The Stone Edge Church family welcomed Rev. Joey and Carla Ellis to be the Lead Pastors of the church on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The Ellis’ are Georgia natives and love being back in the ‘heart of Georgia.’

For the last 12 years they have served as missionaries in India where they have focused on planting churches, developing leaders, and rescuing exploited women and children. Most recently Joey served as the Vice President of Global Operations for Global University, Springfield, MO, overseeing 200 offices in over 150 countries around the world. Their experience in missions has given them a great passion for empowering and equipping the body of Christ to reach out to the world both locally and abroad.

Prior to being missionaries, Joey and Carla served as associate pastors for thirteen years. They were blessed to be part the pastoral team at Christian Renewal Church in Hilton Head, SC, Evangel Temple in Columbus, GA, and Faith Assembly in Orlando, FL. In addition to pastoral ministry, they served for three years at the Assemblies of God National Leadership Resource Center, Springfield, MO, promoting missions awareness and training leaders to reach young families and their children.

Joey and Carla have been married since July 1989. They have two adult children, Jerrod and Caroline, who are happily married. Family is very important to Joey and Carla. They believe in building strong ministries to both youth and children at Stone Edge Church.

Joey graduated from Southeastern University in 1989 with a BA in Bible and Systematic Theology and received an MA in Christian Ministries in 2012 from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is currently in the PhD Intercultural Studies program at AGTS. Carla graduated from Southeastern University in 1988 with a BA in Education and she received a MEd in 2003 from Drury University.

Joey and Carla are passionate about people embracing a relationship with Jesus and becoming a devoted follower of Christ. They believe that the Church has been uniquely empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach all people, locally and globally, with the message of salvation.

They are thrilled to be the Lead Pastors at Stone Edge and believe that the best is yet to come!