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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

40 YEARS OF ENDURING PASTORAL MINISTRY

40 YEARS IN ONE CHURCH AS PASTOR/TEACHER AND WITH ENDURING MINISTRY.

John MacArthur

Grace to You, the radio ministry of John's preaching, put together a book entitled Truth Endures. Each chapter is one of John's most enduring sermons he has preached taken from various periods during his 40 years of ministry. Phil Johnson introduces each chapter with a brief historical sketch of the times we were living when John preached the particular message. The special treat is the 60 plus page biographical essay by Iain Murray of John's life and ministry. I will have more of a review of the book later this week, but here is John holding the book after it was presented to him, FEBRUARY 1, 2009




In the book, Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints, a snippet of a conversation I had with him stands out to me:

  • Early in my first year or so at Grace Community Church, I had this little kind of motto that I used: “If you concentrate on the depth of your ministry, God will take care of the breadth of it.” My ministry hasn’t changed since that first year in that small, little church. For me, it’s all about getting into the depth of Scripture and my own personal walk with the Lord. Breadth is something that God does. . . .