A few months ago, Mark and Sherry Sullivan of Lime Biscuit, also SoHills family, approached me about becoming a business partner. I was a bit shocked and excited by the offer. The Sullivans have been our friends for a long time and I have worked with Mark in many ways over the years.
I immediately started talking to Kelli about the possibility. The hardest part was the realization that to make it work, my role on the SoHills staff would have to change. My amazing wife said she was in full support of whatever decision I made. After much prayer, I decided to accept the offer, become a partner at Lime Biscuit, and go part-time at SoHills.
Our God constantly blows me away; His timing is amazing. My plans coming out of high school were to go to Atlanta Christian College. I had several people I trust tell me I didn’t need to go to a Christian school to be in ministry. I listened, went to UWG, and majored in Business Administration. I ended up on staff at SoHills with a degree I thought I would never use. I was wrong.
Then a year and half ago, God convicted Kelli and I to get out of debt. God in His infinite wisdom knew there would be no way I could become partner at Lime Biscuit while being enslaved to debt. God is always opening and closing doors. He’s always prepping us for what’s next.
About 8 years ago, when I first started to attend SoHills, Shannon was the Student Pastor at the time. He asked me to lead the Fusion band as Jeremy Hicks was graduating and heading to California. I was a broke college kid who was passionate about leading music, so I jumped at the opportunity. I’m not sure what Shannon saw in me, but he continued to involve me more and more in planning for Fusion. One day he asked me to make a graphic for a series we were doing. I had no clue what to do, but I said yes anyway. I made that graphic in powerpoint. Yikes…
Had Shannon not given me a chance and just used a pre-made graphic, I may have never found a love for graphic design and therefore never had this opportunity with Lime Biscuit.
While I learned a lot under Shannon’s leadership as Student Pastor, we’ll just say that administration wasn’t Shannon’s strong suit. Later, I worked alongside Nicole in the Fusion ministry and we currently serve on the Creative Arts Team together. She has taught me a TON; things like time management, organization, efficiency, and the importance of agendas. While Corey and I don’t work together directly, I’ve learned a lot from him as well. Corey’s leadership skills are next to none. He is a manager of ministries and volunteers. He is always pushing me to read and learn more.
Together, they’ve taught me things that are absolutely crucial to running a business.
When I came to them about the Lime Biscuit opportunity, they were all excited and very supportive. They helped me work through the different possibilities by asking important questions and making me think through the process.
Our church family has been very supportive as well. Many of you encouraged me and I thank you for that. I love my SoHills family and no matter what comes next, I’ll continue to be involved and play in the band.
The truth is, all of us are standing on the shoulders of giants. If it weren’t for people like my wife, my parents, Jason Walton, Whit Maxey, Shannon Lovelady, Nicole & Corey Jones, Andrew Hicks, and Mark & Sherry Sullivan I would not be where I am today.
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. Thank you for raising me up and being willing to send me out.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. – Hebrews 12:1