our Leadership

Meet Our Staff

jud jordan pastor embark church

Lead Pastor - Jud Jordan

Jud Jordan is Embark’s founding and lead pastor. He graduated from The Citadel with an undergraduate degree and from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. He has served as an associate and senior pastor of other churches before God called him to start Embark. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination. To read more about his story, click the button below. 
administrator, rachel carter

Rachel Carter

"Make a Difference" Ministry Coordinator / Executive Assistant
Rachel Carter is responsible for "First Steps," where those new to Embark discover if Embark is the right church for them and learn how they can make a difference using the gifts and skills God has given them. 
beverly thomas, ministry coordinator

Erin Henderson

"Find Freedom" Ministry Coordinator
Erin Henderson is responsible for helping people spiritually grow and find freedom in Jesus by overseeing children’s ministry, student ministry, and adult small group ministry.
lynnae wilson, children's ministry coordinator

Jeremy Woods

"Reach Our World" Ministry Coordinator
Jeremy Woods is responsible for "reaching our world," which is where Embark partners with local organizations who are making an impact on our community. 
joyce wannamaker, financial secretary

Joyce Wannamaker

Financial Secretary
Mrs. Joyce Wannamaker is our Financial Secretary. She is responsible for managing Embark’s finances.
joyce wannamaker, financial secretary

Blake Cramer

Worship Team Manager
Blake Cramer is our worship team manager. He is responsible for the musicians and vocalists in our worship team.


Our Leadership Structure

Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances into the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in their church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions. That’s why we want to give you an overview of our structure:

1. Guided by Pastoral Staff

The pastoral staff team, led by the lead pastor, oversee the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. They are responsible for the administration and development of the spiritual life of the church.

2. Protected by Elders

The elders are the governing body of our church. The elders, along with the lead pastor, oversee all aspects of the church by developing policies. They are nominated by the congregation and appointed by the current serving elders.

3. Strengthened by Oversight

The oversight team is tasked with helping, guiding and resourcing the elders as needed. However, the primary purpose of the oversight team is to serve as a leadership, spiritual and operational resource to the lead pastor.

Our Elders

Jud Jordan

Lead Pastor & Elder
Embark Church

Clem Ferris

Founder, Clem Ferris Ministries

Jimmy Currence

Lead Pastor, GraceLife Church

Ley Pickens

Vice President, Patten Seed Company

Bob Clanton

Professor, Manna University
Biblical Studies (Graduate Program Director), History, and Practical Ministry