Leadership Staff

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Tez Andrews, Lead Pastor

Pastor Martez (Tez) Andrews is married to his beautiful bride Gala. They have 4 sons Kyron, Martez II, Solomon,  Beau and a daughter, Christa.

FUN Facts about Pastor Tez:

What is your favorite family vacation? Anytime I can get time with my wife “alone” and some time with the my wife and kids it’s a gooooooood vacation. Universal Studios is a cool place. 🙂

What’s your favorite family recipe? BBQ Ribs! My Sauce is da boss. So tender they are falling off the bone.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Gala Andrews (no brainer) Charles Barkley Chris Tucker Habakkuk King Solomon

Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without? Jesus!

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Mussels (Pretty Gummy)

Ministry Experience & Service to the Community
Pastor Tez has served in ministry for over 18 years.

[2018-Present] (Lakeside High School, North Atlanta) Vikings Football Chaplain
[2017-Present] (Henderson Mill Elementary, North Atlanta) North DeKalb County School Council
[2010-Present] (Oakview Elem., Flat Shoals Elem., Toney Elem., Jolly Elementary & Columbia Middle, Decatur) DeKalb County School Council Member, Guest Speaker, Intervention Mentor & Community Leader
[2010-Present] North American Missions Board – I.T. Director, Systems/Solutions Development, Church Planter Mobilization Consultant, Local Missionary
[2011-Present] Connect SportsATL Basketball & Cheerleading League, Founder & President
[2010-Present] Connect Church, Founder of Connect Sports ATL & Lead Pastor of Connect Church ATL
[2011-2015] Georgia Baptist Convention, Executive Committee on Nominations
[2011-2014 ] Carver College, Adjunct Faculty
[2013-2015] Elite Scholars Academy Charter School, PTSA President
[2007-2010] North Garland Baptist Fellowship, Garland, TX – Served as the Youth Pastor & Worship Pastor
[2009-2010] Southern Bible Institute,  Adjunct Faculty, Old Testament Studies
[2005] Cadence Ministries, Served as a Missionary to Germany
[1999-2004] Zion Grove Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), Hopewell Missionary Baptist (Norcross, GA) and Sweetwater Church (A.K.A. Gospel Nation, corporate businesses and Apartmentlife.org ) – Served in several capacities throughout the church and communities  as (Christian Educator, Evangelist, Community Chaplain, Noonday Bible Study Leader etc…)

Dallas Theological Seminary—Masters of Theology (ThM) in Hebrew Bible for Academic Ministry
Carver Bible College & Luther Rice Seminary—Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biblical Studies
Chattahoochee Technical College – Certificate in Computer Information Systems

Pastor Tez would sum his biography up into one phrase “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2). He loves the Savior Jesus Christ. He’s grateful for salvation! He understands God is his everything and he is nothing without Him.


Ben Gipson, Lead Pastor Connect EAST

Pastor Ben is the Lead Pastor for  Connect Church EAST, located at 3565 Highway 20 SE Conyers, GA 30013. Please join us there on Sundays at 10:30 am. Pastor Ben has served in ministry for over 30 years.  He was licensed to preach at the age of 16 and has been a youth director, associate pastor, pastor, […]

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Derek Douglas, Young Adults Minister

Minister Derek serves as a Worship Leader, Young Adults Minister, Connect SportsATL Basketball Coach and Referee Commissioner.  He is an avid evangelist who loves to share the gospel by any means necessary!  In 2015, he married the love of his life, Mrs. Jasmine Lynese Douglas. He and his wife serve together in mentoring, teaching,  youth in the […]

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Jasmine Lynese, Worship Services Director

Jasmine Lynese is a gifted vocalist who desires to live out her dreams by using her talents to advance the kingdom of God. A talented singer, song writer, actress, and spoken word artist, Jasmine is determined to minister the love of Christ to everyone she meets. Her goal is to continue serving God and serving others while encouraging those around her to do the same. […]