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Leroy Butler - Minister & Elder

Leroy Butler, Jr. was ordained as one of the Elders of Woodlawn Forrest in March 2000. He serves in many capacities in leading the congregation of the church.

Bro. Butler attended Valdosta City Schools and graduated in 1967. After graduation he attended Valdosta State College, Valdosta Area Vocational Technical School, Southern Bible Institute, Alabama Christian School of Religion, University of Biblical Studies and Southwest Bible College & Seminary.

He and his wife Gloria have two daughters, Tyrah Nichole and Desdamona Marlana.

James C. Shearry Sr. - Elder

James C. Shearry, Sr
. serves as an Elder, instructor for the solid foundation class, and a member of the minister’s executive staff.

At the West Adair Church he served as a deacon, bible school teacher coordinator, member of the finance committee, and bible school teacher. Bro. Shearry has also served as minister for the East Park Avenue Church of Christ in Hahira, Georgia, for fourteen months.

Bro. Shearry attended Valdosta City Schools prior to serving two years in the United States Army as a military police officer. He studied Industrial Residential Electricity at Valdosta Technical College and is currently employed at PCS/Phosphate in White Springs, Florida.

He is married to the former Francine Ceasar. They have three children, Adrina Walker (John), James Jr., and Jennifer Thompson (Timothy) who are all faithful members of the church.

Steve A. Myers Sr. - Elder

Steve A. Myers, Sr. is an Elder and teaches the Timothy Class for boys in seventh thru twelfth grade. He periodically instructs the adult class. Bro. Myers co-chairs the Usher Ministry and is the treasurer for Woodlawn Forrest. He, along with his wife, has served as youth directors since March 1999.

Bro. Myers attended Lowndes County Schools and served in the United States Army for three years. He received an Associates Degree in General Studies from Georgia Military College in June 1985. He is the owner and operator of Flex Tran Transportation and has been a school bus driver for the Lowndes County School System for the past seven years.

He is married to Belinda Myers. They have three children, Steve Jr., Rena Wright (Timothy), and Brandon, who are all Christians. They also have three grandchildren, Brianna Mone’t, Caleb Xavier, and Ayanna Harmony Wright.

Alfonso Breeden - Deacon

Alfonso Breeden
is a deacon and serves as an usher. He is an Usher Team leader, assistant Body Life Group leader, a member of the Evangelism Ministry and the Homebound Ministry.

Bro. Breeden attended Valdosta City Schools. He also attended Valdosta State College and served in the United States Air Force. He has been employed at Weyerhauser Trus Joist for 25 years.

He is married to the former Lola McGill. They have four children, Fred, Brian, Cedric, and Tabitha. They are also the grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Harry Howell, Sr. - Deacon

Harry Howell, Sr.
is a deacon and bible school teacher. Her serves on the Usher Ministry and as assistant Body Life Group leader.

Bro. Howell has driven trucks for two plumbing companies in Valdosta for more than fifteen years. He has served as shop manager and warehouse manager for Radney Plumbing Company for 2 ½ years.

He is married to the former Eula Williams. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Willie Ferrebee - Deacon

Willie Ferrebee is a deacon and chairperson of the Audio Visual Ministry. He also serves on the Usher Ministry.

Bro. Ferrebee graduated from Savannah State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and served in the United States Navy as an electronics technician for 24 years. He is currently employed with the Valdosta City Schools System.

He is married to the former Vanessa M. Redmond. They have three daughters, who are all members of the Church of Christ.

Charles Black - Deacon

Charles Black is a deacon, the chairman of the Transportation Ministry, and serves on the Usher Ministry.

He graduated from Valdosta City Schools and attended Georgia Military College and Valdosta Technical Institute. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served for four years. He retired from Northwest/Delta Airlines, after having worked for the company for 34 years.

He is married to the former Patricia Jeffery. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.


Andre' Norwood - Minister of Maturity

Andre’ Norwood
is Minister of Maturity and a Minister of Evangelism at Woodlawn Forrest. He serves as a Body Life Group leader and as an assistant adult Wednesday Bible Class instructor. He also facilitates several workshops including “Gaining Your Soul in Fifteen Ways” and “Discovering Spiritual Maturity.”

Bro. Norwood graduated from Valdosta High School and served in the United States Army, where he saw combat action in Operation Desert Storm and was awarded the Army Accommodation Medal. His education includes the Online School of Biblical Studies, the Fire Fighters Soul Winners Plan, The Practical Church Growth Workshop, and the personal training of Bro. Leroy Butler, Jr.

To date, Bro. Norwood has led over 100 souls to Christ through personal one-on-one bible studies. He has authored several works since coming to Christ including “The Practical Guide to Fasting,” “How To Be Restored,” and “The Sound Theology Curriculum,” which is currently being taught at Woodlawn Forrest. In addition, he has written an effective personal evangelism plan, “The Necessity of Unity.”

He is married to Shalina Norwood. They have one daughter, Alicia Rene’.

JaCory Sermons - Youth Minister

JaCory Sermons is the Youth Minister at Woodlawn Forrest. He also serves as Praise Leader (song leader), Timothy Class instructor for boys in seventh thru twelfth grade, and on the IMAGE Ministry.

Bro. Sermons has served in many other capacities including the Usher Ministry, A/V Ministry, Meals on Wheels Ministry, and assisting wherever a helping hand is needed.

Bro. Sermons has been preaching since July 2, 2007. To date Bro. Sermons has preached at various youth rallies, youth weekends, conferences, etc., encouraging and exhorting young people to be faithful and fruitful servants in the Kingdom.

Bro. Sermons graduated from Valdosta City Schools and is currently attending Valdosta State University, where he is majoring in Business Management and Administration. He is employed at Southside Recreation Center as the Programs/Activities Director. He has been at Southside since June 2006.


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