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LIVING IN JESUS’ KINGDOM CREATES COMMUNITY
We believe that knowing Jesus as our King forms those in Him into a community. That community is called the church. It is to be a community marked out by love and good news.
Our hope is that those in the church will be made friends in Christ – that communing with Jesus would create an affinity between Christians of joy, delight, acceptance, encouragement and care. Our avenues of discipleship take this into account as they all seek to be deeply relational approaches to practicing the faith.
Cultivating a culture of friendship at CTK necessarily means that our church must regularly evaluate and push back on cliques, exclusive groups, or activities that might leave people out.
To be a community of friendship, we must also be a reconciled community. We therefore stress the importance of faith and repentance in the life of our people. Not only are we a group that is marked by peace with Jesus Christ, but we also yearn to be a people who are quick to repent and reconcile with one another. Therefore, our aim is to keep short accounts between congregants, create opportunities for appropriate communication and feedback with leaders, and to have a no-tolerance policy for gossip and slander.
LIVING IN JESUS’ KINGDOM MAKES US INCLUSIVE
We believe that the Gospel is not only the good news that establishes peace between God and man, but that it also establishes peace between people of all tribes. For this reason, we intend to be a church that is deliberate in its openness to all kinds of people. (Swipe or click through below)
MEN AND WOMEN
We desire both men and women to serve and lead in every area of the church allowed by Scripture. Whereas we do not believe the Bible affirms the ordination of women to church offices, we strive to create pathways for females to be involved in every layer of ministry and leadership in the church.
OLD AND YOUNG
We hope for a community of all ages. Babies, children, teens, young adults, middle-aged and seniors all create a covenantal environment that reflects the developmental and progressive nature of the kingdom.
SINGLE AND MARRIED
The church ascribes special and equal value to those who are married and those who are single. We see both singles and marrieds as essential for the church to flourish and minister the gospel.
Over 50% of marriages end in divorce. This means that the majority of families in our demographic have been touched by separation, divorce, and the brokenness that ensues from division in the family. We also know that the traditional families are broken institutions in need of daily grace. Our church desires to be a safe haven for all kinds of families and a beacon of hope for reconciliation and restoration through Jesus.
We readily welcome and receive all kinds of people, no matter their color or tribe. Our hope is to study the ethnic diversity of our demographic and that our worship and work will reflect hope for all those to whom we minister.
People have varying experiences with the church, some which are delightful and some that are very painful. We believe that to abide in Jesus is to be connected and committed to his people. Our hope is that our plant will serve as a place of meaningful, authentic community for those involved and also a place of welcome and hope to those who have been disconnected and disenfranchised from the church.
LIVING IN JESUS’ KINGDOM CHANGES US
We long to be holistic in our proclamation of the Gospel: our view is that word and deed are both vital to show Christ’s kingship as the better way. To this end, we believe God’s Word to be the primary rule of faith and practice and recognize the Old and New Testaments to be our ultimate authority, trustworthy and without error. We prioritize the regular preaching and teaching of Scriptures, affirming the power of God’s Word as sufficient to reveal God, the way of salvation, and the will of God for humanity.
We believe in four avenues of spiritual formation, and that all avenues are equally important to spiritual health/growth:
We place a strong emphasis on contextualization, learning to read our demographic in order to best apply and live out the Gospel. We also see all of life as spiritual without a sacred versus secular dichotomy.
LIVING IN JESUS’ KINGDOM COMPELS US TO HELP OTHERS
Welcome and Hospitality: We recognize that Jesus welcomes us into his kingdom and cares for us, providing a paradigm for our relationships inside and outside the church. Our King compels us to seek the good of those around us, and to be willing to lay down our preferences and loves for the sake of others.
Outreach: We strongly believe that all those in God’s kingdom should have regular, consistent, and intentional relationships with those outside of the faith. We desire to create a culture of evangelism where congregants are free to ponder and discuss the faith without discrimination or judgment.
Service: We desire to help both those inside and outside the church who have need. We also feel compelled to particularly serve those situated near our church and to work toward the flourishing of the Braselton area.
Generosity: Just as Jesus gave himself away to us in the gospel, so our approach to the world must be one of generosity and charity. We therefore recognize the need to be cheerful stewards of our finances, resources, and time.
HOW WE GROW
We believe that nothing delights, deepens, transforms, and compels like living in Jesus’ kingdom.
