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PCC graduates and students use their training in remarkable ways. Read about how God is using them in their field of study.

PCC’s Bible department trains students to serve God through various areas of service, including missions, pastoral ministries, music ministries, and youth ministries. Over 275 PCC missions graduates are serving the Lord in 53 countries.

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Matt Teis ’00

Matt Teis

  • Executive Pastor, Liberty Baptist Church, Las Vegas, NV

While a teenager in high school, Matt Teis (’00) wanted to see people come to Christ. Pursuing that goal would change the course of his life forever.

“As a seventeen-year-old attending summer camp, I was impressed with the need for people to make eternal decisions for Christ,” Matt said. He thought he could make that difference through politics, choosing PCC so he could earn a prelaw degree.

“But God impressed on my life that ministry was a better avenue for me to invest my energy,” he said. Changing his major to pastoral ministries, Matt gained a deeper understanding of Scripture and an appreciation for ministry.

“Not only did I receive a great academic education, but working in Campus Church gave me amazing opportunities to learn practical ministry. My instructors taught me to live a genuine life as a believer,” he said.

That mentorship and instruction brought many opportunities Matt’s way, leading him to become the executive pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, his home church in Las Vegas.

Serving in Liberty Baptist Church for over fifteen years now, Pastor Teis looks forward each day to speaking with new people about Christ. He said, “I love seeing people make life-changing choices to follow Christ, then enjoy the blessing of those choices.”

In addition to ministering and keeping the church operating, Pastor Teis was appointed as chaplain for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the eighth largest police bureau in the country. He also co-chairs the Heroes United Initiative, an organization dedicated to eliminating violent crime in the most violent area of Las Vegas. Since the initiative began, violent crime has been reduced by 75%, and that part of the city has not had a homicide in over a year. Pastor Teis is thankful for the opportunities the Lord has given him to speak publically and make a difference in his community.

Pastor Teis looks forward to returning to PCC this fall to preach the Opening Meetings, which start the academic year. While on campus ministering at his alma mater, he hopes “to share with the students the reality of living for Christ and the privilege of representing God to our generation.”

Rodney Moye ’02 M.Div
  • Pastor, Independent Baptist Church of Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)

“While attending Pensacola Theological Seminary (PTS), I took a church-planting class. As I approached graduation, God began to reveal that He would have me to become a church planter, and through a succession of events, He used one of my seminary teachers to lead my wife and me to start Independent Baptist Church of Georgetown.

“My two favorite parts about serving God in full-time ministry are knowing that I am in the center of God’s will and knowing that my life is making a difference in eternity. I want my life to count for something for eternity, and full-time ministry gives me that opportunity.

“PTS prepared me for the ministry in a variety of ways from the practical, biblical preaching and teaching that the school offers to the school’s emphasis on professionalism—doing all to the glory of God. As a church planter, I believe the most practical, helpful, and valuable area of my training was the time I spent serving as a seminary intern in local Pensacola churches. I am very thankful that PCC requires this very important aspect of preparing men and women to serve in full-time ministry.

“One of my favorite classes was Revelation taught by Dr. Mullenix. As I sat through class, I was amazed at how effortlessly he unfolded the truths of Revelation in an almost storybook fashion. His knowledge and approach allowed me to retain much of what I learned, and I can still remember him standing before the class, describing the fall of Babylon, excitedly sharing how our Savior will one day have victory over the nations and wickedness of this world.

“I would wholeheartedly advise any young person considering PCC’s Bible program or preparing for the ministry to seriously pray about attending PCC. The teaching is first-rate; the classes are challenging; the facilities are second to none; and, most importantly, God and His Word are revered at PCC.”

Bill Fennell ’92

Bill Fennell

  • Pastor, Mount Vernon Baptist Temple (Mount Vernon, OH)
  • Vice President of Christian Schools of Ohio

“I am the senior pastor at Mount Vernon Baptist Temple. God called me to this ministry after being a children’s pastor for six years. I love the wonderful opportunity to study, teach, and preach the Word of God and to minister with the greatest group of people in the world!

“In addition to practical training and Biblical knowledge, PCC taught me the importance of doing all for the glory of the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:31).”

