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.
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).
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!
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.