Buck Rogers has been a Presbyterian minister for over 15 years and has been in vocational ministry since college. Originally from McRae, GA and raised in a Christian family, Buck grew substantially in his faith while attending college at Mercer University. It was there that he was introduced to the Reformed faith and felt a call to ministry through his involvement with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), the official campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Buck achieved a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and has ministered in a variety of capacities from teaching high school, serving as an RUF campus pastor, overseeing the merger of two churches, serving as an assistant and interim pastor, and now church planting.
Buck is married to the beautiful and fabulous Katelyn Harris and has five children: Eli, Rosie, Sarabelle, Abby, and Henri. He spends his free time mourning over UGA football and watching too much Netflix. He also enjoys coffee and quality time with his fam.
REV. JEFF WREYFORD
PASTOR IN RESIDENCE
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Jeff Wreyford is originally from the Mississippi delta and was raised in a Christian home where he steadily grew to understand who Jesus was and his great need for the life and purpose only Jesus can offer. Jeff’s college years at The University of Georgia were a time of great spiritual transformation, being discipled in the faith through the ministries of Campus Outreach.
He achieved his Masters of Divinity from Metro Atlanta Seminary and has previously served on the staff at Perimeter Church and ChristChurch Suwanee. Most recently, the Wreyford family spent five years planting a church in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Jeff has been married to his wife Lori for nearly 18 years and they have four kids: Jackson, William, Samuel, and Laura. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing with his boys, as long as it doesn’t interfere with watching the UGA Dawgs or his beloved Braves.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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Grace has always called the ‘burbs of Atlanta home. She grew up in a Christian home and has always known and loved Jesus, but it wasn’t until attending RUF at Mercer University that she realized how dearly and deeply He loved her back. It was here that she finally found freedom in admitting to the world that her goody two shoes self was never going to reach perfection (although at the time, she felt she got pretty close). Instead, she found relief from her striving and a new joy in the forgiveness and love found in Christ.
Grace earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and then went on to complete her Master’s in Reading, Language, and Literacy at Georgia College & State University. She spent 7 years in the classroom before beginning her roles in ministry. Over the past 2 years, Grace has served on church staff in various areas including Assimilation, Children’s Ministry, and now Administration.
Grace spends her days with her 3 daughters (Stella Kate, Elsie, and Hazel) and husband (and world’s best girl dad), Caleb. Their girls are their best and favorite source of entertainment, keeping them laughing and ever on their toes.
Lorrie was born and raised in Augusta, GA. In high school, she was undone by her own sin and rescued by the relentless love of Jesus. She and her husband Brian met in college in Young Life leader training. Lorrie thought she was marrying a doctor and Brian thought she would be his nurse. But God had something else in mind. After college and seminary, they packed everything they owned into a 20-foot shipping container and moved to Paris, France – along with their four children, ages five and under – to work with Mission to the World’s Paris church-planting team and the Evangelical Reformed Church of France. To this day, they are amazed and grateful to have witnessed the birth of a French church.
Lorrie has a Masters of Arts (Religion) degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and has served in many roles and contexts over the years. She taught elementary and middle school and served as principal of Parkview Christian School in Lilburn, GA. More recently, she has enjoyed mentoring and equipping women around the world through the ministry of Parakaleo and leading a team of church volunteers in children’s ministry and Christian education.
Lorrie loves lingering with friends and family, reveling in the love and grace of Jesus. Her favorite place on earth is wherever she and Brian gather with their children and six grandchildren.
DIRECTOR OF MEN’S DISCIPLESHIP
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Mark is an Atlanta native and growing up, he never doubted the facts about Jesus, but set a course running away from God’s invitation to relationship. At the end of his freshman year in college, and the end of any joy in the counterfeits he had been pursuing, he asked Jesus to reign in his life. Mark’s pursuit is to know and be known by Jesus in community with family and friends.
Mark and Aleta have been married for over 38 years and have 3 amazing children. Their youngest is on the mission field in South East Asia and two are married; both in Decatur with two children each. Mark is finishing a career as a water resources engineer. He has a BS and PhD from Georgia Tech and MS Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. While pursuing his calling as an engineer over the years, Mark has served the church and loves being with and bringing others into the verdant community of God’s people.
Mark loves time with family and friends, running and horseback riding, camping, and water sports; ideally combining as many of these as possible! He also loves reading about the gospel, history, and epic fantasy.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP
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Lori moved around a lot from the Midwest to the North and finally to the glorious state of Georgia in 96 just in time for the Olympics. She attended Perimeter Church where she submitted her life to Christ, was baptized, and later got married to the love of her life (Jeff) all in the same sanctuary.
