Evan Cockerham is the Lead Pastor of Living Word Church. Evan & Adrianne Cockerham are an anointed prophetic team who minister out of the love and power of Christ. Evan has worked alongside his parents, Larry and LaVonna Cockerham, for the past 14 years in ministry, both in pastoring and missions. As a couple, Evan and Adrianne have been pastoring full-time for almost a decade in Cleveland, Tennessee; Augusta, Georgia; Bolivia; and Nepal.
LOVE OF GOD’S CHURCH
We believe that the church is called to be Jesus on earth, to do signs, wonders and miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. Adrianne and I desire that every believer would be built up to have the confidence to hear God’s voice, to respond in faith and obedience, and to see God’s blessing in every area of their lives. I’m less concerned with hype, dead traditions or pretense. But I am dedicated to passionately pursue the authentic, revolutionary and world changing love of Christ.
LOVE OF DISCIPLESHIP
Adrianne and I long to live with the awareness of God’s presence, and demonstrate a lifestyle of kingdom living to those God has joined with us. We long to embrace God’s emerging leaders, culture reformers, and those who are kingdom-minded. And in so doing, we strive to train and send disciples to reach the world.
LOVE OF THE NATIONS
Adrianne and I have both a local and global call. We love the people and nations of the world and believe that every believer is called to go, give or send to bring a God encounter to every person, no matter how remote.
LOVE OF THE ARTS
We have always had a love and appreciation for the arts and believe it is one of the key ways the church can release God’s kingdom in the earth, whether it be by brush stoke, musical note, rhythm or movement.
Join us in celebrating God’s Kingdom and all He has in store for us.
Bob Bevan is an Associate Pastor of Living Word Church. Bob and Jenn Bevan joined the ministry of Living Word Church in 1995 while attending Lee University. They oversee adult Life Groups and worship teams at Living Word Church. In everything they do their desire is to see people encounter Jesus and live life in the power of His Spirit. Their desire is to develop faithful and fruitful leaders in the places of ministry they lead.
Bob’s favorite things in life are Jenn and his amazing kids Brianna and Luke. He also loves beef and corny jokes. Besides her family, Jenn loves to travel and is looking forward to taking another trip to Redding, California in her future.
Gaye Howell is an Associate Pastor of Living Word Church. She gives oversight to the Administration of the church and leads the Women’s Ministry of Living Word.
Gaye is a graduate of Lee University with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She has served in many areas of ministry in the city for the over 30 years. Gaye has experience in church accounting and administration and joined the Living Word Church staff in 2010. Gaye says that one of the greatest defining moments in her life was when she came to the revelation knowledge that God the Father loved her for no other reason than love, and that she didn’t have to earn His love and acceptance. Since that time, her passion has been to share the Father’s heart with others. She particularly loves leading and sharing at the Women’s Encounter about God’s relentless, unfailing love and encouraging women to experience His love.
Jessica Howell is the Youth Pastor of Living Word Church. She joined Living Word in 2009 and served as a leader in Ignite Youth Ministry, as well as serving in other ministries of Living Word, before becoming the Youth Pastor in August of 2013. Jessica is also the Communications Coordinator and gives oversight to the Gathering Place Café at Living Word Church.
Jessica has been in youth ministry, serving in various capacities, for over 10 years. She has a heart to see young people experience a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ, and walk in the fullness of His purposes for their lives. She is passionate about discipleship and desires to see a generation of young people raised up who have a revelation of the Father’s heart and their authority and identity in Christ, and have a passion for His Kingdom!
Tina Richardson is the Young Adult Pastor at Living Word Church. She attended Lee University, wherein she received both a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies. With a great desire to witness the ever transforming work of God in the life of the believer, Tina avidly maintains that such a transformation must coincide with a strong foundation in the Word of God, found in scripture, and through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. In direct correlation with this, one must always be seeking a true and authentic encounter with God, both corporately as well as individually.
Tina’s main goal is simply to live a life worthy of the call that rings throughout creation. That is, to live a life worth emulation, one that is distinguished by all of the hallmarks of the life of Jesus Christ, and to simply make the world a better place by exuding God’s love by loving others in obedience to Him.
Jenn Harrelson is the Children's Ministry Director at Living Word Church. She earned a Bachelor’s and a Master's in Education from Lee University. She taught 4th and 5th grades for 7.5 years before having Rebekah, who just turned two. She also worked as a Math Coach doing professional development for TN teachers. She has directed school plays, taught ballet, served as Director of Angel Feet dance team for several years, and held a girls' lunch group in her classroom during which they discussed self-image, self-esteem, friendship, modesty, etc. She has a deep love for children and has 3 younger siblings.
Jenn and her husband Brandan have been a part of the Living Word family for many years and have served faithfully.
Nancy Clark is the Prayer Coordinator of Living Word Church. She joined Living Word in 1997. She became an active part of the prayer ministry in January of 2004. Prayer has always been a foundational part of Living Word since its beginning. Nancy leads various prayer gatherings during the week. She also leads a team of intercessors that provide prayer covering for our church body and leadership. She helps to coordinate prayer events in the city, as well as for Living Word Church.
Nancy has a heart and calling for the nations of the world and provides prayer covering for many missionaries. She participates in mission trips and organizes special prayer meetings to support mission teams that go out from Living Word. She loves to teach and train others to be effective in prayer and intercession.
Larry and LaVonna Cockerham are the founding pastors of Living Word Church. They founded Living Word Church in 1986 with a passion to experience the fullness of God restored to the church. They have planted churches in Nepal, Ukraine and Mexico as well as in America, with ongoing ministries in several other nations as well. They are affiliated with Evangel Fellowship International under Bishop Houston Miles. In 2001 they established International Ministries Network under which a growing number of ministers and churches look to Larry and LaVonna as their spiritual mentors and apostolic covering.
Larry received his Bachelors Degree from Wake Forest University and M.S. and PhD. Degrees from North Carolina State University. His passion is to help people to live from their hearts, expressing their gifts in winning the lost and nurturing the body of Christ.
LaVonna received the Bachelors Degree from Lee University and has done graduate work in Bible and counseling. Her primary gifts are expressed in teaching, counseling and prayer. Larry and LaVonna are an effective husband and wife ministry team. The heart of their message and ministry is knowing God intimately, worshiping Him freely and obeying Him completely.