Summer Teachers

Beginning July 3, join us as we welcome five gifted teachers: Austin Davis, Dr. Crawford Loritts, Ted Cunningham, Dr. Alex Himaya and Jason Smith.  Whether you’re online or on-campus we can’t wait for you to hear these gifted communicators bring life-changing messages to equip you to live a life dedicated to Jesus. 

Week 1 | July 3

Austin Davis serves as Pinelake Starkville campus pastor after having been on staff at Pinelake for over 5 years, previously serving in roles such as Student Pastor and College Pastor at our Starkville campus. Austin has a huge heart for the Starkville community and loves getting to minister in a college town and being a part of a family of believers who seek Jesus with full surrender. Austin and his wife, Megan, have one child, Grayson.

Week 2 | July 10

Dr. Crawford Loritts has served as a church planter, served for twenty-seven years on the staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) and served for fifteen years as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He and his wife, Karen, have been featured speakers at FamilyLife marriage conferences. Dr. Loritts is the author of 9 books including Your Marriage Today… and Tomorrow, co-authored with Karen. He is the host of two national radio programs, the weekend program Living a Legacy and the daily program Legacy Moments. Dr. Loritts serves on several boards including Cru, FamilyLife and Chick-fil-A. He has received five honorary Doctorates – from Biola University, Cairn University, Moody Bible Institute, Trinity International University and Columbia International University.

Week 3 | July 17

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri.  He and his wife, Amy, have been married for over 20 years and have two children, Corynn and Carson.  He is the author of Fun Loving YouTrophy Child, and Young and In Love and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley including The Language of Sex and From Anger to Intimacy.  His most recent release is A Love That Laughs.  He is a comedian on the Date Night Comedy Tour and a frequent conference speaker at churches and events across the country.  Ted is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Week 4 | July 25

Dr. Alex Himaya is a follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, speaker, author, visionary, and leader. He is the founding and Senior Pastor of BattleCreek Church, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alex received his bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He completed his doctorate in Church Growth and Evangelism in May 2002.

Alex and his wife, Meredith have four children—Katherine, Eli, Benjamin, and Lemley.

Week 5 | July 31

Jason Smith’s history with Pinelake Madison goes back to the very early days when he served as one of our original staff members. As a pastor and staff member, Jason had the opportunity to grow ministries from the ground up and served the Madison community well. In time, Jason transitioned into our Church Planting Residency and planted Good Life Church in Bradenton, Florida in 2012. Jason served as the lead pastor for six years and was part of supporting church plants across the county. In 2018, Jason felt God was calling his family back to Madison County to serve as the Pinelake Madison Campus Pastor. Jason and his wife Beth have three children: Rayna, Silas and Josie.