Justin Craig

Lead Pastor

While in college in 1999, Justin realized his purpose in God’s Story through the guidance of mentors and the collision of a few divine moments: To plant a church for people far from God in a major city in the United States.

This began a 12 year journey of preparation for Vinings Church. The first seven years, Justin spent leading college ministries in Atlanta and Dallas, TX. The last five years, he served as a church planter in residence at Crossroads Church west of Atlanta.

Justin holds a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (2006) and a bacholor degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech (2000). He and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2000 and have two sons, Landon and Lincoln, and a daughter named Noelle.

Terence Lester

Teaching Pastor

Terence Lester is a native of Atlanta, GA. He has a strong passion for family, God, and seeing the change through tangible acts of kindness. Lester is happily married to his friend, Cecilia Lester, and they enjoy parenting their two wonderful children, Zion Joy Lester, and Terence II. Terence has 10 plus years of community organizing, writing, leadership development, creative strategizing, volunteer mobilization, public speaking, and outreach.

In 2013, he started a local non-profit (Love Beyond Walls) that has raised awareness about social injustices such as homelessness, poverty in education, and food insecurity. His public awareness campaign ideas have been viewed by over 1 Million people nationwide. One of Terence’s greatest passions involves connecting creativity to mission work, and moving people to love people where they are. Additionally, Terence holds four degrees, has spoken locally & nationally, and has written several books.

Directors of Vinings Teams

Ashleigh Patterson: Next Steps
Bethany McFarland: Students
Beth Russell: Next Steps
Bobby Wood: Service Programming
Djenaba Joseph: Cafe
Evan Scott: Parking
Hope Landis: Facility
James Coleman: Website
Jenn Phillips: Storyland
Lynette Williams: Whimsy
Matt Cavano: Host
Robert Carnes: Social Media
Shannon Neese: Parent Relations