Fred McKinnon

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fredmckinnon
Twitter: @fmckinnon
Website: www.fredmckinnon.com

Who are you?
I’m a Worship Pastor for St. Simons Community Church and the Founder of my own blog at FredMcKinnon.Com and a worship-leadership site, TheWorshipCommunity.Com.  As if that weren’t enough, I also own an e-commerce business.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I’ve been able to leverage my digital life for increased influence for God’s purpose.  Through blogging and sites like TheWorshipCommunity.Com we can lead, equip, and encourage others in ministry.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
One of the most incredible tools that I’ve been impacted by is PlanningCenterOnline.Com.  It’s am amazing resource and now, even after nearly 3 years of use, I’m amazed by how incredible it’s been for us.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
My faith has grown as I’ve experienced the challenges and rewards of “leading” online.  There is great reward in knowing your blog, article, or song has blessed someone and led them further along their journey with Christ.  At the same time, my faith has been challenged – through negative comments, feedback, and even through viewpoints that challenge my paradigms and ways of thinking.

Roger K. Beaty

Location: Woodstock, GA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/roger.k.beatty
Twitter: @kentbeatty @tweetvalley @AppleinTech @M773R
Website: www.kentbeatty.com

Who are you?
Jesus follower, Husband, father of three great kids, writer, blogger, web success strategist, entrepreneur, photographer, retired US Air Force  Officer.  I have an MS,Information Technology Management, BA, Business Management and AS, Computer Programming.   Born and grew up in Tennessee and now live in Georgia.  Member of the “Love Loud” and “1st Responders” teams at First Baptist Church Woodstock. I currently have three blogs with more on the way.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
My steadfast belief that Jesus is the first and the last along with my fascination with technology and all things geek. I have a new twitter profile: @M773R to help spread the good news. I support “Wear it Wednesday” (www.wearitwednesday.com) which was started by Chelsea Eubank (@faithfulfish) and has over 600,000 people signed up.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Technology: Social Media and social networking are rapidly making proximity irrelevant and increasing connections exponentially. Blogging has leveled the playing field and made everyone who wants to be a publisher.  Mobile technology will be the next great wave.  I don’t have an iPhone (yet) but all three of my kids do.  5 out of 7 billion people on the planet are mobile subscribers today and the percentage of those subscribers who use smart phones is rapidly increasing.  Just today the first programmable nanoprocessor was announced. The combination of smaller computer circuits, greatly increased memory capacity, broadband, and mobile tech will change our world rapidly and drastically. Websites: John Saddington’s Church Crunch, www.churchcrunch.com and Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership, www.michaelhyatt.com.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
Growth: through technology and science we continually reveal more of God’s creation and it’s complexity.  Tested: Keeping focus on our dance with God while not letting the steps get in the way.

Glen Bailey

Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/glenbailey
Twitter: @glenbailey
Website: www.grbailey.net

Who are you?
Grew up in Maine and moved south to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta for audio and video production. For the nearly 20 years I’ve been in the video production business. I’ve worked primarily with faith-based companies, on staff and freelance. My passion is telling stories through media.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
Using today’s technologies to create stories that call people to action or give them a desire to have a closer relationship with Christ.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Video editing and post production technology has made the greatest impact on what I do. When I first started editing (on tape-based machines) I hated it. After using a non-linear edit system for the first time, I was hooked, and my passion has grown from there.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I have made connections online with people because of similar interests or life situations. Some of those connections turned into face-to-face meetings over coffee. Those relationships may never have happened if it were not for Facebook, LinkedIn and God.

Matt McKee

posted on 1/26/2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Mobile USA - Georgia

Location: Atlanta, GA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mckeelive
Twitter: @mattmckee
Website: http://R04R.com

Who are you?
I’m a speaker, writer, strategist and entrepreneur. Formerly a Next Generation Pastor for 10 years I now lead a company, www.R04R.com, focused on mobile apps and social media for churches and non-profits. I also help Orange (www.whatisorange.org) with Social Media (www.OrangeLeaders.com), and a Leadership Curriculum called YouLead. I reside in Atlanta with my wife Jessica and our 2 boys, Patriot and Azlan.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
The first question that comes to mind when I see new technology is, “How can that be leveraged for the Gospel?”  This question often wakes me up at night.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
The technology that I use the most that I didn’t 4 years ago is my iPhone. Hands down, it has changed how I communicate, connect, and digest information.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
Teaching others how to be strategic, intentional, and purposeful on their use of technology and how to leverage it for the Gospel has made me come face to face with my priorities online and offline.  It is easy to become immersed and overwhelmed with technology to the point of letting your faith take a back seat.  This adjustment is continually and always on my mind.

Kevin Gilbert

Location: Loganville, GA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wkevingilbert
Twitter: @wkeving
Website: www.studiod.tv

Who are you?
I’m the son of Walter and Jannie Gilbert; the husband of Stephanie McCormick Gilbert; father to Neal and Eli; friend to anyone who needs one; the other half of the business partnership StudioD.tv. I was born in New Orleans while my father was in seminary and I call Georgia home, spending most of my life here. I graduated with a Music Business degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I lived and worked there for about nine years before coming back home to the Atlanta suburbs. I worked and toured as a sound tech/audio engineer/mixmaster for several well-known Christian music artists and for Opryland Productions. I’m a Mac, an iPhone and a WordPress fanboy and I love movies, music and sports.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
Being a PK (Preacher’s Kid) I’ve grown up in and around the church. I believe there is no better or more important message than that of Jesus. God created a technogeek with a passion for leveraging technology to the fullest to tell the story of a God that loves us wrecklessly, furiously and without condition. The media changes, the tools change, but the message remains: God loves you and gave everything so that you might fellowship with Him.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I am an Apple Fanboy, but I genuinely believe that the iPhone changed the game forever. It truly is a pocket-computer that enables so much of where we’re headed as a society. WordPress is the other technology that is making a lasting impact on me as well. No other software democratizes the web like WordPress. Anyone with access to the Internet can share their message in a powerful way for little to no cost. Truly amazing.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I think the biggest test is one that’s ongoing. Finding balance between technology and the rest of my life is always a struggle. It is a constant battle to remind myself that technology provides the tools to accomplish great things, but as with any other tool used for work, they are best when used from a place of rest and meditation on God.

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