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Faith Alive: Rev. Brett Maddocks, Associate Minister, Evangelism/College Ministry St. Luke United Methodist Church

Who’s in your family? My wife, Jessica, and I just had our first son — Elijah — six weeks ago. He’s doing really well.

Your wife is staying home with him? Yes, for now. She works for “Babies Can’t Wait,” an early-intervention program with the state. She’s an instructor.

How long have you been here? Since June 2009. Before that I was at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

You worked between college and seminary? Yes, I was the youth minister at Hazelhurst United Methodist for two years.

How were you called into the ministry? When I was in 11th grade, I felt called, and all the ministers I knew were Asbury grads. I grew up in Valdosta and went to Lowndes County High School. Then I went to Valdosta State.

Where did you meet Jessica? In college, at the Wesley Fellowship. She’s from Douglasville. Our sixth anniversary was Oct. 2.

What do you do with the evangelism part of your job? My job is to oversee bringing people into the church, making calls to potential members or visitors, having lunch with them. I also explain the ministries of St. Luke. For the college ministry, we have a service at 6:30 p.m. Sundays, which includes dinner. On Thursdays there’s a lunch at noon. We meet at the College House (on Third Avenue).

Most of the students come from the downtown CSU campus. Yes, I’d say 98 percent.

Who’s your best friend? Jessica.

Is anyone in your family a minister? No. Some people tried to talk me out of it, and said I should go to medical school or something.

Who’s your strongest role model in this? In high school it would have been my minister in Lake Park. I have an aunt who also worked at the church. My father and mother were also very strong supporters.

Do you have pets? We have a beagle named Ellie.

When will you be ordained an elder? In June. Now I’m what’s called provisional. I have an exam to pass first in March, then I’ll be ordained at Annual Conference in Tifton.

What do you do in your spare time? I really love movies and TV and playing golf.

What’s your all-time favorite movie? Star Wars — all of them. The Simpsons is probably my favorite show.

What’s something you’re never without? My cell phone.

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