These Pastors support the work of Sports Fan Outreach. Below is their picture, personal and church links and their personal testimony.
My story is interesting – to say the least! My wife and I were members of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church as kids. Our families were involved in the ministries of this church and we initially crossed paths as children without realizing that we would one day become husband and wife. Although I was very involved in the ministries of our local church, I was a lost church member. I had walked down the aisle when I was 6 years old at another church in our community. I prayed a prayer with a preacher and later I was baptized as a member at Pray’s Mill. However, it was not until I was 25 years old that God caused me to be born again through the gospel. Although I use the term “lost church member” I was sincere – just sincerely wrong. I was not out to fool anyone. I was the one being fooled.
After I became a Christian at 25, God placed an irresistible desire to preach the gospel in my heart. After a time of confirmation in my own personal life, I began to feel that God was calling me to formal education to sharpen the gifts and calling He had placed on my life.
Not long after God saved me, I married my wonderful wife Kari. After confirmation in both of our lives, we moved to Louisville, KY to attend seminary. During our journey, the Lord has blessed our family with four wonderful additions (Karis, John Mark, Kalli, and Judson).
In June of 2010, I accepted the call to pastor Pray’s Mill Baptist Church. After pastoring in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee, the Lord moved my family and I back to our home church in Georgia. Since my wife and I grew up here as children, the privilege of serving the people who once served us is humbling. Although God called us away from a church we loved in Tennessee – He has brought us back to our roots to serve Him and the people of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church.
On behalf of our entire congregation, I would like to invite you to our services, and if you would like to speak with me or any member of our pastoral staff, please call our church office and we will be happy to set that up for you as well.
Simon began serving at St Mark’s Northbridge in July 2010 when he brought with him a large group from St Thomas’ North Sydney to begin an evening service (5pm) in Northbridge. He has been the Senior Minister since the start of 2013 and hopes to be a part of the community of Northbridge and of St Mark’s for many years to come.
Simon is married to Tamara and they have three children – Gemma, Lily, and Charlotte.
After graduating from Moore College, Simon and Tamara have lived and served in Georges Hall (2001–2003), in North Sydney (2004–2010) and now here in Northbridge.
Simon has been a Sydney boy his whole life and prays that many more people in this beautiful city would come to know the God who made it, who made them, and who has sent his majestic Son to save us.
Michael was born in Bristol, England in a Christian home. He moved to Pittsburg, PA when he was seven and then to Albuquerque, NM when he was fifteen. He graduated from Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, and was converted in his senior year there at the age of eighteen. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with BA in History, and then graduated from Regent College with a Masters in Divinity (Mdiv.). He has worked on the church staff of The Round Church in Cambridge, England, St. Mark’s Church in Albuquerque, NM, St. John’s Church in Vancouver, BC, St. Paul’s Church in Toronto, ON, and is currently the lead pastor of Trinity @ the Marketplace Church in Albuquerque, NM, where he has been for the last eleven years in the grace of God. He is married to Lara, and they have seven children.
Born in Kingsport, Tennessee; graduated from Sullivan Central High School where he lettered three years in football and track.
Dr. Light graduated from Graham Bible College with a B.B.E. in Bible and Theology. He received his Seminary training (M.A./M.Div.) from the former Atlanta School of Biblical Studies, Decatur, Georgia. He received his Ph.D in Christian Thought through the Jonathan Edwards Institute in Princeton, NJ, credited through the University of Biblical Studies and Seminary of Oklahoma City, OK in 2005.
His grandfather, Rev. Loyd Light was a well known evangelist, church planter, and pastor in the Kingsport area. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Light, have served the Lord actively as lay leaders in local churches and rearing their Covenant family. Rick professed Christ as Savior and Lord at 13 years of age and responded to God’s call to preach at 17 years of age.
August 1, 1985 Dr. Light was called and commissioned as an evangelist with the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. The Lights have established residence in Bristol, Tennessee. He was ordained an evangelist February 9, 1986 by the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Light has served churches in Tennessee and Georgia as Pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Dr. Light presently serves the congregation of Eastern Heights Presbyterian Church as Pastor. He has served in this capacity since 1986.
In 1982 he was called by the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship to be the Director of Ministries of the United States and International Ministries. Under his leadership Dr. Light was asked to head up a team of evangelists going to minister the gospel in Uganda, East Africa following the overthrow of Idi Amin. The team was away four (4) weeks and over 700 professions of faith in Christ were made. Also, Dr. Light was asked to spearhead an evangelistic team going to Jamaica, West Indies. Over 200 professions of faith were made in Christ during the three (3) weeks of evangelistic activities. An evangelistic weekend in Puerto Rico saw over 200 public responses as hundreds of thousands watched the final service via satellite. Dr. Light spent two weeks in India training pastors from Burma and India in evangelism. Dr. Light has done evangelistic work in Russia (Moscow and Tver). More recently, Dr. Light was in Albania to investigate evangelistic opportunities in the captial city of Tirana. On August 2, 1999, he was installed as the third Executive Director of PEF.
Dr. Light has served as organizing pastor, preaching evangelist in local churches, training and leading personal visitation evangelism, and street evangelism for over twenty years. His communication with youth has been exceptional. He has shown rare aptitude at ministering to all groups in our culture.
He is married to the former Evangeline Patricia Wilkinson, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Ben Wilkinson of Decatur, Georgia. Evangeline graduated from Decatur High School and Graham Bible College with a B.A. in Bible and Christian Education. She served for some years as Associate Director and Bible Club Teacher of P.E.F. Children’s Ministry. She currently, on special invitation, assists Dr. Light in meetings by training adults in reaching out to children with the gospel.
The Light’s have a son Joshua born in September of 1983 and twins, Nathan and Victoria, born in June of 1987. Joshua is PEF’s USA Team Developer and is currently in seminary. Victoria married Justin Rodda and they have a daughter. Nathan and Beth DeVault were married in 2011.
I was ordained as a PCA minister in 1979, and have actively served in the pastorate for the last 30 years. I was converted to Christ at the age of twenty while a student at the University of Alabama. I graduated from the RTS Doctorate of Ministry program in the spring of 2005.
I joined the staff of the fast-growing, outreach-minded, The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta in the fall of 2000. Since coming to Apostles, I have served in a variety of staff roles and have recently assumed the role of Director of Evangelism and Outreach. This core ministry of The Church of The Apostles is a cutting-edge evangelism strategy that inculcates many current ideas and approaches that are successfully being utilized in soul-winning around the country.
Though I am currently involved in outreach ministry, I am a pastor at heart and my life ministry verse is Colossians 1:28, “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.”
Mack Tomlinson was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1977 in his home church of First Baptist Church of Clarendon, TX. He holds a BA degree in New Testament from Hardin-Simmons Univ. in Abilene, and has done graduate studies in Israel, and through Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth and Tyndale Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has also served as an editor and book publisher. He also conducts an itinerant preaching ministry around the U. S., overseas in Eastern Europe, the South Pacific, and other areas of the world. Mack has been married to his wife, Linda, for 35 years, and they have 6 children.
Dr. Sam Waldron is the dean of CBTS and professor of Systematic Theology. He is also one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, an M.Div. from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous books including A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, Baptist Roots in America, To Be Continued?, and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response. Dr. Waldron is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
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