MEET OUR ELDERS

 

LISA HAMMERSLA

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

When I’m not at church I enjoy running with my crazy running group, yoga, and generally being outside - especially on a boat in the creeks down in Beaufort (but not camping!). I help things move along at home in the Hammersla household keeping Lee, our three kids, and two dogs in line. I highly value a healthy lifestyle and strive to maintain balance.

Who is your favorite family member?

Favorite family member varies by the hour based on behavior, but generally it’s one of our two dogs.

What is the last concert you attended?

Dave Chappelle


SARAH HAZZARD

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? Spending time with my family, "piddling" (aka shopping and running errands), and being with friends.

Who is your favorite family member?
Can we make this a multiple choice question? If so, my answer is All of the Above...My husband, son, daughter, mom, dad, 3 sisters, 3 brother-in-laws, mother-in-law, father-in-law, 2 sister-in-laws, and 13 nieces and nephews.

What is the last concert you attended?
DOWNTOWN CHURCH's Christmas concert last December!


KRISTEN VICK

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
I have about 1001 interests; here's the short list: Reading, Drinking Coffee, Outdoor Pursuits, Traveling, Baking, Cheering for Georgia Tech Sports, Celebrating Christmas

Who is your favorite family member? My sister is my favorite family member. She's more than my favorite family member, she's my favorite person.

What is the last concert you attended? Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors - I've actually seen them 3 times this year, it's a bit of an obsession.


TYLER HUDSON

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
When not at DTC, I enjoy spending time with my family, golf, exercise, being outdoors and watching my three boys play sports.

Who is your favorite family member?
My wife, Eliza. Sorry boys, y’all are a close second.

What is the last concert you attended?
I recently watched a number of country musicians perform at a bar off Broadway in Nashville. Amazing talent!


AMY LOUTHIAN

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
When not at DTC, I am herding children & a dog, garden planning, rebuilding a house, cooking, & reading.

Who is your favorite family member? Why?
No way am I falling for that one.

What was the last concert you attended? 
Last concert I went to was The Lumineers; they were amazing!

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
I see God everywhere at DTC - His message is in the sermons, music, and "extra-curricular" activities. Mostly, I see Him in the connections between people.


GEORGE JENKINS

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
When I am not at DTC I enjoy spending time with my family, cheering on the Gamecocks, playing tennis and golf, fishing, spending time at the beach, and reading a good book. I enjoy my occupation as a physician and spend lots of rewarding time in that role.

Who is your favorite family member? Why?
I have to say that my wife Heather is my favorite family member (no offense to our 3 great children!) as she is beautiful on the inside and out and truly a great wife and mother. I definitely out kicked the coverage when she said yes!

What was the last concert you attended?
The last concert I attended was John Cougar Mellencamp at the Township. He put on a great show.

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
I see God in the people of DTC…their willingness to reach out and serve others in the community and beyond. I see God’s hand in the preaching and music on Sundays as well as in the various small groups at DTC.


HENRY MOORE

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
I mostly enjoy spending time with my family. I like being outdoors. I like learning new things. I like to travel to new places.

Who is your favorite family member? Why?
Ha.  I should ask them to answer that.

What was the last concert you attended?
I have not attended a concert in a really long time.  However, my daughters and I did watch AT&T Uverse's Taylor Swift's "ON" channel this weekend.  

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
In the honest music and authentic setting. In the people who seem to come for real and genuine purposes.  In my own family when we drop whatever is going on in our heads and momentarily retune our attitudes and belief based on God's word.


FRANK MOOD

What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

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I’m retired and spend time reading, playing golf, attending athletic events for my nine grandkids - from baseball to basketball, and one who plays football.

Who is your favorite family member?

I’m too smart to answer this one.

What is the last concert you attended?

Not a big concert goer - James Taylor

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

Almost everywhere. In the music, in the sermons, in the warmth and congeniality of the congregation and in our diversity. That was a big attraction to me at DOWNTOWN CHURCH.


HELEN JOHNSON

What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

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I love spending time with my two kids, Pope and Cary, and watching them do their activities. I also love talking to and spending time with my family and friends. My work brings me joy as well - the design aspects of my job are what really keep me going. And I look forward to my workouts - running, biking, barre3, yoga, and tennis.

Who is your favorite family member?

Each family member brings something special and unique into my life, so I could never pick just one!

What is the last concert you attended?

Chris Stapleton and right before that Maroon 5. Both were AWESOME.

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

Because DOWNTOWN CHURCH, from its inception, welcomed those who might not otherwise go to church, and embraced those who questioned some assumptions about Christianity, I feel like there is an unspoken understanding among the people of DOWNTOWN CHURCH that we are all accepted, no matter where we are on our spiritual journey. At DOWNTOWN CHURCH, there is a sense that we are all forgiven.

I see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH in this intangible place of acceptance that we who are a part of the church may not have figured out everything in life, but are searching and investing energy in our hearts, minds, and souls to move closer to God.


WES HICKMAN

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What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

If we're not at church or work, Meghan and I enjoy being tourists in and advocates for Columbia and the Midlands, taking advantage of all the growth and change in the area. We love bringing our families to town, showing it off and doing our best to recruit our nieces and nephews to UofSC. We also love live music and do our best to see as much as possible. When the schedule allows, we'll hit the road for a quick weekend away or extended trip across country or abroad.

Who is your favorite family member?

Pass.

What is the last concert you attended?

It was either Shovels & Rope at The Senate or the Steep Canyon Rangers at Harbison Theater.  

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

God is present throughout DTC. He's in the music that energizes us, in the preaching that motivates us to action and in our commitment to a making a positive impact in the lives of others in Columbia, the Midlands and the world around us.


BRAD ALLEN

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Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?

I can easily see God in each person while I’m at a service at Downtown Church; I try to remember to look for Him in all people outside of church.

What do you like to do when you are not at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
Since my job demands a lot of time behind a desk. I always enjoy working with my hands. Usually its renovating houses, working on projects, golfing or sport shooting. My most favorite thing when I am not at DTC is not being able to hear Amos’ voice.

Who is your favorite family member?
I am definitely smart enough not to answer this question with two daughters and a beautiful wife at home. However, I am dumb enough to say my dog Addy. She never asks me what I want to eat for dinner this week, cries or has a diaper to change. 

What is the last concert you attended?
The last concert I attended is when Amos preformed at open mic night. He sounded like a young Smokey Robinson.

Where do you see God at DOWNTOWN CHURCH?
I see God in the faces of the people who DTC has come to help. Its been amazing to see our reach in three short years. Its not about the people that come to church, its about the people our church touches.