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Gordon Fox

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Pastor Gordon B. Fox

 

Pastor Gordon began serving as pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Sunset Beach on September 1, 2015.  He was ordained in 2010 and served as a bivocational pastor in Maryland for five years prior to coming to Grace.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His experience also includes 27 years as a Navy officer and Federal engineering manager.  Gordon and his wife, Rina, have been married for over 30 years and have two sons.

His personal testimony states, "I attended church while growing up, but my life showed no evidence of faith and I was far from the Lord during my youth.  It wasn’t until after I got married and we had our first son that I began to be convicted of my lifestyle.  I was 30 years old and serving in the Navy.  We moved to Austin, Texas in July of 1994 where I attended graduate school at the University of Texas.  While in Austin, we felt compelled to go back to church.  It was at a baptist church in Austin that I came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.  Life has never been the same!  I have purpose and meaning to my life, and best of all, hope of eternal life! 

I have been saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I confess with my mouth that "Jesus is Lord," and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).  I cannot compare my existence prior to my conversion to the richness of my life now in Christ."

 






Solid Ground (Youth) Leader

Andy Proud

Andy's testimony reads: "I became a Christian when I was around 7 years old.  My Mom taught me about the Lord.  She used to do Back-Yard-Bible-Clubs.  She led many of the kids in my neighborhood to the Lord.  Every morning my Mom listened to “Thru the Bible” with Dr. J. Vernon McGee.  I sat on the couch and she in her rocking chair.  I think the three of us went through the Bible at least 3 full times before I finished high school.  In addition, my Mom raised foster kids while I was a boy.  When she had time, she attended college to become a teacher.  I think I got my gift and desire to work with kids from her and the Lord.  In 1998, while a junior officer in the Air Force, I started teaching Sunday School to 7th grade boys in Fairborn, Ohio at First Baptist Church.  I also was a counselor at summer camp.  Later, I helped with the Wright-Patterson AFB Chapel urban youth outreach and taught middle and high school children.  Then in Alabama, I taught 3-5 grade boys and girls at Frazer United Methodist Church.  In addition, the Air Force gave me specialized training in developing curriculum and teaching.  After moving to Florida, I taught high school boys and girls at Niceville Assembly of God.  While in San Antonio, TX, my new bride Archie and I led a Royal Rangers troop for 5-14 year old boys at El Sendero de la Cruz Assembly of God.  (Royal Rangers is a Christian boy scout program.)  I used my military training to help me teach the boys orienteering, camping and tying complicated knots.  Sendero is a Spanish speaking church.  It took a while for me to gain the kids trust since I did not speak their language and many were influenced by gangs.  Archie did better at picking up Spanish.  Now teaching at the Naval Academy, God brought us to Grace Baptist Church of Sunset Beach.  I have been helping with the kids for the last 2 years.  God has given me both a blessing and burden to teach children about the Lord Jesus and to counter the daily mis-information pulling them away from our loving Lord and Creator."






Children's Ministry Leader

Julie Rhodes

Julie has been active in the children's ministry at Grace Baptist Church of Sunset Beach for the past 9 years. She feels that God has gifted her to teach children, and has faithfully used her gift to tell children about Jesus for over 35 years.






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