As House of Liberty Church’s worship leader, Cartersville resident Methany Thornton is busy organizing the Sound of Worship Conference July 22.
“I have always been a lover of music,” she said. “I was and still am the kid that would break out in song and dance at any moment. In my own music ministry, I enjoy just serenading God and allowing him to use my voice to usher his people into his presence. I am so proud of the ministry that I am a part of and would like to invite those that do not have a church home to visit the House of Liberty on Sunday at 11 a.m. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my second single,’Fighter.’ I am so excited about the progress and how the song has come together. I worked with some of Bartow County’s greatest musicians, such as Byron Douglas, Edvonte` Curtis and Clarence ‘T-Lee’ Hill to create a song that will bless all that hear it.
“Also, coming soon to the House of Liberty Church is the Sound of Worship conference where attendees will be taught how to create a culture of worship in their respective churches and in their homes. Before every great move of God, there has always been a sound, and I believe the Bartow County community could benefit from a mighty move of God. ... I also am cohost on the Single Moms 2 Wives talk radio show on Saturday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. on Love 860am. You can also log on to www.love860.com and listen live. I am so proud of all that I have been blessed to be a part of. Other upcoming events that I will be assisting with or heading up include ... United Pastors Standing Strong Conference, Sept. 15 [to] 17, and Rebirth the Role Model Conference, Nov. 4.”
Name: Methany Thornton Age: 41
Occupation (title): Eighth grade English/Language Arts teacher, and seventh and eighth grade football cheer coach at Marietta Middle School
City of residence: Cartersville
Family: The wife of Kelcey Thornton; mother of Ashley, Jade, Santana, Tyanna, Isaiah and Isaac; Nana of Jeremiah and Majesty
Education: Class of 1995 of Gordon Central High in Calhoun; Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education [from] Shorter University, class of 2016
DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job, and what drew you to this line of work?
MT: I enjoy encouraging and showing love to my students while teaching content and life skills that will help them become better citizens as adults. I became a middle school teacher because when my daughter was in middle school, she had some behavioral obstacles and her academic performance was not up to par. Because of the guidance of “Senior” Nunez and one of the counselors, my daughter did a 360. She became a better student academically, and her behavior changed so much. It was hard to believe that she was the same child. I chose to be a middle school teacher because of the compassion these two people had for her; I want to reciprocate that into the lives of every student that I come into contact with.
DTN: When did you join House of Liberty, 10 Womack Drive in Cartersville, and what is your current role?
MT: I joined the House of Liberty Church under the leadership of Bishop Jesse T. and Pastor Lois J. Smith in August of 2010 and am currently the worship leader, the minister of music and a part of the multimedia ministry.
DTN: What is your role in the Sound of Worship Conference July 22 at House of Liberty Church, what will the event entail and what is its purpose?
MT: As the worship leader at House of Liberty Church, I am the organizer of the conference. This conference is geared toward pastors, ministers, praise leaders, dance ministries, musicians and people that just want to enjoy the presence of the Lord. There will be four awesome men and women of God who will teach us how to create the culture of worship, and we, the attendees, will then demonstrate what we have just been taught. The teachers include Pastor Sylvia Brodie, House of Liberty Church; Evangelist Shelia Lavette, Omega COGIC, Adairsville, Georgia; Bishop Brian Macon Sr., Promised Land Christian Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia; and Bishop Stephen Thomas, Community Fellowship Church, Dalton, Georgia.
DTN: Provide some background on Rebirth the Role Model — when and why was it first held?
MT: Rebirth the Role Model is the answer to what I felt my daughters and I needed and did not have in 2013 — mentors. The first conference was held in November of 2013 to empower the women in the Bartow Community to be and have positive role models.
DTN: What is Rebirth the Role Model’s overall purpose, and what do you want the attendees to gain or take away from the offering?
MT: The organization is an avenue that allows me to minister to those that feel they have no voice and to teach that everyone should be and have people in their lives to encourage them and hold them accountable. Rebirth the Role Model’s goal is to revive, renew, regenerate and restore the people in the Bartow County community to create mentors and volunteers that will tirelessly work in the community. Our vision is to change the way we see ourselves, how we see each other and how the world sees us. We declare that we will no longer dwell on the negatives that society has screamed so loudly, facing the pessimism and replacing it with strength and admiration for one another. Rebirth the Role Model will allow Christ to have free reign and be an instrument of ministry every day to men, women, boys and girls everywhere.
DTN: What have been some of your most memorable moments from past Rebirth the Role Model events?
MT: When the attendees give each other “shout outs” — this is where they give them compliments or encouragement because of something they have said or done throughout the conference; when we went back to basics last year, 2016, and were revived; when people from Bartow County went to Cobb County and spread creativity, positive thoughts and great insight that would last a lifetime; how conference attendees vary in ages from 9 [to] 99 [plus] but everyone walks away with something just for them.
DTN: What is your greatest professional and/or personal achievement?
MT: My most recent achievement to be proud of was graduating from college at the age of 41 and walking into my own classroom less than a month later. The coursework and schedule were such a challenge because of ministry and home life; however, I made it through with much prayer and encouragement from those that love me.
DTN: If you were not in your line of work, what would you like to do?
MT: Nothing. At the age of 41, I am in the classroom because teaching middle school is what I love. I fought long and hard to get to this point and am so excited about what each upcoming year has in store.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
MT: Laughter, love, dance
DTN: What is your favorite Bible verse?
MT: Isaiah 49:23b, Amplified “And you shall know with and understanding based on personal experience that I am the LORD; for they shall not be put to shame who wait and hope expectantly for Me.”
DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
MT: That I do not like surprises, good or bad. I’m working on it though.
DTN: What is the best advice you have ever received?
MT: You are a great mom; never let anyone tell you anything different. There will never be another you, so be the best you and kill it.
DTN: What do you like to do in your spare time?
MT: Sing, laugh, dance, pray, read the Bible and novels, write, and spend time with friends and family. I am known as the Dancing Diva who will be #downby30pounds by November. It is something I am doing as exercise to become healthier.
DTN: Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
MT: I have three: House of Liberty Church, my bed and Waffle House.
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