginia Tech in French, Spanish and International Studies. Kelley, her husband Scott and their two children Carter and Kayla have been a part of Church of the Messiah since 1999. Over the years both Kelley and Scott have been very active at Messiah through helping to raise funds for the church’s current facility and by being youth group leaders. Scott had also served on the church’s board until one day God brought their family an opportunity which led them out of the state for a few years until calling them back to Georgia in 2010!
Kelley started serving as the Church of the Messiah Ministry Coordinator in October of 2010 and has been instrumental in the workings of the church and all of its programs ever since. Kelley also serves as Child Sponsorship Director for an orphanage in Haiti through Reformation Hope. Kelley loves being with family, working out and watching their daughter play softball!