Leadership

 

Lead Pastor: Justin Miller

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From a very early age I had a growing awareness of my sinful nature and of my need for a Savior despite not being raised in a Christian home. When I was a young boy my mother bought me a Bible upon my request. I continually read it and even to this day have only missed a handful of days in total of Bible study. At age 11 while attending a church in my hometown I met with a Youth Pastor concerning what it meant to commit your life to Christ in order to receive God’s gift of salvation. I had a hunger to know God more and to be saved from my sins. However, the church taught that baptism was part of salvation and I got baptized believing my public profession of faith and baptism was what saved me. From that point on I was always nervous that every time I sinned I had lost God’s forgiveness of my sins and needed to pray for salvation over and over again. I developed a works based salvation ideology. Throughout my teenage and college years I drifted away from pursing Christ in all things, but never drifted away from reading my Bible. It was an odd thing looking back at it because I would get up early in the morning before class, read my Bible, and then go on living in sin the rest of the day.

It wasn’t until I was 23 and on my way to work that I heard and completely understood the correct gospel. Adrian Rogers was preaching via the radio and I remember God breaking me with the understanding that it was faith alone in the Lord Jesus alone that saves. God saved me that day as I repented of my sins and put my hope in the Lord Jesus alone.  My wife and I got plugged into a good Bible believing church, I was baptized, and eventually called into ministry. I was licensed to the Gospel ministry by First Baptist Church of Arnold in April 2011, graduated from Liberty Baptist Seminary in October 2011 with a Master of Divinity and was pastoring a satellite church plant of First Baptist Church of Arnold. In June 2012 the Lord called my family and I to First Baptist Puxico as pastor. We are blessed to be part of a church family that seeks to exalt Christ in all that we do. On behalf of the faith family at First Baptist Church Puxico you are always welcome to celebrate Jesus with us and to join us in spreading the Good News to the ends of the earth.

One of my life verses is 1 Corinthians 10:31

31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

You can contact me at jmill33@gmail.com. Would love to help in anyway for the glory of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor of Missions: Buddy Clinton

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God, out of His great mercy and grace awoke my heart at the age of 15. I was invited by a school friend to attend a revival at his home church. I gladly attended thinking it would be a good time to socialize with other friends and have fun. Each night the speaker’s words began to bring questions to my mind about sin, hell and a Savior. Each night I became convicted by his words and by the grace of God, I came to understand that I was lost and in need of a Savior. As a 15 year old, I of course resisted the altar call each night until the very last night….the conviction became so powerful that I knew that there was only one thing I could do….turn to my Savior Jesus Christ. By the grace of God….the Holy Spirit ministered to my heart that week, He awoke my heart and brought salvation to this undeserving soul.

As with many teenagers, I slowly drifted to worldly pursuits, sports, cars and college. I put worldly idols in the place in which God should be. Several years passed by, many personal heartaches and tragedies came my way, each time I tried to fix them my way, but with those heartaches and tragedies came conviction. I knew I was not in a right standing with God, each day the conviction grew until such a time that it was seemingly unbearable. God had gotten my attention once again and by His Mercy and His Grace, I understood the path I needed to take that would restore our relationship.

On December 31, 2006, my life, my relationship was once again made whole, by His Grace and By His Mercy.

To God be the Glory, To God be the Honor and Praise!

You can contact me at buddy_clinton@yahoo.com. Would love to connect you to the mission of Christ.

Acts 1:8

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

 

Pastor of Shepherding: Krag Runzi

As a little boy always having scripture read to me by my mom and going to Church routinely   I felt a close relationship to God. I also felt called at a very young age to preach and would “practice” on a large boulder in the woods in Southeast Missouri.

At age 7 my parents divorced, and into my teens I was rebellious and deeply stooped in sin. I felt the Lord call to me, and felt ashamed of the sin in my life. I ran from a loving God. I sought comfort in sin and was only disappointed.

The last year of High School I met my wife Holly and we were married in August of 2003. We were blessed with our first daughter Abagail in 2005. And in 2009 my little girl hit me with a bombshell of a question “Who’s Jesus?”. I was a pseudo follower of Christ, only when it was easy or convenient. Needless to say I felt convicted.

We started visiting Churches, I felt a close relationship to Christ rekindled that I hadn’t felt in such a long time. I realized finally that Jesus Christ had truly purchased me in all of my awful sin nature. I also knew that the call to ministry had not gone away. Years of faithful church attendance just grew the urge to proclaim the Gospel faithfully. I was rebelling against God’s will and I repented. I surrendered my life to the Lords service.

By God’s grace as I have entered the ministry for His glory it has been a joy to continue to grow in my continuous pursuit of Him and His glory. Worshiping God is the most satisfying thing here on Earth! It’s what we are created for!

I can be contacted at kragrunzi@yahoo.com. I would love to hear your story and see what God has done or wants to do in your life.

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