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 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.
Pastor of Connections
Cherri Belew’s father was a minister and she was raised in the church. Throughout her life, she has volunteered in many capacities including children, youth, women’s classes, retreats, greeting and hospitality.
Prior to joining Vinings Church, Cherri worked with a congregation overseeing small groups, finances, first impressions, and building maintenance. She joined Vinings Church in April, 2015, as the Family Ministry and Executive Director.
Her home has been in Mableton for over twenty years, where her sons Jonathan and Jonah were raised.
Pastor of Operations
Tony Leverett was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area of Texas, and he also lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for eleven years. He comes from a large family with lots of cousins, siblings and more than 18 nieces and nephews. He and his wife Lyndsi contribute to the vast pool of grandchildren with three girls of their own, who are all under the age of eight.
Pastor of Family Ministries
Eric Lockwood made the decision to follow Christ at an early age, and he felt called to serve in a ministry capacity while in High School. He has devoted his life to partnering with parents to connect the next generation to Christ.
As Pastor of Family Ministry, Eric oversees all ministry areas dealing with kids and teenagers. This includes everyone birth through 12 grade, as well as connecting with parents.
Brody Shrader was born and raised in mid-Michigan, not far from Detroit. Brody felt called to ministry from a young age and specifically to worship as his calling grew over his lifetime. Brody strives to bring people closer to Jesus Christ through worship.
As worship pastor, Brody oversees all areas of worship and production. Brody also oversees various video production projects.