Mark Sterling, Senior Pastor

Since November of 2008, Mark has served as the Senior Pastor at Curtis. His heart is for prayer and seeing lives changed as people surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ. He also continues to provide vision and initiative to the staff and the congregation on how to reach the entire world with the Gospel.

Mark loves spending time in the outdoors with his family, and also enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, biking, and walking on the beach.  You can even catch him running in the Marine Mud Challenge from time to time! Ecclesiastes 12:13 is one of his favorite verses, although there are many others!

Tom Lowry, Missions & Media Pastor

Tom began serving on staff at Curtis on June 1, 1978 where he led our Student Ministries until the mid-2000’s when he began serving in his current role of Missions and Media Pastor. He is quick to note that his passion is telling the story of Jesus where He has not been named (Romans 15:20).

Tom enjoys almost anything that has to do with photography and can many times be seen at our various church events with a camera in hand. Hebrews 11:6 is a verse, he says, that has had a great impact on his life.

Ben Palacz, Family & Children’s Pastor

Ben joined our ministry team in January 2016, coming to serve as our Family and Children’s Discipleship Pastor. His primary areas of ministry will be helping equip parents to point their children to Jesus and train them in the instruction of the Lord, as well as to oversee the Children’s Ministry. He has a passion for teaching and preaching God’s Word with the good news about Jesus at the center so that people may know God and be changed to become more like Him.

Ben enjoys being with his family, watching and playing sports, exercising (at least most of the time), and reading. Paul’s bold declaration about the gospel in Romans 1:16 gives him confidence in God and in the message that He has called us to believe and proclaim. 

Daniel Hardy, Worship/Music & Media Pastor

Daniel began serving at Curtis in September 2018 when the Lord called Him to be the Worship and Media Pastor. Daniel and his wife Rebekah met while they were attending Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia and were recently married right before God brought them to Augusta. Rebekah graduated with a nursing degree and is serving  at a local pediatric office. Dainel enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, archery, and kayaking. Daniel has a heart to see God’s people truly worship the Lord in every aspect of their lives and worship with each other through singing and the reading of His Word.  His favorite verse is Galatians 1:10 because it reminds him that he is here for God’s glory and to please Him and Him alone. 

James Choi, Student & Discipleship Pastor

James accepted the call to join the team at Curtis to be the Student Discipleship Pastor in February 2020. James and Jessie met while serving alongside together in ministry in Montgomery, AL. They got married in August 2014 and they currently have a golden retriever fur baby named Bella. Jessie graduated with her nursing degree and works as an RN. James enjoys any spin sports (table tennis, tennis, etc.), video games (especially Nintendo), and playing music. James’s heart is to see students own their relationships with the Lord and to partner alongside parents to disciple their children. His favorite verse in regards to that vision is Deuteronomy 6:4-9. He believes the key to solid students is a strong family that supports them fully.