On January 24th, you wil be asked to affirm these candidates. Over these next thirty days, we encourage you to pray for these candidates, connect with them and address and resolve any personal, spiritual or relational issues that would disqualify them from serving as an elder.
CONNECT PERSONALLY WITH JOHN:
I was one of seven children, raised in the Roman Catholic Faith, educated in the Catholic School System, and actively participated in the church’s services. Although I was an altar boy and had even been accepted to attend seminary after high school, I knew that there was something lacking in my relationship with God. What I was missing was a personal relationship with Christ.
I met my wife, Debbie. Though not saved when we were married, she found Christ and committed her life to Him. This irritated me at the time, but her steadfastness and testimony never wavered, and I knew she had something I did not. It got me thinking about the Bible. How could it be true? That question was answered when I studied the Middle East. For the Bible to be true, the nation of Israel would have to be restarted. God made this happen after WWII, a miracle that only He could do. At 28 years of age, I committed myself to Him.
Over the years since then, Christ has used me in several ways in various churches: Sunday School teacher, Teen Youth Director, Church Leadership, and Christian School Board President, just to name a few. What my life experience has taught me is that God is always in control. Sometimes it is hard to see it clearly, but His will is always accomplished.
After 20 years in the Air Force, and a second career in business, Debbie and I decided to move down to Myrtle Beach. We had every intention of visiting several churches; but after visiting Beach Church, we knew we had found our home and our church family. Being involved with First Impressions has been one of my greatest joys in serving here. I have also been involved with the Men of God, and the Hour of Power prayer group. I believe my most prominent spiritual gifts to be Encouragement and Exhortation.
I love our church’s ministry in this community, and desire to see us continue to grow and reach the lost for Christ. I believe God is truly blessing us, and I want to be a part of serving others wherever He directs.