Steve Pettit,
Preaching Minister
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Steve grew up on a farm in the black dirt of West Central Illinois. He was fortunate to be raised in a Christian family that did more than just go to church. His parents wanted each of their kids to attend a Bible College for at least one year.

St. Louis Christian College was his pick. After that first year, he wrestled with his desire to be a lawyer, but gave God first dibs. The Lord opened the door to preach early his Sophomore year when Chancellor Luke Perrine told him a church had called and asked for him personally. Steve decided it was more a call of God, than just a church’s request and started preaching at least twice a week early September of 1978 and due to The Lord’s grace, has not stopped. In Steve’s words, he started preaching “without class” since he only had Biblical studies at that time. On top of it all, he and Julie started dating that very first Sunday and haven’t stopped since…with churches in IL, IN and now GA!

You can reach Steve at steve@branchesofChrist.com on Mondays or Wednesdays thru Friday.
Lara Chilcoat,
Children’s Minister

Lara hails from the great state of Texas and deeply misses Whataburger. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. Lara’s ministry journey began in India, working with Sarah’s Covenant Homes and continued stateside with Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s home. Through her experience in foster and adoption ministry, God placed it on her heart to make the church a place where every child felt safe, valued and loved. Her pursuit of God’s call led her to Georgia, and North Atlanta Church of Christ, where she trained to become a Children’s Minister. Each new experience has further impressed on her God’s heart for the hurting, oppressed and neglected. Lara strives to create inclusive, loving, whole child approaches to children’s spirituality and church experience.  In her free time, Lara enjoys playing games with friends, finding the best gluten-free food in Atlanta and watching new Netflix series in a single sitting! She can’t wait to see the awesome future in store for The Greenhouse!

Julie Pettit,
Church Administrator
(or as she is known around Branches, “our preacher’s wife)
Julie grew up in the country in Southern Illinois and being the oldest daughter to working parents she quickly learned how to “direct” her siblings and organize a house. Besides running the church office,
most Sundays will find her at the back of the church or in the Tech booth helping out with the Media Ministry.
You can reach Julie at julie@branchesofChrist.com Monday-Friday except for Tuesday afternoons.
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