I am so blessed to be able to introduce myself to you! I was appointed to serve as the Pastor of Lakeview UMC in July of 2020 ( yes, smack dab in the middle of covid!) While that was difficult because I am a hand shaker and a hugger, this church made the process easy. Lakeview is an incredible church with an incredible future. I have been a Pastor for 14 years now and have been able to watch God move in and through a lot of people. Simply put, I have a passion for growth. For myself and for any church I serve. I have always known that the stakes are high, that more lives need Jesus. I was blessed to be the 2016 Mountain Lakes District Denman Evangelism Nominee. I have been a teacher for the North Alabama Conference’s Healthy Church Initiative and have been a speaker twice at Annual Conference. I have been blessed to speak at numerous Christian conferences. I have a business background and went back to school later in life. I completed the UMC, Course Of Theological Studies Program at Emory University(Candler). Then my wife and I sold our company and my church voted to move me to full time( God’s knows what He is doing!). I grew up in the UMC and was a Sunday School Teacher and then a Young Adult Leader prior to answering my calling to preach. As a Lay Leader, I worked with the Office of the Bishop to create a Young Adult initiative in the Conference. I studied and was mentored for many years by Dr. Robin Scott and Rev. Terry Bentley(DS). I am currently serving on the Council of Finance for the UMC. I am married to an incredible woman of God ( Ashley ) and I have two daughters who are believers ( Emma and Bradley). Emma is a Senior at Auburn University, majoring in Public Relations and Bradley is a Sophomore at Auburn Of Montgomery, Studying Exercise Science and runs on the Cross Country Team there.
As the Pastor at Lakeview, I want you to know you have a place here.
I believe we should do life and everything in it with great passion.
My favorite saying is, “Until the nets are full!”
My favorite verse of Scripture is Matthew 19:26
I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and feel that they will be handed out in the Kingdom!
Whether you decide to grow your faith at Lakeview or not, know that I care and am available should you ever need a friend or pastor to talk to. If you do come to Lakeview, put your seatbelt on, and be ready to grow spiritually and help us to grow numerically.
All Glory is God’s,
Rev. Chris Herbert
Sr. Pastor Lakeview