Wally rendel

interim preaching minister

Ministering in central Kentucky since 1972, Wally is the founding minister of Southern Acres Christian Church in Lexington, pastoring there for 34 years.  He and his wife Barbara served on staff at Cincinnati Christian University for 6 years.  His ministry continued at Jessamine Christian Church for 7 years.  Barbara is the founder and president of the nonprofit, ScatterJOY.  Their son is a pastor in Las Vegas and the founder of Intentional Churches.  Their daughter is married to a pastor and church planter living in Atlanta.  They have five grandchildren.

clay coburn

interim worship leader

Clay's passion is helping congregations take a moment out of their busy schedules to engage in active worship through music.  He has enjoyed doing this for decades.  Growing up in central Kentucky, it has been a blessing to help out different churches throughout the area with their weekend services in leading worship.  He teaches special education students at the high school level throughout the week.  He and his wife have two amazing boys, one in college studying mechanical engineering, and the youngest is a senior in high school.

Peggy King

Children's director

Originally from the Cincinnati area, Peggy has lived in Lexington for 44 years now.  She and her husband Doug have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren.  For 40 years now,  her passion for children has driven her career.  She was a preschool teacher, then spent the most recent 7 years as the Children's Ministry Director at another Christian church here in Lexington.


Peggy's hobbies include caring for her horses and donkey, gardening and backyard bird watching.  Besides the barn where her equine friends live, her favorite spot to enjoy nature is the large waterfalls  she discovered while trail riding at Shaker Village.


Peggy can be reached at gcckids@gardensidecc.org.

Teresa welch

Administrative Assistant

Teresa lives on a farm in Jessamine County with her husband, Tom.  She retired from IBM/Lexmark after 35 years, but went on to work part-time for Jessamine Fiscal Court and then Jessamine Christian Church.  One of her favorite things to do is "country cooking" which she loves to share with families in her church who need encouragement.  Teresa has learned throughout her life that you never know where God will send you, or a life you might touch.


Favorite verse:  Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


Favorite song:  Worthy is the Lamb