A Note from the Pastor:
At the age of 18, I accepted Christ as my Savior on March 4, 1993 at Winkler Road Baptist Church in Fort Myers, FL. I was invited to church by the young lady who is now my wife, Kami! Kami had accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 5 and grew up in Winkler Road Baptist Church.
Right after I graduated high school, I entered and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1993-1997. While in the Air Force, I attended college for 2 years while training to be a doctor. It was while I was in the Air Force that I surrendered my life to preach the Gospel and left the Air Force in 1997 to enter full-time ministry training.
I had the unique opportunity to train and work for Dr. Jim Brown who pastored in Carthage, Missouri. Dr. Brown subsequently started the Crossroads Baptist Bible Institute of which I attended for 5 years while training under him. I was able to work in the various ministries of the church as I trained in the ministry; such areas as: Sunday school teacher, Junior Church director, nursing home preacher, church janitor, and was a bus captain/driver on one of the bus routes.
After my training was complete, God moved my family in 2002 to be on staff for Pastor Jerry George in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I served as the bus director overseeing 8 bus routes, served as the ‘B’ Ministry youth director, Junior Church director, Christian school teacher, and became one of the sports coaches. God then moved our family to Ft. Myers, Florida, to work for Pastor Don Strange at Winkler Road Baptist Church. It was here that I served as a bus captain/driver, teen youth director, juvenile detention preacher, SS teacher, and Junior Church worker.
God saw fit to lead my family to surrender to be missionaries to the West Indies in February 2006. We were accepted as missionaries with Macedonia World Baptist Missions in April 2006, sent out of Winkler Road Baptist Church. After deputation and language school (learning French) were completed, we spent almost 3 years on the foreign field. Kami then became severely ill and we were ordered by the doctors on our island to return to the U.S. for medical care. Kami was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease.
After a 1-year medical furlough which included 13 months of antibiotic treatments, we realized that we could not return to the West Indies. It was recommended by our Pastor and Mission Board that we begin praying about being church planters right here in the U.S., continuing with Macedonia World Baptist Missions. After much prayer and counsel, we recognized that God was indeed calling us to plant a church in High Springs, FL as we continue my wife’s treatments for her health condition which is still affecting her today.
We are excited about the future that God has for us here at Victory Springs Independent Baptist Church! We hope you will pray and consider being a part of our family here at VSIBC!