Garywood is a friendly and casual church that is filled with loving singles, families, children, teens, and adults of every age. Garywood revolves around Jesus and strives to help lives (no matter where you are) become strong in faith, alive with hope and to love like Jesus. We are passionate in our worship and make sure God's Word is communicated in a way that is fun and applicable to daily living!











Garywood is located at 2730 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown, Alabama 35023 


We meet on Sundays at 9:15 am for community groups and then at 10:30 am for our worship service. Our Wednesday Nights begin at 6:30 pm and we have something for all ages. There are community groups for the adults, the teens meet upstairs an the youth room and there are classes for the children as well as nursery for the infants and toddlers. 




Garywood is a multicultural, multigenerational church. We believe that our worship service should reflect that culture. The goal of our weekly worship time is to equip and prepare the believer for the week that is ahead as well as challenge them to grow in their daily walk with the Lord. We exist not only for the believer but also for those that have yet to accept Christ as their Savior. Therefore, our time of worship is geared to create an environment where the nonbeliever will feel the love of Jesus and respond to His love. 




At Garywood, we believe that children should be given an opportunity to experience the love of Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. Whether your child is an infant or elementary age, they will find an environment that is conducive to their specific age. The nursery is filled with qualified individuals that love children and understand the needs of infants and toddlers. Preschool age children can learn and grow in Safari Kids. Elementary age kids have fun growing and learning through a variety of games, object lessons and a time of worship. At Garywood, we value ALL ages!


Worship Schedule

  • 8:45am Traditional Worship
  • 9:45am Sunday School
  • 11:00am Traditional Worship
  • 6:00pm Evening Service


2730 Allison-Bonnett Memorial Dr Bessemer, AL 35023




Jeff Leatherman

Lead Pastor

Jeff Leatherman is lead pastor at Garywood. Jeff grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina where at the age of 17 a classmate witnessed to him at school. He went to church with his friend that Sunday and asked Jesus in to his heart. He began attending First Assembly in Gastonia for the next few years. He then went to Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL where he met his wife, Stacey. Jeff and Stacey were married in 1997 and began their time in ministry as youth pastors at Abundant Life in Evergreen, Alabama. They then moved to Fort Myers, FL and worked as Junior High Pastors at First Assembly. In 2004, they moved to Concord, CA and served as Student Ministry pastors at Calvary Temple. In 2008, they moved back to Fort Myers, FL to work as Student Ministry pastors at First Assembly. In 2013, they accepted the position as lead pastor at Garywood. Jeff and Stacey have three amazing kids: Madison, Ethan and Conner. They love living in the Birmingham area and are excited for all that God has in store for this community.


Mike Harrison

Mission's Pastor

I grew up in the Garywood community. I have attended Garywood since 1972. The first time I came to Garywood was in a homemade casket on a Saturday evening at a "Halloween" party. The following day on Sunday I walked down to the altar and gave my life to Christ. A few weeks later I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Upon graduation from Hueytown High the Lord miraculously allowed me to attend and graduate from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland Florida and later from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon returning to Garywood and teaching a Sunday school class I met my wonderful wife, Joanne. We got married 1 1/2 years later. Joanne was a teacher in Birmingham School System and I began teaching at Garywood Christian as a teacher, later as an assistant principal and administrator. We served as missionary associates in Honduras for three years (2003-2006). Upon returning to the United States we both worked for Garywood Christian School. Joanne and I have two daughters, Megan (married to Quintin Essary, with two children Jax and Haddie); Brittany ( married to JJ,with one son, Wyatt).


Kyle DuMond

Student Ministries Pastor

I was Born 10.02.1983 on the mean streets of Oakland, CA. I Grew up in West Pittsburg now known as Bay Point, CA aka Gunpoint. On October 26, 2000 at the age of 17, I started following Jesus as a senior in High School. I then went to North Pole, Alaska and was part of a Masters Commission for 10 months. When I came home I was an intern for Pastor Jeff Leatherman at Calvary Temple Church in Concord, CA. After a year as an intern I married my beautiful bride Anna and whisked her off to Springfield, MO. I finished school there at Central Bible College while acting as the Associate Youth Pastor at Evangel Temple Church. A couple of years later I became the Youth Pastor and was there for three years. While there we had two incredible boys Beckett (3) and Lorne (1). We came to Garywood in September of 2013 and have loved every minute since!


Summer Berry

Children's Ministries Pastor

I am from Birmingham, AL. I am married to Justin Berry and together we have four children - Eli, Chloe, Zeke, and Lily. I am currently a Senior through Southeastern University, working on my Bachelor's Degree in Ministerial Leadership. Justin and I have been working at Garywood as the Children's Pastor for the last five years.



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LOCATION 2730 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr. Hueytown, AL 35023