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 grew up in St. James, Missouri. He is a graduate of Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK. Keith began his ministry at Stringtown in October of 2006. He previously ministered at the Texas Banner Church of God in OK. Keith enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and he loves to camp.
Keith and his wife, Amy, have one child, 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.
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)
This is Jared's first ministry position as a full-time youth pastor and he has served Stringtown since 2008. Jared is involved with both FCA organizations at Covington High School and North Vermillion HIgh School and partners with several of the local youth pastors in our community, promoting youth service projects and more. Jared is passionate about teaching our young people about the love of Christ and how to live for Him today.
Jared and his wife, Gabby, have two children, a son, Jason, and a daughter, Ellie, and are expecting their third child very soon.
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)
Melody (Mels to all of her family and friends) operates the church office and helps the Pastors with their office duties. Mels also cleans the church, a job most people would not embrace; however, she does and the whole congregation appreciates her efforts.
Melody and her husband, Ron, have one child, Michelle.
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)