Jesus is the message, Leaders are the mission.

The Mission

The mission of Vertical Church is to see 1023 leaders raised up. The Vertical definition of a leader is "a disciple in action".

Our prayer is to raise up 1000 local leaders and support 23 leaders on every continent on the globe.

The Message

Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is the message for salvation. Not religion. Not salvation by works. But salvation comes by grace, through faith in Christ.

We unapologetically believe the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit is what will change the lives of the people around us.

Meet the team.

We are so blessed as a church to have a staff that pursues Jesus, and Loves people. Here is our team!

Phil & Kalyn Kight

Associate Pastor
Phillip is the associate 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, playing sports, good food, and most of all serving the Lord. The Kight’s also have one cat named Obi who is training to be a Jedi.

Tracey & Kent Reed

Children's Pastor
Tracey is the children’s director here at Vertical Church. She lives in Blairsville with her husband (Kent), two twin boys (Knox and Stockton), and her dog (Jingles).

Tracey's passion and focus is to make sure children know that Jesus loves them, knows God created them uniquely, and that they were made with a special purpose. She is incredibly intentional with relationships. When she’s not hanging out with kids, Tracey enjoys helping with Boy Scouts, gardening, relaxing by the lake, adventuring with her family, and laughing.

Chris & Krista Miller

Youth | Teams | Local Outreach Pastor
Chris is the youth, teams and local outreach pastor at Vertical Church. Chris and Krista Miller have lived in Blairsville almost 20 years. While here they have received much joy from seeing young people develop their walk with Jesus through Bible study, mission trips and doing life together, it is their desire to see as many students as possible come to know Jesus in a deep, personal way. Chris and Krista have 3 adult children, Gabe, Kelsey and Katie (and a lazy dog, Duncan). Krista is a teacher in the Union County Alternative Education Program.  Both Chris and Krista love a good Mexican meal and some good BBQ.

Austin Watson

Worship | Media Director
Austin Watson is the worship and media director of Vertical Church. Austin is a recent graduate from Young Harris College, majoring in English. He enjoys good coffee, playing guitar, creating art and forming intentional relationships. Austin's love for worship is a direct indication of his love towards Jesus.

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