the Maddocks

Geoff + Sherry +  Isaac

Melbourne, Australia

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Geoff and Sherry live and work in the inner city of Melbourne (Australia).  Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city’s four million residents the Maddock’s seek to love and serve those left behind and cultivate a sense of place for all city dwellers (www.urbanseed.org).  They started in this new context in late 2016.  See this article for more information about their work with Urban Seed: http://goo.gl/8x4tBU

Between 1999 and 2016, Geoff and Sherry lived in the inner city of Lexington, Kentucky.  With their son, Isaac (born 2003), they worked as missionaries with a focus on neighborhood outreach and service.  Their wider involvement in transformation committed them to service in neighborhood associations, non-profit boards, city government committees, and local food economy initiatives.  For many years they operated an urban farm on the lot next to their home —The 4th St Farm.  This 1/10 of an acre property raised beds for vegetables, chickens, bees, and more than 20 fruit trees.

 

The support for their vocation in mission comes from friends, family, and several churches in Georgia.

They are authors of “Sowing Seeds of Shalom in the Neighborhood” (available on Amazon for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Sowing-Seeds-Shalom-Neighborhood-Briefing-ebook/dp/B00E9T226I/)   It is the first briefing paper from the Summit of the International Society for Urban Mission (ISUM) and offers theological frameworks, principles, disciplines and practical suggestions for Christians who long to be involved in neighborhood transformation.

 

Sherry Maddock

1988-1992    B.S. Exercise Physiology/Nutrition – University of Alabama

1993-1995    M.S. Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehab – Wake Forest University

1995-1997    Clinical Research at Wake Forest Medical School

1998-2001    M.A. Intercultural Studies and Mission – Asbury Theological Seminary

2001-2002    Central Baptist Hospital Outpatient Staff (Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab)

2003-2005    Volunteer Coordinator of Refugee Settlement – Kentucky Refugee Ministries

2009-2013    Community Liaison for the East End Neighborhood (Part Time) – Blue Grass    Community Foundation

 

Geoff Maddock

1993-1997    B.A. (Hons) Criminology – University of Melbourne (Australia)

1997-1998    Juvenile Justice Advocate – Inside-Out Social Services

1998-2001    M.A. Intercultural Studies and Mission – Asbury Theological Seminary

2011-2013    Director of Communications (Part Time) – Blessed Earth

 

Endorsements

“Someone asked me once if I knew how God spelled the word “success”? Intrigued by his question I asked him to tell me. He said God spells success:

F-A-I-T-H-F-U-L! I always think of that scriptural truth when I think of the witness and ministry of Geoff, Sherry, and Isaac Maddock.

I have known this wonderful family for two decades. I watched them prepare for ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary. And I have had the privilege of seeing them in missionary witness and ministry to the poor, the forgotten, what the Bible calls the “least of these” in the heart of Lexington Kentucky. Through personal observation I can tell you that is not an easy place to answer God’s call. But the Maddock’s have shared their lives with those to whom they have been sent; and have lived out the gospel where God has called and placed them. My wife Ann and I count it a privilege to undergird and partner in their Kingdom witness through prayer, encouragement, and financial support.”

~ Rev. Charles Sineath. Pastor, teacher, and author.

 

“Sherry and Geoff Maddock chose to plant their lives in our north Lexington neighborhood, and their faithful daily presence, hospitality, kindness and generosity make a difference every day. I call them “ministers of gardening.” Their way of living here has helped us see ourselves and our own place with new eyes, as worthy and good instead of hopeless. They model love for all of us, no matter how unlovely we may be, by their steadfast commitment to know and greet all neighbors by name, to provide lifts, share food, advocate with bureaucrats, and give what’s needed in untold ways, without fail.”

~ Rona Roberts.  Neighbor and author of Classic Kentucky Meals: Stories, Ingredients & Recipes from the Traditional Bluegrass Kitchen (American Palate).

“The Maddock family is a quiet inspiration on a busy corner in Lexington, Kentucky. Their space is so productive, and their life is so generative, and their vision is so unclouded, that it is a true blessing to be connected to them as friends and neighbors.”

~ Ryan Koch. Neighbor and Executive Director of Seedleaf.

 

“The Gospel calls us into a life of active service to God and neighbor.  My dear friends Geoff and Sherry are one of the most profound demonstrations of what this means in my life.  They are remarkable people who are well worthy of your emulation, prayers, and support.”

~ Alan Hirsch.  Thinker, activist, and author of The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church and The Shaping of Things to Come.

 

“As friends and partners in ministry, Geoff and Sherry represent a continual encouragement to our community of faith through their unwavering commitment to love their neighbors and give their lives for the sake of the gospel in the inner city of Lexington, Kentucky. We have experienced their hospitality and watched as they opened their doors to those most people overlook or bypass. The Maddock family is a beacon of light shining in a place in need of hope, a place where their family’s investment is truly having a kingdom impact. We love them, believe in them and as a church family confidently support them in every way possible!”  

~ Steve Hambrick.  Lead Pastor Vintage 242.

 

“One of the major influences on our decision to move back to Lexington 5 years ago was a desire to live in proximity to the Maddock family. Besides a friendship which stretches back 16 years, we wanted to learn how to root ourselves in a place, and could think of no better people to learn from as well as to partner with in embodying the Great Commandment, “to love God, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Geoff and Sherry’s fidelity in seeking the Kingdom of God on the corner of 4th & Elm Tree touches lives at every level of society in our beloved city. To walk past their home and glance in the kitchen window is always an opportunity to see a cross-section of Lexington’s community, and to witness their innumerable acts of loving, gracious hospitality. We continue to aspire to embody their practice of the way of Jesus in our own family’s life.”

~ Sean Gladding.  Neighbor and author of The Story of God, the Story of Us (IVP, 2010) and TEN: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided and Worn-out Culture (IVP, 2014)

 

Contribution and Partnership Details:

To join with us in Urban Ministry with a monthly partnership gift or one-time contribution:

 

Please send your check to:

Wesleyan Fellowship Partners  

2005 Stilesboro Road

Kennesaw, GA 30152

*please don’t write our names on the check, instead include a note that says “Maddock support”

 

Or give online by visiting our secure partner profile page:

http://www.wesleyanfellowshippartners.org/missionaries/the-maddocks-kentucky/

 

If you have any questions at all about contributions to our mission, please feel encouraged to call Katie Edwards at Wesleyan Fellowship Partners – 678-384-5200.

Of course, you can always call us too.  We would love to talk to you – 859-559-6371. 

The fine print:  Where does the money go?

When you support the Maddocks through Wesleyan Fellowship Partners, 94% of your donations go directly to support the ministry in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.  The remaining 6% goes toward administrative costs for WFP.  Your entire donation is tax-deductible.

Geoff and Sherry Maddock

(Isaac, 11yrs)

262 E 4th St

Lexington, KY  40508

geoffandsherry@yahoo.com

 

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