Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
John is a real estate investment professional with more than 15 years of expertise in merger and acquisition transactions, portfolio management, asset management and financial advisory services. John has experience ranging from start-ups to multi-billion- dollar companies, and his entrepreneurial and strategic perspective is extremely valuable to his role as chairman for RISE UP!
John currently serves as the founder and managing director of Shoreline Real Estate Advisors in Atlanta. He also served as the vice president of Five Star Realty Partners, responsible for the asset management of its $500 million hotel portfolio and capital markets initiatives.
John earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University, where he was a four-year starter for the Duke football team. He furthered his education with MBA Classes at Northwestern and Rollins College.
John met his wife Jenny while at Duke, and they enjoy the challenges of parenting four children. It was in John and Jenny’s backyard that RISE UP! began in 2012. John was instrumental in encouraging Jenny to see her dream into fruition.
John enjoys using his skills behind the scenes with business and financial strategy/forecasting for RISE UP!, but he’s been know to transform into the giant Goliath for a RISE UP! skit on courage!
Billy Phenix is currently the North Point Ministries Director of Staff Development having previously served as the lead pastor of Buckhead Church for six years. He served on the initial launch team of Buckhead Church (the second campus of North Point Ministries) in 2001. His tenure in both volunteer and vocational ministry has given him experience in a variety of areas, including singles, students, small group, and children’s programming.
Billy is an Atlanta native and Georgia Tech graduate with an architecture degree which he used for a season as a corporate architect for Chick-fil-A before going full-time into ministry. He also holds a Masters of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has loved giving volunteer energies to Young Life, Walk to Emmaus, Atlanta Mission, and as a mentor at Woodson Park Academy.
Billy currently lives in East Cobb with his wife, Joy; their teenagers, Ellie and Josh; and their big yellow Labrador named Mack. His favorite places to be are Lake Burton, watching Atlanta sports teams, somewhere in California (his wife’s home state), around coffee, and anywhere he can be next to his family.
Sheryl is the Managing Director of Transition Advisory Group (TAG), providing healthcare consulting and project management services in the hospital and physician marketplaces. While Sheryl loves her role in healthcare, her career shies in comparison to her love for Jesus and the opportunity to be involved in a movement that brings Jesus into the hearts of young people while building the character traits that Jesus wants to see in all of us.
Sheryl is married to her husband Scott and they have two kids, Carter and Libby. Sheryl is responsible for registration/check-in at their local RISE UP! chapter. She loves seeing how excited the children are when they arrive to RISE UP! ready to have fun and hearing the stories they are telling as they leave.
Paul works for Chick-fil-A, Inc. as the Director of Menu Strategy. He has responsibility to develop menu strategy for food and beverage items, while also developing the strategy for Chick-fil-A’s healthy and sustainable food initiative. Prior to CFA, Paul spent 10 years at Newell-Rubbermaid where he led teams in Innovation and New Product Development. In his last role, Paul was Vice President of Research and Development for the Goody Brand and also served as the VP/GM for Solano International. Paul graduated with degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, while also playing on the Georgia Tech basketball team. Paul obtained his MBA from Duke University Cross-Continent Executive MBA program.
Paul married his high school sweetheart, Lindsay, and they have three children: Trey, Ryan and Caroline.
Paul has been a part of RISE UP! since its founding and prioritizes being at his children’s RISE UP! meetings. Paul loves being a small group leader and sharing the C3 breakdown, the most important message about Jesus and character!