About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Our Journey

WHO WE ARE

MidTree Church is commissioned by God to the ministry of the Gospel to all peoples through discipleship and community.


We see this accomplished as we increasingly BEHOLD the immeasurable Glory of God, BELIEVE in Jesus by grace through faith, and BECOME all that God has created us to be.

OUR BIG THREE

GOSPEL-CENTERED

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)


MISSIONAL COMMUNITY

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace… in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. (1 Peter 4:8-11)


DISCIPLE MAKING

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)


ELDER TEAM

Pastor | Will Hawk

Will Hawk is a native of Columbus, Ga. He has been married to his high-school sweetheart for 16 years and thoroughly enjoys rough-housing with his three boys and doting upon his daughter. By God’s providence, he was raised in a faithful church where the word of God was preached and the gospel was proclaimed. At a young age, he recognized his need for a Savior and responded in faith and was baptized.


From that point forward he has grown in love for his Savior and has sought to glorify God through serving his bride, the church. He has worked with underprivileged youths in camp ministry, served in para-church ministries in the local school-system, traveled as a retreat speaker, and serves on the Columbus Baptist Association leadership team. As a pastor, he has ministered in two churches over the past 18 years and looks forward to planting a gospel-centered church expressed through community in Midland, Ga.

Elder | Ryne Stokes

Ryne grew up in north Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, Tenn. He moved to Columbus in August 2005 after developing friendships (one with his eventual wife) through a beach retreat for high school and middle school students. By God’s grace, he was raised in a believing home and responded to the Gospel at the age of 8. The Lord used several people in college to spark an interest in learning more about biblical theology which helped to advance his sanctification and love of ministry.

He has been serving in different capacities within the church, mainly leading worship, for almost two decades. Vocationally, Ryne works for a financial institution providing comprehensive wealth management services.


He has been married to his wife, Laura, for 10 years, and they have two children, Luke and Nora. Ryne’s hope is that we, as believers, would remember the gravity of what we have been saved from in Christ and that we would respond with lives that truly taste and see that the Lord is good.

Elder | Greg Dispain

Greg Dispain and his wife, Debbie, are relative newcomers to the Columbus area, having relocated here in 2017 with his employer, a regional, financial services firm. Greg and Debbie were childhood sweethearts from first grade, who were married in 1992. They have two married children and two grandchildren and live in the Midland area.


Greg was born and mostly raised in North Georgia, apart from the time his family served as missionaries in Alaska. Being raised as the son of a missionary and preacher, he was fortunate to grow up in a household where the Christian faith was the cornerstone of daily life. By God's grace, Greg was exposed to the gospel at an early age, to which he responded in faith.


Greg has served a variety of roles in the Church to include deacon, Sunday school teacher, leadership team, finance committee, missions committee, and capital campaign to name a few. He has a passion for Bible study and discipleship and finds immense joy in helping others read God's word well and seeing its truth come alive in their hearts.



Elder | Trent Wilbanks

Trent Wilbanks and his wife, Joy, have enjoyed serving as part of the core membership team that planted Mid Tree Church in 2018.  Since 2008, they have lived in Pine Mountain and have six children: Ashlynn, Anna Kathryn, Caleb, Daniel, Micah, and Lydia. As a family they long to live out values of fearing God, joy, gratitude, compassion, and hospitality.

 

Trent grew up in Mississippi where he attended Mississippi College and met his wife Joy.  He earned a masters degree in leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary's school for Intercultural Studies.  Together Trent and Joy began a small retreat facility for Christian leaders in northern Alabama. In 2008, after five years with this ministry, they were invited to join the team at Impact 360 Institute in Pine Mountain, GA.  Trent’s current work with Impact includes strategic assignments and a focus to safeguard the long-term culture, purpose, mission and values of the organization. 

 

Trent has served in a variety of roles in church throughout his life, including with staff for music and student ministries. You will often be able to find him working the sound booth on Sunday mornings, a role that brings him great joy and opportunity to serve with others to support the worship of our church through clear declaration of the Bible through music and preaching.

