On the evening of June 23, 2013 First Baptist Belton elected the following men as the first Elders of our church. If you are unfamiliar with the role of Elders in the local church, be sure to view these posts about biblical church leadership, Elder qualifications, and the documents defining how our Elders know, serve, and share Jesus in Belton and around the world.
Judy and I moved to Central Texas 20 years ago and we feel blessed every day that we made First Baptist Church Belton our home. We joined FBC Belton in November 1998. We were delighted to find a strong commitment to doing missions, both locally and worldwide at this church and God used our previous mission experiences and interest in making Jesus known everywhere to draw us here. We served for about 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
Elder, Senior Pastor
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.
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.