a2 Church Staff & Leaders

  • Chris Goins

    Chris Goins

    Grace... I was born on November 27, 1964 in Chattanooga, TN and grew up in a small Southern town surrounded by a couple of parents who loved me, three younger brothers, great grandparents and loads of aunts, uncles and cousins... Grace... When I was an eight year old kid I was irresistably drawn by the Holy Spirit to ask Jesus Christ to forgive my sin and lead my life... Yeah, I know... I was only eight...but I still remember the moment... It changed my life... In fact, for the last 35+ years I've experienced the wonder, mystery, beauty and grace of a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. More grace... At the age of ten I met the girl I would ultimately marry. She's the only girl I've ever dated... Janet (that's my wife) and I have been married for more than 27 years (June 2010). Wow! Time sure flies when you're having fun... God has blessed us with three incredible girls. Our oldest girl just graduated from college and will be married an incredible guy named Cody Norton in September 2010... We love you Chels. Our middle girl is a Junior at King's College in NYC... We love you Caley. And our youngest is in seventh grade... You probably won't read this Cam, but we love you, too! What a ride! I know that it sounds strange, but when I was seventeen years old I somehow knew that God wanted me to serve Him in the context of the local church... Janet and I have had the awesome privilege and opportunity to serve as pastors at Maranatha Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Metro Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Right now, we're praying about how our passion and love for the church is supposed to get expressed and lived out... We'll update you when we know what's next. I've loved the local church since I was a little boy... I really believe when the local church is hitting on all cylinders there is nothing like it in all the world. The church stewards the message of the gospel - the only thing that has the power to change our world. When it's working right God gets lifted up, Jesus Christ is glorified, people are loved and lives get changed. Yeah, I know the church isn't perfect, but the church is so deeply loved by God that He gave His Son to purchase, redeem and cleanse her... If one word could describe my life it would be GRACE... About 37 years I stumbled into grace and my life was changed.