Parent Ministry

Parenting: The toughest job you’ll ever love. This old slogan from the Peace Corps truly identifies the role we get to play as parents. While we love our kids and love parenting them (most of the time), it isn’t for the weak! That’s why Living Hope places such strong emphasis on providing help for parents. 

Our goal is to help parents not only survive the parenting years, but to THRIVE in them! We recognize the role parents play in discipling their kids, that’s why we provide training, help build community, and offer resources to help with the task.

We hope you’ll plug in and join us in this ministry! We are better together – and our kids are better for it. 


Parenting is best done in the context of COMMUNITY. That’s why we created Parent Gathering. Each week, parents of all stages gather together for training in parenting and disciple-making skills. We have a time of teaching and a time for parents to connect in small groups according to the ages of their kids. Parent Gatherings meet each Sunday at 9:30am in Room 215. 


What We’re Reading

The Big Picture and a Simple Plan: That’s what you need to do family discipleship well. There are literally thousands of books available on how to live various aspects of the Christian life. Of these, at least a couple of dozen pertaining to family life and child training are well worth reading. This is not one of those books. This book is designed to help you take what you have read, as well as all the sermons, teachings, and exhortations you have received on child training and leadership in the home, and make sense of it. Pastor Tad Thompson has assembled a biblical approach to effective family discipleship. Among other insights in this book, he identifies seven key areas of parental focus: • The Gospel • The Big Story (Biblical Theology) • The Big Truths (Systematic Theology) • The Great Commission • Spiritual Disciplines • Christian Living • Worldview By identifying the right ingredients for family discipleship, and by providing guidelines for creating your own plan of implementation, Intentional Parenting can prepare you for a lifetime of learning and teaching. This is not another book of tactics and techniques. It is a clear, encouraging, accessible book of strategy for parents who want to be intentional about discipleship in the home.



Grant Medford
Pastor for Parenting & Family Discipleship

Grant Medford oversees our Next Generation Ministry but works closely to those in the parenting role. He is a native of Arkansas with 30+ years of experience working in Next Gen roles. He is married to his wife of 35 years, Jennifer, and they have two grown daughters: Megan, who serves with her husband Seth as missionaries in London, England, and Meredith, who recently graduated college and will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling.

Payton Russell
Administrative Assistant

Payton Russell has been a member of Living Hope Baptist Church for 28 years, shepherding nursery through fourth grade over the last twelve years. Payton has been married to her husband, Tyler, since 2019 and has two girls, Charlotte and Collins. She enjoys serving others, attending musicals, cheering on the Vols, and spending time with her family. She is excited to see the Lord work through the Parent Ministry.  


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