Our Pastors

Mark Porado
Lead Pastor
We would like to invite you to visit Living Word Church in Jasper, Ga. We realize that there are lots of Churches in this area and most of you have attended a church and wonder what would be any different about LWC than any other Church? First of all, we believe we are just one of many great churches in our area, we are not in competition but want to partner with other churches to serve our community.
However, if you would like to experience authentic worship, unconditional love, and practical Biblical teaching, LWC is the place for you. We are committed to be real, transparent, and even though we don’t have all the answers, we believe in seeking the God who has every answer we need.
We would love to have you join us as we seek real life answers from a real life God!
Mark & Donna Porado
Lead Pastors
Gerald Faulkner
Associate Pastor
Gerald and Sheryl have been at Living Word Church for 25 years fulfilling their calling doing the ministry of helps. They fill in where ever needed in areas of ministry. Gerald is a teacher and has served an interim pastor several times. Sheryl serves on the praise team and teaches all ages of children when she gets a chance.
They love the Lord and enjoy serving and praying with people when ever they are given a chance. Gerald does hospital visitation and will meet with anyone for ministry when needed. He is the Chaplin for the local chapter of the Marine Corps League. The children of the church often call them Grammy and Grampy which makes them feel honored.
Cory Welch
Worship Pastor 
Cory and Sara are grateful to be a part of the Living Word Community.  He has served in worship in various capacities for 15 years and loves seeing people come together to worship our Savior.  He felt a call to worship from a young age and has spent years studying and growing as a musician.  He excited to pour out and see LWC’s worship and tech teams grow and flourish.   
Steve and Rebecca Thurman
Children’s Pastors

We are honored that God has called us into Children’s Ministry.  We have a 20-year long history of service in Children’s Ministry including VBS Directors, Children’s Church Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, and Puppet Ministry Leaders to name a few.  We have also spent a combined 36 years in public school classrooms.  We believe that all children matter to Jesus.  Our desire is for every child that we come in contact with to feel loved and welcomed.  We long to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to every child and family we meet.  Both of us have a special place in our hearts for children with special needs.  We believe that God has blessed us so richly and we in turn want to bless you and your family.

Steve and Rebecca Thurman, Children’s Pastors

Mike and Alexis McClure
High School Student Pastors
Jake and Michelle Trowell
Outreach Pastors


Crystal White
Connections Ministry Leader