The Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It is our guide for daily living. The scriptures in their original writing are inspired by God, without error, and is our source of truth. (II Timothy 3:16)
Pastor Keith & his wife Amy grew up in St. James, MO. He is a graduate of Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK. Keith has been the Senior Pastor since October 2006. Before that he pastored in Oklahoma for over 9 years. Keith loves spending time with his family, camping, and enjoying time with friends. You also might catch him working on his antique John Deere tractors, working in the garden, or helping a neighbor fix a fence. Keith & Amy are blessed to have a daughter Rosa. Keith lives by three principles based on Jesus' mandate for the body of believers: Love God, Love People, & Serve God by Serving People.
"We as a family feel called to minister to God's people and we look forward to connecting with each one."
There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. (Genesis 1:1)
Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity. He was born of a virgin, dwelt among men, and lived a sinless life. Jesus was fully God and fully man while on earth. Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and rose from the dead to be seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. He promises to return one day. (John 1:1-14)
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He lives in the hearts of believers and helps them in their daily lives. (John 14:15-17)
Jared and Gabby have been calling Covington their home for the past several years. Stringtown Church of God has been Jared’s first youth pastor position after serving as an intern at three different churches. Youth ministry is his passion, and he feels blessed to be able to serve our youth here. Gabby is a stay at home mom and childcare provider. In November of 2011, Jared and Gabby welcomed their first son, Jason Thomas Brothers, who is a great delight to them. In December of 2013, they welcomed their second child, a daughter, Ellie Lynette Brothers. Jared and Gabby’s greatest desire is to serve Christ with excellence in whatever He calls them to do. When life is over and they stand before God’s throne, they want to hear those precious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Humans are sinful by nature because of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Sin separates us from God and the relationship can only be restored by salvation through Jesus Christ. Those who choose salvation are promised eternal life in heaven, those who reject salvation are bound for hell. (Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12-21)
Salvation is a work of God through grace and not by work of any man. It is a gift from God received through faith in Jesus Christ. A person can receive salvation by repentance and faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10)
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death of the old life and the spiritual rebirth of a new life in Christ. (Matthew 28:19)