What to expect
A grace-filled, friendly atmosphere
When you step through the door, you will receive a friendly smile and handshake! Our people understand that we do not have everything together; we struggle with making ends meet, raising a family and getting through the work week.
No matter how you come, we welcome you and want to encourage you.
A Christ-centered worship service
Because we want our church to be a safe shelter in a stormy world, we seek to make Christ the main focus of our service.
Our services focus on singing to start off our time of worship. Sometimes our choir will sing by themselves and other times we ask the rest of the congregation to join in with them. Our music tends to be a blend of traditional hymns and more current worship songs. No matter the song, they are all conducted with the intent to honor and worship God.
Our pastor will preach from the Bible a message which proclaims God’s truth and what its impact is on your life today. He speaks on topics such as our relationship with God, the family, forgiveness, having joy, and much more!
Our goal is to honor Christ with our services and to impact others with the truth of God’s Word.
A place to get involved
After your first visit, we hope you come again because our church is a place where you can be included! There are special small-group classes for all stages of life that are fun and exciting. We have multiple ministries that specifically help you raise a godly family in today’s culture.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Anything you feel comfortable in. Some men in our church wear suits and ties, some ladies wear dresses, but you will also find jeans and polos. Whatever you decide to wear, we are happy and excited that you would choose to worship with us.
What should I do with my children?
We have a number of trained members that operate our infant and children’s nursery for every service. Each one has been given extensive background checks and regular guidance about the safety of children in our care. We also have a Children’s Church for children age 4 through 3rd grade on Sunday mornings.
Should I give in the offering?
We take up an offering to show that we trust God for our finances, and to take care of the ministries of the church. If God leads you to help support the ministries of Northridge, you can either give during the worship service or through our giving portal on the website. All gifts are confidential.
Can I attend the events of the church?
If we are having an event of some kind that would include your stage of life, you are invited! We want you to come to any event we may have. You can meet some new friends, have fun, and if the event includes it, enjoy a wonderful meal!
Pastor John Sheeley
Pastor Sheeley is originally from Washington State but has lived all over the country and even in a few foreign ones. He began his career in the Air Force shortly after graduating high school and stayed until retirement in 2006. During those twenty years he served in California, Germany, Colorado, Florida, and finally in Warner Robins, Georgia. It was during John’s time in Germany that God introduced him to Lynette while they were both attending a Baptist conference in Interlaken, Switzerland!
After retiring from the Air Force, Pastor Sheeley worked for a time as a classroom instructor with Boeing at Robins AFB. In 2007 he became the manager for the Military Education and Training Office at Robins AFB and eventually his company moved him to be in charge of the 911 Center at Ft Benning, Georgia. Pastor John was called to serve as the shepherd of Geneva Baptist Church in April of 2012 prior to coming to Northridge Baptist in November of 2015.
Lynette comes from an Army family and spent most of her life in Fayetteville, NC but has also lived in Germany, Texas and Kansas for a brief period. She was attending North Carolina State University when they met and has been his loyal partner in service since their wedding in September of 1991.
Both of their daughters, Lauryn and Lesley, were born while they were stationed in Colorado Springs, CO. Lauryn is married to Mason Cowart and is a Dental Hygienist in the Atlanta area. Lesley will be graduating in May 2020 from the University of North Georgia with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Pastor Sheeley has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries from the School of Divinity at Liberty University. He previously earned a Master of Science in Education specializing in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University and his Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is now working toward earning his Doctorate in Ministry through Anderson University.
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Marci McKeever - Director of Youth Ministries
Marci McKeever is a lifelong resident of Jones County who graduated from JCHS in 1987. After graduation, she attended Shorter University in Rome, GA where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has since earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught in Jones County for 25 years. She currently teaches 1st grade at Turner Woods Elementary School in Gray.
Marci grew up in Northridge Baptist Church where she came to a saving knowledge of Christ at the age of eight. She was an active member of the youth program and the single’s group where she met her husband, Cliff. After they married in 1991, they continued to serve and raise their three sons within this congregation. Their son Caleb is an elementary school teacher in Milledgeville. Joshua is pursuing a marketing degree at the University of North Georgia and Aaron is in the 9th grade at Jones County High School.
Along with a dedicated group of parents, Marci seeks to lead our 7th-12th graders as they grow in their relationships with Christ and with each other, while seeking ways to serve our community.
Shawn Akins - Minister of Music
Shawn Akins was raised in Jones County where he graduated high school in 2010. He has had multiple jobs throughout his life including cook, car salesman, hotel manager, dispatcher, and home inspector; however, Shawn feels that there has been no greater calling on his life than to serve Christ through the church.
Shawn entered the ministry in May 2008 when he was called to be the music minster at Christ Community Church in Gray, GA. Two years later, Shawn answered the call to be music minister at Stone Creek Baptist Church in Dry Branch, GA where he served until September 2014. Shawn has served as music minister of Northridge Baptist Church since February 2019.
Shawn met the woman who would later become his wife while working at a hotel in Macon, GA. After dating for serveral months, Shawn and Emily married in June of 2016. They currently reside in Jones County with their daughter Ailey.