First of all, you need to know what God has done in my life, because that is the most important thing to know about me. Without Jesus, I don't know where I would be, or if I would even still be alive. He has been so kind, patient, and good to me throughout my life, although I have deserved none of it. My life is a testimony of His grace toward sinners, but thankfully it is also a testimony of His power to set sinners free for eternity.
I was born and raised in Rock Spring, Georgia. My parents provided a Christian upbringing for me and made sure that I was involved in our local Church (Center Grove Baptist) for all of my childhood. I learned the basics of the Christian faith and practice in those years, but I failed to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. By the time I was in the ninth grade, I was living a double life of sin that I managed to keep hidden from my parents. After I graduated from high school, I took this rebellion against God to a new level by questioning His very existence in an attempt to free myself of His moral standards. To make matters worse, I was leading my High School sweetheart down the same path. After we married at a far too young age, we dropped out of Church altogether. We learned a lot of lessons the hard way in those years, but God was working to draw us to Himself.
Everything literally changed in 1999, when God finally convinced me that I was wrong about Him and that He was right about me. I finally saw myself as a sinner in need of salvation and I realized that Jesus is the only One who could save me. I gave my life to the Lord in March of that year at Center Grove Baptist Church, and that decision has transformed both me and my family. You see, the greatest evidence for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the resulting changed life of someone who believes it like I have.
In July of the same year that I was saved, God called me to preach and began to train me for the ministry both formally (in Seminary) and informally (in Church ministry). Since 2004, I have had the honor of being the pastor of four Churches: Sladesville Baptist Church (Scranton, NC), First Baptist Church (McEwen, TN), First Baptist Church (Louisville, GA), and now Woodlawn Baptist Church (Trenton, GA). I am fully committed to my calling from the Lord to be a preacher of the Word of God and a pastor to His Church. I seek to be a missionary wherever God places me, fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord within the community and beyond. I also aim to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry as one body under Christ. Above all, I want to exalt Jesus Christ, the One to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
If you're interested in being a part of what God is doing here at Woodlawn Baptist Church, I am at your service and here to help you find your place in God's mighty work. There is no limit to what God can do with us, when we join together with Him in His mission. Together, we can make this a place where lost people can be found. Together, we can help believers to grow and discover God's amazing plan for their lives here. Together, we can build the Kingdom of God here, one person at a time. Come and join us!
Bro. Jonathan begins his ministry at Woodlawn on June 17, 2018.
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