Glen Money is a Georgian by birth and parentage, but has long, strong roots in the Sunshine State. The son of a twenty year Air Force veteran and bi-vocational pastor, Glen spent much of his childhood in Panama City and returned as a teenager to Madison County. From there he graduated high school, North Florida Junior College and Florida State University in 1982. He has two brothers with families in Tallahassee and Jacksonville. His mother resides in her childhood home in Moultrie, Georgia.
In his junior year at FSU, Glen experienced a profound sense of call to vocational Christian service, though he could not have anticipated the many shapes his ministry would take. In the years since, he has been a youth minister, music and youth minister – back when we thought that combining those was a good idea – interim pastor, mental health chaplain, hospital chaplain, family therapist, pastor of a small church, and associate pastor and single adult minster of a much larger one. He comes to us having served as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Monroe, Georgia since 1997.
Glen met his wife, the former Lisa Reuscher of Ocala, during his first full-time ministry at FBC Wildwood, Florida. In 1984 they married and – he’ll have to tell you why – they moved to Missouri where she began her six years of service as an Army nurse. In the “Show Me” state, Glen began his seminary studies and they welcomed their first son, Thad. From there, they journeyed to Louisville and Southern Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity in the winter of 1989.
Upon graduation, a fellowship at Emory University’s divinity school was coupled with service as hospital chaplain in Athens, GA. There, the Moneys’ second son Jordan was born. Shortly after Jordan’s birth, Glen completed his fellowship and the Moneys left for Albany, pastoring Calvary Baptist Church for three years. Lisa finished her education as an R.N. there and went on to serve as a home health nurse and health department educator for diabetes and hypertension.
Glen’s last four years in Albany were what he calls “fabulous and formative.” As associate pastor of a city “First” church running nearly a thousand in attendance, he experienced ministry on a different type of playing field. He assisted in preaching and strategic planning, developed a comprehensive life support ministry and became the lead minister for pastoral counseling. He learned to work well on a team with defined roles, lead from the second chair, foster healthy staff and church relationships and navigate congregational crises. All of which prepared him for the ministry between then and now.
In 1997, against the advice from many of his ministerial colleagues, Glen became pastor of FBC, Monroe, Georgia. He inherited a traumatized, divided, and understaffed congregation with little faith in itself. He fostered and led a ministry of healing, establishing a strong foundation for growth. Since that time, FBC Monroe has more than tripled by every measurable. Giving has increased more than five fold as mission giving and participation have flourished. Over 8 million dollars have been spent on building, renovation, and acquisition and the church is debt free. A second, and later, a third worship service have been added. Glen will tell everyone that this growth happened while seeking, not church growth, but Kingdom growth and church health. Notably, the FBC Monroe staff is known most for its cohesiveness and longevity of its members’ service. During Glen’s Monroe tenure, he completed his Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, appropriately enough, with a focus on pastoral leadership.
On the personal front, Glen is madly in love with his bride of thirty-one years, Lisa. Seven years ago Mrs. Money traded in her nursing cap to open a successful fitness business as a personal trainer. Glen jokes that Lisa is now the real reluctant celebrity in town and that he lives in her shadow. Today, Thad is married to Britt; they live in nearby Wesley Chapel, Florida with Glen and Lisa’s granddaughters Morgan and Madison. Thad is a graduate of Mercer University via The Citadel and Air Force Academy and is a financial advisor at USAA’s North Tampa campus. Britt teaches elementary school on campus at USAA. Jordan is married to Anna, his high school best friend and fellow graduate of Valdosta State. They live in Thomasville, Georgia where she teaches special education and he is a branch manager for Enterprise Car Rental. They are expecting their first child very soon!
The well traveled road that took Glen from Florida and now brings him back has been a long one, marked by grace and providence. He is certain of his call to pastor First Baptist St. Pete in this place at this time. The gifts he has honed and gathered along the way are those needed for the days at hand.