lead Pastor & VILLAGE STUDENTS pastor
Jonathan Taylor grew up in Phenix City and truly has a heart for serving this community. He graduated from Central High School in 1998 and attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he graduated with a degree in ministry in 2003. That same year he married his wife, Jessica.
Jonathan has served in full-time ministry since 2003. Together, Jonathan and Jessica both have hearts for discipleship and for seeing lost, hurt, and broken people come to know a Savior who heals and restores. They also are also committed to local and foreign missions, serving in various capacities with both domestic and international missions groups.
In addition to serving as the church pastor, Jonathan leads Village Students for teens in 8th through 12th grades. Plus Jonathan volunteers as the chaplain for the Central High School football team in Phenix City.
Jonathan and Jessica are passionate advocates of adoption. They have two beautiful daughters: Grace, who was adopted from Russia, and Oliviya, who was adopted from China.
For fun, Jonathan enjoys watching college football (go Vols!), traveling to the beach, and savoring a good cup of coffee.
Women's ministry leadeR & MISSIONS COORDINATOR
Married to Pastor Jonathan, Jessica Taylor works alongside him to serve every aspect of Village Church. Jessica also leads the THRIVE Women's Ministry at Village Church.
In addition to her role as the wife of Pastor Jonathan and the mother of two little girls, Jessica also founded and runs a nonprofit, Come Away Missions, that partners with a church in Rwanda to bring medical relief, provide discipleship training, and other ministries to the people of Rwanda. Jessica has been involved in missions in the U.S. and around the world since middle school. In 2009 she began taking teams to serve in Rwanda, and that's when God called her to build lasting relationships with the Rwandan people for long-term missions in Africa.
Plus, Jessica also founded and manages COPO Market, which provides employment to women in Rwanda. These Rwandan artisans create handmade items such as baskets, bracelets, backpacks, and more for sale in the U.S., which allows them to earn income to support their families.
Brett Nunley has served in music ministry for over a decade, with 4 of those years at Christ Community Church in Columbus (our "parent church"). Since 2014, Brett has voluntarily served as the worship leader here at Village Church. He desires to be a humble vessel of God's truth in worship and for God's truths to be evident through his life and ministry. He highly values honesty, integrity, and hard work.
Brett loves being a husband to his wife, Jennifer, and the father of their two little girls. Brett is also a passionate Auburn fan who enjoys the outdoors. For his "day job," Brett is an accountant.
community Outreach Leader
Jennifer Nunley is passionate about making the love of Christ tangible in our community. Whether it's leading a volunteer event at a local school, preparing food for our local law enforcement, or serving communion on a Sunday morning, her desire is that everything we do will be saturated with the love of God.
Jennifer is grateful to be married to her best friend, Brett, and she is the proud mom of their two little girls. She finds her greatest joy in raising them.
Village Groups ministry Leader
Shawn McClain has more than 12 years of experience in ministry, including leadership roles in youth, college, and career ministries. Currently Shawn volunteers as the Village Groups ministry leader here at Village Church, where he helps individuals and families become plugged in with small group life.
Shawn loves and cherishes his wife, Jennifer, with whom he shares a marriage mentoring ministry, Guilty of Loving. Shawn is also the father of two children, a boy and a girl. For his "day job," Shawn works at a company that specializes in church marketing materials. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys watching Auburn football, reading, social media management, and blogging.
children's Ministry Leader
Jennifer McClain has served in children's ministry for over 12 years. She loves teaching our Village Kidz about Jesus and His unconditional love for them. It brings her joy to see children learn and grow in their relationship with Christ. In addition, she has a special passion for teaching and serving individuals with special needs and their families.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, Shawn, and their two children, Zoe and Zeke. Jennifer also enjoys watching Auburn football and being outdoors. In her professional career, Jennifer also works with children; she's currently employed as a school psychometrist for the Lee County School System.
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