Director, Student Ministry

Troy Hamilton

General Information:

• Birth date: 8/22/1971
• Family: Married with two children ("Addison" & "Oliver")
• Spouse: Angie Hamilton
• Place of Birth: Mansfield, OH
• Education: Bachelor of Science. Majored in Business Education and Minored in Christian Education at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. (Was called to youth ministry while in the process of earning a teaching certificate in business.)
• Certifications: Certified to teach 6th-12th grade business classes in any Tennessee Public School.
• Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, all types of video games, movies, tennis, rock climbing, watching the back of my eyelids, etc.
• Greatest Accomplishments: Convincing Angie to marry me and having the “guess your age” lady at Universal Studios guess my age at 19 years old (I was 30 at the time).

My Phony Biography (just for fun):
I have been called a dynamic figure because I am often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate sign language while weaving in and out of heavy traffic. I write award-winning operas. I manage time efficiently.

Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I mesmerize people with my amazing trombone playing. I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook 30-minute brownies in 20 minutes.

I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in Halo (the original), and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello. I was scouted by the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. In my youth, on Wednesdays after school, I used to repair electrical appliances free of charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookkeeper. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy eveningwear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish and entire dinning room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the C.I.A. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four-course meals using only a blender and a toaster oven.

I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

There is more…but I’m too humble to just keep going. :)

My Real Biography:
Although, I was raised in a Christian home and attended church religiously (every time the door was open – we were there) I did not become a Christian until the age of 21. Oh, I said the “Jesus, come into my heart” prayer a thousand times but I had never before made a real commitment to Christ; one that I was determined to keep no matter what. When I finally made the decision for real, I knew that being “saved” wasn’t just a phase I was going to go through. I was excited and anxious because I knew my life was going to be different. “I was ready to charge hell with a squirt gun.” So, I began looking for a church home and visited many in Cleveland, Tennessee where I attended school at Lee College (now Lee University).

On Mother’s Day in May of 1994 I visited Burks United Methodist Church in Hixson, Tennessee. I met the Youth Director (Jennifer Richardson) during my first visit and she wasted no time in recruiting me. I have no idea why I agreed to it - but in less than two months after my first visit I began to work with the youth group. It changed my life. Never before was doing the work of the Lord so enjoyable. To me, it was confirmation that God could use "even me" for His plans and purposes. For the first time I finally realized that accepting Jesus was just the beginning of this whole Christianity thing. I always thought that being a Christian would be dull and uneventful. That serving meant that I would have to work constantly – endlessly performing “good works” for God so I could earn salvation or just so He would like me. Through Youth Ministry God showed me purpose, He showed me how He can transform a person’s will into His own; that salvation is free; that serving God (although sometimes hard) was meant to be and really is fulfilling and just plain awesome.

Jennifer groomed me to take over her job as the Director of Burks Student Ministry. I was offered and immediately took the position in April of 1996. I served the Lord at Burks for a total of 15 years.

On June 15, 2009, I became the "Director of Student Ministries" here at First-Centenary United Methodist Church. It has been a non-stop busy exciting ride and I love it! There are so many exciting ministries going on here and we (my family and I) have felt so incredibly welcomed and loved. The students of First-Centenary are awesome and I am so grateful to be a part of this ministry. We plan to be here for a very long time!

419 McCallie Ave | Chattanooga | Tennessee 37402 | 423.756.2021