About Us

Kristin is a Southern Georgia belle, who graduated from UGA as a veterinarian May 2010. Carter grew up in NC, went on to seminary, became an ordained pastor, and has completed his doctorate of ministry. Carter resided in SC for about 7 years (4 of these years with Kristin), and we now reside in FL. After about a month of emailing, asking questions, and going through the steps of eharmony.com, we were full of excitement and became very eager to meet one another face to face. October 25, 2009, we met and enjoyed every minute together. We had no doubt God was going to strengthen our relationship with Him as well as with one another. Carter proposed August 9, 2010 on the boat in the middle of Lake Wylie at sunset. Kristin said "Yes" after some happy tears. We got married April 2, 2011 and what an amazing beautiful day that was! God has continued to bless us throughout our marriage. We look forward to see what He has in store for us each and every day. We are super blessed to be down in Boca serving the Lord. God is constantly surprising us with new callings!

When NOT To Support A Church

We heard such a powerful message, and it summarizes so much of what we have fought against the last 4-5 years, not just in the churches where we have been “pastor” and “pastor’s wife” but also in ones we have had the opportunity to visit when we’ve been on vacation, etc.

It was an interesting sermon considering it was around the time of turning in pledge cards, but we could totally relate!

Don’t support a church that is so scared of people that they focus on people pleasing and lose fear of the Lord!  When a church is afraid to lose those who are there and have lost focus on scripture in the process...Yikes! When trying not to offend folks is a focus…RUN!  When a visitor comes and gets told they need to move cause you are in his/her seat….Deep Breath! A complaint is made, but congregants respond with “Oh, that’s just ____ (so and so…insert name).  Wow, what damage to His kingdom!  Or when the same group of people don’t like pastor after pastor after pastor so they keep running them off… “Oh, that’s just _____ (insert name(s)). Then, those same people try their best to ruin a pastor’s (and family’s) reputation.  A church who you shouldn’t support are too focused on “keeping instead of reaching.” 

OR

Don’t support a church if they have decided “a new kind of gospel” is better than what scripture states.  Junk instead of truth is being preached. Our church knows best over scripture… If what the church says about marriage, sex, eternity, etc. doesn’t match what scripture says, RUN.

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Don’t support a church when the person in the pulpit thinks they are higher in nobility than the One proclaimed.

YOU WANT A CHURCH THAT IS DOING IN HISTORY WHAT WE WILL ALL BE DOING FOR ETERNITY.

When boundaries and barriers are demolished and folks are gazing at the Lamb who bled out for all, support that church.  Focus is on Christ and not the crowd.
When a church is “Christ centered,” support it!  (There should be no other kind of church out there!)

When generational diversity fills the church with blessings and wisdom to share with all, support that church.  Sometimes this can be difficult if that means changing part or all of a service so that the church will be multi-generational. 

When you continue to want to improve and be better than you are now because of who you worship with and have fellowship with, that’s a HUGE plus.  If you don’t want to be better than you are today, what’s the point?

When a church is able to buy a campus that would otherwise have been a dead church, how cool is that? 

God is the same yesterday, today, now, and forever.  Does the church you attend believe the same thing?  How does your church share the TRUTH of scripture, even during the hard or controversial times?  

YOU WANT A CHURCH THAT IS DOING IN HISTORY WHAT WE WILL ALL BE DOING FOR ETERNITY.

God Breathed


Boy have we cherished being able to worship together lately.  A church we continue to visit explains at the beginning of every service (as we all hold up our bibles) that they believe the Bible is a library of books full of scripture…and there is no other library like the Bible.  Scripture isn’t just words on a page but it’s inspired, true, God breathed.  God is our Authority and the One who guides and weaves His word and goodness into our lives.  What we learn in scripture isn’t just for Sundays but to be lived by and active in every day of our lives. We are a mess without God and His word, yet we are so blessed by Him and the scripture He gave us!



How awesome is that!?!?!  Do you believe this?  Are you living by scripture?  It’s amazing to be back in a place that believes scripture is true and authoritative…no if’s, and’s, or but’s!