Kurt Copeland ’93

Kurt Copeland

  • Youth/Administrative/Missions Pastor,
    Franklin Road Baptist Church (Murfreesboro, TN)

“I came to Franklin Road Baptist Church in June 1994. Some of my responsibilities include overseeing the missions department of 172 missionaries, running the teen ministry, leading the soulwinning outreach, coordinating the church calendar, and teaching an adult Sunday school class.

“God is working in some unbelievable ways in our youth ministry. Almost every week, we see someone come to Christ in one of our teen services. I love the opportunity to see a teen trust Christ as his personal Savior and then to see that same teen begin living for Christ. Every Wednesday evening, we take our 50 to 75 teens out on two buses to knock on doors and tell others about Christ, and nearly every week we see souls saved. We have been blessed to currently have nearly 50 graduates enrolled in Christian colleges, training to serve God in some capacity.

“I thank God for the multitude of godly examples I had in my training at PCC. I felt that when I left with my degree in missions, I was prepared in my heart to serve God. PCC taught me to value my daily walk with the Lord, and I learned to depend upon God in so many ways.

“My wife and I are both alumni of PCC, and we couldn’t be happier with our education and the influence PCC had and still has on our lives.”

Joel ’05, ’06 MA, ’08 MDV
and Deanna Porcher
’03, ’06 MS

Joel and Deanna Porcher

  • Missionaries to Ghana, West Africa

A normal day for missionaries Joel (’05, MA ’06, MDV ’08) and Deanna Porcher (’03, MS ’06) could bring anything, such as dealing with power outages known as “lights off” or the need to constantly use ingenuity to provide for life’s basic needs. But for Joel and Deanna, this is the life that keeps them excited and filled with purpose because they know God has called them to this place and ministry.

Joel and Deanna serve with their two boys in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa, where people are familiar with religion but often misunderstand salvation. “In a recent survey conducted in our area, over 90% of people claim to have made Christ their personal Lord and Savior,” Joel said. “Unfortunately, most all of these people using religious terminology do not understand the gospel, and instead of trusting in the righteousness of Christ alone are rather depending on their works to make them right with God.”

To share the gospel more easily, Joel and Deanna have found unique ways to meet people. For example, Deanna teaches piano lessons and tutors children, and Joel assists at a community library and resource center that they helped establish. According to Joel, “People come here to read, study, ask questions, and even take music lessons.”

Their first library attendant at the resource center was a man who had gotten saved and been baptized after the Porchers’ arrival. Being a library attendant exposed the man to resources which were valuable in his early discipleship. Joel said, “Today, he is one of our most faithful members and is growing in the Lord.”

Since Joel and Deanna arrived in Ghana in 2012 with Open Door Baptist Missions, they have been helping a new church whose pastor returned to the United States for health reasons. “Much of our time is spent discipling very new believers, grounding them in the doctrines of the Bible, and helping them to establish a biblical worldview,“ Joel explained. When the opportunity arises, Joel meets with couples or individuals outside of regular church services to counsel them using Scripture.

One couple in particular has been a blessing to the church through this discipleship. After accepting Christ and being baptized, the couple felt challenged by the Bible about their lifestyle and decided to get married. Joel said, “It has been a joy seeing them learn how to walk with God and grow together in a biblically grounded marriage.”

Through church services and discipleship, Joel and Deanna hope to see this church able to thrive without the presence of a missionary and begin its own ministry in another part of Ghana.

Other areas of the Porchers’ ministry include a radio broadcast on Sunday evenings, a Bible institute, and Bible clubs for children. One day, the Porchers would like to start a Christian day school and expand the current Bible institute ministry.

Although their work is not without struggles, God is still moving in the hearts of many Ghanaian people, bringing them to Himself. “Our desire is not to boast of great numbers. But to be faithful and diligent in the accurate proclamation of the gospel message,” Joel said. “We recognize that it is God who yields the increase, and we are confident that He will do that as we are faithful with His Word.”

David Corn ’07

David and Joy Corn

  • M.A. in Bible Exposition and M.Div.: Pensacola Theological Seminary
  • M.S. in Educational Leadership: Pensacola Christian College
  • Evangelist

A velvet curtain hangs in the background. Gray and black boxes line the stage. The lights dim, and from a side entrance comes a man wearing a tuxedo and a bright red bow tie. Within minutes, David Corn (’07) has the audience mesmerized by tricks and illusions with the help of his wife, Joy. David uses numerous props—metal rings, an egg, a black bag inside of a wooden box, and umbrellas—to capture the crowd’s attention as he smoothly transitions from one trick to another.

