We can’t help but notice God’s overflowing blessings to our church family. We have witnessed an overflow in attendance, in new opportunities, in facility, and in generosity. Our blessings are meant to be shared with others so our purpose can be fulfilled.

Our Vision for 2024 and beyond is that we make the most of opportunities (Eph 5:15) and continue to grow in Christ through a deeper and more connected relationship with God. We see a four-fold function of the church in Evangelism, Fellowship, Discipleship, and Generosity. (See Acts 2:42-47) When the church does these things well, God brings the overflow.

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There is so much more we can do as we pursue our four-fold mission of evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and generosity. We have overflowed in our current facility and with opportunities yet explored, we move to expand. We have anticipated a few questions and would like to address them here:

We are designing a building to meet our growing needs to facilitate our mission of evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and generosity in mind.

Mark 16:15 tells us that evangelism is the main mission of our church. In Madison County alone, our population has increased by 20% in the last 10 years. Our Hispanic population by over 7%! God has blessed us with overflowing fields ready for harvest. Our expansion will provide a variety of new areas to host outreach opportunities aimed at the needs of our local community. Specifically, a large open area will serve as a multi-functional space equipped to facilitate community-friendly events, large-capacity indoor events, and youth and adult recreational activities. Through this expansion, our Iglesia congregation will be able to host and engage the growing Hispanic population in Madison.

Matthew 9:37-38 is true for us today! Laborers are built through discipleship. One of Madison’s most crucial needs is to provide space for more intimate engagement with God’s word.   Our building expansion will provide an additional 20 rooms to alleviate our overflowing Bible classrooms.  It will also allow some of our very large classroom settings to be broken down into more intimate learning environments, where we will develop deeper spiritual connections and mutual accountability. The additional space will also allow our Madison Kids Care ministry to offer more pre-school classes, thus bringing more of our community into our building. Our growing Lads ministry will benefit from designated spaces for year-round leadership training.

The definition of generosity is a willingness to give help or support, especially more than is usual or expected. Does this definition not define the Christian’s lifestyle when dealing with others? The early church emphasized generosity because Jesus commanded His followers to be generous (Matt 5:42; Luke 12:33; Acts 2:45; 4:32, 34-35)!  Our building expansion would allow us to open our doors to new opportunities such as coat closets, food pantries, and summer lunches for school age children in need.  We believe that as we address the physical needs of our community, opportunities arise to preach and teach Jesus and begin to address their spiritual needs as well. Our building expansion will provide dedicated and permanent space to our existing and already overflowing Komfort & Kindness and Care Bears ministries. Our new Benevolence Ministry approach will utilize the additional space to conduct one-on-one bible studies and provide room for the growth we are seeing and anticipating in the future. Our expanded kitchen facilities will enable us to tackle disaster response and provide opportunities to feed those who may be hungry for more than just food.

We read in Acts 2:42, that the early church was “devoted to fellowship”. The word “devoted” implies that was something they worked on and stuck with regardless of resistance or struggles. This is the way of living out what Jesus said in John 13:24-25. Their overflowing joy in being together, supporting one another, enjoying time across a table from one another, and growing their love and appreciation for one another is well documented in the scriptures.  God’s people are meant to be together and to enjoy each other’s company.  Our large gathering area provides a blank canvas for innumerable possibilities in pursuit of this vital practice.  Having a room that seats hundreds of people at tables for meals would be a blessing we have not enjoyed in many years because of our growing numbers.  Our large gathering area will also double as an indoor activity center for our teens, our Madison Kids Care ministry, our men’s & women’s ministry functions as well as enhancing our ability to host the outreach events previously mentioned. 

The building committee has estimated that our expansion will cost between 7 and 8 million dollars to complete.   As good stewards of the monies given, the shepherds are not eliminating current ministry efforts from our annual budget to finance a building expansion.  The Shepherds believe that when our members see a need, have a clear vision presented for our evangelism, discipleship, generosity, and fellowship goals, and are challenged to make a spiritual difference in our community, our members rise to the occasion. We look to 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 and see how enriched we are through generosity. This is evident here at Madison through prior special contributions for natural disasters and foreign mission efforts. 

