I grew up in a Christian home; in fact, my grandfather planted a church in Lansing, Michigan and pastored it for twenty-seven years, and my father has been an assistant pastor since before I was born. My wife’s grandfather was also a church planter; he started five churches in Arizona and New Mexico. My wife, Christy, grew up on the mission field of Mexico until her teenage years when her dad became a pastor in Silver City, New Mexico. Christy and I met at West Coast Baptist College, and shortly before I graduated in 2005, God called us to go to Mexico to start an orphanage. We were in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico for 8½ years starting the orphanage and working alongside my father-in-law, Nelson Dorr, as he started a church on the same property as the orphanage. While in Mexico, God blessed us with two great boys, Nick and Sam. The orphanage was running well and no longer needed us, so we turned it over to my father-in-law, and God called us to McKee Road Baptist Church in Bakersfield, California. Pastor Fred Fies asked me to come be his assistant pastor, youth pastor, and Christian school principal. We worked with Pastor Fies for a year and half, but we knew that God was calling us back to the mission field, but this time He was calling us to Spain. In June of 2015, we joined Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, which will be our sending church. I grew up in this church, and my youth pastor, Keith Smith, has now become the pastor; my dad still serves as the assistant pastor.
Our mission in Spain will be to go to the city of Palma de Mallorca, which is an island off the east coast of Spain, and start a church there. In the future it would be our desire to be able to train some of those who accept Christ as their Savior and help them plant churches in other cities in that same region. Cities all over Spain need churches, as less than 1% of them have a Bible believing churches.
We believe that God not only inspired His Word but preserved it, and that the 1611 King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God for us.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in essence, while distinct in personality and function.
Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6
We believe that God created the heaven and the earth, according to the Genesis account of creation.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin, and is the God-man.
John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as the substitutionary sacrifice for all men and that His blood atonement is unlimited in its power to save.
Isaiah 53:4-11; II Cor. 5:14-21; John 3:5-8; I John 2:1-2; II Peter 2:1; I Timothy 4:10
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His position there as High Priest and Advocate.
Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:8-11; I Cor. 15:4-9; Hebrews 4:14-16
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but spiritual death which is separation from God, and that death passed upon all men.
Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Romans 5:12, 19; 3:10-13; Titus 1:15-16
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again into the family of God.
John 1:12-13; 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth through conviction and regeneration and that He seals, indwells, and baptizes every believer into the body of Christ at the moment of conversion. We believe that the Holy Spirit fills, empowers, and distributes service gifts to believers, but that sign gifts were restricted to the Apostolic Age.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3
We believe in the eternal security of the believer, that one who is saved is kept forever by the power of God.
John 6:39, 49; 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39
We believe in the personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; II Thessalonians 2:1-13
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-8
We believe that the local church is the agency through which God has chosen to accomplish His work in the world. A New Testament Baptist church is an organized body of believers, immersed upon a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, having two offices (pastor and deacon), congregational in polity, autonomous in nature, and banded together for work, worship, edification, the observance of ordinances, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 3:10; Matthew 28:18-20; I Timothy 3; I Peter 5:1-3; Ephesians 1:22; Romans 16:17
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, We have been very busy this month! We flew out to two churches on the mainland of Spain to see what we can learn about starting a church before we start ours. First, we went to the city of Torredembarra to see Pastor Lopez and his church; they are the Read more about April 2018[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, We are thoroughly enjoying where God has called us! We have had a very busy month, but we have taken a few hours to enjoy Balearic Islands Day, which is the day they became a state, and a road rally race. For Balearic Islands day they set up a large Read more about March 2018[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, We are finally here in Spain! Thank you to all who have prayed and given extra love offerings for our move! We left Atlanta, GA on Friday afternoon and landed in Providence, RI. From there we flew overnight to Edinburgh, Scotland for an all-day layover. We really enjoyed our day Read more about February 2018[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family Good news! We have been approved for our visas! They are currently in the mail. As soon as they arrive, we will be able to book our plane tickets for the following week. Thank you to all who have been praying! During this past month we have been mostly in Read more about January 2018[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, We finally received the papers from the U.S. government so that we could officially apply for our visas at the Spanish Consulate down in Miami, Florida. So a couple weeks ago we headed down there with all the paperwork they asked for. They accepted it, and told us that it Read more about December 2017[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, Once again, we can say that God has been good to us! No, things have not gone according to our plan this month, but we rest in the fact that everything is in God’s hands. Of course, we would love to be writing this prayer letter from Spain; however, God Read more about November 2017[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, I hope you enjoyed our video last month instead of a prayer letter. We really had a great survey trip. Christy, Nick, and Sam got to see Palma de Mallorca for the first time! While we were there we were able to go ahead and rent an apartment, so it Read more about October 2017[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, We just got back from our survey trip and are very excited to move to Spain permanently! We were able to go ahead and rent an apartment there in Palma de Mallorca. So we now have a home! This month we thought we’d send you a video instead of a Read more about September 2017[…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, The time is getting closer and closer for us to go to Spain, and we are very excited about being able to get there, get settled in, and get to work! We are looking forward to taking our survey trip next month; I am especially excited for Christy and the Read more about July 2017 – Getting Close![…]
Dear Pastors, Friends, & Family, Once again, we have been traveling all over; we are looking forward to only being in Florida and Georgia over the next month. I am excited to report that we are currently at 73% of our needed support! Also, that we are planning a survey trip to Mallorca the last Read more about June 2017[…]