BRUCE PETTY – Founder/President
Bruce grew up going to the circus. His hometown of Peru, Indiana is known as the Circus City Capital of the World as several famous circuses including Ringling Brothers made it their winter home. He went to school with the grandson of Emmitt Kelly the famous hobo clown known as “Weary Willie”.
Upon completing high school with an academic ranking of 150 out of a class of 300 he went on to amaze his teachers graduating from Lincoln Christian University, The Graduate School of Kentucky Christian University and earning his PhD from Louisiana Baptist University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution.
As a Pastor, Bruce served and built 6 churches over 43 years and has guest lectured for Point University and Beeson Divinity School.
In June of 2015 he founded Today’s Chaplain, a Corporate Chaplain Agency with home offices in Cumming, Ga. One day he will be in professional offices, the next day a warehouse, the following day an education institution ministering to everyday needs. The goal in working with companies is to ensure that the small things done in love produce big results.
Though Bruce continues to enjoy a satisfying and productive professional life his favorite roles have been, Husband, Dad and Papa. He fell in love with his wife Linda the minute he saw her. They have been married for nearly 47 years and are the proud parents of two adult children both of whom are married and have richly rewarded them with five grandchildren.
Bruce enjoys biking, hiking and long walks with his wife. He loves a good double cheeseburger, riding his John Deere lawn tractor and makes a really good smoky/sweet chili soup. Occasionally he wastes time and money playing golf.
JEFF HANCOCK – Staff Chaplain/Sports
Jeff is a Staff Chaplain for Today’s Chaplain, a corporate chaplain agency whose mission is serving the needs of a company’s most valuable asset, their employee.
He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina as the first-born of two sons. Jeff’s father was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon before he retired and his mother still works hard to provide the family a loving home environment. When Jeff was 6 years old, his parents led a Bible study in their home on Friday evenings. After a few years, the Friday night gathering grew into a large non-denominational church that still exist to this day.
After graduating from J.L. Mann High School in 1985, Jeff continued his formal education at the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Real Estate and Management. Unable to find a lob in his desired field, he moved to Atlanta and earned a Master of Science in Real Estate from Georgia State University. While working on his Master’s degree he went to work for a local commercial real estate firm (Richard Bowers & Company) as a market and financial analyst, and later as Director of Research.
In 1999, Jeff began a successful 18 year career in the mortgage business with Shelter Mortgage as a Loan Officer. A life-long soccer player, he began to volunteer and coach with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for FCA Soccer Atlanta. During this time, he also served as a Chaplain for the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL), and currently for Atlanta United FC (MLS).
Jeff met his wife Andrea when they were both six years old. While in graduate school, this friendship grew into something very special and they were married in 1993. Together, they raised two Eagle Scouts, Andrew and David, and recently welcomed Kelly, Andrew’s wife, to the family. Jeff resides with Andrea and his son, David, in Johns Creek, Georgia.