After running hard from Jesus as a youth, Brody Smithwick had his own Damascus moment in college. Through this radical encounter with the living God, he was immediately set free from years of addiction, and found absolute freedom in Christ as his Life. The Lord eventually led him back to his hometown of Canton, Georgia where he works at the Cherokee County Jail. He serves as the Director of Inmate Educational Services, and has also previously served as a chaplain. He and his wife, Amy, founded Damascus in hopes of sharing this radical freedom found in Christ with the people of Cherokee County.
Born and raised in Cherokee County, Joseph Mize grew up in a loving Christian home. He received Christ as Savior at age 11 and has been walking with Him ever since. For the past 4 years, Joseph has served as the worship leader of his home church as well as leading Sunday school for the teenagers. He is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with anyone who will listen, as this love changes everything. "There is Hope and His name is Jesus." Matthew 25:40