BRENT GARRARD
Lead Pastor

Pastor Brent grew up in Augusta. He attended Shorter University and Florida State University for college and grad school where he majored in vocal performance. Brent was the Worship Leader here at In Focus Church for many years before transitioning to Lead Pastor in 2005. He, his wife Karla, and their 5 children- Caleb, Josiah, Anna Joy, Isi and Zano, enjoy living their “full" life here in the Martinez/Evans area.


ERIc LAIRSEY
TEaching and Small Groups Pastor

Born and raised in Blackshear, Georgia, Eric has been in the Augusta area since 1997. He is a graduate of Augusta State University (now Augusta University) where he met his beautiful wife, Erin. They were married in 2006 and have 5 amazing children — Caleb, Eve, Clara, Ellie, and Coleman. Eric was the Youth Pastor here for almost 10 years before moving into his current position in August 2016. He has spent his entire Christian life as a member of In Focus, and he is more passionate than ever to lead people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.


ROBERT RIOS
PASTOR OF GUEST SERVICES  AND FACILITIES

Robert was born in Germany while his dad was stationed there in the Army. He has lived in Augusta for the last 15 years. He graduated from Augusta Technical College with a diploma in electrical construction and maintenance. He has a retail business background of over 10 years. Robert came on staff in February of 2013 to manage the day-to-day operations of our facilities and to lead and pastor our Hospitality Team. He and his wife, Nicki, enjoy Augusta and love doing life together here.


Jack Bailey
Children's Pastor

Jack is a native of Columbia County. He has a medical background, and served our community for many years as an EMS Captain, Flight medic, and Director of Clinical Services. He and his wife Sonya, along with their three kids - Jacqueline, Madison, and Jacob have been a part of our In Focus family for over 20 years. Jack had been a faithful volunteer in many areas of kid’s ministry for many years, before accepting the call to become our full time Children’s Pastor in 2015.


Sterling Brown
Teaching Pastor

A native of Fort Lee, NJ, Sterling grew up with a passion for art and sports. His life was radically changed when he came to Christ as a student athlete at the University of Richmond.  He has since served the Lord in many different capacities: an overseas missionary,  a coach at Florida State University, Worship Leader, NHL Team Chaplain, Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, and most recently, as the Director of Character Development for Kennesaw State University Athletics.  He enjoys being able to periodically serve In Focus Church in an adjunct teaching role as well.  He and his wife, Myssi, have 4 beautiful children, Jaden, Mya, Levi and Destiny.

 


HUNTER MAYNARD
yOUTH pASTOR

Hunter was born in Charlotte, NC but spent his childhood between Augusta, GA and Asheville, NC. He attended Georgia Regents University and graduated with a bachelors of science in Nursing in 2015 and is a Registered Nurse in the state of GA. He is a husband to his beautiful wife Kate since 2013 and a father to his son Hudson who was born in 2015. He has been attending In Focus since 2012 and a member since 2013. Hunter took on the role of middle school youth pastor in August 2015 and moved into his current position of student pastor in August 2016. Hunter's goal is for students to come to an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ and to embrace Jesus as their surpassing treasure and the source of all their hope and joy. 


KARLA BLAIR
OFFICE MANAGER

Karla has lived in the Augusta area for 30 years with her husband, Scott.  They have two daughters and three grandchildren.  God radically changed her life after she accepted Jesus as Lord at In Focus Church in the year 2000. Her diverse administrative skills were sharpened in various industries before God brought her on staff at In Focus Church as the Office Manager.   She loves her church and loves to serve.  She is a small group leader and also serves on the Ladies Ministry team.  


Patti Lechner
Nursery Director

Patti was raised here in Augusta.  She attended Augusta College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Patti, her husband Don and their 5 sons came to In Focus in 1989, and she has been Nursery Director for more than 15 years.  


ALLI TOWNSEND
Campus Minister

Alli began attending In Focus church as a college student at Augusta University in 2003. After graduation she answered the call to full-time campus ministry and served at In Focus for 2 years after which she moved and got married to Michael Townsend. She and Michael felt God calling them back to Augusta and returned in 2015.


Karla Garrard
Ladies Ministry Director

Karla Garrard is the leader of the ladies ministry at In Focus Church as well as a wife, mother of 5, an amazing communicator and a lover of Jesus. Karla is married to Brent, who is the lead pastor at In Focus Church where they have been in ministry together for 19 years.  Whether singing, working with kids, discipling students or teaching ladies, Karla loves being in the ministry.  Having grown up in the church, her passion is to see others transformed by true truth, surrendered to the gospel of grace and walking out their true identity in Christ.  

Karla is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Child Life degree.  She enjoys music and reading books of any kind.  She labels herself an introverted extrovert and secretly wishes she was a hip hop dancer.  Some of her favorite things are working with kids, spending time with close friends, eating chocolate and vacations to the beach with her family.

Brent, Karla, and their 5 children, Caleb , Josiah, Anna Joy, Isi, and Zano reside near Evans, Georgia.


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Heather Fiddmont
OFFICE Assistant

Heather was born in Columbus, GA and has been in the Augusta area for 19 years.  She and her husband Norman have been married 3 years and have 2 beautiful daughters, Stella and Kimberly. Their family loves the Lord and they are proud to call In Focus Church their home.


BECKY KRIDNER
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR

Becky is the Financial Administrator at In Focus Church.  She loves working with Finances and she loves this church!  She has an amazing husband and 2 wonderful kids.  She enjoys reading, gaming and walking the canal.


SARAH HOESE
PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Sarah Hoese is the director of pre-k and kindergarten activities at In Focus Church.  Sarah and her husband, Dennis, have been members of In Focus since 2002, when they relocated to Augusta, Georgia. Sarah was born in Dubuque, Iowa and attended The University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her degrees in Elementary Education (K- 6) and Spanish Education (K-12). 

Sarah has had the opportunity to teach in Iowa, Virginia and Georgia in the public school systems.  She believes the ability to teach children is a beautiful gift from the Holy Spirit. Sarah desires for all children to feel welcome and safe, to know God’s love for them, and to learn something new each time she meets with them. Sarah also serves on the Ladies Ministry Team and is a Small Group Leader at In Focus Church.  She enjoys reading many different types of books to keep her mind open and ready for the Holy Spirit to reveal something new! Dennis and Sarah love being ‘adopted southerners’ living in Augusta with their four children: Judah, Lydia, Benaiah, and Zechariah. They love God, love people and desire to reach the world for Jesus!