An interview with Grace@Work Bible study leader Cortney Alexander, Patent Lawyer
I met Cortney in his conference room. One of my companies was looking for a patent law firm to evaluate the strength of our patents. At the end of the meeting, I got up to leave and Cortney blocked my way. He said, “I heard about you. You are in marketplace ministry. I read about you on the High Tech Prayer Breakfast website.”
“What can I do for you?” I asked.
“Show me how to do marketplace ministry,” he said.
“You should attend one of the Grace@Work groups offered by our members. They are all over the city,” I said.
“Ok. I will,” he responded.
I figured I would never see him again. But the next week he showed up at my Grace@Work group at the ATDC. Then, in what seemed like no time, he was taking over the leadership.
Cortney is a gifted leader with deep knowledge of scripture. He comes prepared. He is a superb facilitator. Not only that, he also personally cares about everyone who attends. I’ve learned much from him.
High Tech Ministries
Bible study leader: Cortney Alexander
When: 11:30 AM Tuesday
Open: Yes. Everyone welcome
Why did you start a Bible study?
I was interested in reaching people like me: people who went off to college and were pulled away from whatever relationship they might have had with God. Then they were too focused on career and family to make any time for him.
How did you get involved?
When I met Charlie in making a pitch for his company’s business, I stopped him on his way out the door to ask about HTM. He pointed me to the Grace@Work groups, and I signed up for the study at the Atlanta Technology Development Center in midtown. That happened to be the study Charlie and Blake Patton were leading.
In August 2016, I took over the study for several weeks while Charlie was out of town. Like Tom Brady when he filled in for Drew Bledsoe, I didn’t let go when he returned!
What is one story that demonstrates the study’s impact?
We’ve seen God at work in a number of lives since then. One is Tom Grant, a lawyer practicing technology law and commercial litigation. He joined our study for Discovery 2015 after attending the High Tech Prayer Breakfast. He’s since said that he didn’t know why he kept coming back those first few weeks, and, to be honest, I was a little surprised, too! But God kept drawing him back.
After some months of attending our study, Tom told a story about a personal turning point that occurred in an unexpected moment—in the midst of an argument with his wife. When (in the heat of the moment!) she questioned why he was even going to a Bible study, he responded, “Because I want to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!” I love his response!
How has your study grown?
We’re now preparing to split the study in two: (1) an introductory study for those exploring what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, and (2) an “ambassador training” study for those interested in diving deeper into the Bible to better prepare to live out the gospel in their daily lives.
I wonder when I’ll find myself out of town for a few weeks and return to find that God has raised up another person to lead people in the study of His word. For me, that journey started by attending a Grace@Work group.
We’d love to have you join us.