SANFORD (SANDY) BRANEN
Sandy and June married in 1973 and have been blessed with three children and seven grandchildren. June is a retired teacher, who graduated from Florida State University and grew up in St. Augustine, FL. Sandy grew up in Decatur, GA, earned a degree from The University of Georgia, and is a retired salesman. We moved to Lake Lanier, in Dawsonville, in 2014 after a 40 year residence in Lilburn, GA. Sandy was a deacon at Parkview Church (PCA) in Lilburn for about 13 years. We were planning to visit various PCA churches in the area and make a decision; however, their first visit was to GracePointe and knew it was home. June and Sandy love Jesus, each other, our families, and living on the lake.
BJ and his wife Tiffany were married in 1999. They have two beautiful children, Ella and Kamen. They enjoy family time boating, camping, hiking, playing board games, watching TV and movies. BJ owns an auto repair shop in Cumming where he restores old cars and builds race cars. Before coming to GracePointe, BJ served as outreach coordinator for six years at a non-denominational church. He has a growing passion for sharing the gospel and seeing others reconciled to God. He strives to find new and exciting ways to connect with the people of our community and beyond to share the love of Jesus.
Daniel was born in North Carolina to Paul and Rhoda Owens. His sister, Anne, was born two years later. As a young child he lived primarily in Mississippi where his dad attended RTS and pastored a church in Collins, MS. They moved to Georgia and since then he has lived all over the state. Daniel and Vanessa married in 2003. They have lived in Cumming since 2004. The Lord has given them two amazing children through the gift of adoption. They started attending GracePointe in 2011 and have continued to worshp and grown in this community. Daniel works as a Project Coordinator for the City of Roswell. Daniel enjoys playing soccer and anything out of doors.
Barbara and I married in 1971. During that time she has loved and supported me through a 30 year Navy Reserve career, a 34 year Georgia Power/Southern Company career, 13 years of night school at Kennesaw State earning a BBA and an MBA, and 10 years of service as a deacon at Old Peachtree Presbyterian (PCA) in Duluth, GA. We have two grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom live within two hours of our home. When we moved to Cumming we visited several Presbyterian churches, and finally found that GracePointe was where the Lord was leading us. We are now retired, very involved in an RV travel club, and frequently travel with our Airstream in tow. If we aren’t in church, we’re probably on the road. We love this church family, our community group, and our Journey groups. I am honored to be chosen to serve this church as a member of the GracePointe diaconate.
Jonathan and his wife, Amanda, have been married for almost 6 years. They are expecting their first child, a baby girl, in September. They have been at GracePointe for about 4 years. Jonathan graduated from Covenant College with a BS in Mathematics. He has been a mathematics teacher and coached soccer in the Hall County for 7 years. Jonathan and Amanda love working with and developing the gifts of young individuals. They have served as leaders with Camp Kerusso for several years. They strongly believe that life is about what you do for other people. Jonathan has been helping with Sunday morning setup/teardown as long as they have attended GracePointe. "We believe that life is about what you do for other people."
JOHN BUTMAN (Sabbatical)
My wife, Patsy, and I (married June 1976) moved from the Northeast to Atlanta where I completed graduate studies in counseling at Georgia State, in conjunction with a christian integration program. We love the South, raised and educated our three children--Adam, Daniel, and Ashley--through college, and they have now ventured out on their own. In the "empty-nest" stage, we are blessed to see our children marry, find careers using their gifts, and enjoy beautiful grandchildren.
Our growing family circle shares my wife's love of music, and my passion for being outdoors in the beauty of God's creation. We moved to the Cumming area in 1992, and have seen many changes and opportunities for ministry. For many years, I have worked in the ever-changing field of telecommunications, and take great pleasure in serving others.
JIM CUSTER (Sabbatical)
Jim and his bride, Zoe, have been married for 24 years. Their daughter, Hannah, is in the 2nd grade. Zoe and Jim have been at GracePointe since it started. Jim has enjoyed teaching God’s perspectives on money & finances and is frequently seen in various roles helping out as Gracepointe grows into a impactful congregation. He graduated from Furman University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. Jim enjoys travel, meeting new people, and has a high interest in Asia.