Church Surfer Project

Hello friends! We are Wendell and Ginger Terrell and we are excited to be a part of the Church Surfer project. We will be visiting a different church every week and then providing feedback on our experience. We offer two very different perspectives as obviously we are male and female, and we have two very different backgrounds.

Our desire is to be able to allow people to see that we are very relatable. We don’t have all the answers, we both seek God every day but sometimes fail miserably, and we’re working through our own questions and challenges.

Our goal is not to criticize doctrine or worship styles, but simply to share our first impressions and experiences of different churches during any given service time. If we have a terrible experience (which we surely hope will not happen), we simply will not even mention the church in our blog.

His Perspective

He’s from Chattanooga, but he didn’t grow up in church (shocker!). In fact, he didn’t even come to know Christ as Savior until he was 40 years old. He has no idea what church “should be” and hasn’t been inundated with religious experiences. He can relate to the one who struggles to read their Bible as he has dyslexia, so he listens to it every night on his Android as he goes to bed. He can relate to addicts and those who feel hopeless, and when he visits your church he’ll be tattooed and probably in flip flops and shorts or jeans and tennis shoes. You won’t ever find him in a suit and tie and he’s just down home country – very simple. He loves race cars, fishing and camping, and he’s a floor installer by trade. Most of all, he wants to know Jesus and he wants to please Him. His favorite Bible personality is David, his favorite Book of the Bible is Psalms, and he probably would have hung out with the likes of Peter. He’s in transformation stage and learning and growing. He won’t have many theological discussions with you, but he can smell fake a mile away and won’t be afraid to tell you. Underneath it all, he has a heart that is willing to give and who cares about people.

Her Perspective

She grew up in Chattanooga and attended an independent Baptist church and school. She was saved at the age of five. She has been the prodigal, she has suffered through addictions and failed relationships, she has struggled greatly back and forth with her faith, and she has had her own Jonah experience. Her travels have led her to different denominations and religions, a house church, working in Corporate America, attending a secular college, and currently working on her Bachelors at a local Christian college. Around 2010, she had a life altering experience with Jesus where she unequivocally could no longer deny He is our Savior and that the Bible is our final authority in all matters. She rededicated her life through genuine repentance and has never looked back to her old lifestyle. When she visits your church, she’ll likely be in a pair of jeans (she doesn’t even own a dress). She is adamant that she sits under sound doctrine and can usually detect error, hypocrisy and a religious spirit a mile away. She is strong-willed and intelligent, but has a huge heart for the one who admits they are broken. She refuses to allow tradition and rules and regulations to dominate her life. If you’re religious – beware! If you’re authentic, she has much grace. She is definitely a work in progress and God is still working on her gutsy, in-your-face personality. Humility is not one of her strong points, but she’s working on it. Her favorite Bible personality is Peter and her favorite book of the Bible is Revelation.

What do you think?