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.
First Baptist Belton has been such a blessing to our family and to UMHB. Vicky and I are humbled with my having been elected to serve as an Elder at First Baptist Belton and I will be honored to serve.
As a boy I sang, “Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain.” As a man, I have continued to seek those magnificent heights where God’s heavenly breezes blow. Through my entire walk of faith my prayer has been, “May all who come behind me find me faithful”—faithful to God and to the gifts He has bestowed on this one who is His child.
Today, I am a different person because of God’s love and grace. One day, I will worship at God’s feet for all eternity according to His promise and because of His mercy which He demonstrated by the gift of salvation offered through His son, Jesus Christ. My daily wake-up prayer is found in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”
I have always tried to preach the Word of God in context, keeping my focus upon the person of Jesus Christ. My pastoral ministry was marked by a spirit of love for my congregation. It was a difficult choice to retire from Emmanuel, but God has blessed us through our participation in First Baptist Belton. As a matter of fact, Judy and I are deeply involved in the ministry here and loving every minute of it.
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.