JobSeekers has been changing lives since August 1998. Ernie Childs, Howard Tisdale and Larry Pelkowski started this group after they attended a JobSeekers’ group that meets in Dunwoody. They gained the support of The Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City, and they have been a sponsor since day one.
Chaplain Howard Tisdale has attended more meetings than anyone else — about 600, and he’s led about 300 devotionals. He says this is the best ministry he’s ever been involved with. Ernie Childs led the group until the spring of 2000, when he took on a new role as CEO of a biotech company.
I came as a participant in February 2000; two months later Ernie stepped down and I moved into the leadership role. This photo was taken in March 2000.
For several months I held the dual role of participant and facilitator. Soon I landed a great job where I traveled around the country teaching consultative selling skills.
I also started my career coaching business, O’Farrell Career Management. At first the sales training dominated, but my business grew to a full-time enterprise by 2004. Since I wasn’t traveling anymore, I began to lead the group every Friday morning. This is not only the ministry that God has called me to; it’s what He called me to do for a living.
Well over 4000 individuals have come through JobSeekers in the past 14+ years. Attendance this year is running close to 60 people per week (compared to 17 people at my first meeting in 2000). People think the high numbers are because of higher unemployment, which is a factor, but it’s also because of grass-roots marketing and strong programs.
If you are job seeking, or you know someone who is, be sure to come to JobSeekers every week.
– Dave O’Farrell
(Updated August 2012)