Pastor Karie and Brian Franks, Executive Pastor
How many years have you been in the ministry and what is your ministry experience?
We have been in the ministry serving in some capacity since 2000.  We served as missionaries in Australia, Youth Pastors, Associate Pastors, Children's Pastors, administration, and a variety of helps ministry from ushers to greeters and wherever help was needed.  

What is your current position?
Karie is the Executive Pastor and Brian currently serves as the Pit Crew Leader and together with Karie they oversee the Marriage Ministry.

What else have you done besides ministry?
Brian works at Mountain Mist Water Company, for about 15 years now and Karie has held some side administration and cleaning jobs throughout the years but has mainly worked in the ministry and most importantly as a mom to her three children.

Where did you receive your training/education?
Karie is a graduate of New Creation School of the Bible and both her and Brian are graduates of Rhema Bible Training Center and Domata School of Missions.

How long have you been at Abundant Life?
We have been at Abundant Life since September of 2012.

Tell us a little about your family...
We were married July of 1999 and have three beautiful children, Brianne, Joshua, and Kiera and two precious dogs, Oreo and Snickers.

What are you passionate about?
We both love God and love people. We are passionate about marriage and believe God can strengthen and restore any marriage if two people are willing to put the work into loving one another. Our hearts are to serve and be a blessing and we desire to help others plug in and find their place in the local church body.

Share some fun information with us...
Fun Facts:
* Brian and Karie lived in Australia as missionaries for a year
* They have been "tiny living" for 2 1/2 years now
* They have sold everything they own twice to follow where the Lord was leading them
* The only complaint Brian has received at work is that he is "too happy" in the morning