SWAT was founded in 1992 by Jon Messarra out of Colbert, GA. Jon had a vision for students leading students at Disciple Now; however, this strategy was unheard of at the time. But, God knew what he was doing. Jon started his first Disciple Now with 15 students. 6 months later, it grew to 60 students, then 120 students, and ultimately over 200 students were attending Disciple Now weekends at Colbert Baptist Church. Jon’s vision for students leading students has now become commonplace on Disciple Now Weekends.



Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20


“Gospel. Life Change. Purpose.”




Jon Messarra

Founder/Executive Director


Thomas Davis

Weekends & Operations Director


Nic Watson - Small Group

Jai Bembry - Interviews & Ignite

LJ White - Athens Regional & Menistry

Ashley Smith - Rooted

Annie Murphy - Weekends

Erin Buehring - Young Harris Regional


Worth McFall - Cultivate

Annabelle Held - Enrichment & Events

Ben Deal - Campus Regional

Sophie Burkhardt - Small Group

Abigail Hightower - Administrative