Disconnect


Carter and I purposely disconnect from technology from time to time.  We do this for many reasons…1-to focus on God time individually as well as a couple, 2-we don’t have internet where we are, 3-to cherish family time…quality time together, 4-to communicate other than via texts or emails, 5-to get out and enjoy nature, …  We always have many positives that come out of this disconnect time.



As we were reflecting on the awesomeness of disconnecting, God reminded us how are are never supposed to be disconnected from Him.  We are supposed to stay in communication/prayer with Him at all times. Whether it be a good phase or bad, He is always there waiting for us to strengthen that relationship with Him.

The ConTENtment Commandments


We heard a great message about grace, condemnation, being content, and more.  Being able to explore and visit a variety of churches has been such a huge blessing in so many ways.  Isn’t it awesome that God knows what we need to hear exactly when we need to hear it?

You can go to http://elevationchurch.org/ to find the whole message, but here are some key points that hit us as we listened and worked our way through Philippians 4:10-19:

*Satisfaction isn’t based on your situation.

*Condemnation comes from man; grace comes from God.

*God wants you FREE!!!!  Find your freedom in Him!

*God supplies ALL of your needs.

*Stay free from focusing on yourself; it’s ALL about Jesus!  When you live like it’s all about Him, you are free indeed!

Oh yeah, and I can’t forget the ConTENtment Commandments:
1.     Remember to Rejoice…We are worthy of surrender. Rejoice in what He has done and continues to do.
2.     Refuse to Resent…Christ died to set us free.  We make decisions, meaning we choose to resent or forgive.
3.     Appreciate all seasons…know that now is just a season (and you are probably in dual seasons) so don’t get stuck.
4.     Keep a secret stash…have scriptures engraved on your heart to repeat, live by, lean on.
5.     Don’t confuse the supply with the source.  Every good and perfect gift comes from above. (James 1:17)  His hand is behind it all.
6.     Don’t downplay disappointment…we aren’t defined by disappointment.  Disappointment can lead to destiny.
7.     Recognize…recognize your blessings.
8.     Release…release things such as anger, worry, and the crazy cares of life.
9.     Receive…take what God wants to give you.
10.   Remain…remain in Christ.

So powerful!  And again, the timing of this delivery couldn’t have been more perfect!

The Power of Being Quiet


We were in a Coaching Webinar several months ago and as I was sharing an experience with the rest of our team, our awesome facilitator and leader caught the power in what I had just shared.  She said, “Say that again.”  So I did… “There is so much power in the silence.”  In a hot second, so many other thoughts hit me that went with this statement.  
 

There is power in silence!  Whether that be in Coaching or our every day lives as we live for the Lord and strive to be like Christ. 


One that really came to me was “Silence in waiting for the answer(s) to a prayer takes patience but WOW and thanks comes when it’s answered.”


When listening to someone who just needs that listening ear…


We were given two ears and only one mouth!


When something negative, rude, or insulting arises, it’s best to just not say anything at all.


I am confident that more will come to me as time passes in regards to this, but I felt the need to share this for now.  Where have you seen the power of being quiet? Have you ever thought about the truth behind that before?  I hadn’t really.

All to Him


While a “little sister/mentee/daughter” and I walked on the beach one day, we passed a few half sand dollars.  Immediately, I looked at her and commented, “Wow!  God just reminded me that we are supposed to give ALL of ourselves/our lives…EVERYTHING…to Him.  Not just “part of our life.”  He was loud and clear stating that there should be no if’s, and’s, or but’s.  What am I holding onto that is preventing me from living 100% whole heartedly for the Lord?  What about you?

Duke and His Little Sister


As ya’ll know, we unexpectantly lost our first four legged baby boy right before Christmas last year, and boy did it tear us up!  We still get down and upset when we think about it.  Duke was the best black lab ever...a son whose memories will live on forever in our hearts!

Over time, we have pulled some of Duke’s old toys, bowls, etc out for our 10 month old Golden Retriever, Joy.  As we have done this, I thought, “Awe, look, Duke left his stuff behind for his little sister.” 

Making this a short and sweet entry, God nudged me in these thoughts about Duke and Joy and asked, “What will you leave behind? What legacy will you be known for?”  Will it glorify God, yourself, or culture?”