Elder (Lead Pastor) fbcpuxico@gmail.com

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. At around the 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 for my own selfish pursuits and sin the rest of the day.

It was not until I was 23 and on my way to work that I heard and completely understood the Biblical and only 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 brings us into a right relationship with God the Father. God saved me that day as He opened my heart to repent of my sins and trust in the Lord Jesus' finished work alone to save me from the wrath of God I richly deserve.  My wife and I got plugged into a Bible believing church, I was baptized, and eventually affirmed for the Gospel 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 pastored a church plant of First Baptist Church of Arnold. In June 2012 the Lord called my family and I to First Baptist Puxico to serve as Lead Pastor. It is a weighty joy to serve Christ as an elder in the local church. The local church, the redeemed of Christ gathering each Lord's Day, is truly one of the greatest privileges afforded to those who have been redeemed through Christ's work alone.  In 2021 I finished my M.Th at Union School of Theology (the Open University) in Bridgend, Wales. My hope is to serve the Lord Jesus' people who gather at Puxico First Baptist as a local church till Christ returns or He calls me home. 

1 Corinthians 10:31

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

1 Peter 5:1-3

5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.

You can contact Pastor Justin at fbcpuxico@gmail.com. 


Pastor Justin has also published eight books: 

John Owen on Pastoral Preaching (WIPF & Stock 2021)

A Family Journey Through Doctrine (Resource 2021)

True Worship (WIPF & Stock 2020)

A Journey Through Christmas (Resource 2019)

A Steadfast Faith (WIPF & Stock 2019)

A Journey Through Holy Week (Resource 2019)

Stop Worrying, He Reigns (WIPF & Stock 2018)

Genuine Christianity (Westbow, 2017)