We are excited to announce Will Dyer as our next Senior Pastor.
The writer, Anne Lamott wrote a book in 2012 titled Thanks, Help, Wow. At the heart of her book is the suggestion that those three simple words convey the central meaning behind most of our prayers. I think there is much truth in Anne’s words. Those three words can sum up not only our prayer life, but also our response to many of the things we encounter in life. I wrote a letter to the church last week, and the essence of that letter was “thanks.” This week I turn to a different word, a word just as powerful and filled with meaning. Wow! I left worship at 8:30 and all I could think was Wow. There is no better feeling than to sit with a room full of people who are worshipping God together.
Later in the morning, I sat in another space filled with people worshipping God and once again I found myself thinking, Wow! Looking out across the sanctuary as the choir led us in song, I knew that I had found a church to call home. We worshipped in a different style with a different group of people, yet we are all part of the Body of Christ at FBC Augusta. Indeed, there is no better word for how I felt than, simply, Wow!
Sara and I got in our car that afternoon (with the girls in the back watching The Jungle Book) and we both knew that we had found our home. It had been a long two days filled with food, friends, and, most importantly, the presence of God. We didn’t talk much on the way back to Gainesville, in part because there wasn’t much to say. Silence is the sort of thing that happens when you experience beauty in the world; there is no need to talk about it, you just want to sit and take it in. That was our ride home on Sunday. When we were pulling into our driveway my phone rang. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and saw Wade Blount on the screen. I answered to hear him ask a simple question, “Will, are you ready to come and be our pastor?” My answer was, as you can imagine, Wow!, What an amazing day. This weekend is one that will live on in my memory for years to come!
I am thrilled to be your pastor. Sara and the girls share my excitement at the possibilities that are ahead for FBC Augusta. We can’t wait to begin our new chapter with you all. Wow, God is good!
About the New Pastor
Doctor of Ministry, Christianity and Culture, McAfee School of Theology. 2015-present
Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology. 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Magna Cum Laude, University of Georgia. 2005
Associate Pastor for First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia. 2016-present
Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Young Adults. FBC, Gainesville, Georgia. 2012-2015
Lead Pastor for Greene Charge United Methodist Church. Ruckersville, Virginia. 2010-2012
Lead Pastor for Grovetown United Methodist Church. Grovetown, Georgia. 2008-2010
Pastoral Intern for FBC, Gainesville, Georgia. 2007-2008
Ordained 2008. FBC, Gainesville, Georgia
Community and Professional
Board, Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. Present
Board of Advisors for Baptist Studies. Candler School of Theology. Present
Board for “Religion for the 21st Century.” Joint sponsored by Brenau University and local churches. Present
Lecturer for Adult Ministry Class. McAfee School of Theology. 2014-2016
Lilly Foundation Grant for “Innovative Discipleship Ideas.” 2014
Leadership Hall County. Chosen as emerging leader in Hall County by Chamber of Commerce. 2013
New Church Leadership Academy. “Effective Church Planting.”
North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. 2009
Augusta Chronicle column writer for “Your Faith” section. 2009-2010
Morris Scholarship, Candler School of Theology. 2006-2008
Words from the Search Committee
Sara was born in Raleigh, North Carolina although she has called Georgia home since the age of thirteen. She is happiest when she is spending time with her family and friends. Her two girls, Miriam and Evie, keep her busy, but when she has spare time she enjoys running, reading good historical fiction, and the occasional fun do-it-yourself project. Sara works as a dentist and she is a proud graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. She is excited to get back to the city where she and Will began their married life.