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Zach Ashley

Life Story

My parents divorced when I was 3 years old, and my father soon gained custody and remarried a year later. Though I spent school breaks with my biological Mom in Florida, I was primarily raised in a Christian home in Northern Kentucky by my amazing father and stepmother. My father set a Christ-like example for me and became a very close friend. Eventually he was the best man at my wedding. I was raised well and couldn’t be more thankful for the family and church who brought me up.

I began to realize my need for the Lord around the age of 11, and proceeded with all of the “next steps” in our Baptist church. However, I continued to live a life focused on myself until college, when I was influenced by several strong Christians who began to challenge my faith and what I truly believed about God’s Word. II Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 4:12 refer to a gospel that is living and active which has the power to impact all my thoughts and actions, and this gospel came alive in my life.

My wife Danielle and I married in 2004. She is the most amazing person I have ever known, and she exemplifies Proverbs 31 and encourages me to be more like Christ in everything that she does. We have six beautiful children who are a blessing from the Lord and exhaust us every day! I’m a school principal, and love being with my staff and students. God led Danielle and I to membership at GFC in 2006, and we quickly recognized it to be the place where we could serve and mature in our faith. Soon we began leading our community group, which has been a life-changing experience. These brothers and sisters in Christ have truly lived life with us; they are our best friends with whom we pray, laugh, and cry.  Though my wife and I are serving as the group leaders, it continuously feels like they are the ones truly serving our family.

Throughout the past decade, Ephesians 3:14-21 has been my heart’s prayer; that the truth of Christ’s love for us would influence our every thought, word and action. I pray that not only would I hold fast to this truth, but my wife, children, community group, and everyone that I am in contact with would as well.

Apart from time with my family and working, I am a sports fanatic almost to a fault (I especially love Kentucky basketball along with almost any basketball, and yes… I am still a Bengals fan). I also enjoy reading books that challenge and stretch me, along with spending time in the woods hunting, and fishing.

Hope for GFC

I hope for GFC to be a beacon for the gospel.  I want our church family to be healthy and thriving through the way we love one another so that others will see Christ in us.  We are doing so well in so many ways, and I hope we continue to become a praying church which humbles itself before our Holy God in all that we do.

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