reach + equip + send


The Gathering Place is a community-based student leadership development organization that has served the youth of the southeast since 1981. Annually, The Gathering Place reaches thousands of Middle School, High School, and College age students through a variety of programs such as mentor groups, large outreach events, and internships. The ministry of The Gathering Place works towards unity within diversity and unites churches, para-church ministries, schools and other community groups around one cause: to raise up strong leaders who will have an impact on their communities and the world.

The GP is a 501(c3) not for profit organization and is underwritten by families, individuals, foundations, businesses, and local churches throughout the region.


The Gathering Place exists to REACH students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, EQUIP students to be effective Christian leaders, and SEND students to impact their communities and world


To see generations of students transformed by the love of Christ so that they live and lead for the benefit of others. 

Our Locations:

Jimmy Gunderman


Andrew Jones

Director of Launch Leadership for Glynn

Wayne Farley Jr.

Associate Director of College Ministries &
Creative Lead

Camille Hannah

Associate Director of Discipleship

Sydney Jaudon

Associate Director of Campus Ministries

Joyce Banister

Office Manager

Adrian Burns

Executive Director of Thomasville

Leon Smith

Director of Campus Ministries, Thomasville

Elena Edwards

General Manager – Gather

Patrick Whittenburg

Manager of Thrift Operations – Gather

HQ Board:

Chairman: Dr. Bob Miles Jr.
Grady Gardner
Jim Barger Jr.
Brad Stroud
Melvin Hugans
Todd Mobley
Lucas Ramirez

Chairman Emeritus: Bill Walker

Glynn County Board of Directors:

Lee Hopkins, Chair
Jim Walker, Vice Chair
Dr. Oatanisha Dawson, Secretary
Katie Tindol, Treasurer
Jim Barger Jr
Brad Stroud
John Richards
Katie Tindol
Lucas Ramirez
Page Aiken
Chairman Emeritus: Bill Walker
Advisor: Hank Ash

Thomasville Board of Directors

Melvin Hugans, Chair
Todd Mobley, Vice Chair
Morris Arrington
Shannon Balfour
Ben Tillman
Dr. Brandi Warren


Jesus Christ

That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, 2nd person of the Trinity, eternal, became incarnate by the work of the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, shed his blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures.

Jesus is the only way of salvation.
-See John 14:6 and Acts 4:12

All authority and power in heaven and on earth have been given to Him.
-See Matthew 18:8 and Philippians 2:9-11

The Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity, very God, co-existent with the Father and the Son. And that the Holy Spirit is the chief agent in the regeneration of the soul, the chief convicter of sin, and the comforter of the believer, and that simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer and places him into the Body of Christ.

The Scriptures in Ephesians 5:18ff. command us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. An evidence of being filled with the Spirit is how we relate to one another (Ephesians 4:1-3) and whether the fruit of the Spirit is present in our lives (Galatians 5:22-26).


That humans are the direct creation of God – body, soul, and spirit – and are made in the image of God. Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind, and incurred both a physical and spiritual death for all. As a result all mankind is born with a sin nature and unable through their own efforts to stand before a holy God.


That Satan was originally created a perfect being. He rebelled against God. As a result, he became depraved, and became the Devil and adversary of God and His people, and leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has been judged and was defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures

That all Scripture (Old and New Testament) is inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16, 17). The Scriptures are inerrant and having been preserved by God, are now the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

Those who teach for The Gathering Place commit themselves to faithfully and accurately teach the word of God as it has been interpreted throughout the centuries by orthodox Christians.


That there is only one true and living God, existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit – each a distinct person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfection, and attributes, and each worthy of worship, confidence and obedience.


By grace, through faith, all that repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Jesus is our sole means of salvation; no works of righteousness by us can produce salvation for us. However, the fruit of true saving faith in a believer will be good works.
-See Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:8-10

The Second Coming & Judgement

In the literal, visible, and personal return of Jesus Christ for the Church, and that He will judge the living and the dead, the righteous inheriting eternal life, and the wicked incurring eternal punishment.

The Local Church

That the New Testament Church is a local body of believers with Christ as its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide.