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.
He is teaching me His Word, how to pray, and how to share Christ with others. I am still a maturing Christian and am eager to know Him more intimately. He is teaching me the importance of living out His command to make disciples. I am currently serving as a volunteer with International Evangelism Association and am working toward becoming a certified trainer for IEA, in order to teach workshops for the purpose of equipping others to do one-on-one, life-to-life, disciple making.
We moved to Belton in response to the calling of God, and joined First Baptist the first Sunday. We both felt God’s calling and we responded to the invitation to move our membership from Paramount Baptist in Amarillo. God has used us in almost every facet of the church these past 36 years. We have both grown greatly; I’ve taught Sunday School all but two years since coming, and I was called to serve as a Deacon about 1984. During a First Baptist lay renewal I learned about my spiritual gift of administration. I’ve learned to strengthen my teaching through Bible Study.
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.
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.
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.