Pastor & Elder - Preaching & Worship
Monty, and his wife Kathy, moved to Lake Arrowhead at the beginning of 2020. The Watsons came from Austin, Texas, where Monty was a lead pastor for ten years. Prior to that, Monty was a pastor in Fairfax, Virginia, and in Roswell, Georgia. Monty and Kathy grew up together in Arcadia, Louisiana. They even accepted Christ on the same day as children. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1983. Monty graduated with an accounting degree from Louisiana Tech University and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a masters in theology. Monty’s passion is preaching the word of God; faithfully declaring what God has said and relevantly applying it to our lives. Kathy also graduated from seminary with a degree in religious education focusing on children; and through the years, has served on church staff and been an elementary school teacher. The Watsons have two married sons and three grandchildren. Monty loves college football and enjoys great books, great movies, and great dates with Kathy.
Elder - Finances & Education
Wes, and his wife Jan, moved to Lake Arrowhead in 2013. They were immediately blessed by the church’s commitment to Bible teaching and the friendly people they met, which is still true today. Wes serves as an elder and oversees finances and education. His heart is to disciple men and help them grow in their walk with Jesus, and he teaches the Sunday morning men’s Bible study. Jan is a teacher too; she leads a weekday Bible study fondly called Sister Circle. Wes and Jan were high school sweethearts and married 1981. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. Wes graduated from Georgia Tech and has been an engineer for 38 years, working in the international nuclear power industry evaluating the performance of nuclear power stations around the world.
Elder - Missions
Steve, and his wife Phylis, have attended Lake Arrowhead Church since 1994. But 18 of those years were spent overseas teaching and coaching in international schools in South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and Hungary. Steve was an educator, coach, and athletic director for 37 years. The Majors came back to the States in 2003 to make Lake Arrowhead their home and have been faithful members and servants in the church ever since. Steve and Phylis have two married children and six grandchildren. Both families followed in their footsteps, teaching in international schools in Thailand. Like so many others have said, the Majors love Lake Arrowhead Church because it is such a friendly, loving church, and a beacon of light for the Lord for the community. Steve’s latest passion is livestreaming sports events at Cherokee High School through Steve Major Sports. Steve is also an elder of the church and oversees our missions efforts. One of Steve’s favorite Bible verses is Deuteronomy 31:8, which says, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Elder - Facility & Fellowship
Todd is blessed to be the husband of his loving wife Jessica, and the father of three beautiful children. The Tylers have attended Lake Arrowhead Church since 2006 and have served in many roles in the church. Todd is currently serving as an elder overseeing facilities and fellowship. In 2018, Todd and Jessica started a company serving people in their homes with a focus on the elderly providing resources and care. In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, hiking, working out, and cooking for friends and family. Todd also enjoys reading, studying, and applying God’s word. Todd and Jessica were so blessed by the love, warmth, and welcome their family experienced from their first visit to Lake Arrowhead Church they knew they had been led to their new Church home. Todd’s desire is that others can come and hear biblical truth and experience God’s love in a deep and meaningful way.
After being a stay-at-home mom for 28 years, Debbie became our church administrator in 2018. She serves our ministries and volunteers to make sure ministry runs smoothly. Debbie, and her husband Carl, moved to Lake Arrowhead in 2017. Being Lutheran their whole life, Debbie and Carl were asked to visit Lake Arrowhead Church, and the moment they walked in they were met with open arms. Debbie loves the godly spirit of everyone in our church and how they fell in love with the “little church on the hill.” The Lanes grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and were married in 1986. They have two adult children and one grandchild. Debbie’s heart is to glorify God by helping the church’s ministries flourish.
Matt was born and raised in Southern California, where he also studied music in high school and college. Matt became a Christian in 1996 and began leading worship in his church about a year later. He has been very blessed since his decision to follow Christ. He is married to Ann, a faithful woman of God, and they have three children. Matt and his family moved to North Georgia in 2005. He has led the worship team at Lake Arrowhead Church since 2012 and it has been the joy of his life to lead people to Christ through music and worship.