Justin Schaeffer

The People's Church Atlanta, Georgia
Church Planting Team Member
Decatur Georgia
The People's Church Atlanta
May 27
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About My Family

My wife, Amy, grew up here in Atlanta but moved to Seattle (where I was born and raised) where we met at church. We got married in 2002 and raised our three boys (Ben, Riley and Jonah) in Seattle while I served on staff at one of the fastest growing churches in America.

After seven years on staff, we were sent with blessing to plant a church in Atlanta. We have been living and ministering on the east side of Atlanta since July 2013 and love the Christian community God has gathered around us, our neighbors and our neighborhood. We live in Kirkwood in east Atlanta where our boys attend Drew Charter School. I serve on the PTA at Drew and lead Kirkwood Cares, which is a committee of our neighborhood organization that provides critical repairs to our low-income neighbors' homes. 

About My Church Plant

In December 2016, we hosted our first gathering in a living room in east Atlanta with our kids and three other adults. In the past year and one-half we have grown to 28 committed adults and 10 kids who gather regularly on Sundays and in homes during the week.

Our congregation is blessed with a beautiful diversity of race, life stage, income, education and experience. We are a gathering of broken yet beloved, sinful yet gifted, people who are in desperate need of God. We care deeply for one another as we search the Scriptures together to find our identity and purpose in Jesus. It is our desire to unlock all the fullness of God's promises to His people when we work together utilizing all our gifts, speaking the truth in love and not leaving a single person behind.

NAMB Church Planting

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Pray God would be preparing the hearts of His lost sheep in Kirkwood to hear the gospel and believe. Pray God would use us as instruments of peace and justice in our neighborhood. Pray God would call and equip men to lead the church and plant new churches Pray the Holy Spirit would gift and empower each member of the church body to work together to build up our body in love.


Kirkwood Cares has opportunities for churches to participate in service projects (repair, demolition, gutters, landscaping, painting). We offer ministry internships. Contact me at justin@thepeopleschurchatl.org. Join us on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
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