For the next few weeks, I want to use this blog on our website to give you an opportunity to get to know our shepherds, ministers, and staff. I have presented each of them with questions that range from favorite Memphis restaurants and books of the Bible, to my look-a-like, and what gives them hope for Sycamore View. Each week, I will introduce you to one minister/staff and to one shepherd.
Kicking things off is a Q&A with Doyle Bradsher and Justin Ardrey. Doyle is a man who embodies the gentleness described in Galatians 5. He has a calming presence. Justin has been on staff over three years as our Communications Director. He is a creative genius who works behind the scenes, yet his work is seen by thousands each and every week. I am grateful for both of these brothers!
MEET JUSTIN & DOYLE
How long have you lived in the 901?
Justin Ardrey (JA): 7 years
Doyle Bradsher (DB): About 48 years.
What are your three favorite Memphis restaurants?
JA: (Breakfast) Brother Juniper's, Owen Brennan's, or the Arcade; (Lunch) Gus's Fried Chicken, Beauty Shop, or Central/Commissary BBQ; (Dinner) Molly’s La Casita, Casablanca, or Hog & Hominy; (Dessert) Cheesecake Corner, Muddy's Cupcakes, or Jerry's Sno Cones/La Michoacana... We really like to eat.
DB: Bahama Breeze, Brad’s BBQ, and Cracker Barrel
What is your favorite cereal?
JA: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
DB: None. I don’t like cereals.
What is your favorite season of the year, and why?
JA: Fall. It’s the only bearable season in Memphis.
DB: The fall is best. It has nice cool temperatures and not much rain.
What is the most memorable place you’ve ever visited?
JA: Mexico with my beautiful wife
DB: For sheer beauty it’s Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park
Where did you attend college?
JA: Harding University (Interactive Media, Graphic Design, and Vocational Ministry)
DB: Harding University and The University of Michigan
What are your three favorite books in the Bible, and why?
JA: Ecclesiastes, Ephesians, and James
DB: Psalms gives you a real feel for heart of God; Romans gives a complete logical view of God’s plan for us; and James gives very practical lessons about how we should live
What excites you the most about what God is doing at Sycamore View?
JA: Personally, I am excited about the opportunities to creatively minister to our church and community.
DB: I think we have developed a very open culture to pursue God’s will in ways that are effective and there is very close harmony and respect among church leaders to achieve God’s purposes.
Do you think Josh looks like Bear Grylls?
JA: He wishes. I think Josh actually looks like Liev Schreiber.
DB: Who is Bear Grylis?
What gives you hope about the future of Sycamore View and the Kingdom of God?
JA: Many churches don’t consider the next generations of Christians. At Sycamore View, we are always asking where the church will be in five, ten, or twenty years. It’s this type of thinking that gives me hope for the future of our church and the world.
DB: We are working toward a common goal for God and He will enable us because He is in control.
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014
by Josh Ross