Mike and Shelly, West Georgia natives, have served in different aspects of ministry for many years. They saw the need for life-giving churches and became passionate about church planting. After visiting Carrollton, both of them felt a strong, supernatural love for the city and knew they had found their home. Eleven months after Mike and Shelly packed up their home and moved to Carrollton, LifeGate Church Downtown launched on September 15, 2013. Mike and Shelly have a great passion for connecting others to God, each other, and their purpose in life. Seeing lives change through the ministry of LifeGate has been one of the greatest joys in their lives. Mike and Shelly have one daughter, Micayla, who attends the University of West Georgia and loves to serve the kids in our community. In their free time they enjoy football games, coffee shops and spending time together as a family at the beach.
Our founding and oversight pastors, Tony & Sheryll Ashmore are West Georgia natives. Tony and Sheryll moved to Mirror Lake in August, 2003, with the dream of building a church focused on two things: the simple gospel message of grace, and the power of an intimate relationship with a loving God. Starting with 25 people, the church has grown to over 1600 people. Tony and Sheryll strongly believe we are stronger and happier when we do life together. Even the tough times are better with Jesus and friends who will encourage us! Tony is a graduate of Mercer University, and he and Sheryll have doctorates from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. Both have served local churches in full-time ministry since 1989. They are passionate about people enjoying the rich and satisfying life found only in Jesus Christ. They have three adult children who married wonderful people and seven beautiful grandchildren.