Getting to Know You!

This year during Pastor Appreciation Month (October), we will feature one or two of our pastoral staff in each issue of The Pulse Newsletter. Take a moment to get to know them better, and how your can show them encouragement and appreciation. Check back in following weeks as we add all of our pastors’ profiles!

 

Pastor Joey Anthony

Joey has been at Mount Pleasant since 2015, and serves as Lead Pastor. He lives in Chester with his wife Angie (newlyweds since August 20, 1988), and together they have four children and five grandchildren: Christopher and wife Brittany with Carson, Breelyn, Brently & Christian; Heather and husband Garrett, with Ettamae; Hannah; and Lydia.

Here’s some more from our Pastoral Profile Questionnaire

About You:

  • Where did you go to school? Gretna High School; Blueford College; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity); Liberty University (Doctorate of Ministry) 🎓
  • Were you in any clubs/sports teams? French Club 🇫🇷  and Hi-Y Christian Club at Gretna High
  • Before you were called to pastor, planned/considered being… a fireman! 🚒
  • What are your hobbies? Coffee! ☕️
  • How do you “Treat Yo’ Self!”? Coffee; ride out to Williamsburg; or read the newspaper 📰

A Few of His Favorite Things

  • Hymn/”Church Song” He Leadeth Me
  • Bible verse Ephesians 3:20-21 –  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
  • Restaurant Sedona (at least right now!)
  • Fast Food Break Wendy’s 🍔
  • Type of food Steak 🥩 & Seafood 🦞
  • Crunchy snack Ritz Veggie Crisps
  • Sweet snack Cherries 🍒
  • Cereal Life
  • Coffee, tea or cocoa?  Coffee! ☕️ typically blonde roasts from Starbuck’s, but also anything African (Ethiopian or Kenyan, especially)
  • Musical artist/band Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • Book/Author “Jesus the King,” Tim Keller
  • Sports College basketball 🏀
  • Sports Team(s) Duke
  • Television show Andy Griffith
  • Movie McClintock (or most anything with John Wayne), and recently the Marvel movies 🦸‍♂️
  • Scent coffee, clean car, or pumpkin spice
  • Vacation spot mountains of Tennessee 🏔
  • Dream vacation Touring and Staying in New England OR Wyoming/Colorado
  • Place in the whole world Australia 🇦🇺

Pastor Andy Brockelman

Andy came to Mount Pleasant in 2004, and serves as Pastor for 55+ Ministries and Pastoral Care. He lives in Chester with his wife Lois, who holds a masters in English Lit & Composition (East Texas State) and has taught at the college level for over 25 years. Together they have two adult children: Andrew III (Drew) is a 20 year Army veteran, and he and his wife, Okimo, have five children who have joined the family through birth and adoption. Emily is heads the Sports Science Department at King University while working on her doctorate at East TN State, and last year married Charles, a world champion power lifter.

Here’s some more from our Pastoral Profile Questionnaire

About You:

  • Where did you go to school? Dallas Baptist University & Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 🎓
  • Before you were called to pastor, planned/considered being… a graphic artist 👩‍🎨
  • What are your hobbies? Gardening, painting, calligraphy, watercolor, music & home decor 🌱
  • How do you “Treat Yo’ Self!”? Going out – out to eat, out to the movies, out to a play or out to a concert 🎥 🍿

A Few of His Favorite Things

  • Hymn/”Church Song” Be Strong in the Lord
  • Bible verse Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
  • Restaurant Chuy’s or Chili’s 🌶
  • Fast Food Chick-fil-A 🐓
  • Type of food Mexican 🇲🇽
  • Sweet snack Donuts 🍩
  • Cereal Oatmeal 🥣
  • Soda  Coke Zero 🥤
  • Coffee, tea or cocoa?  Folgers for coffee ☕️ & Lipton for Iced Tea
  • Musical artist/band The Carpenters & Avalon
  • Book/Author “Heaven,” Randy Alcorn
  • Sports/Team Foodball 🏈 Dallas Cowboys
  • Television show Downton AbbeyVictoria
  • Movie Downton Abbey 
  • Scent Eternity
  • Vacation spot Europe
  • Dream vacation Paris and Rome
  • Place in the whole world England 🇬🇧

 

Pastor Joe Mayes

Joe has been at Mount Pleasant since 2010. Originally called as Student Pastor, since 2018 he has served as Pastor for Administration & Missions. He lives in Chester with his wife Alison, and their three children, Amelia (8), Liam (7) and Harper (5).

