Jody is the Associate Vice President for Campus Ministries at North Greenville University. Previously he served with the International Mission Board in Uganda, East Africa and was a church planter with the North American Mission Board in North Dakota. Jody holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Greenville University, Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently completing his Doctorate of Education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jody is married to his wonderful wife Emily and they have 5 wonderful children together; Silas, Hattie, Luke, Millie and Ada.
It might not sound like it, but the Atlanta based worship band “The Museum” is actually named after a revolution. During a 2008 musical mission trip to Romania, drummer Josh Kirk found himself at a ceremony commemorating the end of Communism in that country twenty years earlier. “There was a small, humble museum near the square that told the story,” he recalls. “Turns out it was a group of Christians that actually brought about that political and social revolution.” Twenty years later the political changes were celebrated but the spiritual center of the revolution had been mostly forgotten. There was little evidence of Christian influence in the culture. “That little museum remained though, offering a glimpse into the kind of faith that can turn a nation upside down.” Shortly thereafter, singer and songwriter Ben Richter formed the band that would explore the big themes of their lives – faith, justice and worship – with an eye toward waking the church to the incendiary role it should be playing in the world. “We were, and are, all worship leaders,” Richter explains, “and we have a passion for the local church. But as much as we love to sing together on Sunday morning, we felt a calling to bring songs that would challenge the Church to live out lives of worship all week long.”