Kyle Rye - Pulpit Minister
The Buford congregation is excited to have Kyle Rye serving as our new Pulpit Minister as of September 1, 2016. He has been preaching for over 14 years. He received a B.A. in Bible and Religion from Harding University in 2003. In addition, he received a Master of Ministry degree in May of 2012 from Harding University. He has had the privilege to speak at many Summer Series, AIMCON at Faulkner University and during mission trips. He previously served the Scenic Hills church of Christ in Pensacola, FL as a Youth Minister and later as Pulpit Minister; he began his ministry there in 2004.
In 2004, Kyle married the former Sara Hurd. Kyle and Sara are blessed with a 3 year old daughter, Micah. Kyle was raised around Arkansas and is still a Razorback fan. Sara has family roots there as well. They worshipped at the Somers Avenue church of Christ in North Little Rock, where his father, grandfather and father-in-law all served as elders. Right after being married, they headed to the work in Florida.
Kyle continues to serve in the Lord’s work and seeks ways to help individuals and the church grow Spiritually.
Jeremy Pate - Youth Minister
Jeremy Pate has been in Youth Ministry for 17 years, beginning as a youth intern and then in full-time work. He grew up in Columbia, TN and worshipped with the Graymere congregation. He was baptized into Christ at 12 years of age. He has been married to the former Brooke Watkins since May of 2005 and has two daughters.
He received a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1997 and went on to work for approximately 2 years in Columbia, TN doing design/illustration work from 1997-1999. After two years as a youth intern, he decided (with help from the Graymere congregation) to go back to school and get a Masters degree in ministry so that he could begin full-time work in a more prepared way. He went to Freed-Hardeman University from 1999-2001 and graduated in May of 2001 with a Masters in Ministry.
After graduation from FHU, he worked full-time in youth ministry with the Westhill church of Christ in Corsicana, TX (2001-2007) and Northport church of Christ in Northport, AL (2007-2014). He began serving at the Buford church of Christ in May of 2014. Through his years in ministry, he has been involved in outreach, service, Bible Study, devotionals, Bible classes, retreats, family workshops, camps and youth rallies. He coordinates workshops for the Lads to Leaders program in Art-Says-It and Song Leading. He designs communication materials and has completed freelance artwork for Apologetics Press, Focus Press, Lambert Book House and youth events at other congregations. He has written and designed 12 books of teen-based curriculum for Lambert Book House as well as Home Bible Studies for families to use.
He is on the Board of Directors for the Southern Evangelism Conference and the Executive Committee for the Exposure Youth Camp. He has spoken on the topic of “Family Ministry” both at the FHU Lectureship and at Polishing the Pulpit.
Jaewhan Seo - Korean Speaking Minister
Jaewhan Seo has been a preacher of the Gospel for the past 30 years in South Korea. He received formal education in a Korean Seminary and also finished a full two-year intensive preacher-training program with the churches of Christ in Korea. His wife Myung S Ji was an Educator and Education Administrator in Korea. They have green cards that will allow permanent residency and work permits here. They placed membership with the Buford congregation in December 2012. Jaewhan expressed a deep interest in working with the Buford congregation, to be involved in the work and to be an integral part of the church here. They desire to assimilate into our culture and congregation, which will provide benefits for their children, who are English speaking. They have 2 teens that take an active part in our youth group. In January 2013, Jaewhan became an official minister of the Buford church of Christ.
Juan Garcia - Spanish Speaking Minister
Juan Garcia is the Minister for Buford Iglesia de Cristo that meets at our building in Buford. He is a native of Matehuala, S.L.P., Mexico. He was born on May 16, 1961. Juan arrived in this country when he was 7 years of age and was raised in Sterling, Illinois until 1979. Then he lived in Texas from 1980-2003. In Dallas, he met his wife Elvira in 1986 and married her one and a half months later. His three children were born in Dallas, Texas (Valentin 1987, Elvira 1988, and Juan Carlos 2003). Juan and his wife were both baptized into the Lord in 1988. Juan attended the Center for Christian Education in Dallas (1991-1993), and then went to preach to his first congregation in Borger, Texas (1993-1995). He and his family later moved to Corsicana, Texas where he began the Spanish work (1996-2003) under the guidance of the Westhill Church of Christ elders. After this missionary endeavor, Juan and his family moved to Hope, Arkansas to continue a work already in progress (2003-2005). From here, Bro. Juan moved to be the Hispanic Minister at the Chestnut Dr. Iglesia de Cristo in Doraville, GA. (2005-2008). Presently, he is Minister of the Buford Iglesias de Cristo in Buford, GA. (2008).