John has been married to his wonderful wife Laura since 2005. They live in North Lexington and are passionate UK basketball fans. John grew up as a preacher’s kid in Tennessee and Kentucky. His father is currently the pastor of First UMC in Georgetown, KY. John earned his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Seminary in 2013. He enjoys good food, music, sports, and the outdoors. Laura is the Executive Director of Common Good, a ministry that she and John founded in 2011. Common Good focuses on Christian community development work in the neighborhoods that surround Embrace’s Epworth Campus. John and Laura are passionate about urban ministry and working with people from different cultural backgrounds. John is excited to see where God takes Embrace!
Guillermo married in the year 2006 to his beautiful childhood friend Norberta. And they have two beautiful daughters, Johanna of 10 years and Grace of 7 years, who both attend the Arlington school. Guillermo and his family have worked for more than seven years as Hispanic pastors. They started a Hispanic church in Winchester and now they feel happy to start and be on a new mission in Lexington with Embrace. They trust in our Lord Jesus Christ that he will do the work, as he has done before. They hope that Iglesia Abrazo de Dios is of great blessing to all and that God embraces all in a supernatural way.
Guillermo se casó en el año 2006 con su Hermosa amiga de la infancia Norberta. Y tienen dos hermosas hijas, Johanna de 10 años y Grace de 7 años, las dos asisten a la escuela Arlington. Guillermo y su familia han trabajado por más de siete años Como Pastores Hispanos. Comenzaron una Iglesia Hispana en Winchester y ahora se sienten contentos de empezar y estar en una nueva misión en Lexington con Embrace. Ellos confían en nuestro señor Jesucristo que el hará la obra, como lo ha hecho antes. Esperan que Iglesia Abrazo de Dios sea de gran bendición para todos y que Dios Abrace a todos de una manera sobrenatural.
Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Administration
Kristina graduated from Asbury University with a B.A. in Christian Ministries and Communications in May of 2015, and she is now pursuing both a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary. She and her husband Ted were married in December of 2015, and they are both excited to unfold together the adventure that is life in ministry and with Jesus. Also in December 2015, Kristina released her first professional recording project, Get Going EP. In addition to her work at Embrace and her studies, Kristina fulfills her call to ministry as a singer-songwriter and speaker. She is passionate about abundant life, the journey of sanctification, and personal and communal spiritual formation (as well as avocados, a good book, and the combination of mint and chocolate). Her music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, or Spotify under her maiden name, and she can be found on Facebook as Kristina Conner Music.
Chris married his High School/College Sweetheart Sarah in 2008, and has an awesome son named Cooper! Chris earned his Bachelor's Degree in Educational Ministries from Campbellsville University in 2008, where he was a member of the Men's Soccer Team. Chris has been leading worship in some capacity since his high school days and loves using his musical gifts to lead people into God's presence. Chris is a stay-at-home dad with Cooper by day and loves every minute he gets to spend with his little guy. When he's not cleaning the house, doing laundry/dishes, mowing the lawn, fixing broken things, etc., Chris loves to watch/play all varieties of sports, go on hikes, eat delicious delicacies, watch a good movie on the couch with Sarah, and tinker in his garage workshop.
Paula loves to love on people and her favorite way to do so is by filling their bellies with a warm meal. She loves on people this way every Monday night by cooking a meal for The Gathering at Embrace. She has two teenagers and it's her favorite years thus far. Paula worked at Scott County Schools for 14 years, but recently answered God's calling to serve at Scott County Hospitality House in Georgetown. She is the Case Manager & Volunteer Coordinator. This is an extended stay transition program for homeless women & children to assist down each avenue to become a productive and independent part of society once again. Love one another, just as I have loved you. -John 13:34