Who is Tripp Atkinson?
As a pastor, speaker, writer, and coach, Tripp displays his passion to see students discover and live God’s very best for their lives and be empowered to change the world. Tripp is highly driven to not only challenge and equip students himself, but also empower others to be successful in leading students.
As a speaker, Tripp has challenged students in conferences, schools, churches, and camps across the United States, as well as Russia, Romania, Hungary, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, Israel, Jordan, and the Bahamas. Tripp enjoys sharing his twenty-two years of ministry experience and unique life experiences with other pastors and leaders of students. He pours into other educators and youth ministers through conference speaking and organizational consulting, as well as one-on-one coaching.
Tripp is one of the founders of the Haiti Orphan Foundation, which exists to bring hope and provision to children in Haiti through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and partnerships with local churches and community education programs. The vision of HOF is to raise young leaders in Haiti who are equipped to bring lasting change in a country that desperately needs hope.
Tripp holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Gardner-Webb University, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (Discipleship and Church Ministries) from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in Christian Leadership from Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity.
Tripp Atkinson’s Bio
Tripp Atkinson, his wife Courtney, and their three children live in the Metro Atlanta area where he currently serves as one of the Pastors at Sugar Hill Church. Prior to this, Tripp served as the Student Minister of First Baptist Church Columbia in South Carolina for over ten years. Tripp also has experience in law enforcement and coaching high school football. His greatest joy in ministry is seeing students realize the impact they can have as leaders in their school, church, community, and world.
What Tripp Believes
I believe in one God who reveals himself in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He always was, and will always be. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 4:4)
I believe the Bible is the revealed word of God. Although written by men, God inspired every word written. (Exodus 24:4; Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 19:7-10; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Timothy 3:16)
I believe all things were perfectly created by God. God created man is his image, and enjoyed perfect fellowship and harmony with his prized creation. Man willingly disobeyed God and sin broke that harmony and separated man from God. The penalty for man’s sin was death. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)
God came to earth as Jesus, fully divine and fully human. Born of a virgin in human body, God dwelt among his people and lived a sinless life. Jesus willingly died on a cross, taking the sins of the world on himself to bridge the gap that separated man from God. (Luke 1:26-35; John 1; John 3:16; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11)
After Jesus died on the cross, he was buried in a borrowed tomb, and bodily rose from the dead three days later, just as he said he would. Over the course of forty days, the resurrected Jesus had twelve separate appearances to over 500 people. (Matthew 16:21; Matthew 12:40; John 2:19-20; John 20:10-18; Matthew 28:1-20; Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5; Luke 24:13-49; John 20:24-31; John 21; 1 Corinthians 15:6-8; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 9:1-9; 1 Corinthians 9:1)
After Jesus rose from death and appeared to his followers, he ascended into heaven where he now intercedes for believers. Jesus will return to earth one day for his followers as he said he would. There will be seven years of tribulation and a thousand year reign by Christ on earth. After this, those who rejected Christ will be judged by God and forever separated from God in a real place called hell. Those to received Christ will live in perfect harmony again with God in a real place called heaven. (Daniel 9; Matthew 24:21; Matthew 25:31-36; Acts 1:9-12; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 19-22)
I believe that one can only be saved by grace through faith in the work of Jesus Christ. This faith in Christ is demonstrated by the confession and repentance of sin, and obedience to Christ. (Matthew 3:2; Acts 3:19; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:26; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:9)
I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, and acts as a helper to convict, guide, and empower believers to live lives of devotion to God. The Holy Spirit administers gifts to believers for the purpose of building up the church, and acts as a deposit to guarantee salvation for those in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16; John 15:26; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:26; Romans 12; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 1:22)
Tripp's Ministry Involvement
The following are organizations that Tripp either serves on the Board of Directors for or works closely with and supports personally. Each is making a significant difference in a unique way. Please consider supporting these ministries as they impact lives in their community and around the world.
Haiti Orphan Foundation exists to bring hope and provision to children in Haiti through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The vision of HOF is to raise young leaders in Haiti who love Jesus and are equipped to bring lasting change in a country that desperately needs hope.
Part of the DNA of Sugar Hill Church is to serve others outside the walls of the church building. Sugar Hill Church is making a significant difference in northeast Atlanta through dozens of outreach initiatives in local schools, city government, and community involvement. SHC is also making a difference through a number of ministry partnerships around the world. Check out how you can be involved at http://www.sugarhill.church/missions/.
Kids Alive International is committed to providing physical and spiritual care for orphaned and abandoned children around the world. Since 1916, Kids Alive has been rescuing vulnerable children, providing the care they need to reach their God-given potential. Matt and Nora Vos serve at the Oasis Children’s Home in Guatemala caring for girls who have been rescued from forced child labor or physical / sexual abuse. For a moving look into the work of this lives-changing ministry, check out: https://vimeo.com/119188672. To support the work of Matt and Nora at the Oasis, go to: www.kidsalive.org/vos
Teach My People in Pawley’s Island, SC is a unique ministry that takes in ten new first-graders per year who are facing significant economic, academic, or social challenges. TMP makes a twelve year commitment to those students to provide year-round high quality programs that are spiritually driven and “no-cost” to families who are served. Through the expertise of dedicated staff , along with the loving support of over seventy community volunteers, TMP is able to provide academic assistance, character development, cultural and spiritual enrichment, and physical activity daily to ensure that students succeed in both school and life.
Camp Longridge is a Christian camp and retreat center tucked away in the deep, piney woods of Ridgeway, South Carolina; just a short drive from the greater Columbia area. In additional to providing rental space throughout the year for churches, ministries, and organizations, Camp Longridge provides life-changing summer programming for children and youth.
TRIPP ATKINSON’S BLOG
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