Stories of Growth

On this page you will see stories of growth from the people of Lakemont.
Since our focus is making disciples we want to highlight how God is faithfully growing disciples at Lakemont.

My Story of Growth
Julia Farr

From my birth, the name of Jesus was proclaimed in my house. My parents are believers who steadfastly love the Lord and are prayer warriors. Every Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday night, we were in church. Growing up, my family had periodic devotion times together and my parents encouraged me in learning the scriptures.

At a young age, the Holy Spirit worked in my life and I acknowledged my sin and confessed Christ as my Savior. Through Sunday School classes and Young Life, my Biblical knowledge increased and my faith grew. Yet in college, through the ministry of CRU, through fellow believers and my church, my faith became stronger and even more integral to my life.

In my teenage and young adult years, I sought acceptance from God in what I did. I was checking boxes that I thought would please the Lord. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, especially in college, I began to more fully understand the truth of God’s grace, that Christ’s work alone on the cross secures my relationship with God. This refreshed and renewed my soul. I desired to really know who my Savior is, loving what He loves and seeking to be a faithful servant, longing to one day hear those words, ‘well done!’.

When my husband and I initially visited LPC, we were impressed by the feeling of family and the faithful proclamation of the scriptures. Over the years, I’ve made precious friendships. My fellow LPC brothers and sisters in Christ have rejoiced with me, mourned with me, and loved me. Through various Bible studies, I’ve been instructed and challenged. I’ve seen the faith of my own children grow through the many who have poured into their lives. Through LPC, I have seen the body of Christ at work as this church seeks to glorify God and to make disciples.

A few fun facts about me:
My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 26:3 - “Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.”
My favorite Augusta restaurant is Cadwallader’s.
A dream vacation spot would be any warm beach!

My Story of Growth
Pastor Bryan

I came to Christ late in high school. I didn't grow up going to church so the first time I remember hearing the gospel, that Jesus was the only way to be right with God forever, I placed my faith and trust in Christ right then and there. God showed me then and has continued to show me that He would always be my friend. God being a friend was important because growing up I was very lonely and had no friends. I have seen God be that faithful friend and Father as I have continued walking with Him.

I really began to grow in my faith when, believe it or not, I started consistently reading the bible and going to church! Church was very foreign to me so it took me awhile to feel comfortable but the one thing that kept me coming back was the preaching of the word. I learned so much from hearing the bible taught and this has fueled my desire to read the bible for myself and also teach it to others.

One important lesson that God keeps teaching me is that I am united to him, as a husband is to a wife. God is loyal to me and therefore I owe him my total and complete devotion. God loved me when I could do nothing for Him and now I want to do everything for him out of gratitude for how He has loved me.

I came to Lakemont questioning many things about being a pastor but the Lord has been so good to bring me here. I'm far from being the perfect pastor but my family and I have been welcomed, loved, respected, and cared for here. I love worshipping, growing, and serving with the people of Lakemont.

3 questions:
Favorite verse in the bible? I have always loved Psalm 34:18 - God is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Favorite place to eat in Augusta? It's Farmhouse all the way!
Dream vacation spot? I don't care where it is as long as it's in the mountains. 

Stay tuned for more stories of growth...