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 13 years. We have one son, Eddie, who is six 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 works as the church secretary and home schools our son, Eddie.
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 MUSIC JASON HOLLEY
My name is Jason Holley. I met my wife Victoria at Colonial Hills when we were both attending school there. We have two beautiful children, Robert and Rosalee. I grew up in Colonial Hills church and school.
Not long after graduation, I became the music minister at Hollydale Baptist Church and remained there until Victoria and I were married.
I’ve known about Jesus my whole life. I went to church, listened to the messages, and sang the songs. But something was missing and I couldn’t see it. That was until a man named Tony Nolan came to speak at church. He said something that stuck with me and I’ll probably never forget it. He talked about a famous man who would walk across tight ropes. Thousands came to see him walk across the Grand Canyon. They cheered as he walked across. The man said “Do you believe I can do it again?” The crowd started screaming “Yes!” So he did it again. He turned around and asked again “Do you believe I can do it again?” The crowd replied “Yes!” So the man went and got a wheelbarrow and prepared to walk across it again. Then he said “If you truly believe in me, then get in this wheelbarrow.”
It hit me. I didn’t truly believe in Jesus. I wasn’t the only one. About 1/4 of the church was moved – even people who were in their 50s and had attended their whole lives. I got saved that day and have never had another doubt since then.
My wife is the strongest person I know. Mainly because she puts up with me…on top of her full time job at W.I.C. and raising our two children. She and I have been married for 6 years now.
My goal is to spread the Gospel to as many as possible. I was never blessed with the gift of speaking, but I can do it through singing.