Pastor/church planter Donnie Stone attended High School at South Pittsburg, Tennessee where he played tackle on offense and defense. He was a two year letterman and starter at a school which is known for a winning tradition in high school football. Donnie Stone attended one year at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. He transferred and graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a Major in Biblical Education and a minor in Pastoral Studies in 1980. He attended Mid-America Baptist Seminary for three quarters, and transferred to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a MA in Religious Education in 1982. Donnie took advance levels of New Testament Greek studies. One Greek professor said that it was very unusual that a student would take advance Greek studies for this degree program. Donnie's previous three pastorates were in small Southern Baptist churches in Tennessee and Alabama. Hobbies: motorcycle and football. Donnie is a Harley rider. He enjoys a ride around town on his 2006 Harley Sportster. He started as teenager riding a motorcycle to get to baseball practice, and games in the summer. Coming from a large family of two brothers and 4 sisters, mom could not take all the boys particularly to all the activities with this size of a family. Donnie's father died in a truck accident when he was 4. A motorcycle was often my way to get around. Pastor's family Anita, is Donnie's wife. They have an adopted Korean son, Jae (32). Anita is a very gifted soloist, and she plays a keyboard, and piano in our services. She is especially able to relate with children and our senior members. As the pastor, I feel very blessed to have a wife like Anita, and our church is certainly better with her help. She is the best wife and mother a pastor could have. Jae, graduated at Athens State in 2009. He is a giving young man of high Christianvalues. He is faithful to Christ, and I am so proud of him as a father, and his pastor. Hehas helped with cleaning the church, helping in VBS, mowing the church yard over theyears, and helped with our food pantry. I believe that Jae is an example how growing up in a small church has many benefits, and it can plant a seed of service that will last a lifetime. Jae now serves in the Army.