Meet the Elders
God led us to First Baptist Belton after a 32 year Army career; this congregation welcomed us and God provided a place to serve. We have been at this church eight years and we continue to grow and mature as Christians and in the revelation and application of our spiritual gifts. It has been both an honor and a blessing to be called to serve on the Property Management Committee, as a deacon, and now as an elder.
Pastor Andy has been serving First Baptist Belton since 1988. Brother Andy knows, serves, and shares Jesus with our church through teaching the Bible, Preaching the Gospel of Jesus, casting vision and leadership, participating in local and foreign missions, and serving with our Elder body.
I prayed to receive Christ as a child in a church pew at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 We have been members of First Baptist Belton for nearly 24 years. I currently serve as a co-teacher of the Multi Gen Sunday school class.
My wife Sherry and I have been best friends for 46 years, spouses for 42 years; in her God has given me everything…and much more than I prayed! I gratefully and regularly depend on Sherry for godly advice and wisdom. Despite losing one child who awaits us in heaven, God has blessed us with three wonderful children, Emily Golden, Phillip Elliott and Amy McLaughlin, who, along with their spouses, each love God and serve him. God has blessed us with five grandchildren.
My wife Judy and I have been in Cristian ministry for many years. In 2010 God transitioned that ministry from the pastorate to developing Shepherd’s Rest Ministry. In the fall of that year we joined FBC, Belton and instantly found our spiritual home. Since then we both have been active in the ESL ministry of the church. Judy participates in Shoulder to Shoulder while I attend Iron Sharpening Iron on Wednesday mornings. I teach Sunday School each week as well. When the church established elder leadership, I was amazed to be among the initial group of men to serve. I am even more humbled to be asked to return to active service.
Judy and I moved to Central Texas 20 years ago and we feel blessed every day that we made First Baptist Belton our home. We joined this church in November 1998. We were delighted to find a strong commitment to missions, both locally and worldwide, and God used our previous mission experiences and interests in making Jesus known everywhere to draw us here. We served for about ten years here as Mission Service Corps volunteers leading a number of teams in mission activities during that time. I was privileged to serve as a deacon for about 15 years. I continue to serve in mission development at the Bell Baptist Association and both Judy and I remain active in serving in local and international missions and our local disaster relief feeding team.
God led our family to Belton, UMHB and First Baptist in 1991. It has been a joy to serve as a deacon and an elder here. We have enjoyed Christian fellowship serving on committees and taking part in worship, Sunday School and Disciple Life. We certainly feel we have grown serving as an elder. We have been blessed as a family to be a part of such a giving, caring, mission-minded church. We are looking excitedly to God’s direction as the church plans for the future on the Hilltop property.
When first nominated as an elder, my initial response was, “Why Me?” Then, as your elders met week after week, I discovered that the question, “Why me?” had been asked by each of those elected. However, as the threads of each man’s special gifts were woven into a tapestry of service, the question became, “How can we best serve this church and our Lord?” So, together, we have sought wisdom from the Author of all worthwhile knowledge and guidance from the One who has redeemed our past, ensured our future, and continues to provide those truths that bless each of life’s precious moments.
Shanon and I joined First Baptist Belton in August of 2014. During these year since then, I have served the church in a variety of ways – a Sunday School teacher, youth Life-group leader, Finance Committee member, and international mission trip leader. Shanon and I would agree that our lives changed dramatically in 2018, first when the church called me to be an elder and second, when the church called me to serve as its next minister of missions. I have been humbled to see God move in unexpected ways. I hope to serve our Lord faithfully, humbly, and boldly as I minister alongside the believers of First Baptist Belton.
There are several things that have knocked me off my feet in a GOOD WAY; when Belinda said yes when I proposed; when our three children were born; when elected an elder for First Baptist. Of course, there are many more but being elected elder both humbled me (who am I that God should choose me) and opened new opportunities of service for my Lord and my church.