Pastor Randy Valimont, Senior Pastor
Pastor Randy Valimont, Senior Pastor of Griffin First Assembly of God, Griffin, GA is a graduate of Southeastern University. His vision for a School of Ministry was fulfilled when the initial program began in 1991 under his direction. For the past 2 decades, the school has equipped, disciple, and empowered the next generation of leaders. His motto for a successful ministry is summed up as: passion for God, a teachable spirit, and a strong work ethic.
Commitment to these principles has resulted in the growth of Griffin First Assembly from 400 to over 4,000 in Sunday morning attendance. More than 20,000 souls have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ through the ministries of the church.
Pastor Valimont serves on numerous boards and committees for both the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the Georgia District, and Global Missions. His speaking schedule includes District Councils and Missions Conventions, as wells as mentoring to pastors and their boards. He has spoken in over 40 nations of the world. His most recent book is Finding Significance in an Insignificant Place.
Dr. Ron Crum, Executive Pastor and Academic Dean
Executive Pastor at Griffin First Assembly, since March of 2014, Dr. Ron leads a world-class team for an extension school of Leadership partnering with Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), Waxahachie, Texas and the Christian Education department of the church.
The son of a southern West Virginia coal miner, he graduated from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, in Lakeland, FL, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is ordained with the Assemblies of God. Ron earned a Masters Degree from Marshall University Graduate College in Counseling with a specialty in Career Development. He earned a Master of Divinity, Equivalency (2009), and last November (2013) completed his final Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership project with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. In his writing, “Decision-making Styles, Leadership Styles, and Selected Influences of Decision-making,” Ron coined the term, Deisensus to describe the value of the Holy Spirit in decision-making from Acts 15:28.
He also served an eight-year term as the Assistant Superintendent of the Appalachian District of the Assemblies of God, and was a member of Board of Directors for Southeastern College.
Pastor Crum ministers leadership in the African countries of Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa and recently in the eastern European country of Armenia. His ministry has included pastoring, assistant and youth pastoring, Christian television and radio, and teaching and directing a Christian school.
Ron founded the Appalachian District School of Ministry, which trains and educates those wanting to become a certified, licensed, or ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, and became the model for district schools of ministry replicated in over thirty additional districts. He was the visionary and driving force behind a 2004 statewide prayer effort in West Virginia to “reverse the curse and release the blessing” which continues as PrayWV. He recently founded a leadership coaching and church consulting service called Deisensus as a consultant with Church Life Resources, Birmingham, Alabama.
Recently, he became a certified facilitator of The Leadership Challenge in corporations, churches, and businesses through a two-day workshop helping leaders produce extraordinary results.
Ron and Phyllis, his wife of thirty-five years, have two daughters, Lyndsi, stylist, interior-decorator, and serving with her husband Brad Harvey in ministry, and Whitney, acquiring her Master’s in Education at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.
You can learn more about Dr. Ron Crum by reading his blog here.
Pastor Eric Speir, GSLM Assistant Director
Pastor Eric Speir has been in full time ministry for over 10 years and has served Griffin First Assembly for the past 7 years. He currently serves as the Assistant Director to the Georgia School of Leadership and Ministry, and Adjunct Instructor. He has received a Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Southeastern University. He has also received a Masters of Divinity in Practical Theology from Regent University and plans on working on a doctorate degree in the very near future. He is also a trained transformational life coach at a leading Christian coaching organization.
Pastor Eric is committed to developing young leaders for the next generation. He has dedicated his life to this through various ministry experiences that he has had the privilege to be a part of. He has served in other churches in the areas of Youth Pastor, Director of Ministry Development and as an Operations Pastors in a church plant.
You can learn more about Pastor Eric Speir by reading his blog here.
Executive Pastor & Academic Dean