Adult Transformation

Adult Transformation Ministry (ATM), can be explained in this way. Jesus called His followers to a more abundant life; a life beyond the grind. However to receive this full life, God must TRANSFORM our natures into new creations. This transformation comes from our belief in Christ’s death and our submission to follow his teachings. Romans 12:2 says that we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds, which sums up the purpose of Sunday Morning Bible Study (SMBS).

 

You may see the initials SMBS mentioned throughout the church and in printed materials. What does that mean? It simply stands for Sunday Morning Bible Study (SMBS) It’s the small church within the larger congregation of Green Acres. adults that feel connected to Green Acres are active in a SMBS group. There are over 60 open groups to choose from. Use the interactive tool, SMBS Finder, to narrow down your choices and find a place to start. All SMBS groups use the same curriculum and it is designed for new people to jump in on any Sunday. No cost or previous Bible knowledge required.

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Tim Roberts

Adult Transformation Minister

 

Tim arrived at GABC in August 2003. Tim holds a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He served at New Hope Baptist Church in Cedar Park, Texas as Associate Pastor/Education & Outreach for six years prior to coming to Green Acres. Tim has also served as Minister of Education at First Baptist Church, McAllen, Texas and DeSoto Baptist Church in DeSoto, Texas. In addition, he lectured at Baylor University and served as Adjunct Professor of Economics at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.

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Jeremy Jones

Minister to Young Adults

 

Jeremy and his wife Brittany previously served in Marseilles, France with the International Mission Board as Church Planters. They each attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. While attending seminary, Jeremy served on staff with World Relief International, an NGO that provides refugee resettlement nationwide. Jeremy also served on staff with Green Acres for more than two years in various roles for the One-Ten Student Ministry. Jeremy attended The University of Texas at Tyler where he earned his B.B.A. in 2008. Jeremy and Brittany have two children.

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Stacy Crymes

New Member Coordinator

 

Stacy is a Tyler native and was baptized and became  a member of  Green Acres  Baptist Church in 2001. While Stacy’s children were in school, she worked in the Tyler school districts until they were older, and then moving on to her professional field of accounting and property management for several years at a prominent real estate company in Tyler. She has five beautiful grandchildren and loves the outdoors, animals and all keep her busy. She is glad to be a part of the Adult Transformation team and excited to continue the growth and outreach of Green Acres Baptist Church across the globe.

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Debbie Hays

Adult Transformation Assistant

 

Debbie was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduation from the University of Arkansas, in 1978, Debbie moved to Texas. She is a former Kindergarten teacher with Longview Independent School District. She then became the Children’s Director for the Longview Public Library, serving for seven years. Prior to coming to Green Acres in March 2019, Debbie was an administrative assistant for the First United Methodist Church in Longview and feels blessed to participate in the ministry of this church.

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Lorin Roberts

Outreach Ministry Director

 

Lorin Roberts is the Outreach Ministry Director. She holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from The University of Texas at Tyler and is certified to teach grades 4-8. Prior to joining the GABC staff, Lorin taught 8th grade science at Jacksonville Middle School and has several years’ experience managing restaurants.

 

Lorin enjoys bible journaling, painting, refurbishing furniture, any sports—particularly basketball, football and baseball—and reading. She and her husband, Eric Roberts, have two adorable sons, who are “messy balls of energy.” Lorin and her husband hope to groom these young men into strong Christian men who play professional baseball or basketball.

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Audrey Johnston

Guest Data Coordinator

 

Audrey is a lifelong member of GABC and loves being a part of the Adult Transformation Team. She studied with Youth with a Mission and has served on staff for GABC Day Camp for many years.

 

When she is not working for Adult Transformation, she does photography, is the volunteer coordinator for our Kidz Praise Ministry, and coordinates the Moms at Night Group here at GABC. Her favorite role is being wife to Joey and mom to Liam and Michelle. Her favorite place is outside in her backyard enjoying time with her family and all of their animals.

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Katelyn Grier

First Impressions Coordinator

 

Katelyn is a native Texan and has called Tyler her home since 2012. She attended Tyler Junior College and spent 10 years in dentistry. Katelyn and her husband, Joseph, have one lively toddler. In her free time she enjoys baking, crafting, gardening and spending time with her family.

At the end of each worship service, we give an opportunity for people to respond called the “invitation.” During this time, worship participants who desire to join Green Acres may come to the front of the worship center where they will be greeted by a minister of the church. You will then be escorted to a private reception area where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the process of membership, fill out appropriate paper work, and have your picture taken. Alternately, you may come to the Bethany Suite after the conclusion of the morning worship services and speak with a decision counselor there. During the week, contact the church office at 903-525-1100, and we can schedule an appointment with one of our staff at your convenience.

 

To be a member of Green Acres Baptist Church you must first be a Christian who has been scripturally baptized. You may join by a “statement” of your faith or by moving your membership “letter” from another Baptist church. If you have not yet followed Jesus’ example in scriptural baptism, you can discuss it with one of the decision counselors or schedule a meeting with one of our ministers. If baptism in a worship service seems daunting to you, please contact us so we can offer other options.

 

If you have questions before joining, you can learn more about Green Acres in several ways. On Sunday mornings, come by the Information Desk in the grand foyer, or come to the Bethany Suite after a worship service. We also host a quarterly Pastor’s Connect Dinner especially for all new members and interested guests. Contact Candy Renfro, New Member Coordinator, for more information, 903-525-1153.

First Impressions began after recognizing the need to make this really big church feel smaller and more accessible for first time guests. The ministry strives to do this by warmly greeting guest and members in the parking lots, at all major entrances to the buildings, and providing information and directions at the various information desks located around the campus.

 

If you are new to Green Acres we would love to hear from you about your experience as a first time guest. Were the signs in parking lots and inside the buildings helpful? Were there greeters present at the entrance you used? Did you feel like a stranger or a welcomed family member? We want to hear both positive and negative feedback, so please don’t hesitate to send your comments to Lorin Roberts.