Daniel Brooks Gulden, an old friend of Sandy Springs Christian Church, has returned as our new senior minister effective January 16, 2012. A few years ago Danny was employed by Sandy Springs as a youth minister while studying to become a Disciples minister, was ordained by the members of this congregation, and served the congregation as an associate minister. We are delighted to welcome him back home.
A native Georgian, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Georgia in 1998. Following graduation, he joined the business world. As an employee of CareerBuilder.com, he received the Gold Club Award for Sales as an account executive. In 2008, Danny received his Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Danny has been a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) all his life. He has been a part of 16 international mission experiences, including five trips to Mexico with SSCC. He has served as a camp director at youth camps, given keynote addresses at church conferences, and been a contributor to the Faith Forum column in the Indianapolis Star. He has been involved with the Disciples Leadership Institute as well as with the Bethany Fellows Program (a four-year growth experience for new clergy).
Danny left SSCC to become the Senior Minister at Carmel Christian Church in Carmel, Indiana in 2008. Under his leadership, the church grew by 70 new members and had a 45% increase in attendance.
He and his wife, Mary Michael, have two daughters -- Isabella who is almost four and Ava, born just this past April.
"I am called to lead a congregation inclusive enough to welcome people with all beliefs who want to grow in the grace of God and as disciples of Jesus Christ.
I am called to lead a congregation that is innovative in its worship life while also being rooted in tradition.
I am called to partner with a church that extends God’s grace to all who are seeking faith while also being a place where people who have been in church all of their life are alive to the Spirit.
I am called to share Christian community in a compelling way with new generations. This includes excellent and faithful ministry with children, youth, and their families. This also includes intentionally engaging with young adults in a way that draws them deeper into the life of faith and the community.
I am called to a mission that is rooted in a desire to fulfill God’s vision of wholeness for all people. The church must engage in mission both locally and globally in order to fulfill God’s vision and calling.”
~ Reverend Daniel Brooks Gulden
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