Testimony and Service
I believed on the Lord Jesus Christ in 2001 at the age of 21 after a couple from a local Baptist church stopped by my apartment. In my living room that evening they shared with me who Jesus is. I made the decision to become a follower of Jesus. Amanda believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as a 5 year old girl and grew up in a Baptist church. She received assurance of her salvation from God in 2006. We were married in 2003 and began attending Fellowship Baptist Church in Clayton, N.C. under the leadership of Pastor Charles Ennis. Here we grew spiritually and became active members. We became youth leaders from 2005-2008 which God used to cultivate our hearts for the younger generation. We were blessed to be able to serve the Lord also in the bus ministry and weekly visitation. I enrolled in Clarksville Theological Seminary in 2006.
God called me to preach His Gospel in 2008 and we soon made plans to attend The Crown College of the Bible in Powell T.N. We were involved in the weekly visitation, youth, bus, nursing home, international, and nursery ministries. Here we were exposed to the leadership under Pastor Clarence Sexton. I was on staff at Eastside Baptist church serving as Youth Pastor during my senior year under the leadership of Pastor David Fox. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree. God used each of these special stages in our lives to cultivate and prepare in us a heart for the work He called us to.
We were exposed to the Collegians for Christ ministry at the University of Tennessee. God used this combined with our burden for the younger generation to call us to Appalachian State to assist a group of students in establishing a CFC ministry there. For five years, we served the ministry at Appalachian State and have since trained and placed a new campus minister over this ministry. Kyle currently serves as the national director of Collegians for Christ and the Life Skills Coordinator (Chaplain) of the Appalachian State Wrestling team.
Through researching the campuses of America, God revealed to us the great need to reach and disciple college students. We are currently traveling the country assisting students and a sponsoring local church that have a desire to reach their campus by establishing a Collegians for Christ ministry on their college campus.