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Leadership and Staff


Pastor

Greg Ford

Greg is the President and Pastor of Echo Ministries and has been leading Echo since January of 2007. Greg’s true passion and calling is to serve and minister to singles by helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and to get them connected to an authentic body of believers. Previously, he served on the National Advisory Board of Christian Mingle and as a leader in the Singles Ministry at Northpoint Community Church beginning in 2000. In January of 2007, Greg felt the Lord calling him to launch a new and distinctly different ministry, dedicated specifically to singles, that could minister to them in more unique and fulfilling ways.

Greg knows firsthand of all the challenges as well as the advantages of being single because he has never been married. Greg currently resides and enjoys living in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia. He is an avid outdoors-man and loves encouraging others to reach their God-given potential.

Email: gregford@echoministries.com


Elder

Karl Berndt

Karl has been the Pastor and founder of Calvary Chapel Hiawassee, and is currently the Lead Pastor at Cameron UMC. He is married to his wife Holly and has a daughter Madeline. He graduated from Luther Rice University and Seminary with a BA in Ministry. Over the years, Karl has had a heart for singles and has been a singles leader at Northpoint Community Church prior to becoming a Pastor.

Email: karl_berndt@yahoo.com


Elder

Aarron Pina

Aarron is the President and Executive Director of Seasons of Life Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia. For many years, he has had a heart for singles and has served in discipling men, and as a leader in the Divorce Care and Singles Ministry at Northpoint Community Church. He is married with four children and currently holds dual membership at both Northpoint and Free Chapel in Gainesville.

Email: aarron@seasonsoflifeministries.org


Elder

William Illg

William Illg is a Regional Vice President with Primerica Financial Services. He graduated from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Performance. William understands all the different aspects of Echo, since he formerly worked as the Next Generation Leader reaching the 20’s & 30’s, and along side Greg as his assistant. He thinks singles ministry is a special type of ministry because singles face a different set of challenges than people who are married. He loved working in his role with Echo and is delighted to be on the Board of Elders to continue to guide this ministry in accordance with God’s will. Before working with Echo, he had the opportunity to lead the "20's singles" for Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, GA. William and his wife currently live in Macon, GA and attend Ingleside Baptist Church where they participate in a married small-group.

Email: williamillg@gmail.com


Treasurer

Rich Forbes

Rich was raised in Buckhead and currently lives in Sandy Springs. He attends Buckhead Church where he also volunteers as an UpStreet Leader. At the age of 15 he went to live in a Children's Home in Tennessee where he came to know the Lord. He graduated from Samford University with a BS in Finance and Real Estate, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Project Management (PMP). After 22 years of working in real estate acquisitions, he has now become an entrepreneur of a successful movie production rental company. He loves this ministry and is stoked about Echo's future and looks forward to serving as the Treasurer.


Secretary

Crissy Huard

Crissy grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan and came to know the Lord at a very young age while attending a vacation Bible study. She studied and worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. After graduating, Crissy moved to Georgia persuing her career as an Occupational Therapist and now resides in Oakwood. She enjoys reading, walking, square dancing and volunteering at a nursing home. Crissy says that Echo Ministry is an answer to her prayers and that the many events and fellowship opportunities have helped her realize the abundant life that the Lord promises in His word.


Chairman of the Stewardship Board

Joel Maxwell

Joel grew up in Gwinnett County in the city of Lilburn and currently resides in Gainesville. He was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord at an early age. Joel works as a medical executive in the clinical research industry. He studied at Kennesaw University during his undergraduate and completed a medical doctorate degree at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. It's Joel's passion of ministering to singles which lead him to Echo Ministries, where he serves as a ministry leader and Chairman of the Stewardship Board.


