GT CHURCH STAFF
Pastor Matt Samuels has been a part of the GT church staff since 1993. After graduating from Oral Roberts University he felt called to come to Decatur to be the music pastor. Upon the unexpected passing of Pastor BG Nevitt in August of 2013 Pastor Matt became the lead pastor. He is also pursuing his master’s degree in marriage and family counseling at Lincoln Christian University. He and his wife Diva have two children BriElle and Nicholas.
Pastor Paul and his wife, LaRae, have 4 children and have been married for over 20 years. He was the Manager of JanPro Services at Macon Resources, Inc in Decatur for 7 years. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Ministry Studies. Paul has been in church leadership for over 20 years and enjoys being outdoors, camping, reading, and watching movies.
Through expanding an inclusive labor force for those that live with disabilities, he has seen firsthand how indomitable the human spirit can be. Being able to shepherd people through skill development they did not know they were capable of is a true joy in his life. In turn he too has learned from his co-laborers what it means to approach life, business, and faith adventurously. All of which has honed and invigorated his passion for mentorship and personnel development to the flourishing of others.
Pastor Rick married his high school sweetheart, Juanita in 1990. Since his teens, they have loved ministering together. Rick has 8 kids & has 8 grandchildren. He has taught martial arts for over 30 years. Rick loves to teach, preach, and equip people for life’s adventure