Tommy Ferrell, Lead Pastor

I love it here!
 
I love my family. Elyse and I met on a summer mission trip to Mombassa, Kenya. Our three boys, Garrison, Joseph, and Bailey keep things hopping at home.

I love our church and community. There are over 530,000 people within seven miles of Briarlake, but the church connects so many people that it really feels like home.

I love Jesus. At the age of 16, I made a life changing decision to follow the Lord. A few years later, while serving in the United States Navy, I sensed God's call to share His truth with others.

I love to learn. I began reading and studying the Bible while I was deployed on board the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. The opportunity to see the world and meet interesting people influenced me to grow in my faith. I went back to school earning degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BA); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDIV); and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (PHD). Continuing to learn has helped me to be more effective as a leader.

I love to lead. I am privileged to partner with a talented staff and lots of wonderful people at Briarlake who enjoy giving their best for a higher cause. Life truly is an adventure here as we work to help people experience meaningful life in Jesus Christ.

I love to see lives changed. My greatest satisfaction comes from seeing God change people's lives.  Our church is a great place to worship, to connect, and to serve. I invite you to come and experience Briarlake for yourself.