Stovall and Kerri Weems
Senior Pastors of Celebration Church
Stovall Weems is the founder and senior pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida. With a love for people and a passion for building the local church, Celebration was launched in 1998. From that passion, Celebration has now grown to include local, regional and international campuses. Stovall is also the author of Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting and Spiritual Freedom and The God-First Life: Uncomplicate Your Life, God’s Way. As a pastor, writer, teacher and conference speaker, his ministry focuses on building the local church through reaching people with the gospel of Jesus, and developing passionate followers of Christ.
Kerri Weems pastors Celebration Church alongside her husband Stovall. She also serves on the Senior Executive Team at Celebration and provides leadership oversight to several areas including staff development, strategic ministry development, and Celebration Sisterhood. She is the author of Clueless: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Motherhood Before Becoming a Mom, Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life and The Sisterhood Effect. In addition to being a pastor, writer, teacher, and conference speaker, Kerri is passionate about empowering women to live out their fullest potential at every stage of life and sphere of influence.
Pastor Stovall and Kerri have been married for over 20 years are blessed with three children, Kaylan, Stovie and Annabelle.
A simple and sustainable path to a deep and satisfying walk with Christ
There are thousands of how-to books for improving various areas of life—self, relationships, finances, fitness, business, marriage, family. And there are nearly as many books written for believers offering a framework for the “right” approach to a new life in God.
What if it were possible, Pastor Stovall Weems asks,to boil it all down to one practical, un-complicated principle that would yield the vibrant, purposeful spiritual life so many are looking for? What if, in our relationship with God, we had one simple and sustainable touch point to experience a deep and satisfying walk with Christ?
In The God-First Life, Weems shows that true success in our walk with God and in life in general is not an issue of need, but an issue of order. Brilliantly unpacking the simple Scripture in Matthew 6:33, Weems gives a fresh and practical perspective on what Christian “discipleship” is about. Bringing clarity, depth, and simplicity, Pastor Weems makes clear core truths that have been misunderstood by many Christians and non-Christians alike.
Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.
These well-known words of wisdom remind us to pace ourselves in the journey of life so we reach the finish line with no regrets. Pacing yourself is not as easy as it sounds. Life tends to take on a pace of its own which when left unchecked, will drive us toward burnout and fatigue. We can easily become driven by care, worry, and ambition rather than led by the Holy Spirit. We may tend to think of burnout as a modern problem, but we can see that people in Jesus’ day felt their own kind of spiritual and emotional fatigue. Why else would Jesus have said these comforting words?
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me―watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (Matt. 11:28-30; The Message).
Even though he spoke these words more than two millennia ago, Jesus’ call to rest and peace seem tailor-made to fit this generation.
Author Kerri Weems had let the pace and rhythm of her life get out of control. At first the consequences were only physical, but they quickly impacted her spiritual life. Since then, God has been teaching her to walk in time with him; he is teaching her to be led rather than driven. In this book, she opens up her life and shares this journey with the reader. God’s best for each of us is that we go the full distance of our race, and not just crawl exhausted across the finish line. God wants us to enjoy the race and cross the line with our heads held high, a smile on our faces, and our arms lifted in a double fist-punch! Getting to that moment is all about learning the rhythms of grace and pacing ourselves for the long run.