Funding a building expansion will be our greatest challenge to date and it will require commitment from every member.   The shepherds have enlisted the help of a consulting firm to help guide us through the fund-raising process.   As the new year begins, more information will be provided regarding opportunities for individuals and families to help fund the building expansion.  We covet your prayers as we build for the future and take advantage of the God given opportunities presented by the constant flow of visitors through our doors.  As we move forward in faith to take advantage of these opportunities, one thing is assured, we can’t outgive our God.  When we give to our evangelism, discipleship, generosity, and fellowship efforts, His blessings will be pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing (Luke 6:38).

prison minister

siegfried bill

I began working as the full-time prison minister at Madison in 2017. I am an assistant chaplain at the Limestone Correctional Facility and spend my time working with the inmates of the honor dorm. He also spends much of his time working with Project Rescue in Priceville, AL. Project Rescue is an addiction recovery program for men. I am married to Patti, and they have worshipped with Madison for over twenty years.

iglesia minister

beto huamani

I joined the Madison family in January of 2016. I started my career serving the Lord in 2000 in Lima, Peru, at the Lucyana Iglesia de Cristo, where I preached until 2007. On a medical mission trip, I met my wife, Emily, in Lima. We were married in Nashville, TN, in 2007. Since then, I have been working to help reach out to the Hispanic population as an ESL coordinator and Hispanic minister in Nashville, TN, Franklin, TN, and Peoria, IL.

I have a degree in Arts Education and am working on a Masters in Ministry. I have gained a great deal of experience with his field work in ministry and receive a lot of support and help from my wife. Emily and I are Alabama football fans (Roll Tide!), Kentucky basketball fans (Go Big Blue!), and Peru soccer/futbol (Arriba, Perú!). I like to travel, play music, and read. Emily and I are very blessed to be a part of the Iglesia and church family at Madison.

youth minister

jordan abrams

I joined our ministry team in March of 2020. I am a native of Mobile, AL but have spent much of my life in the Shoals area of Alabama, as well. I have a Bible and Ministry degree from Harding University. While at Harding, I met and married my incredible wife Lindsey, from Snellville, GA. I have been in full-time ministry since 2012.  In August of 2018, we were blessed with a precious little girl named Mallory. My favorite team is Alabama. I love the outdoors, watching college football, and hanging out with Mallory and Lindsey.

youth minister

richard turner

I began serving as a youth minister for Madison in January 2018. In June of that year, I married my wife, Sarah. I grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, and Sarah grew up in New Hope, AL. We both have a deep passion for working with young people. In 2017, I graduated from Freed-Hardeman University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. My favorite hobbies include cheering for the Florida Gators, reading, hiking, traveling, and participating in athletics. I love being part of a church family where I can be one small part of a diverse family working towards growing the Kingdom numerically and spiritually.

preaching minister

andrew itson

Andrew is married to Lauri Ann and they have three children, two boys, Crews and Cameron, and one girl, Dawson. he began working with the Madison family in June of 2021. Before Andrew came to Madison he was the preaching minister at the Robertsdale Church of Christ in Robertsdale, AL and the Campus Minister at the University Church of Christ in Montgomery, AL. Andrew graduated with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Faulkner University and a PhD in Leadership in Ministry and Religion from the University of the Cumberlands. Andrew loves hiking with his family, playing sports, coaching his kids, watching FSU football, reading, and eating at “hole in the wall”restaurants.

preaching minister

brandon pressnell

Brandon married his high school sweetheart, Cindy in May of 1996. They have three children, Kenzie, Gage, and Nick.  He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biblical Studies from Faulkner University and has been in full-time ministry since 1995. He has served at Madison as Youth Minister, Family Minister, and most recently as Preaching Minister since his arrival in January of 2000. In addition to preaching alongside Andrew, Brandon enjoys planning and coordinating our worship assemblies as well as spending time with our families, encouraging them with biblical and practical guidance.  For relaxation, Brandon enjoys almost every sport, singing, art, and hanging out with his family and friends.  

media outreach minister

jason helton

I joined the Madison ministry team in 2007 as youth minister alongside Brandon Pressnell. In August 2017, I transitioned into my current role as Media Outreach Minister. The purpose of my role is to create content that communicates the Gospel and connects the church. 

In 2008, I graduated from Faulkner University with a B.S. in Youth & Family Ministry. In 2023 I complete my M.A. in Online Ministry from Regent University. I married my wife, Ellen, in the Fall of 2011, and we have four children: Norah, Owen, Benjamin, and Nolan. We live in Harvest and enjoy hiking, Alabama football, Chicago Bulls basketball, good food, good music, traveling, photography, and Krispy Kreme.