Lori graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Special Education. She taught at Duluth High School for 8 years and also had the privilege of serving as the Children’s Ministry Director at Christ Church Suwanee.
When Lori isn’t teaching her 4 children at home, you can probably find her shopping at Goodwill, organizing something, or grabbing lunch with a friend.
Kelly spent most of her growing up years in New Jersey, Washington State, and Georgia. She attended Northwestern University and enjoyed a sales/marketing career with The Kellogg Company in South Carolina and Battle Creek, MI. It was during her Kellogg years that Kelly met and married Jim. November 2021 marks 25 years of marriage for The Clarks…WOW, that was fast!
In 1997, Jim and Kelly moved back to Georgia, where Kelly worked for Coca-Cola and Jim continued his career in the food industry. Kelly retired from the corporate world in 2001 to work at home, devoted to raising Nick and Jillian. Since then, Kelly has developed national direct sales organizations, volunteered at their kids’ schools and extracurricular activities, and served on various ministry teams in beautiful local churches. She currently has “the best job on the planet,” teaching ballet to 2-5 year olds with Buford School of Ballet. Such joy!
As Kelly reflects back on her life, there’s one unexpected moment that stands out as the most transformational. When Kelly was an awkward, unhappy 7th grader living in Washington State, her family was invited to church. Though going to church wasn’t an entirely new experience, the message she heard about really knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him was. Those seeds planted in middle school didn’t grow right away, but God is faithful and He never let Kelly go. In her early years of marriage and mothering, God continued to draw Kelly to Himself. He changed her life. And in His kindness, He changed her marriage and family too. Hallelujah!
Kelly is grateful for the warm welcome she and her family have experienced at Christ the King. She is eager to share that culture of generous hospitality and abiding fellowship with our CTK family, friends, guests, and community. Welcome… we are so glad you’re here!
Steve was born in North Carolina and raised in a Christian home. While in high school, he attended a Bill Glass crusade and realized he had to make his own profession of faith and not just rely on the faith of his parents to live the Christian life. While in high school, through a near-death experience, he felt called to Christian Ministry. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Steve has served as a pastor and worked for 17 years at Mission to the World, the overseas mission arm of the PCA. He has spent the last 12 years as the founder and executive director of Adults Protecting Children, a non-profit organization focusing on child sexual abuse prevention.
Steve is married to Karen Jensen Collins. They have three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They both love high-impact mountain activities, like sitting in a rocking chair with a view of the mountains.
ASST. TO THE DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S DISCIPLESHIP
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Emma grew up in Suwanee, Georgia. Raised in a Christian home, she came to know and love Jesus at an early age. Emma’s understanding of her great need for a Savior, God’s lavish grace for her, and her love of God’s Word has continued to deepen as she walks through life hand in hand with her Savior..
Emma graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Elementary Education. Before starting a family, she taught third grade and Kindergarten. She was also the Children’s Ministry Assistant Director at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX. She now uses her passion for learning and teaching from a Biblical worldview to homeschool her children.
Emma is married to her very handsome college sweetheart, Lane, and together they have three boys- Tucker, Sam, and John David. Their home is as loud and energetic as one might imagine. When she’s not chasing her little boys, she enjoys hosting friends, exercising, and baking chocolate chip cookies for anyone who’ll take one.
REV. BUCK ROGERS
I was born in McRae, GA and raised by a wonderful family that was committed to Jesus and the church. I attended Mercer University in 1993 and became involved in the PCA’s campus ministry (RUF) where I was deeply challenged and shaped by the gospel. In college God called me to vocational ministry as I found ministering in RUF and the local church delightful and fulfilling. I am divorced and remarried, which is a significant part of my story that God has used to draw me to himself in beautiful and unexpected ways. I have been married to Katelyn Rogers since 2014 and have five kids: Eli (18), Rosie (16), Sarabelle (13), Abby (5), and Henri (2). I have served in a number of ministry roles over the past 25 years: a teacher, youth minister, college campus pastor, assistant pastor, interim pastor and church planter.
Katelyn and I felt Jesus calling us toward church planting in 2018. After a period of praying and assessment, we pursued planting CTK Braselton in January of 2020. Being an elder in the church is a delight to me, and I particularly love vision-casting, leadership development, and preaching. It is such an honor to be nominated to be the Lead Pastor at Christ the King, and I hope for a long and fruitful ministry here.