Here’s some more from our Pastoral Profile Questionnaire

About You:

  • Where did you go to school? University of Southern Indiana & Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 🎓
  • Before you were called to pastor, planned/considered being… a teacher/basketball coach 👨‍🏫 🏀
  • What are your hobbies? Playing sports, watching sports, reading theology & working out 💪
  • How do you “Treat Yo’ Self!”? Trips with the family 🗺

A Few of His Favorite Things

  • Hymn/”Church Song” Christ Be Magnified In Christ Alone
  • Bible verse Isaiah 48:11 – For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.
  • Restaurant Shane’s Rib Shack 🍖
  • Fast Food Break Panda Express 🍚 or Chick-fil-A 🐓
  • Type of food BBQ
  • Crunchy snack Gardetto’s
  • Sweet snack Reese’s Cup 🍫🥜
  • Cereal Lucky Charms 🌈
  • Soda Coke Zero
  • Coffee, tea or cocoa?  Wawa’s Cuban coffee
  • Musical artist/band Third Day
  • Book/Author “Desiring God,” by John Piper
  • Sports College basketball 🏀, baseball ⚾️, football 🏈 & tennis 🎾
  • Sports Team(s) Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys, Utah Jazz & Indiana Hoosiers (college)
  • Television show The OfficeSeinfeld
  • Movie Remember the Titans
  • Scent Whatever Alison would choose!
  • Vacation spot the beach 🏖
  • Dream vacation Italy 🇮🇹
  • Place in the whole world Maui 🏄

 

 

 

Pastor Garrett Oppel

Garrett joined the pastoral staff as MPBC Children’s Pastor in 2016. He has been married to his beautiful bride, Heather, for a hear and a half, and their daughter, Ettamae, is almost 3 months old. They have no pets, but a whole flock of rubber chickens (including George). The Oppel family lives in Colonial Heights and Pastor Garrett says:

We find great joy in serving the people of Mount Pleasant and spending time with these precious children and their families. We also love our family time together and enjoy making local trips to various places, going on walks around the neighborhood, and just relaxing at home with a cup of coffee in hand.

Here’s some more from our Pastoral Profile Questionnaire

About You:

  • Where did you go to school? Liberty University 🔥 & Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary 🎓
  • Before you were called to pastor, planned/considered being… a police officer 🚓 or in sports management (preferably NFL 🏈)
  • Are you secretly a semi-professional competitive juggler? No
  • What are your hobbies? Hanging out with my family & MPBC kids, playing video games, sports (watching & playing), & watching old TV shows 📺
  • How do you “Treat Yo’ Self!”? Chick-fil-A, coffee & ice cream 🍦

A Few of His Favorite Things

  • Hymn/”Church Song” Christ Be Magnified (but it changes as I go through different seasons)
  • Bible verse 1 Peter 5:2-3 – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
  • Restaurant No way to pick just one, but… Cracker Barrel
  • Fast Food Chick-fil-A 🐓 (Definitely)
  • Type of food BBQ 🐽
  • Sweet snack Anything dark chocolate 🍫
  • Cereal Oatmeal 🥣
  • Soda/Canned drink  LaCroix drinks (and Coke or Mtn Dew every now and then)
  • Coffee, tea or cocoa?  Demolition, Starbucks and fresh-brewed sweet tea
  • Musical artist/band “The Church Will Sing” recently, but this also changes frequently
  • Authors Paul Tripp, David Platt & Tim Keller
  • Sports Whatever my MPBC kids are playing! Besides that, football 🏈 , basketball 🏀 & baseball ⚾️  are my favorites to watch
  • Sports Team Philadelphia Eagles 🦅, San Antonio Spurs, Duke basketball, University of Tennessee football, Chicago White Sox & Nashville Predators
  • Television show Andy Griffith, The Waltons & The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Movie Star Wars
  • Scent Coffee
  • Vacation spot Staunton
  • Dream vacation I avoid flying as much as possible, but Tennessee is one of my favorite states and any trip there is always enjoyable
  • Place in the whole world MPBC

