The office of Spiritual Formation exists to equip and encourage genuine followers of Jesus Christ by creating opportunities for the community of TFC to engage in communal worship, discipleship, and acts of service. The office of Spiritual Formation oversees the weekly chapel program, the office of service and outreach, annual prayer retreats, and campus-wide small groups called Barnabas Groups. Feel free to contact members of our office for further information about any aspect of Spiritual Formation at TFC. You can find our offices in the lobby of Grace Chapel & Performing Arts Center.
Rev. Chris Stratton
Director of Spiritual Formation
Chris comes to us with the M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, where he taught biblical languages for several years. He served as Director of Spiritual Formation at Wesley Biblical Seminary, as Teacher Pastor and Minister of Adult Education in churches, and as Director of Leadership and Community for a Kentucky District of the United Methodist Church. He has been active with Campus Crusade and Fellowship for Christian Athletes. Chris is excited about serving our students and comes with a compelling vision to see spiritual formation move across all areas of campus.
He moves from Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife, Shelly, and two teenage children, Katelyn and Grey. Please join us in welcoming Chris to campus starting August 1
Director of Service and Outreach
Faith Champion, though new to the Office of Service and Outreach, is not a new face at Toccoa Falls College. She is a longtime member of the TFC community; a child living on campus with her family in the 80’s, a student and graduate in the 90’s, and an employee of TFC from 2007-2011. With an undergraduate degree in counseling and a MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, Faith brings a background in missions, experience in social work and counseling, and an understanding of the Toccoa Falls College student to the Office of Service and Outreach. She believes that as members of the body of Christ, the students at Toccoa Falls College each have a role to play in sharing the love of Christ in meaningful and practical ways. Faith is very excited to see how the Office of Service and Outreach helps accomplish that task in Toccoa, GA and the surrounding areas. In her free time, Faith can be found hiking in the beautiful forests of Northeast Georgia, driving on a back road searching for adventure, working out at the local YMCA, spending time with her wonderful family and friends or cooking at home. She is thrilled to be back at TFC this 2012/2013 school year.
Director of Creative Arts
Podge grew up in a family where music and ministry were a way of life. He has been leading music in churches for over 20 years. In 2006, after a 13 year career in construction, Podge moved from near Philadelphia to Toccoa to finish his degree in Music. After serving as the Worship Pastor for Nails Creek Baptist Church, he started working at Toccoa Falls College where he oversees production for Grace Chapel & Performing Arts Center. As well as being support staff for the Office of Spiritual Formation, he also manages the four student led worship arts teams that lead worship for chapel as well as the summer camp band. Podge served several years as the Technical Director at The Journey in Lavonia, GA and now is the Technical Director at at Glad Tidings Assemblies of God in Toccoa, GA. He lives in Toccoa with his wife April, and their black lab Revan. They spend their free time listening to music, visiting family and friends, spending quiet nights watching TV or movies, and you can find them many weekends on campus throwing ball with their pup.