Meet The Team
Having spent the last 23 years as a Senior Pastor in churches, both small and large, both traditional and innovative, Shane is not only the Founder & Lead Pastor at Origin Church, but one with immense passion for relationships! His breadth and depth of experience along with his love for the local church serves him well in adding maximum value to every life in his path.
Shane and Kim have been married for 24 years and they have three children; a son, and two daughters. Shane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Immanuel Theological Seminary.
The Cravens are an energetic, fun, and blessed family living in Ringgold, GA, near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Worship Programming Director
Here’s the “boring stuff” that some think qualify Eddie but it really was Eddie saying “God use me” and He has!
Eddie has been in music ministry since the age of 12 when he led his first choir. He has since formed Christian rock bands, been a worship leader since 2006 and helped plant several churches in the Chattanooga, TN area. Eddie became the Worship Director at Origin in 2013.
Ideas regarding worship vary widely depending on who you talk to. Eddie feels it is his job through music and worship to provide the vehicle by which people are carried to the place where God wants them to be; “closer to Him”. In order to bring people into church and to connect to Him they need to feel loved and a part of something. To keep people coming back to church they need to find substance in what we present to them. To revolutionize peoples’ lives we have to present the truth.
Eddie is married to his wife, Dana, and they have one daughter, Reagan, and a couple of dogs. He loves riding his motorcycle, building things with his hands, spending time with my family. Christmas has got to be his favorite time of the year for both obvious reasons and creating a home lighting spectacle. Pepperoni Pizza rocks and his Dad and Grandfathers are his hero’s. Eddie hopes to one day be his daughter’s hero.
TJ & Rebecca Gephart
TJ & Rebecca are young at heart and have a passion for Middle and High School students. Rebecca is a Ringgold High School alumni and has a huge passion for students and the city of Ringgold. TJ’s life was forever changed while attending Hixson High School by being involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) which led him to accepted Christ as his Savior and starting that relationship. TJ & Rebecca also attended multiple Passion Conferences in college that dynamically enhanced their relationship with God. Due to these, TJ and Rebecca are ever thankful and want to have the same impact on other students as those FCA & Passion leaders and peers had on him.
Beyond the youth, the Gepharts also lead all other operations of Origin. Between the website, social media and overall flow of events at Origin, TJ and Rebecca guide the right people to be in the best positions to glorify God the most.
TJ and Rebecca have been married since 2008 and live in the heart of Ringgold with their two dogs (Emma & Sammy) and their cat (Autumn).
Board of Directors & Coach
Jeff helped start and launch Origin Church in an Executive Pastor role. Jeff came to Origin with large church experience in a variety of roles including outreach in which he lead and oversaw the start up and ministry of 2 Community Centers, College/Career, Singles, Young Adult, Students and Worship.
Jeff noticed God opening a door into the business world, so that he could help lead Origin Church during its beginning years. He has been in ministry for over 16 years. This recent stage of chuch planting has been invaluable to Jeff in the understanding of starting a church from the ground up. Jeff is a coach, teacher and motivator. He is passionate about helping people reach and exceed their potential in ministry. Jeff continues to serve at Origin as well as a ministry consultant to other churches.
Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Education from Lancaster Bible College as well as a Master of Science in Business from the University of Memphis. Jeff and Sonya have been married for 15 years along with their 4 children. There is never a dull moment in the Gonzalez household. They are in the middle of school, football, dance, church, and whatever else comes their way. Jeff loves the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and playing football with his boys.