 

Pastor Luke Southall

Luke has been at Mount Pleasant since 2015. Originally hired as a pastoral associate, he was called in 2018 to serve as Pastor to Students.  He lives in Colonial Heights with his wife Danielle and “all the kids!” Currently that means Esther (4 1/2), Zeke (Ezekiel, 3), Isaiah (2), and baby Zack (Zechariah), but the family is still growing with expansion due in early 2021!

Here’s some more from our Pastoral Profile Questionnaire

About You:

  • Where did you go to school? Virginia Tech 🎓
  • Before you were called to pastor, planned/considered being… a doctor 👨‍⚕️
  • Do you have any surprising skills? “I will occasionally tell a surprisingly good joke?” 🎤
  • What are your hobbies? sports and video games
  • How do you “Treat Yo’ Self!”? Coffee, a good meal, or going for a drive 🚗

A Few of His Favorite Things

  • Hymn/”Church Song” For the Cross (Bethel Music), “It Is Well,” and “Amazing Grace”
  • Bible verse Philippians 2:5-11 – 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Restaurant Longhorn Steakhouse 🥩
  • Fast Food Chipotle 🌶
  • Type of food Mexican & seafood 🦞
  • Crunchy snack Cool Ranch Doritos 😎
  • Sweet snack Doughnuts 🍩
  • Cereal Cocoa Crispies
  • Soda Dr Pepper, Mtn Dew & Pepsi
  • Coffee, tea or cocoa?  coffee (any!)
  • Musical artist/band John Mark McMillan / Beautiful Eulogy
  • Authors Francis Chan & DA Carson (although I have been meaning to read more Tim Keller)
  • Book/Author The Bible 🙂 & “Prodigal God”
  • Sports soccer ⚽️ & football ⚽️ 🏈
  • Sports Team(s) Green Bay Packers 🧀
  • Dream vacation Israel or Hawaii
  • Place in the whole world Home – in all its various forms (mine, my parents, my in laws…)

 

Pastor Brian Howerton

Brian has been at Mount Pleasant since 2015. Originally hired as interim Worship Arts Director, he was called to serve as Worship Arts Pastor in 2017. He lives in Colonial Heights with his wife Bonnie and their children, David & Clara, along with Sarah & Tulip (cats) and Henry & Markle (dogs).

Here’s some more from our Pastoral Profile Questionnaire

About You:

  • Where did you go to school? Liberty University & The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 🎓
  • Do you have any surprising skills? wood whittling – just kidding! But I do water ski 🎿
  • Before you were called to pastor, planned/considered being… a music education teacher 🎹
  • What are your hobbies? reading, music, eating good food with friends & family, and going on walks 👟
  • How do you “Treat Yo’ Self!”? milkshakes

A Few of His Favorite Things

  • Hymn/”Church Song” “It Is Well with My Soul”
  • Bible verse Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
  • Restaurant Chick-fil-A 🐓, Longhorn 🥩 & Giuseppe Italian 🍝
  • Fast Food Chick-fil-A 🐓
  • Type of food Italian 🍝 & seafood 🍤
  • Crunchy snack Nutter Butter Cookies 🥜
  • Sweet snack Starburst
  • Soda Dr Pepper & Pepsi
  • Book/Author non-fiction
  • Sports College baseball ⚾️
  • Sports Team(s) Tampa Bay Rays
  • Movie Forrest Gump 
  • Scent vanilla
  • Vacation spot the beach 🏖
  • Dream vacation Florida/Tampa Bay

 

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