Growing up in the home of an Army chaplain meant one thing – moving. Brad has visited or lived in every state in America (except for Alaska and North Dakota, which he is no hurry to get to) and nine foreign countries. He moved to the Upstate in the early 90s and is married to one of the best-looking girls ever. They have three children.
Whenever he is not reading, he enjoys spending time with his family. His desire is to see all peoples rejoice in everything God is for them through Jesus Christ by the Spirit.
Dr. Mike Gray
Mike was born in Salt Lake City and lived most of his pre-college days about an hour north near Ogden, Utah. He studied Biology in college, going on to earn a Masters and Ph.D. in Microbiology. Since finishing his Ph.D. in 1978, Mike has taught a variety of biological science courses.
He is passionate about teaching and learning and directs a summer program in teaching excellence for college teachers. Mike met his wife, Carol, during his freshman year; they married in 1971 and now have five married children and seven grandchildren.
Mike and Carol feel privileged to play a supporting role for one of their daughters and her husband who are missionaries in Cambodia. Mike enjoys reading, music, camping, cooking and college sports. Mike's desire for himself and the body at Emmanuel is that "we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).
Rhett was born and raised in eastern Colorado and since most of his family lived close by, family was and remains very important to Rhett.
Rhett and his wife, Janine have two children, Callie and Hudson. Rhett studied accounting in college and continues to work in the accounting field for a manufacturing company in Greenville. Rhett enjoys watching pro football, college basketball and spending time with his family.
Rhett came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as a teenager; since then he has been growing up into Christ (Ephesians 4) and desires to continue to be made more like Christ. He considers it a joy to learn, develop and use the gifts and talents he has been given for God's glory.
John was born and raised in Greenville. During his childhood years he realized his need of a Savior and placed his hope in Jesus. As he looks back on his life, He is incredibly thankful for the steadfast and patient work of God that is slowly but surely completing the good work which He began.
John studied Humanities for his undergrad degree, and went on to complete an International M.B.A . Upon his return to the Greenville area, God led him to the body at Emmanuel. It was there that he met and later married his wife, Rima, and God has blessed them with two wonderful sons, Ethan and Henry. He is a commercial banker in the Upstate area.
Whenever he is not spending time with his family, John enjoys music, cooking, and watching real football (soccer). John is thankful to be a part of the work that God is doing in the body at Emmanuel and is looking forward to the day when people from all tribes and tongues will join to eternally praise our God.
Jeff grew up in rural Woodruff, SC where he lived until early adulthood. Being confronted with the awesome wonder of God in the beauty of nature made a significant impact on Jeff's thirst for a greater knowledge of his Creator.
After completing a B.A. in Humanities, Jeff married Noelle Robinson. They have four children, Olivia, Ella, Julia, and Weston. Jeff works as an account executive for a marketing company in Greenville. In his spare time, he enjoys any challenge, from woodworking to backpacking. During the summers you can often find him and his family relaxing on one of the many beautiful lakes in the southeast.
One of Jeff's greatest desires for himself and Emmanuel is to see, experience and communicate the supreme excellence of God in all that he has created.