Volunteer Spotlight

Every month we like to introduce you to some of our key volunteers.  This gives you an opportunity to get to know some of the folks involved in Urban Purpose and see that there is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to serve.  This month we would like to introduce you to Scott and Joelle Akridge.  Scott and Joelle have been actively involved in the ministry since the beginning and Scott is currently a member of our Board of Directors.  Here’s a little bit more about Scott and Joelle…

Scott (yellow shirt) building relationships with guys downtown.

What do y’all do for a living?

Scott: Pharmaceutical Sales

Joelle: Director of Recreation at Shades Mtn. Baptist Church

Where did y’all meet?

Singles Department at SMBC

How long have you been married?

8 years

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Scott: Ragtime Cafe

Joelle: Stix

What’s your favorite movie?

Scott: Anchorman

Joelle: Sweet Home Alabama

When did y’all first start getting involved with Urban Purpose?

A couple of months after it started.  Almost 3 years.

Why did you choose to start serving through Urban Purpose?

It is a process that began with partnering with a friend and realizing that scripture is clear on our call to serve those in need (Matthew 25:31-46). It grew even further with international mission trips when our eyes were opened to all the things we truly take for granted and that there are similar needs right in our back yard.

Talk a little bit about having the opportunity to be able to invest and serve together.

Early in our marriage we made a commitment to serve together.  We know that God has called us to that, and it began with short-term mission trips.  We wanted something more “regular” – we want serving to be a lifetstyle and not just an event.  Serving with Urban Purpose gives us this privilege of active servanthood as a part of who we are and not just periodic events in our lives.

What has God taught you through serving with Urban Purpose?

Joelle (on the left) serving food at our downtown Sunday meal.

The privilege of being obedient in serving is not something that requires a tremendous investment in dollars or resources, but it is an act of worship that tries in some small way to demonstrate the sacrificial love that Christ gave in His life for us.  Urban Purpose provides this for us and for anyone looking to invest in local missions.  It puts service “in reach” for us – we can’t make the excuse of it being inconvenient.  Most importantly, we like all followers of Christ are called to do this, and we have no excuse for not looking for ways that we can serve Him by serving others.

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