Sr Pastor – Fred Goodwin
Fred has been in ordained ministry since graduation from seminary in 1984. A Naval Academy honors graduate and former Naval Flight Officer, he resigned his commission following a dramatic call from the Lord. He then served as a fulltime youth pastor, and then a Sr. Pastor, before moving to the Atlanta area to enter into national renewal ministry teaching in seminaries and churches across the USA. In 1999 he heard the call to plant Church of the Messiah. With his wife Jill by his side Fred successfully launched the Church of the Messiah and Messiah Christian Academy Preschool to create a Christ-Centered environment for the families of their community. Throughout the years both organizations along with the members of the church host a variety of special events or celebrations that are open to the benefit of the community. Some of these events include Live Nativity, Yard Sales, Trunk or Treat and Messiah Kids Consignment Sales.
Over the years Fred has led international mission trips to Rwanda, Austria and taught pastor leadership in Haiti where he currently serves on the Board of Reformation Hope. Fred frequently travels to Haiti to teach at Reformation Hope’s Bible College and orphanage facility. Active in ministry throughout Cherokee County, Fred also serves as President of the Cherokee Christian Ministerial Association, hosts a multi-racial pastors’ network, is a member of Cherokee Coalition of Concerned Clergy, serves on the Board of No Place Left- Cherokee, is a member of Cherokee CARES a disaster relief group maintained by the Cherokee Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and participates in many pastor prayer groups such as Grace Valley Ministries.
He and his high school sweetheart Jill (who serves as Director of our preschool Messiah Christian Academy) have been joyfully married 41 years, have raised 3 sons, now married, and help with their 5 grandchildren. In his spare time, he mentors people world-wide through Skype, and locally enjoys kayaking, wood-working and pottery, and being with his family.
Ministry Coordinator – Kelley Sangrey
Kelley grew up in Charlottesville, VA and has lived in about 11 different states! She got her Bachelors Administration degree from Virginia Tech in French, Spanish and International Studies. Kelley, her husband Scott and their two children Carter and Kayla have been a part of Church of the Messiah since 1999. Over the years both Kelley and Scott have been very active at Messiah through helping to raise funds for the church’s current facility and by being youth group leaders. Scott had also served on the church’s board until one day God brought their family an opportunity which led them out of the state for a few years until calling them back to Georgia in 2010!
Kelley started serving as the Church of the Messiah Ministry Coordinator in October of 2010 and has been instrumental in the workings of the church and all of its programs ever since. Kelley also serves as Child Sponsorship Director for an orphanage in Haiti through Reformation Hope. Kelley loves being with family, working out and watching their daughter play softball!
Student Ministry Leader – David Manalaysay
As a student leader in my youth group, at the age of sixteen, I knew God was calling me to work with teens. I attended college at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, MA and received Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry and biblical studies. After graduating I still had teens heavy on my heart and decided to create a teen mentoring program via the Gregg Neighborhood house (the school aged program I worked for nine years). As the director of the teen mentoring program and a supervisor at the Gregg House, I was feeling as though something was lacking. I just wanted to freely speak Jesus into the student’s lives, and being involved in a secular program was a major obstacle. Jesus had a plan for Jess (my wife) and I to come to Ga and placed it on our hearts that He had something special for us here. After following God’s direction we found Church of the Messiah at the perfect time and truly believe that our divine calling for ministry has finally been satisfied via Students of the Messiah.