Shows such as this one are normal for Evangelist David Corn, who has been performing large illusion shows since 2010. During the school year, he and Joy perform at schools and churches; during the summer, they help with Vacation Bible Schools, youth rallies, and camps.

David gained a burden for youth evangelism through traveling with an evangelistic ministry connected to PCC during his college years. Although David already knew he was called to preach, he quickly understood the widespread ministry he could have through youth evangelism.

Realizing the importance of a strong, biblical foundation for his ministry, David finished a degree in Pastoral Ministries and went on to complete three master’s degrees at PCC: Bible Exposition, Master of Divinity, and Educational Leadership. He is thankful for this preparation, which he has used in many ways. David said, “Bible classes at PCC helped me get a greater knowledge of Scripture. The Master of Divinity program helped me take that training to deeper levels.”

David’s education has also helped him as he actively contacts public schools about doing free Magic and Morality shows for the students. “The public schools are a special heartbeat of mine because so many young people do not know about Christ,” David said.

To effectively reach public school students with the gospel, David works with local churches. After doing an illusion show at a local school to talk to teenagers about relevant youth issues, David invites students to a rally hosted by a church, where he is then able to share the gospel. After the service, David, Joy, and members of the church talk with people individually about their questions concerning salvation. Over the past few years, almost 3,000 people have accepted Christ as their Savior.

Although it can be difficult to reach out to public schools, David and Joy have seen God open the door for the Magic and Morality show 140 times in 20 states. Each time, they have noticed a great response from the students and their families. Many churches have grown as a result of hosting a rally in connection with the show; some churches have even seen people get baptized and join the church after accepting Christ.

Eric Gustafson ’98 grad

Eric Gustafson

  • M.S. in Educational Administration: Pensacola Christian College
  • Pastor, Paradise Valley Baptist Church (Cresco, PA)

“I have many blessings in serving the Lord full-time, but one of the most rewarding is that my family is able to be such an integral part of serving with me. My wife and children are able to see the Lord’s hand of blessing upon our church, new converts growing in Christ, faithful examples by other believers, and the excitement that comes with being in the center of God's will.

“PCC reinforced the biblical foundation my parents had instilled in my life. Through the various classes, special speakers, and conferences, I received a wide variety of Bible-based preaching. The ministerial seminar program was very helpful in preparing me for the day-to-day areas of church ministry such as baptisms, administering the Lord’s Supper, weddings, funerals, and directing congregational music. Learning to use the Bible as the sole authority and basis for all counseling has been exceedingly valuable in ministry.

“PCC offers an excellent Bible program that will equip you with the study of God, but it will be your daily private walk with the Lord that will determine your effectiveness in your ministry. I appreciate PCC’s desire for excellence in academics and purpose to remain true to the Bible despite so many who have forsaken the precepts and lines of Scripture.”

Joshua Teis ’02

Joshua Teis

  • M.A. in Bible Exposition: Pensacola Theological Seminary
  • Senior Pastor, Southern Hills Baptist Church of Las Vegas (Church Plant)

I was led to this position in 2000 after serving as a youth pastor for eight years. The first three years were very turbulent. The church was suffering from decades of no biblical teaching, building on unbiblical principles and adopting worldly philosophies. Several of the people began to grow stronger in their faith in God’s Word; and as they did, God was able to carry out His transformational power in them. I rejoice as people change more into the image of Jesus Christ.

“PCC gave me the solid foundation on which to build a ministry. There is no way possible an institution can prepare you for all you will face, but it can hinder you if it is missing the solid foundation of biblical teaching and principles. In difficult ministry moments, I have seen God’s faithfulness as I trust in His Word. The education I received from PCC has prepared me with the correct worldview, a discerning mind, and a steadfast faith in God’s Word as my guide.”

Glenn Jago ’81

Glenn Jago

  • Pastor, Church of the Open Door (Fort Washington, PA)

“My responsibilities include preaching, leading a small group Bible study and weekly Bible studies, teaching Theology courses, and serving as president of the elder board. I also serve as president of the Christian school that runs from preschool to eighth grade.