Elder | Larry Young

Larry and Christy have been married since 2006 and have been blessed with 6 children (for now). They have been part of the Columbus, Ga. area since 2016. Since this time, Larry and Christy have been blessed to be intimately involved in the local community by serving as foster parents as well as partnering with various ministries throughout the area, including Mercy Med and Clement Arts. 

 

Larry came to faith in college shortly after meeting Christy. Since that time, he has developed a passion to continually grow in his faith and help other men enjoy the deep riches and goodness of loving and serving Christ as their Savior, Lord and King, all to God’s glory.

MINISTRY STAFF

Director of Operations | Josiah Johnston

Josiah Johnston is a seasoned business leader and lifelong resident of Columbus, GA. He has been in various leadership roles since 2009 and has a degree in Business Administration and Computer Informational Systems. Josiah has developed a keen sense of business acumen, which he joyfully uses to serve the church and community.


In 2013, Josiah married his wife, Ashley, and together they are raising three beautiful daughters. Josiah has been a devout Christian since a young age and has continued to deepen his relationship with God as he matures. His faith is the foundation of his life and has helped him navigate the challenges of both his personal and professional life. Josiah is a committed family man, a dedicated professional, and a devoted follower of Christ.

Youth & GAP56 | Thomas Grocki

Thomas is local to Columbus, GA. He has served in numerous youth leadership roles over the past number of years, has a background in summer camp ministry, and recently graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Christian Ministries.

Church Admin | Keri Harrison

Keri Harrison is a dedicated wife, mother, and educator(homeschool mom 🙂; it counts!) who grew up in Columbus, Georgia. She found her faith at the age of 18 and has strived to be a devoted Christ follower ever since. Keri is married to Shane Harrison, and together they have three children: Madison, Tucker, and Georgia. One of the joys of her life has been homeschooling Tucker and Georgia since kindergarten, cherishing the opportunity to be deeply involved in their education by allowing her to instill both academic knowledge and Christian values in their upbringing. She is known for her love for people and her deep faith in Jesus.


As Mid Tree’s Church Administrator since November 2023, she has enjoyed serving the people here immensely. 


Kids Ministry | Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. In God's kindness, Sarah grew up in a God-fearing home (alongside her older brother, you might know him, Will Hawk) where the good news and hope of Christ was shared daily. By God's grace, she came to accept the Lord as her savior at a young age. Through the changing seasons of life, her faith has grown and evolved. She has had opportunities to completely rely on the Lord with the unknowns of life, finding that He is where the joy is! She has been married to her husband, Drew Turner since 2013. They are blessed with 2 children, Luna and Henry, and are excited to continue to grow their family through international adoption.


Sarah has her BA in early childhood education from Columbus State University. She worked for six years teaching in the public school system before she became a homeschool mom. She enjoys the opportunity to combine her talents for early childhood education with her love of Christ and making him known. Her goal is to make Sunday morning the best part of your kid's week!

Kids Ministry Admin | Natalie Griffin

Natalie has been a resident of Harris County along with her loving parents, and her two younger brothers since 2014. She loves spending time with her two brothers, Matthew and Daniel, and her sister-in-law, Hallie Kate. Natalie also loves spending time with her friends and family, discipling students, playing games, & reading. She has known Christ as her Savior since she was 8 years old, and has continued to grow in her relationship with Him ever since. Natalie has been pursuing a lifelong calling to kids & youth ministry since she was in youth herself! Over the past six years, she has gotten experience serving in kids & youth ministry through local and national level ministries. Some of her experiences include working with WinShape Camps for Communities, Operation Christmas Child, & most recently, Teen Advisors. Natalie currently serves as the Director of the Velocity program, the middle school program with Teen Advisors, where she gets to serve in 13 middle schools and counting throughout two counties! She is so excited to join the MidTree team to continue pouring out the love of Christ and sharing the Gospel with the kids at MidTree.