Protege - Justin Kimmel

Justin Kimmel is part of our Protege team - here are his thoughts about his decision to get involved:

Last fall I felt like I was on an island.  The majority of my friends had moved on from Athens and the ones that were still here were pursuing marriage or busy finishing up school. I had passed the torch on at RUF as far as my role with the ministry went.  Concerning my place in the church, I just didn’t fit in at Redeemer anymore.  I felt like I was losing my ministry and had all but lost community.  I didn’t feel like I had any direction at all.

The decision was made.  I would leave Athens and start over somewhere else.  I was looking at schools and jobs all over the country that included working for churches, music school, agriculture, journalism, business, etc.  You name the location and I probably considered going there.

During this time, God brought some pretty awesome people into my life.  These guys just loved each other unconditionally and were exactly the type of friends I needed at this point in my life.  A few of them attended Christ Community Church and I was pretty ready to leave Redeemer, so I figured I’d join them one Sunday.  It immediately felt like home.  So I went again, and again, and again and so on.

I remember about the third time I visited CCC, the internship program, Protege, caught my eye on the church bulletin.  For the next month, as I continued to looked to move on from Athens, the internship wouldn’t get out of the back of my mind.  I finally decided to get in touch with somebody so I could hear more.  I emailed Matt and he got me in touch with Aaron, who I went and got lunch with.

I’m a music guy.  I love the music at CCC and felt like Aaron would be someone I could learn a lot from, and that made the Protege program even more heavy on my heart.  Leading corporate worship is something I’ve done for years and am definitely interested in doing it for a church in the future.  The opportunity to work with Aaron just outweighed everything I was considering at that time.  To have people come beside me and want for me to dream and realize those dreams is something I am very thankful for.

Since the internship started, I feel like I’ve learned more than I expected to.  I’ve learned plenty about the job, but I’ve learned some pretty tough character-building lessons as well.  Aaron is showing me every part of his job possible, which has way more to do than just preparing the music for our Sunday gathering.  The idea is for me to do every single thing that he does so I become more than just familiar with the job.  The hope is that I come out of the internship very capable to do for another church what Aaron does for CCC.  I am very grateful for the opportunity I have through the Protege program that, to sum it up, is equipping me for life ministry.

If you'd like to ask Justin any questions about Protege, email him at


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