Our Shepherds

Kent Casey

Kent, his wife Tammy, and son Tyler moved to Griffin and became an active part of this congregation in 2019. They have another daughter, Hope, and son-in-law, Nathan. Hope is expecting a baby later this year. Kent and Tammy are thrilled at the prospects of being Granpa and MeMaw.                                When they arrived in Griffin, this family hit the ground running, being very active in the congregation. Both Kent and Tammy are excellent teachers and enthusiastic planners of various fellowship and outreach activities. Kent is a passionate and highly effective leader, teaching Bible classes, leading in worship, and planning for the future spiritual and numerical growth of the congregation. Both Kent and Tammy exhibit tremendous love, care, and concern for others.  He began serving as a shepherd/elder of the congregation in 2021.                                                                                       Kent’s favorite scripture is Matthew 22:36-40:  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”                               Kent graduated from Harding University and has been working in Information Technology (IT) since 1984. While he has a serious side, Kent has been known to “spin a fanciful yarn”, tease, and share a joke or three. He is an avid consumer of Indian food and sushi and enjoys supporting the Georgia Bulldogs.

Mike Cawthon

Mike and his wife, Mary, have been a vital part of the Griffin Church of Christ since 2005. They have two daughters, as well as, four precious grandchildren. Sharing in family activities is a major part of their lives. Mary is an avid orchid enthusiast and, also, enjoys quilting. Both of them enjoy gardening. Mike enjoys old cars, puttering around, working on automobiles and most anything mechanical. By trade, Mike served as Ground Support Equipment mechanic and then HUB Manager in Ground Support Equipment, until his retirement from Delta Air Lines. Mike’s favorite food is anything Mary serves him, especially fresh, home-grown tomato sandwiches. He will also enjoy the occasional cake, pie, cookie, or most any other sweet goodie. Mike has served this congregation as a dedicated shepherd/elder since 2011. In addition, he manages the financial matters of the congregation. Both Mike and Mary have taught classes, as well as, sending cards, making personal visits and caring for the needs of others. They share a very benevolent and caring heart. Mike also takes an active role in our congregational worship and Bible classes, teaching, song leading, speaking, and being an encouragement to others. His favorite scripture is Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe al that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”

Tony Johnson

Tony and his wife, Jenny, have lived in the Griffin area for many years and have been part of this congregation since 2010. They have two adult sons and one adult daughter. They also have a grand daughter who seems to have Tony and Jenny wrapped around her precious little fingers. Jenny enjoys crafts, cooking–especially with her granddaughter and other fun things. Tony enjoys daily exercise walks with the family dogs, playing with his grand daughter, reading, and visiting relatives in Texas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as well as, yard work. Tony holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and has been a long-term employee with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His favorite foods include lobster, steak, pizza, spaghetti and all things bean. He is an avid Ohio State football fan, but also, cheers for (in descending order) Penn State, West Virginia, Marshall, and Georgia. Tony and Jenny are very active in the congregation, leading and participating in many activities and exhibiting tremendous love, care, and concern for others. Tony teaches, preaches, and leads singing from time-to-time. He has served the congregation as a dedicated shepherd/elder since early 2011, seeking to lead in the Spiritual and numerical growth of the congregation. His favorite scriptures include: John 6:35-51, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 and Mark 11:29-31.

Our Pulpit – Preaching Minister

Travis Smith

Travis and wife, Annie, began attending and serving at the Griffin congregation in 2006. Their two oldest children, a son and daughter, came with them. Shortly after their arrival, a third daughter graced their family. Travis attended Harding University where he received a B.A. in History, Science, and Vocational Ministry, a B.S. In American Studies with Honors/Distinction. He continued his formal education at Emory University School of Law, attaining a Doctor of Law degree. Travis currently is the Managing Attorney at Foster & Smith in Jonesboro, GA. In addition to his preaching, teaching and busy attorney practice, Travis is an NRA Certified Shotgun Coach. His hobbies include shotgun sports and theater. His favorite food is “everything his wife cooks” (smart man). His favorite sports teams are the Arkansas Razorbacks. This entire family is active in teaching and serving the congregation in so many ways. The younger members of the Smith family plan and conduct weekly “children’s church” and participate in all our fellowship and other functions. Annie is an excellent teacher and is involved in many fellowship and outreach activities. Travis has served as “preaching minister” of the congregation since March, 2006. His favorite scripture is Micah 6:8 ”He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”