Vice-Chairman of the Stewardship Board

George Graves

George Graves is a Georgia native who is happily retired after serving 30 years in the Air Force with the rank of Colonel, and then 8 years as a Delta Pilot. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy as well as a veteran of the Vietnam War. He did not become a Christian until late in life. He currently lives in Dawsonville where he is a community coach at Dawson County High School for cross country and soccer. He enjoys hiking, playing tennis as well as his 7 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. George has been a leader in Echo for many years and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Stewardship Board.


Stewardship Board Member

Tina Gill

Tina was raised in Suwanee, Georgia and currently resides in Lawrenceville. She came to know the Lord at the age of 9 and has had a desire to know, trust and serve him ever since. She has been in the insurance industry for over 35 years, and for the last 14 years has worked for a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage as a Commercial Lines Account Manager. She is well acquainted with non-profits as they have been a significant portion of her client base. By participating in many Echo events prior to accepting her position, she understands the ministry well, and looks forward to what God has in store for the lives of singles through this amazing ministry.


Stewardship Board Member

Stuart Bradley

Stuart is originally from New Orleans, LA. However, he has lived most of his life in Gwinnett County, GA. and currently resides near Dacula. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and thoroughly enjoys his chosen career as a Pharmacist. He was raised in a Christian home, and at an early age was saved and developed an intimate relationship with the Lord. Stuart says that Echo ministries has become an important step in his spiritual growth over the last couple of years. He looks forward to serving and to the many exciting blessings that God has in store for this wonderful group in the future.


Stewardship Board Member

Victoria Darr

Victoria was born in Los Angles, CA. However, she was mostly raised in Georgia and currently resides in Jefferson, GA. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in theatre, and has a Masters of Art in Teaching from Brenau University. She currently works as an insurance claims adjuster in homeowners claims. She came to know the Lord in 2004, and she has been a part of Echo for several years. She states that by her involvement in this ministry, she has grown in her relationship with the Lord and cultivated a heart for ministering to singles.


Stewardship Board Member

Warren Savage

Warren grew up in a Christian home in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at Towson State University before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Warren has traveled the world extensively as a Marine Broadcast Journalist with the Armed Forces Radio/Television Service. He worked in the commercial broadcast industry as a television news anchor and reporter in Boston, North Carolina and Atlanta. Warren is an adventurer and outdoor enthusiast with a heart for The Lord. He seeks out opportunities to share his remarkable life journey of faith, fumbles and forgiveness with people striving to strengthen their own relationships with Jesus Christ. He considers Echo a wonderful environment in which to celebrate community and share his life in Christ. Warren is blessed with a successful career in real estate. He enjoys all genres of music. He is an avid musician, motorcyclist and enjoys anything promoting physical fitness. He lives in Alpharetta and attends Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell. Warren is enrolled in the Fellowship Bible Institute for Men where he studies Christian leadership and discipleship.


Stewardship Board Member

Kathy was born in Taiwan and came to the US at age 15. She experienced her very first cultural shock during the first few years in the US. It is at the end of that cultural shock, she found the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Currently, she attends North Point Community Church. She loves music, cooking, hiking, and photography. She is a trained actuary, and her jobs have taken her many places in Americas. While traveling and serving at the local churches in various cities, she realizes following Christ is a team sport. Kathy feels that life is so much more joyous, and the loads seem so much lighter as we journey thru life by staying close in God’s family with unity. She has found Echo to be a great place to do just that.


Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Collins

Jennifer grew up in Gainesville, Georgia and currently lives in Clermont, Georgia. She came to know the Lord at a young age during an Easter service. She earned her Masters degree from UGA and went on to be a teacher for many years at a private Christian school until she had her two children. She became a self taught website designer during her time as a stay-at-home mom and now manages various church, school, and business websites in addition to working at Echo. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her children, and being active in her church as a Sunday School teacher in the preschool department/Awana program. Jennifer said Echo Ministries has given her a chance to grow in her relationship with God. In addition, through prayer for the members and researching Biblical events, it has helped her find a heart for singles and see how she can truly grow herself.


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