Prayerfully seeking $800,000 in donations for the purchase of property to be used for the re-
establishment of the Kindlewood ministry in Georgia. If you have a heart for serving, saving and
ministering to the men and women who selflessly serve, protect and sacrifice everything for our great
nation, then please partner with us today.
The Kindlewood ministry began in 2007 when Gateway Community Church was folded into
Kindlewood and relocated from Columbus, Georgia to Buena Vista, Georgia in order to fulfill the vision of the Senior Pastor, Andy Greene. Kindlewood would use the 100 acre property to primarily minister to the military members of Fort Benning and surrounding communities through paintball, camping, hiking, fishing and shooting. Sledgehammer Paintball became the premier paintball attraction within 100 miles and was a huge success. Kindlewood and Sledgehammer carried out the mission, ministered to and saved many souls and provided a safe, family-friendly haven until 2013. Despite the overwhelming spiritual success of the ministry in Georgia, the declining economy took its toll and eventually forced the sale of the property and the relocation of Kindlewood to Florida.
MINISTRY IN ACTION :
Kindlewood will actively minister to military members of Fort Benning and surrounding communities through fun activities such as paintball, camping, fishing, hiking and shooting. We will offer a safe, laid-back, family-oriented, Christ-centered atmosphere filled with real, practical and spiritual help. The property to be purchased is just over 100 acres in Buena Vista, Georgia, with two small lakes stocked for fishing and canoeing. There are two residential buildings and one apartment offering almost 5000 square feet of living space. The chapel/multi-purpose building has a full kitchen, office space, two large bathrooms, one with a shower and a 2500 square foot meeting room. There is also a new 2400 square foot equipment barn and a 3000 square foot workshop. Although the chapel/multi-purpose building will be a meeting place for teaching and discipleship, it will also be used as an event and wedding venue to offset ministry expenses. “Friday Night Fires” will be a regularly scheduled event offering food, fellowship, Biblical teaching and preaching centered around a large bonfire and is geared toward fostering deeper friendships and providing a family for the lonely. This event will be held indoors during inclement weather. As the premier recreational attraction for the Fort Benning soldiers, Sledgehammer Paintball will, again, occupy approximately 20 acres and offer a fully-stocked and staffed paintball equipment store, bathrooms including one with a shower, three large scenario-style paintball fields, camping area and live target shooting range. Future plans include building a Recreational Vehicle parking and camping area with full RV hook-ups.
The leader and Senior Pastor is 58 year old Andrew S. Greene. Andy has been married to Lynn A. Greene for over 40 years. Together, they have two sons who are faithful in Christ, Timothy and Jeffrey. Timothy, 30 years old, is married with 4 daughters and two sons and Jeffery, 28 years old, is married with two sons. Andy has served in church leadership for over 30 years and was officially ordained as a minister in 2007. Andy is currently a state certified General Contractor successfully operating in the state of Florida.
“Sledgehammer Paintball changed my life. While I was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA I was constantly looking for something fun to do off the base. I would go to the movies, go to different restaurants, or just drive around with buddies until we got bored and went home. Then my buddy found Sledgehammer Paintball, so I decided to check it out. The people there were not only knowledgeable about equipment, but instantly became good friends. Every weekend my buddies and I would go out and play on the different fields they had and just enjoy meeting new people and making more friends. The more we came, the better we became friends with Andy and his family. They had a purpose there that far outreached just the business. They wanted to actually connect with their customers, especially soldiers that were away from home. They ministered to our needs and became meaningful mentors. Thanks to Andy and his dedicated time with me, I became a Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Thanks to Andy’s ministry, my life changed forever in the best way possible.”
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
“I worked with and for Andy Greene for 7 years, both professionally and in the ministry. In my own life, Andy provided counsel and guidance for my young adult years. He guided my transition from living at home under my parents to developing into a godly man able to stand on my own. I have watched Andy’s family grow from his two sons into both being married and raising godly children. Andy has remained a constant model in his godly walk with the Lord. Andy is gifted with the ability to talk with someone, see through the smoke screen, and get to the heart of an issue. He is a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ and seeks to further His Kingdom. I have personally witnessed the impact Andy has had on dozens of people for the glory of God. Young soldiers, struggling families, and men in need of guidance have benefited from Andy’s personable and applicable discipleship style. He consistently cares for the spiritual and physical needs of the people around him. Andy has a conversational and theological knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. He is the very essence of Ezra 7:10, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statues and ordinances in Israel.” “
REV. BRIAN W. PERRY
Newport News, Virginia
I was on active duty in the Army and had been back in the states for almost 3 months before I met the Greene’s and the Perry’s. It was Sept. 2007, and I had just gotten my paintball gear from Home (Washington State) and I was ready to play. A friend of mine at the time told me that I should go to Sledgehammer Paintball. He told me they had a really good family environment. So I looked up were they were at and went out that following Saturday. I ended up having a good time and saw that they were really good to their customers. I ended up making a weekly habit of going out every Saturday if I didn’t have to work a range that day. Before long Andy started asking me about my beliefs and if I believed in God basically. I told him at the time that I had looked in the past for answers, but for the most part I was really unsure. One Saturday late in Oct, Andy had asked if I would like to join him along with his Family, Brian, and Daniel (Danni) as well. I told them sure, since I had nothing planned that evening. I remember we went to this Mexican Restaurant in Buena Vista, GA. We were seated and everyone was just talking and having a good time. I don’t remember who brought it up but the topic came up if Jesus broke wind sitting at a fire with his disciples. No Pun intended, but I was blown away by this conversation, especially
everyone laughing about it. My Experience with “Christians” in the past was not this kind of talk about Jesus Christ, but almost as if he was an unreachable God, he wasn’t personal. So after that weekend Andy started inviting me out more and more to bond fires and/or church events out on their property. We talked more and more about Jesus, but part of me still resisted at the idea of Jesus Christ being the answer that I needed. It wasn’t long before I started going to Church on Sunday’s and hearing the word more and more. Before long after being Friends with the Greene’s and Perry’s I started Accepting Christ and my wall came down slowly but surely. In Feb of 2008 I accepted Christ and made the commitment to follow in his footsteps. Shortly after I met my soon to be wife Rachel and about a year later got married and got out of the Army. It has not been an easy road, but I wouldn’t change it for nothing. Now 10 years later, my wife and I have six beautiful children who we are raising to be Christ followers as well. To steal a line from Voddie Bauchman, I pray that they will become “Ballistic Missiles” and continue to spread the Gospel to people who don’t know Jesus Christ. My Wife and I are also part of “International Friendship Ministries” here in Columbus. The purpose of this ministry is to reach out to Foreign Soldiers who are attending the Captains Career Course at Ft. Benning, and befriend them. We also try to share the Gospel if the Opportunity arises. This is a Ministry that is very near to my heart, as I love Soldiers. If God had not put Andy and family in my life eleven years ago this month, I don’t believe that I would be living for the lord. I’d more than likely be “lost in the sauce” along with many other people who truly don’t know anything about Christ or how great of a god he is. I’m very grateful for the life that I have been given, and I want to continue to give Glory to God for It.
- Jason Johnson
- Sylviane Huffman
- Dean & Judi Gemberling
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- Michael Rogers
Buena Vista, GA
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