I have been in Christian ministry since 1983. Only by God’s grace, I hold a Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Leadership, Master of Theology in Christian Counseling, Doctor of Divinity, and Doctor of Theology in Christian Counseling. I am also a graduate of the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. It is my great privilege to be called by God and the congregation of First Baptist Church of Madera in 2017.
One night, alone at home in Hutchinson, KS, in late October of 1982, I prayed that God would take my life. I had no idea that when “the lightning did not strike” that I would confess my sins, repent of them and ask Jesus Christ to direct my every step. He put me into Christian ministry and I have been married to Lynda for over 34 years. We have five children and 8 grandchildren with (hopefully) more to come.
Ministry Hallmark – The Bible: No Excuses! No Apologies! “God is not not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” in Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:9, NASB). Why not you? Why not today?
Life verse: “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16, NASB).
I have always gone to church. I remember my grandfather taking us to church on Kennedy Road. He would go five to eight miles out of way just to pick us up. This led me to become a Christian in the 1970’s (the exact year escapes me).
It is my passion to bring other people to Jesus Christ. I would like to have them see how wonderful it is to live in Him and see Him work in their lives and in the lives of their families.
God makes the same invitation I feel he would want us to make it to everyone who has yet to trust in Jesus: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20, NASB).
Steve Shaner, Building and Grounds Purpose Team Leader/Senior Audio-Visual Technician
I grew up in church. I was saved in my late teens or early twenties. Then, I went my own way and was led by people who I thought were my friends but really weren’t. Later, when I really figured out what was going on, I was baptized and rededicated my life to the Lord at about age 41. Since that time, I have done everything that I can to live by the example of my Lord Jesus Christ.
My goal is to see our church prosper and provide any service that I can, maintenance or otherwise, to improve upon the facilities provided to our members and our new guests. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28, because that is the verse of Scripture that my grandfather taught me when I was at the lowest point in my life. It really helped me to turn my life around. This is it: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”