Leadership Team & Meeting Notes

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

He lives with his wife, Melody, in Murphy NC. They have two sons, Jacob and Zachary and are blessed with 3 grandchildren, Cadence, Asher and Eden. Richard continues to work in Printing Sales as the owner of Mountaintop Print & More.

His journey with the Lord started at the age of 7 and has been better than he could ever imagine. Serving as a Home Group Leader, being a part of the Prayer Team, and having the opportunity to share Jesus on 3 mission trips to India are some of the highlights on the journey. Richard’s passion is to see others empowered to serve and to represent Jesus well. He desires to see the lost saved and their lives changed.

Melody Jones
Melody Jones

After teaching for 30 years, I retired and am now enjoying this new lifestyle. My husband, Richard and I moved from Texas about three years ago and immediately started attending Vertical Church.

What drew me to Vertical is that I loved to see how people were growing in deeper relationships with Jesus through the ministry of the church and making connections with other believers.

I’m excited that God is drawing people to Himself, they are responding to Him, and lives are being changed.

Darrin Sparks
Darrin Sparks

Darrin is CEO & Managing Member at Sparks Exchange. After 28 years in community banking providing financial guidance to clients including small business & real estate investors, Darrin now assists business owners  investment property owners in legally structuring 1031 exchanges.

Active Affliations:
* Vertical Church Treasurer
* Genovus Partners, CFO & Director
* Grace Fiduciary Solutions, Owner, providing Trustee & Fiduciary services.

Previous Experience:
Seasons Bank President
Senior Management for multiple community banks from $50 million assets to $2 Billion.  

Past Affiliations:
*MACA Board Treasurer
* Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach
*President Rotary Club of Union County, GA, *Union County Chamber Board, *member Board of Associates Young Harris College. 

 

Jon Rickett
Jon Rickett

Jon was baptized and accepted Jesus as His savior around the age of 10. He married his wife, Shea, in 2019. They have attended Vertical Church together since 2018. They have two daughters, Blakely and Olive. Jon enjoys serving on the worship team and tech team at Vertical’s Hiawassee campus. Professionally, Jon works at Discovery House Homes and is co-owner of Scenic Flooring & Tile in Hiawassee. He wears many hats, but primarily oversees their accounting processes and general business management. Jon is honored to serve on Vertical’s Leadership Team, and excited to see the Lord moving in our communities.

Makayla Rogers
Makayla Rogers

Makayla Rogers and her family have been a part of Vertical since the very first service. She has served in many capacities over the years alongside her husband, DJ, and their sons, Lincoln and new baby Roman. Her professional background is in Industrial & Systems Engineering, with a focus on process improvement & system transformations. She currently works as a consultant facilitating digital transformation by implementing financial software for finance organizations for businesses of various sizes & industries.

Phillip Kight
Phillip Kight

Phillip is the Senior Pastor at Vertical Church. Phillip and Kalyn joined Vertical Church in 2019. They believe that Jesus can change the life of anyone and a relationship with Jesus is worth going all in for. Kalyn and Phillip enjoy rooting for Atlanta United, the Atlanta Braves, playing sports, good food, and most of all serving the Lord. The Kight’s also have 3 cats named Obi, Wedge, and Biggs (all named after characters from Star Wars).

Meet the Vertical Church Leadership Team, and stay up to date on what's been discussed in Leadership Team Meetings.

03-06-2024
02-07-2024
01-18-24
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