Pastor Adam and Carla Wright have been married and ministering together since 1998. They are natives of Rome, GA. Upon graduation from Lee University, they ministered in Indiana as Student Pastors where they experienced exponential growth 7 to over 180+ students in their weekly ministry. After leaving Indiana, they felt called to ministry in Florence, South Carolina where they experienced even greater growth for the kingdom. They spent nine years working as the Associate Pastor of Palmetto Street Church of God, working with a talented multi-staffed team that the Lord carried from 300 members to nearly 1000 members during this time.
In 2011, God began dealing with Adam and Carla to return home to North Georgia as a Pastor. They began their work at Wiley in August of 2011 and by God’s grace again have experienced life changing results. In this short time, Wiley has become a driving force for Ministry in Rabun County, GA. Their passion for souls and ministry to the “whole family” has permeated the heart of the community. Their burden is to reach the lost, reclaim the children, and restore those that have been wounded.
Pastor Adam Wright is a graduate of Lee University with a B.S. Degree in Pastoral Ministry. He carries a minor in Bible, just short of a double major. He also is a Nationally Recognized Bible Teacher by the National Evangelical Teachers Association. He recently has served on two specialized boards for the State of N. Georgia. June 2014 he was privileged to be a guest speaker for the N. GA State Camp Meeting in Atlanta, GA. He loves to read, run and exercise, and quality time with his wife Carla and son, Adam Jr.
Carla Wright is a graduate of Lee University with a B.S. Degree in Christian Education. She worked in SC for several years for the state as a “prevention specialist” against drugs, alcohol and tobacco abuse. Later she worked for four years as an adoption specialist and then 2 more years as the operator of a Crisis Pregnancy Center in SC. Now, she is able to be committed full time to the ministry with her husband. Carla is a Credentialed Minister in the Church of God as well. She is a noted speaker for Women’s Conferences, Biblical Teaching/Trainings, human trafficking awareness, Recovery Groups, Crisis Pregnancy awareness and the importance of the Pro-Life Message. Carla has coached international award winning dance teams and works with the International YCE department to help facilitate the Drama Adjudication at Teen Talent on State and International Levels. Carla loves spending time with her family, volunteering for her son at school and she loves working out.
David Port, Associate Pastor is originally a native of Rome, GA. He has spent over the last 30 years in ministry. His education includes a BA from Berry College, BA from Georgia State University, BTH from Antioch Seminary, graduated from Institutes at Georgetown Univ. in Washington and Friedrich Alexander Univ. in Germany.
David has travelled extensively including numerous mission trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has served as Associate, Interim and Senior Pastor of several churches in Georgia and Illinois.
He has served on the boards, often as Chairman, of over 15 charitable organizations . He was named Citizen of the Year of Carmi, Illinois in 2013. Before returning home to Georgia, David served as full-time mayor of Carmi, Illinois. David has been married to his beautiful wife, Phebe for 28 years.
Tanner Chitwood, Student Pastor is from Toccoa, GA. He is passionate about seeing students who are far from God come to know Him through the Gospel. His heart’s desire is to help students grow in their relationship and knowledge of God. Tanner has served in music and student ministry for several years, most recently here at Wiley Church. Tanner is currently pursuing his ministerial credentials through the Church of God.
Richard Dugas, Care Ministries Pastor and his wife Kathy are parents to nine children, 5 of which they adopted. They have been married for 19 years and have 3 grandchildren. Richard’s education includes a B.A. in Bible from Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. Richard has been preaching for 33 years. He has served in several ministerial capacities. Currently, Richard serves in the areas of Senior Adult Ministries, Outreach and Visitation, along with pulpit ministry.
Dr. Jay and Cherie Critz, Children’s Pastors joined the Wiley Church team April 2017. They have been married for over 17 years and have been in children’s ministry for over 20 years. Together, they love to communicate God’s word in a powerful and captivating ways through the use of drama, teaching, comedy and using a wide range of material. They have two children, MacKenzie and Jameson.