Connect Church ATL Staff & Leaders

  • Jean Ward
    Associate Pastor

    Son, Dad, Pastor, discipling others to disciple Certified & licensed Life Coach, Relationship Counselor, Entertainment & Athletic Spiritual Advisor,

  • Ben Gipson
    Lead Pastor Connect EAST

    Pastor Ben is the Lead Pastor for Connect Church EAST, located at 3565 Highway 20 SE Conyers, GA 30013. Please join us there on Sundays at 10:30 am. Ben has served in ministry for over 30 years. He was licensed to preach at the age of 16 and has been a youth director, associate pastor, pastor, minister of reconciliation, and missionary. EDUCATION Bachelors of Biblical Studies from Samford University, Birmingham, Al Ben is a son, brother, husband, dad and a friend. He enjoys being with people from many cultures and diverse backgrounds. He enjoys sports, reading and spending time in his “nothing” box. Fun Facts About Me 1. The kid in me does not recognize the man in the mirror. 2. I am a sucker for the “guy gets the girl” movie. 3. I used to run marathons 4. I am the baby of nine kids. 5. I am a record setting basketball coach. 6.My favorite place to be – Family vacation. The beach but anything where we are together have a good time. 7. Favorite recipe – Dana’s Lasagna. It’s the best! 8. I would like to share a meal with: Onesimus, Abraham Lincoln, my dad, and Martin Luther King Jr. 9. Most unusual thing I’ve eaten is Alligator tail. 10. Conclusion: Family: The one you didn’t choose (the one your born into), the one you chose (those you hang with), and the one who chose you, (God’s family). It is all about the family.

  • Tez Andrews
    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Martez (Tez) Andrews is married to his bride Gala. They have 4 sons Kyron, Martez II, Solomon, Beau, a daughter, Christa and one grandson, Jeremiah. FUN Facts about Pastor Tez: What is your favorite family vacation? Anytime I can get time with my wife “alone” and some time with the my wife and kids it’s a gooooooood vacation. Universal Studios is a cool place. :) What's your favorite family recipe? BBQ Ribs! My Sauce is da boss. So tender they are falling off the bone. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Gala Andrews (no brainer) Charles Barkley Chris Tucker Habakkuk King Solomon Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without? Jesus! What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? Mussels (Pretty Gummy) Ministry Experience & Service to the Community Pastor Tez has served in ministry for over 18 years. [2017-Present] (Henderson Mill Elementary, North Atlanta) North DeKalb County School Council [2010-Present] (Oakview Elem., Flat Shoals Elem., Toney Elem., & Columbia Middle, Decatur) DeKalb County School Council Member, Guest Speaker, Intervention Mentor & Community Leader [2010-Present] North American Missions Board - I.T. Director, Systems/Solutions Development, Church Planter Mobilization Consultant [2011-Present] Connect SportsATL Basketball & Cheerleading League, Founder & President [2010-Present] Connect Church, Lead Pastor of Connect Church ATL [2011-2015] Georgia Baptist Convention, Executive Committee on Nominations [2011-2014 ] Carver College, Adjunct Faculty [2013-2015] Elite Scholars Academy Charter School, PTSA President [2007-2010] North Garland Baptist Fellowship, Garland, TX - Served as the Youth Pastor & Worship Pastor [2009-2010] Southern Bible Institute, Adjunct Faculty, Old Testament Studies [2005] Cadence Ministries, Served as a Missionary to Germany [1999-2004] Zion Grove Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), Hopewell Missionary Baptist (Norcross, GA) and Sweetwater Church (A.K.A. Gospel Nation, corporate businesses and ) - Served in several capacities throughout the church and communities as (Christian Educator, Evangelist, Community Chaplain, Noonday Bible Study Leader etc…) Education Dallas Theological Seminary—Masters of Theology (ThM) in Hebrew Bible for Academic Ministry Carver Bible College & Luther Rice Seminary—Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biblical Studies Chattahoochee Technical College - Certificate in Computer Information Systems Conclusion Pastor Tez would sum his biography up into one phrase "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2). He loves the Savior Jesus Christ. He’s grateful for salvation! He understands God is his everything and he is nothing without Him.