About our Staff
Todd and Melissa Arnold - Senior Pastors PDF Print E-mail
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Pastors Todd and Melissa Arnold have been married since 2002. They have three children, and a close extended family.  Todd has been Senior Pastor at Abundant Life since 2005. Prior to his service as Senior Pastor, Todd served as Associate Pastor for two years. The main goals of their ministry are: filling broken vessels, mending broken hearts, restoring families and marriages, overcoming addictions, and awakening this generation to the purpose of God.  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:19-20
 
Josh Nation - Associate Pastor PDF Print E-mail

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Josh has been attending church all of his life.  Even from childhood, he has been conscious of spiritual things.  Although Josh did not walk in the light of what he knew and went astray, he re-dedicated his life to God in his early twenties.  During that time he answered the call of God on his life to teach the Word of God without compromise.  Primarily, he ministers on the subjects of Faith and Healing.  Josh often preaches from the 5th chapter of Mark concerning the woman with the issue of blood and the story of Jairus’ daughter; he uses these two stories from the Bible to encourage people to act on God’s Word.  Even though the crisis of life comes to all of us, Josh exhorts people to trust in Jesus.

Josh and Kelly have been married since April of 2008.  They do not have children, but they do have plenty of animals.  They are a rather simple couple that enjoys doing things like working and playing on the farm.  They are heavily involved in Cornerstone Ranch, which is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to developing self-esteem and character in the lives of youth in need through recreational activities and Faith-based programs.  To find out more information on Cornerstone Ranch, check out their website at www.mycornerstoneranch.org.

 
Sandra Arnold - Women's Minstry Coordinator PDF Print E-mail

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Sandra and Larry Arnold have been married since 1968, they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  They have been at Abundant Life since its inception.  

Sandra grew up in an Assembly of God church that was started by her grandmother.  When she was young she helped in Vacation Bible School and Sunday school.  She always had a desire to teach, and has served in that capacity, in several areas at Abundant Life.  For many years her heart has been toward the family.  Her desire has been to see families whole, and the only way to accomplish that is thru God’s Word.  She has seen the faithfulness of God in over 40 years of marriage, many struggles, and set backs, but if she has a claim to fame or secret formula, it would be that she never gave up, and she wants to encourage every lady to hold on to God.
 
Chris Owen - Student Pastor PDF Print E-mail
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Chris recently graduated college in 2008 where many life experiences and wonderful people changed his life.  His eyes were opened to the fact that he had discounted many people by appearances and first impressions in the past.  God used the experiences and new friends to show him that ALL of us are God’s children and that we all belong to Him.  

Chris is constantly reminded of God's Love for His children in John 13:34 where it says, "I give you a new commandment - to love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."  He now takes this verse in mind and tries to apply it in his life everyday in order to see everyone the way God sees them.
 
Gary Alexander - Men's Minister PDF Print E-mail

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Red spent the majority of his adult life as a bored Christian.  His life seemed to have no real purpose.  Then God radically changed his life in 2008.  His life now has meaning and purpose.  Reaching people with the life giving message of Jesus is the only thing that fulfills him now.  

Red wants people to know that Abundant Life is not about religion, fancy suits, or big offerings.  It doesn’t matter about your background or what side of the tracks you’re from.  He wants everyone to come just as they are and join us as we worship God with sincere expression.

 
Amanda Mickle - Children's Ministry Director PDF Print E-mail
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Brian and Amanda Mickle have been married since 1999 and have two children. Amanda has attended Abundant Life her entire life and Brian began attending when they were dating.

Amanda has always had a heart for the children, babysitting and helping with children’s ministry as a teenager. After the birth of her first child, she felt the Lord calling her to Nursery work. She became Nursery Director and served in that position 5 years.  As the church grew she felt a calling to help in Children’s Church with the 5 and 6 year olds. She did this for 2 years and in May 2009 she became Children’s Church Director.
 
Jereme and Jenny Logan - Outreach Directors PDF Print E-mail

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We would like to welcome our newest staff members, Jereme and Jenny Logan.  The Logan's will be our new Driectors of Outreach.  They will be helping with our local and world outreach efforts.  This will involve organizing local events, volunteer help, and mission trips.  We look forward to seeing how God will use their talents and abilities for His glory.

 

Jereme and Jenny Logan have been married since 2004.  They have two children and a mischievous border collie named Sadie.  Jereme grew up in the Hayden area.   Jenny is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  They moved to the Gardendale area in 2007.  The Logans are grateful to serve God through facilitating the service of others.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  Matthew 25:35-36

 


 
Lauren Porter - Dance and Drama Team Director PDF Print E-mail

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Lauren and Joseph Porter have been married since 2003. They have been attending Abundant Life since 2009.  Lauren was raised in a small Baptist Church, in Bessemer, Alabama. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit were something she knew nothing about.  Shortly after Lauren attended Abundant Life the Lord began to move Lauren out of her comfort zone and into His calling for her life. The Lord has continued to open her eyes to the moving of His Spirit, and to the power of His Word.

 

The vision for this team is to bring forth unfiltered praise to the Heavenly Father. They desire to dance before the Lord as David did, unashamed and with all our hearts.  Ushering in the Presence and Glory of God is the deepest desire of this team.