Faith Baptist Church
Monday, October 23, 2017
If You Have Been Looking For A Church Home You Just Found It!
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Born in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York I lived a very typical country life. My mom was a stay home and raised the family and my Dad was a carpenter. I can remember going to work with my Dad from an early age learning the trade. I still go back to those days every time I do a project with wood. I have a sister that is 5 years older than I am and Mom would take us to church on Sunday morning. We never missed Billy Graham when he was on the television with a special. At about the age of 12 I went to bed after the program and asked Jesus to be my lord and Savior. God has been blessing my life ever since. I married my high school sweetheart, Mindy and we raised 4 wonderful children together. I worked in Management while Mindy opened a home daycare business. We were both strongly involved in the church. We taught Sunday school and I worked with the association as Media Director. In 1990 the Billy Graham Crusade was coming to Albany NY. We trained and became counselors for that event. But my life was changing. God was tugging on my heartstrings to be more. One Saturday morning a man that I had never met before knocked on our door. When I answered it he said” I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before but I was out jogging this morning and God spoke to me and said that I was to come to this house and tell the man who would answer the door that He (God) wanted to use him” We had prayer together and then he left. There was no turning back after that. God had made His point. In 1997 the pastor of our church left and the position was open. I submitted a resume to the pastor search committee and they thought I was joking. I told them that God had laid it on my heart preach. After about a year of God working on the others in the search committee they finally decided maybe I was right. I was pastor at Maryland Baptist Church from 1998-2005. Taking it from a mission church to a constituted one and enjoying the blessings of God with baptisms and salvations happening every year. We knew that we were being drawn to Western North Carolina and after being offered a couple of churches we knew the one God was going to have us work in. In 2005 we moved and began our work at Mount Zion, in Bryson City. Again we enjoyed God’s blessings and salvations and baptisms every year. In 2011 God has called us to gather our selves together for the next assignment and in 2013 we are now at Faith Baptist Church in Sylva, NC. I hope you will stop by so that we can meet you face to face.

May God lead you also on your great adventure of service for him

In His Grip,

Peter