God’s call is foremost to Himself for salvation. That call for salvation came to me in 1961 at First Baptist Church Bellville. After salvation the call is for service. My basic call for service was to preach. I tried to refuse, offer excuses, and bargain with God, but in the end, I was like Jeremiah. Jeremiah 20:9 says, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
Like Peter and John when they were commanded to speak in Jesus’s name, they said, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20).
At the age of 19, I started pastoring my first church at King Baptist church in Gatesville, Texas, while a student at Baylor University. That call of ministry has led me to 17 years as pastor of local Baptist churches in Texas, a church planter with the North American Mission Board in Illinois, 21 years as Director of Missions working with multiple Baptist churches in Baptist associations (two in West Texas and three in East Texas), 4 years as Director of the Minister/Church Relations Department of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, 8 years as a trustee on the International Mission Board serving as Vice President for 2 years, and finally, 5 years as President at Jacksonville College.
Today as President of Jacksonville College, I still preach and minister in local churches every week. I welcome every opportunity that a pastor of a local church gives me to preach the gospel and share the Jacksonville College story. Let me share some ways I would love to come and minister in your church and/or association:
Preach on Sundays
Teach Bible (This year I have prepared lessons on 2 Corinthians to be taught in a Sunday-Wednesday format.)
Conflict management training (1-hour, 2-hour, or 5-hour training)
Deacon training (1-hour overview or 3-hour training)
Church growth assessment and consultation
Jacksonville College Rally: I travel with the Jacksonville College Choir or ensemble who sing for twenty-five minutes, and I share about Jacksonville College for five minutes and preach for twenty minutes.
Train pastor search committees when a church is without a pastor
Speak at senior adult meetings
Speak to community organizations like Rotary or Lions Club
I have no set fees, and all honorariums that I receive go to Jacksonville College. For scheduling, you may contact me at 903.721.0279 or email@example.com. Inviting me to speak in your church/association is a way to help Jacksonville College and allows me to fulfill my mandate to minister.
A Proverb a Day
I was challenged as a youth to read one Proverb every day, and this is still an important part of my quiet time because I believe that a Proverb a day will keep the devil away. The Proverb I read each day corresponds with the day of the month, so I begin each month with Proverbs 1.
This summer I published “A Proverb a Day,” a book of 31 devotions that offer practical advice based on biblical principles found in Proverbs. The book also includes personal stories and corny jokes. “A Proverb a Day” can be purchased for $7.00 from the JC bookstore. Phone orders can also be taken. For more information, contact JC bookstore director Will Cumbee at (903) 589-7115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go to Jacksonville College.
Manley Distinguished Lecture Series
Wednesday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. in Buckner Chapel
Speaker: Dr. Rick Rigsby, former Chaplain for the Texas A&M football team
Fall Theater Production
October 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary S. Lewis Theater
Tickets: $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students
October 17: Early registration for Winter 2016 begins
November 16: Early registration for Spring 2017