Saturday, September 5, 2020
6:00pm Central Time
My name is Addison Martin, and my amazing parents are David and Jennifer Martin, who followed Gwen Lara and her family’s lead to start Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999. I have had the highest honor and privilege of being born and raised in this Church throughout my entire life. If you had told me 10 years ago that my life would be as unbelievably blessed as it is now, I would not have believed it.
Growing up in my family, every day was spent focusing on God 100 percent…throughout each day. However, having this amazing opportunity didn’t mean that I could rely on my parents all the time for help with my relationship with God and other responsibilities—I was actually expected to take on responsibility myself in life. But they have always been here for me when I’ve needed their loving guidance.
I can’t believe that God has given me the most Godly, perfect, sweet, and Christ-like woman I’ve ever met. Anna spurs me on every day to make sure that God is the number one focus and priority in our lives, making sure His needs are taken care of before our own. I feel like the most blessed man in the world, and I am forever grateful! - Addison
Turning age 13 was the time that I decided to publicly and fully commit my life to God by being confirmed and baptized at this Church. I wanted everyone to know that God is my everything, and I want to live my life for Him. After that decision came much testing. Satan hates it when people commit fully to God, and so those tests did come, but God helped me—sometimes directly and sometimes through my parents’ guidance—to pass those tests. I am so grateful for that! Remnant Fellowship is like no other on the face of the planet.
After years of making sure that my relationship with God was completely focused on Him and that I was dedicating my life solely to Him, God brought Anna into my life in 2017 at our Church’s Summer Daycamp. I first noticed her that summer and thought she was the most beautiful person I had ever seen! After much prayer, I talked to my parents about getting to know her and becoming friends, and in the most respectful and sweetest way, they said, “Good luck! She’s a prize to be won.” From that moment forward, I was determined to put myself out there and meet her, while also continuing to focus on being connected to God because I knew that was the only way I would be able to get to know Anna. One day, God led Anna, through her Camp Counselor, to return some of our tribe’s blankets that we used for lunch, and it turns out that I was the one sent from our tribe to retrieve them from her, not knowing she would be the one to hand them off to me! I saw that as the perfect opportunity to introduce myself…and the rest is history.
I can’t believe that God has given me the most Godly, perfect, sweet, and Christ-like woman I’ve ever met (other than my mother and Mrs. Gwen Lara). Since that day, God has continued to grow the best and sweetest relationship with my best friend and companion for life. Anna spurs me on every day to make sure that God is the number one focus and priority in our lives, making sure His needs are taken care of before our own.
In summary, I know I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my parents following God’s Will and separating out to help Gwen Lara as she started this incredible Church—to this day, they continue to uphold Mrs. Gwen and her teaching and example. What we have at this Church is something truly special, and it is an opportunity that I pray I won’t ever take for granted. I have learned here at Remnant Fellowship that as long as we live out what we’ve been taught, focusing on God and His Kingdom day in and day out with much prayer and focus, God can bless our lives immensely. I love God and His Son, Jesus Christ, with all of my heart, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with Anna as we help build God’s Kingdom as a couple…and eventually as a family. I feel like the most blessed man in the world, and I am forever grateful!
My name is Anna Wolgemuth, and I grew up in a small town called Elk Mound, Wisconsin, where lived with my parents and four siblings. I have known about Remnant Fellowship my whole life and would pray with my little sister, Rachel, that we could someday move to Tennessee to go to Church. We realized from just the couple of times we came to visit that nowhere on Earth were people as happy as they were at Remnant Fellowship Church.
I was public schooled most of my life, and I was very much pulled by the world. I was an angry, controlling, self-focused child who always felt like a victim, and it especially got worse in my teen years. I was completely anti-authority and depressed, and I grew so tired of coming home crying every day because I wasn’t getting what I thought I wanted out of life. I knew that something wasn’t right with my heart, and I also knew that a relationship with God was the only way to fix it.
The more I was around Addison, the more I saw how incredibly under authority he was to his parents, how he jumped up to serve anyone who had a need, and how he was always praying and looking for God’s lead in everything. He convicts me daily and spurs me to be more Christ-like. He is the most handsome, joyful, patient, pure, righteous, and loving man ever! - Anna
In 2016, I heard a message from Remnant Fellowship that struck my heart with conviction I had never felt before, and I knew I had to change. Even though I became a church member that year, I still never really put this message fully into practice. Then in 2017, I came to live with my sister, Sarah, for the entire summer, and I committed to loving God more than myself. That summer, I learned how to get under authority, how to pray, how to go to God for my worries, and how to focus up to God through Remnant Fellowship Daycamp and the sermons from Mrs. Gwen Lara.
At the end of that summer, Sarah married Dan Purdy at the church, and it was the next day that my mom told me that our prayers were answered—we would be moving to Tennessee! There were many tests and trials along the way, but now, living here almost three years, it was all totally worth it! After living here for a year, I started working at Brentwood Family Dentists as a dental assistant. I couldn’t imagine a happier place to work as I am filled with tremendous blessings. I am forever grateful for Gwen Lara for showing me how to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and for showing me how to get answered prayers.
I don’t know where I would be without Remnant Fellowship and all of the sweet leaders and friends who point me to God and to Christ. I am honored to have a mother who persevered through many tests to move here and be surrounded by people seeking to put God first all the time. I fully support and respect the authorities God has put over me and I know that I would be nowhere without them. I have never felt more peace, love, and gratefulness getting to build a marriage knowing that God is the foundation. There is nowhere on earth I’d rather be and where I’d rather spend the rest of my life than here at Remnant Fellowship.
I had the hugest crush on Addison before I even joined the church, but I knew that he was a lot more spiritually mature than I was, and I thought that I would never even have a chance with him. I knew that the only way I could EVER be with this humble man is if I loved God above anything else. Addison’s outgoing, childlike, serving, and loving spirit stood out to me most. We officially met at Daycamp 2017. At first, we were super nervous around each other, and we used to wave from across the sanctuary every day. Then Addison started coming up to me and talking, and that’s when he asked for my number. He took me out on the sweetest date at the end of August, and that’s when it all began.
Once I moved to Tennessee, we started spending a lot more time together and our love for one another grew every day. The more I was around Addison, the more I saw how incredibly under authority he was to his parents, how he jumped up to serve anyone who had a need, and how he was always praying and looking for God’s lead in everything. He convicts me daily and spurs me to be more Christ-like. He is the most handsome, joyful, patient, pure, righteous, and loving man ever. We went through some tests while dating, but each hard time brought us closer to God, closer to each other, and more in love in the end.
When Addison got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the happiest day of my life, and I know life with him will only get happier! Being with Addison has been the most amazing three years of my entire life. It is my biggest blessing and answered prayer to get to marry the man of my dreams, my prince charming, and the love of my life. I am so excited for starting this marriage with Addison because I know that he will put God first in everything. His one goal is to please God and show love to everyone he comes in contact with. I love him forever and always.