“There have been countless leaders, pastors, teachers, members, and friends from Shadowbrook who have poured into my spiritual walk and kept me accountable throughout the years.”
My name is Ruth Mang and I am a rising junior in college studying nursing. My family and I have been going to Shadowbrook Church since 2000 and have been members since 2010. My family was involved with helping plant a few Burmese churches, and we were temporary members for those churches for some years before we decided to settle and make Shadowbrook our church home.
Being a part of this church has impacted my walk with the Lord in countless, positive ways. I gave my life to Christ on January 15, 2005, and that would not have been possible without the spiritual outpouring and guidance from my parents as well as my church family! I loved how fun and educational all the Sunday school lessons were from when I was in preschool up until my senior year of high school. A great thing about Shadowbrook is how gospel-driven we are. Through all the events, camps, sermons, decisions, changes, new leadership, etc., we have always been a church that puts God and the gospel first; that element is extremely important to my family, and it is one of the main reasons we have stayed for so long! There have been countless leaders, pastors, teachers, members, and friends from Shadowbrook who have poured into my spiritual walk and kept me accountable throughout the years.I know I am not perfect, for I am a sinner who fails and does not deserve the love and mercy God has given me; however, I continue to walk in faith with Jesus Christ as my Savior, and being a member of Shadowbrook has equipped me with the tools to go out into the world, speak of His Word, and live like Christ. A pastor once said to me, “You may be the only Jesus someone sees”, and that quote has resonated with me to this day. I am thankful to my church home for shaping and sculpting me into a disciple of Christ who is proud to bear His name and show His love to the world.
I’m excited for what is to come at Shadowbrook! Every month, I pray for new opportunities and improvements in my life and that equally applies to the church. I see many wonderful things happening to the church and from the church. One of the greatest qualities about this body of Christ is the community and service. I have seen it all my life growing up in this church. We are all family and friends here. I hope that, as I contribute as a singer on the worship team, that I will be able to encourage the congregation on Sunday mornings to worship in our gatherings, as well as worship in our daily lives! I‘m excited about the growth of our church and that we have even more opportunities to serve our community, as well as serve those in other states and countries! It is an honor to be a member of this gospel-driven God-fearing body of Christ.
NIGEL & Camille Gray
“At Shadowbrook, we see a focus on the Gospel, and that is encouraging.”
When we moved to the City of Sugar Hill in 2008, we visited several churches to find a church home. We marked Shadowbrook for a second visit because we liked the welcome we received, the preaching was biblical, there was a vibrant kids ministry, and they had a rich adult bible study tradition. We also enjoyed that Shadowbrook was engaging the community via local evangelism by knocking on doors, as well as other outreach events.
We stayed at Shadowbrook because, first, we don’t think God is calling us to leave. We believe that God is allowing us to be a part of His body and that He brought us to Shadowbrook. If this is where He’s called us to serve, then this is where we’ll serve. Second, the doctrine is sound and we’re being diligent in the work of the ministry. We may have seasons of joy and seasons of pain, but we weather each storm together like a Church family should.
At Shadowbrook, we see a focus on the Gospel, and that is encouraging.There is also a deliberate attention on the next generation, and attention to the changing demographics of our surrounding cities. What gets us most excited though is a focus on excellence. Already we can see the worship experience improve by several notches, and that we are addressing what the gathering experience is from the moment we enter the doors. Our church is addressing the most relevant questions in the culture, and we are striving to make sure the Gospel is at the heart of what we do – both when we gather and when we go.
“I’m excited to be a part of reaching the next generation and future leaders of Shadowbrook and the Church at large.”
I grew up in a great family, the youngest of 4 children, with a great Christian Mom and Dad. I walked the aisle at 8 years old and was baptized. We attended church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesdays. I didn’t miss Sunday School class for 12 years, and since we got a medal for each year of perfect attendance, I looked like a little General.
I don’t know when it happened, but at some point, I was growing up and my faith was not growing with me. When I was old enough to drive, I would still attend Sunday mornings to make my Mom happy, but my heart was hardened to anything I heard. At 19 I got a job at G.M. and soon moved out of the house to be on my own. Christianity was just a religion of do’s and don’ts, and I didn’t like any of them.
Of course, I didn’t know it then, but looking back I see God’s grace in finding my future wife Kay. I would attend her church on occasions, but really just to play church softball. Soon after we had a baby and Kay started attending Shadowbrook when Cory was two in 1986. The only reason I started going was out of guilt, and because Shadowbrook had a really good softball team.
We soon joined this very friendly church, which was easy because I had been a member of a Baptist church for 20 years, but it was when we got involved with the people that my life was really altered. There was a new members class Kay and I attended, and our teacher was a man named Velvie Dollar. Velvie was one of the nicest, most humble men I had ever met. He had us memorizing Scripture and I actually opened a Bible for the first time in years, and it smelled musty. Velvie got me interested enough in my own walk with the Lord that I actually bought a Bible I could understand. I decided to read a gospel to see who Jesus was and I chose Mark, because it was the shortest. To my surprise I only made it to Chapter 4. The parable of the soils. I felt as if Jesus himself was teaching the parable to me. Trying to pretend I was a Christ follower on Sunday’s may have been fooling many, but it was not fooling Jesus. I would not describe it as God’s loving kindness at the time that brought me to repentance, but now I see His loving-kindness as He pursued me to let me feel the weight of my sins, and there was a Savior, and His name was Jesus. That day my hard heart was softened, and I put my trust in Jesus.
The people at Shadowbrook showed me so much grace and love, and that is still the Shadowbrook I know. From children to adults we make much of Jesus. He is not just a role model, he is our righteousness. (2 Cor.5:21)
It is very exciting to know God has a plan for Shadowbrook and I am thankful and excited I get to be a part of it. I think of an old Greek proverb, “A city will flourish when old men plant trees whose shade they shall never sit under.” I think this is the same for the church. I’m excited to be a part of reaching the next generation and future leaders of Shadowbrook and the Church at large.In addition, my son, who helped me discover Shadowbrook, is now married and he and his wife, Angela, have a 4-year-old son named Archer and a 2-year-old daughter named Lily who attend Shadowbrook. I look forward to the day that my grandchildren come to know Jesus, the Savior that changed their Grandpa’s life forever through His people at Shadowbrook.