My hobbies include: hobbitting with my family, following the Georgia Bulldogs, grilling choice meats, and occasionally exercising. The mountains are my favorite place, and I hope to one day retire there and open a barber shop.
I grew up in a small town in South Georgia called Buena Vista where I regularly attended First Baptist Church. My wife, Stephanie, and I met in college where we were both involved with Campus Outreach. We have been married for 23 years and we have 5 children – Emily Hayter (married to Stephen), Grace, Micah, Josiah and Spencer. On September 2 of 2022, we welcomed our first grandchild – Meredith Rose Hayter! I am the Senior Commercial Estimator for FlorWorx of Atlanta. My hobbies include fishing and coaching my boys in basketball and baseball. I am also a bit of a fan of the Dawgs, Braves, Falcons and Hawks.
Over and over and over He has used and continues to use my brothers and sisters in Christ to help me remember the truth that God loves me because of what Jesus has done and not because of what I have done. And I would count it a privilege to be able to help others remember this as well as an elder of CTK.
Please pray first that I will be continually aware of my need for Jesus and that I would run to Him as my only hope. Secondly, that I will not hide, but seek to be vulnerable, open, and honest with my family and with the men that He has put in my life to push me closer to Him. Lastly, that I would be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry especially with those He has called me to serve.
I am Chris Bozeman. I have been married to my saint of a bride, Lisa, for 35 years as of this December! We have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 3 grandchildren: Lauren (31) & Jerome Gauthey, Zoë (2 years), Theo (4 months), Caris (29) & Alex Lockwood, Lucy (1 year), and Joy Bozeman (20). I am recently semi-retired and work part-time. I am an audiophile and enjoy golf when I can. We came to CTK after the church plant we were working with in Jefferson closed. We knew Buck and, upon visiting, almost immediately heard God saying, “this is where I want you”.
I served as an elder in the PCA from 2002-2010 and when asked if I would consider serving at CTK, I became excited and hopeful at the prospect of shepherding out of the miraculous work God has done in my heart over the last decade. Please let me share with you how good Jesus is!
As I walk this path apprehensively, please pray that God would ONLY allow me to be a blessing to His church and His flock and that I would increasingly daily surrender my will to His.
I am an Atlanta native and growing up, I never doubted the facts about Jesus, but set a course running away from God’s invitation to relationship. At the end of my freshman year in college, and the end of any joy in the counterfeits I had been pursuing, I asked Jesus to reign in my life. I have been married to Aleta for over 39 years and we have 3 amazing children and 5 grandchildren. I finished my career in earth science engineering in 2021 and began serving as Men’s Discipleship Director at CTK. I love time with family and friends, running and horseback riding, camping, and water sports; ideally combining as many of these as possible! I also love reading about the gospel, history, and epic fantasy.
I feel called to be an elder at CTK because I love Jesus’ people and mission; and the local church is our base camp for that mission. Of all the sweet and bittersweet slices of our lives, Aleta and I have always felt called to and been enriched in the work of the local church. In particular, at CTK, I see an opportunity to really engage with and welcome the unchurched and dechurched and walk toward heaven together.
Please be praying for Aleta and I as we continue to transition to our ’new’ careers, and to grandparenthood. Pray for us to serve with joy and effectiveness.
Cindy and I have been married for 32 years and we have been blessed with three wonderful children, Rachael (27), Ryan(25), and Justin (22). Rachael is married to Caleb and they have blessed us with our first grandchild Wesley and have another one on the way. Ryan is married to Rebekah and they are both graduate students at UGA. Justin is pursuing his degree in counseling psychology.
I am Executive Chairman of Essential Ingredients and Cathedral Holdings, a company I co-founded in 1996. My passions are my family, spending time at our farm in Dahlonega, being outside (fishing, hunting, hiking, working) and helping people discover that work is a form of worship and Gods’ redeeming work in the world.
I have been a Ruling Elder in the PCA for 25 years and much of that has been very hard. I am excited about working on this Session, with Buck, and with all the congregants because of what we are trying to do together by transforming Braselton and being a small part of God’s redeeming work where we have been called and have influence. I believe we have an opportunity to take our combined experiences and, with God’s help, do something very special.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was formed in 1973 to be a denomination that is “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.” To learn more about the denomination, click here. Ministries and ministers in the PCA subscribe to the following doctrinal standards: