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It is my intention to offer new ideas to the ongoing discussion of leadership, family, and current events. You can send me an e-mail by going to the “Contact Drew” section, ask questions, share your story, submit a prayer request, or just to say “Hi.”
If it were not for Christ and His grace I would be without hope and lost. So by God’s mercy and grace, I am:
- the father of four wonderful children, Joshua 18, Caleb 18, Hannah-Grace 16, and Isaac 14.
- married to Kimberly Sue (Roberts) , 1997. Kimberly is a teacher with the Lowndes County (Georgia) School system.
- foster parents with Lowndes County DFCS.
Drew’s Calling and Education
- called to gospel ministry while attending Auburn University, 1995.
- licensed (1996) and ordained (2000) at Smiths Station Baptist Church in Smiths, AL. Served as an intern at SSBC for over a year, until college graduation.
- graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Languages (May 2000) and a Doctorate of Ministry (May 2009).
- serving as Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, Nashville, TN, March 28th 2021 to Present.
- launched a non-profit foster care and adoption agency, Camp Rock Foster Care and Adoption Agency, licensed and contracted with the state of Georgia. Drew served as the Executive Director of Camp Rock of Georgia (December 2017 to June 2020) and served the Executive Pastor at Redland Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA (2017 to 2020).
- served as Pastor of Children and Families at First Baptist Church of Valdosta, Georgia (July 0f 2011 to November of 2017). www.valdostakids.org or www.facebook.com/valdostakids
- has served in various leadership roles within the Blue Ridge Baptist Association including the chairman of the Personnel Committee, chairman of the Director of Mission Search Committee, Credentials Committee, and Moderator.
- served on the steering team that led the Valdosta Baptist Association in having a Community Day where over 25,000 were given food, clothing, medical exams, concerts, etc. with a volunteer team of over 1,000. In January of 2014 Community Day and the Valdosta Baptist Association partnered with the North American Mission Board and targeted six “send cities” and an effort is continuing to expand across North America. www.facebook.com/communitydayus
- served as the senior pastor at Daybreak Community Church in Frederick, Maryland (2002 until March of 2011), served as Associate Pastor for two years at DBCC (from 2000-2002).
- served on the Board of Directors for Camp Rock of Georgia, www.camprockga.com — This non-profit organization seeks to share the love of Christ with foster and at-risk children in the state of Georgia and North Florida. Camp Rock has also offered seven years of Christmas Time at Camp Rock where over 2,000 (each year) foster children and their guardians are treated to a fun day of Christmas joy. Camp Rock also offers a free week-long summer camp for at-risk and foster children. Camp Rock has recently completed a Wilderness Camp facility. For more information go to www.facebook.com/camprockga
- overseen various technology projects in various churches — including multiple web sites developed, streaming of worship services, projection, sermon graphic presentations, graphic design, social media, acquisition of equipment, organization of ministry teams, etc.
Drew’s Hobbies and Community Involvement
- served as a Cub Scout den leader and in related committees (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos 1 &2), served as Cub Master for Pack 440 Hahira, Georgia, Currently serving as Scout Master in Troop 403 Valdosta, Georgia. (please see note below). Currently, Joshua and Caleb are working on their Eagle Project.
- Drew enjoys woodworking, building things, and learning new ways to “fix things” that typically break with four biological kids and even more foster kids in the home. He also has been known to swing a blacksmithing hammer, gather eggs from his chickens, and harvest honey from his bee hive.
- ran a half-marathon in January 2013, a full marathon in January of 2015, and ran another half-marathon in April 2016.
*The Washington Post in an article on July 27th, 2015 said “The national organization will no longer allow discrimination against its paid workers or at BSA-owned facilities. But local troops and councils will be permitted to decide for themselves whether they will allow openly gay volunteer leaders.” As a Scout parent and leader this has not been an issue that has come up as a point of controversy in any of the packs, dens, or troop that I have been involved with.
My boys have benefited greatly from scouting and I have many great family memories from various meetings, outings, camps, etc. If the organization that hosts the pack or troop goes in this direction then we will move to another that has a more conservative view on this matter. I am a pastor who holds to a traditional view of marriage, but I have chosen not to allow decisions made at a national level to affect what we are doing at the local level.