PASTOR MARK ERNST
I want to thank you for taking this time to visit our website. We invite you to visit us at the church anytime. Allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my family to you.
My wife, Cindy, and I have been married for 34 years and have four sons: Benjamin, Zachary, Jesse and John. We also have two grandsons: Andrew and Levi and two granddaughters, Zoe and Maddie. After graduation from Tennessee Temple University, we served in the Faith Baptist Church of Blairsville, Georgia until feeling God’s call to the mission field. God allowed us to serve Him and preach the gospel of Christ in Mexico from 1991 until returning to the U. S. in April of 2012. While serving in Mexico we were involved in three church plants, Bible Institute ministry and Child Evangelism Fellowship© ministries.
After graduation from TTU, I also earned a Master of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary and am currently working to finish my Doctorate of Ministry. The Lord led me to Colonial Hills Baptist Church in June of 2012. We are excited about what God is doing and what we anticipate Him doing as we labor here.
My wife, Cindy, has been both my sweetheart and faithful companion in the ministries God has given us. She is an instructor for Child Evangelism Fellowship© and has trained many workers for children’s ministries. She continues to homeschool John, as she did his three older brothers.
We hope that you will take time to contact us or visit us at the church. We truly want to “Know Christ and Make Him known.”
ASSOCIATE/YOUTH PASTOR MICHAEL RICHARDSON
Welcome! I appreciate the time you are taking to get to know more about our church and its ministers. My wife, Jennifer, and I have been married for 12 years. We have one son, Eddie, who is five years old.
My parents have been missionaries in Mexico since 1993. I spent my teen years in Mexico, which is where I met the Ernst family. In 1999, I moved back to the Douglasville area which is where we had lived before going to Mexico. In 2003, I graduated with a BA from Luther Rice Seminary.
From 1999 to 2014, I had been actively involved in a variety of ministries through the local church of which we were members. In July 2014, after months of prayer and counsel, my wife and I decided to move our membership to Colonial Hills and I was brought on staff.
My graduate degrees are in business and accounting, respectively. As a bi-vocational youth pastor, I also work at a small business accounting firm during the week. My wife owns her own consulting company and is able to work from home while Eddie is in the K5 program at Colonial Hills Christian School.
My passion is God’s word. My goal is to transmit my enthusiasm for knowing, understanding and applying God’s word for the young people at Colonial Hills. Often, youth programs are primarily geared toward entertainment. I do hope the youth have a good time when we are together. More importantly, I hope they grow and mature spiritually.
MINISTER OF EDUCATION/WORSHIP LEADER DAVID HICKS
David Hicks has worked in the church music program since he and his wife, Debbie, came to Colonial Hills Baptist Church in 2001. The past five years he has been the music leader for all services. Originally hired as middle school and high school principal, he has been headmaster of Colonial Hills Christian School since Dr. Wes Smith resigned to go to the mission field in 2011.
He blesses us in a variety of roles in our church, from teaching Sunday school to choir director, to sharing his talents playing the trumpet. As worship leader, Mr. Hicks is likely the first face you will see each Sunday morning. When discussing his role as Worship Leader, Mr. Hicks writes “Debbie and I have sung together for years and enjoy the opportunity to have served here for the past sixteen years. With a conservative flair for our church music, the congregation enjoys a lot of the “old” music I lead as part of our church music philosophy.”