Born into a pastor’s home, Tim grew up with church & ministry as part of everyday life. He attended some public schools in AL, FL, & GA, but mainly Christian schools most of his life. He went on to Bible college at Tenn. Temple Univ. & Immanuel Bible College. He taught Bible for 3 years at high schools in GA & FL, & coached during this time as well.
He has been an entrepreneur & businessman. Tim was a financial counselor in the Atlanta area for 9 years. For 18 years he ran a fund-raising business in NW FL & SW AL. With God’s help & much hard work, the business grew from nothing to become the area’s largest & most successful of its kind.
During these years of secular business, Tim has done the following in churches: 25 years adult Sun. School teacher, music/choir director, deacon, education director, youth director. He has also taught many classes on money management.
With a desire from God to be in ministry, the timing was finally right for Tim to be ordained in May 2012. He & Julie sold their business in June. He helped launch his brother’s ministry Leave a Mark Now for a few months until God miraculously opened the door at Oakside. God undeniably brought Pastor Tim & Julie here, and He has blessed. Tim is on the local board for FCA, is involved with the local pastors’ fellowship, and has sought to be a friend & servant in local & state government, as well as education. Julie is a member of the West GA Choral Society, and sings regularly at Oakside. The Tidwells have sought to be a blessing to the community, and they have been blessed by being here for over 5 years.