Pastor Ian accepted the church’s call to become its first pastor in August 2007. Born in Des Plaines, IL, Pastor Ian made his way south as quickly as he could. He moved to Rock Hill, South Carolina with his family in 1978 and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1981. While attending Winthrop College (now University), he made the decision to enlist in the United States Navy. After serving honorably for twenty-three years in the submarine community, he retired as a Master Chief Machinist’s Mate in September 2006.
While in the Navy, Pastor Ian graduated from the Nuclear Power training pipeline as well as numerous technical and leadership schools. Additionally, Ian has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, a B.A. and M.A in Pastoral Studies, a B.S. in Liberal Arts (emphasis in leadership, administration, and sociology), and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Leadership. He is a trained biblical counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors.
Pastor Ian is the Supervising Chaplain (Certified by the State of Georgia Peace Officer and Training Council) and a Reserve Police Officer for the St. Marys Police Department, is a Chaplain with the Southeast Georgia Health System – Camden Campus, is a certified Salvation Army Disaster Relief Volunteer, teaches inductive Bible study methods for In Worship Ministries, is a member of the EFCA Ministerial Association and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Chaplain’s Division. He can be heard each day at 6:30 pm on the Lighthouse FM 89.3 for C4 Connections.
Pastor Ian met Kari while attending Winthrop. They were married on May 17, 1986 (Kari’s birthday) in Orangeburg, SC and have lived, courtesy of the Navy, in Washington, Alabama, and Connecticut before moving to Georgia in 1994 to be stationed in Kings Bay. Ian and Kari live in St. Marys and have two children, Seth (22) and Amelia (18). Seth and Michelle were married on October 4, 2009 and live in St. Marys with Pastor Ian’s granddaughter Kinsey and their dog Klara. Amelia is a freshman at the College of Coastal Georgia.