Blessings to you all! I am so thankful to be a part of such a loving, caring church and to have the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Pastor of Congregational Care. Currently, I have the pleasure of working with our children during Children’s Church as well as leading small groups and discipleship groups.
I have been a member of this church for over 20 years and served as a teacher, facilitator, and church leadership team member. I received my BA in Management from Trevecca Nazarene University. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior as a young child and answered the call to ministry in recent years. I just want to love all God’s people like He loves us.
I am widowed after 39 years of marriage. I enjoy my friends and family, especially my four precious granddaughters. I love to travel and visit new places and meet new people.
My favorite verse is Romans 8:28, “We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” My saying, “It’s all good!” is a result of this verse.
Richard Baisden, Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries
A current contemporary Christian song has these lyrics:
If grace is a kingdom
I've stopped at the gate
Thinking I don't deserve to pass through
after all of the mistakes I've made
But I heard a whisper
As Heaven bent down
Said, “Child, don't you know that the first will be last
and the last get a crown?”
Now I'm just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring You so much more
But if it's true You use broken things Then here I am Lord, I am all Yours!
Jason Houser, AJ Pruis, and Matthew West
After graduating from Marshall University with a degree in Education, I felt God calling me into ministry. I have served as a Christian education director, music minister, youth minister, pastor, and now as a senior adult minister. I have, like many people, made mistakes, some that broke me and caused me to doubt I could be used in His kingdom. But through the mentoring of a couple of recent pastors (Pastor Tony being one of them) and God’s amazing grace in Susan Badley’s small group, God began dealing with me once again. The dry desert wasteland has become filled with new life and growth!
I am currently working full-time as a Human Resources Program Manager with the State of Tennessee. I enjoy spending time with my whole family but especially my GRANDkids!
The Word of God is not just a novel. It IS God helping us live rightly. It is His promise. He certainly lives up to His name: “He shall be called Immanuel, which means ‘God WITH us,’” with us in the midst of every joy, every broken heart and body, every failure. His Presence IS WITH us to correct, guide, and restore us by mercy and grace.