Wife to one, soon-to-be mother of two, friend, teacher, sister-in-Christ and Mama J to many, Jessi Fincher is a neighbor worth knowing.
Jessi and her husband Luke moved to Morgan County from Covington just over five years ago. The couple purchased the old Indian Creek Plant Nursery property, which Jessi calls “perfect” for Luke’s landscape design company Grace Gardens LLC. The two were married on the property years before they bought it and Jessi began working at Morgan County Primary School soon after moving there.
But it wasn’t until 2016 that Fincher began what she now knows to be her calling. It all started with volunteering as a character coach with Morgan County’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes with the Morgan County High School cheerleading and competition squads.
“That grew into serving the softball and basketball teams just as a volunteer,” Fincher said. “After a year of volunteering, I came on FCA staff part-time and then made the transition to a full-time area representative in 2017.”
She later went on to become the area director for the Lake Oconee area, and as of June 1 she was named the metro director for the Piedmont Area. In this new role, Fincher supervises the staff in Walton, Lake Sinclair and the Lake Oconee areas.
“I have the opportunity to still serve local on campuses with coaches and athletes, which is my first love,” Fincher said. “Then I help lead and hire our staff, local boards, and connect, care and communicate with our financial supporters. We also connect our local churches with opportunities to serve alongside us and connect our youth back to the local church as much as possible.”
A typical day for Fincher “begins on all cylinders go” as she and her son Wylie head to work and school after morning prayers.
“Wife and mom come first,” Fincher said.
Once at the FCA Lake Oconee area office on Main Street in Madison, Fincher typically begins with personal study and prayer time. After that, she reaches out to the six other local staff to see how they can serve their coaches and athletes here in Greene, Putnam, Morgan, Taliaferro and Jasper counties. Fincher said she simply could not lead without the staff she serves alongside each day.
“Please pray over our staff by name as they boldly go into our schools to serve coaches and athletes: Rico, Traci, Wes, Davis, Carol Ann, JoJo, April and Will,” Fincher said.
After working with the staff, Fincher can be found having lunch (or a good cup of coffee) with one of FCA’s home team financial partners, where she shows gratitude for supporting the staff. In the afternoons, Fincher gets to be on a campus.
“I check in with local coaches I get to disciple and visit a practice or two to engage and have a ministry presence with our local athletes,” Fincher said. “The day is wrapped up by picking up our little boy then home to take care of dinner and spend time with my family.”
Fincher said her favorite part of her position at FCA is building authentic relationships that can lead to the opportunity to share the gospel to all whom she encounters.
“It’s a humbling honor to be able to lead and serve in our amazing communities,” Fincher said. “Living and working in Georgia’s Lake Country is truly a gift we don’t take for granted. There is a sense of community and hope that resides here. Even when we are facing tragedy or uncertain times, many have come together to help build and be a bridge instead of tear down."
When she is not on a field, court or meeting with staff, Fincher loves fellowshipping with her local church, being on the water and spending time with her growing family. Jessi and Luke are expecting baby boy number two in the new year and have enjoyed preparing for his arrival.
“Our desire as a family is to grow deep roots that reflect Jesus light as we pray, serve, work, worship and play here in our great lake country,” Fincher said.
Fincher said that her hope is that everything she does would be for the Lord’s glory and not her own.
“I pray I seek to understand more than I seek to be understood,” Fincher said. “I hope that I serve you well and bring peace and clarity in my wake. I hope that you know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Despite everything around us He is the only solid ground we have to stand on and the author of unity.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to Him who I sable to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”