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Meet New GFC Staff Drew Smith


GFC has recently hired Drew Smith as our Hospitality and Assimilation Coordinator. We've asked him to introduce himself and his family so that we can get to know them a little better!

I was raised in East Tennessee having lived in Mountain City and then moving to Elizabethton while I was in junior high. After graduating from Elizabethton High School, I attended ETSU for a while but ultimately earned my bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC. I lived in Myrtle Beach for almost 20 years. During my time in Myrtle Beach I entertained several diverse fields of employment - from being in the restaurant business to serving as a police officer. I really enjoyed my life in Myrtle Beach, but through the years I began to realize that something was missing.

I moved “back home” to Johnson City in the pursuit of a better paying job and visited GFC for the first time in late 2003. I was very moved by Pastor Tim Bowers’ message on the Persecuted Church. I felt a stirring in my soul but was not ready to give up the things I believed were making me happy. However, God had other plans! I grew up going to church and I had always been a believer. I just wasn’t a follower. God got my attention in a very dramatic and personal way on November 16, 2003 (if you would like to know the whole story let me know!). I had been living my life by the world’s standards without a lot of joy. That all changed when I made a vow to God to do things His way, and I haven’t missed a moment of how things “used to be.” Is my life perfect and without trials? Absolutely not. But it is filled with the joy in knowing that Jesus Christ loves me and has forgiven my multitude of transgressions. Therefore, I find my strength, hope, and identity in Him.

GFC holds such a special place in my heart. Some of the most significant events in my life have involved this church and I am honored and humbled to be a staff member. Not only did the body embrace me before, during, and after my transformation, but the relationships I have forged continue to be a source of strength and comfort in my times of need. I met my beautiful wife Susan here at GFC and we were married in June 2007 with Tim Bowers officiating. I have been fortunate to have baptized my oldest son and dedicated my youngest son at GFC. I have volunteered to serve as a greeter, usher, Stephen Minister, and in men’s ministry, and I have experienced GFC’s legacy of serving firsthand. As you can see, GFC is my home!

As Hospitality and Assimilation Coordinator, I am charged with providing a remarkable guest and member services experience, but also to aid in helping those that are asking the question: “What’s the next step?” I am passionate about welcoming, informing, and serving all those who enter our building and our church community. Our outstanding team of volunteers shares my desire to keep GFC as inviting, warm, and hospitable as it was on my very first visit. I look forward to sharing the Ultimate Journey with you all. Welcome!

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Ellie Clay wrote:
Drew, Randy and I know you will do a fantastic job in this new role! So happy for you. So glad you a are a staff member at our church home of over 20 years :)

Fri, April 10, 2015 @ 10:18 PM

2. Jim McMackin wrote:
Drew. Karen and I are very excited for you in this new position. We are praying for you!

Sat, April 11, 2015 @ 8:03 AM

3. Kim Birchfield wrote:
Drew (Andy) I'm very glad to see you are doing so well. Congrats on your new position and I'm so glad to know you are happy in your life and your church! Love you buddy, Kim Birchfield

Sat, April 11, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

4. Beverly Ward McKinney wrote:
Drew, (Andy), I am so proud of you and your surrender to The Lord. I know your mom is very proud of you as well. She used to ask me to pray that you would turn your life to Him. Good luck in your new position. I know with your personality and dedication, you will do great.

Sat, April 11, 2015 @ 8:10 PM

5. The Hampton Family ~ Keith, Laura and Davis wrote:
How fortunate the Hampton family has been to have known you and to have had you in our lives for (yikes) almost 35 years!!! How fortunate we are to be worshiping with you, Susan and Jacob at GFC!

Thu, April 16, 2015 @ 7:40 PM

6. The Hampton Family ~ Keith, Laura and Davis wrote:
How fortunate the Hampton family has been to have you in our lives for (yikes) almost 35 years. How fortunate we are to be worshiping with you, Susan and Jacob at GFC.

Thu, April 16, 2015 @ 7:41 PM

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