Max Vanderpool is the Lead Pastor of Generations. He is married to Jenny and, together, they have three children: John Mark, Jillian and Madeline. Max is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A., M.A.) and Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv.), and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Jessamine County Food Pantry, Leadership Jessamine County, and the Jessamine County Homeless Coalition. Max is also a Chamber Ambassador and an adjunct instructor at Asbury University. In 2006, he completed a year-long study of worldview through the Centurion Program (personally led by Chuck Colson). Max’s hobbies and interests include: reading, hiking, kayaking, Star Trek (and most other Sci-Fi), and American history.
Max is held accountable for his walk with Jesus and for the mission and vision of Generations by elders, although most decision-making at Generations is made by people IN the trenches. We have several ministries and programs that are headed up by volunteers. These leaders and volunteers make the decisions for those ministries. We try to avoid “top-down” decision-making or “top-down” leadership. It’s what the reformers called the priesthood of all believers.
Scott Neville will be serving as Generations’ Interim Pastor during Pastor Max’s sabbatical absence. Pastor Scott will be preaching on Sunday mornings and will also have (some) time to meet with people during the week. Scott is a graduate of Toccoa Falls College and will be starting seminary this fall at Asbury Theological Seminary. Together with Rachael, they have four children, ages 11 to 17. Scott has served as the co-pastor (and church planter!) of New Hope Church in Columbus, Ohio (2015-2017) and as the pastor of the Gospel of Faith (Christian and Missionary Alliance) Church of Robinson Creek, Kentucky (2017-2021).
This position was created and funded through our 2021 Renewal Initiative that will allow Pastor Max three months to step away from the daily demands of ministry to refresh, recharge, and refocus. This renewal initiative will also be asking us as a congregation to explore some of our larger Christian “roots” for practices, traditions, rituals, milestone events, and celebrations that we might want to try, tweak, and/or incorporate in a new way into our shared life together.