“PCC taught me the discipline of studying and that continues to be the emphasis of my life to this day. I love studying God’s Word and unfolding its rich truths each week to those seeking deeper understanding. PCC taught me the value of diligence, consistency, and accuracy in studying and proclaiming God's Word.”

Charlie Barnes ’95

Charlie Barnes

  • Associate Pastor, Engleside Baptist Church (Alexandria, VA)

“My responsibilities include counseling, teaching Sunday school, overseeing church fellowships, organizing church outreaches, caring for our building, and preaching when our pastor is out.

“My favorite part of ministry is that I have many opportunities on a daily basis to impact eternity. There is no greater joy than to see an individual grow in Christ.

“The most valuable aspect of my training at PCC is the preparation I received in preaching and teaching the Word of God. PCC’s program gave me a great foundation in Biblical knowledge and Scriptural application.”

Craig Mansfield ’92

Craig Mansfield

  • Pastor, First Baptist Church (Kenton, OH)

I was led to this position in 2000 after serving as a youth pastor for eight years. The first three years were very turbulent. The church was suffering from decades of no biblical teaching, building on unbiblical principles and adopting worldly philosophies. Several of the people began to grow stronger in their faith in God’s Word; and as they did, God was able to carry out His transformational power in them. I rejoice as people change more into the image of Jesus Christ.

“PCC gave me the solid foundation on which to build a ministry. There is no way possible an institution can prepare you for all you will face, but it can hinder you if it is missing the solid foundation of biblical teaching and principles. In difficult ministry moments, I have seen God’s faithfulness as I trust in His Word. The education I received from PCC has prepared me with the correct worldview, a discerning mind, and a steadfast faith in God’s Word as my guide.”

Philip Green ’99

Philip Green

  • M.A. in Bible Exposition: Pensacola Theological Seminary
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church (Pavilion, NY)

Since 2004, Pastor Philip Green has served his community as a volunteer Chaplain for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. He assists with death notifications; provides marital, family, and individual counseling; offers stress management classes; visits deputies, dispatchers, and hospital administration; and ministers in many other activities.

In response to Pastor Green’s many years of selfless service, the National Sheriff’s Association will honor him with the 2011 Chaplain of the Year award at the association’s Summer Training Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, this summer.

“As a pastor, I love to see people grow spiritually, to increase their faith and confidence in the Lord,” he said. “My favorite part of working with the law enforcement community is having the opportunity to be a witness and testimony of God’s grace to a community.

“PCC’s academics taught me diligence, time management, and good communication through correct grammar,” he said, “but I believe the most important things I learned at PCC were an attitude of excellence, the ability to sort my thoughts in a systematic and cohesive format, how to deal with leaders and authority figures, and how to minister.”

Grant Zevenbergen ’08 MA

Grant Zevenbergen

  • Pastor, Sonrise Valley Baptist Church (Church Plant)

Growing up in Phoenix, AZ, Grant Zevenbergen (’08 MA Bible Exposition) knew that the area needed churches. After hearing a seminary chapel message about church planting, Grant and three of his friends spent two semesters praying specifically about church planting. In 2011, he planted Sonrise Valley Baptist Church and two years later, they have 21 members, run a children’s ministry and van ministry, and support 5 missionaries. “God has planted an independent Baptist church in less than two years,” Grant said. “I praise the Lord for allowing me to be a part of it.”

Eric Humble ’02

Eric Humble

  • M.A. in Bible Exposition: Pensacola Theological Seminary
  • Children’s Pastor, Mansfield Baptist Temple

“I have served at Mansfield Baptist Temple for six years. I love the opportunity to be a part of so many people’s lives and an influence on young people and adults. The most rewarding part of my job is to see children accept Christ as their Savior.

“When I decided to go to PCC, I looked at what kind of men PCC was producing in the ministry and liked what I saw. Ultimately, this is why I attended. PCC gave me a good foundation for my ministry because of the many ways to get involved. Being involved and serving in the ministries of PCC helped me gain insight into the practical aspects of the ministry. I also appreciate the classes and internship that gave me hands-on experience in music and Bible. During my years of interning, I began to see God’s calling me to children's ministry.

“PCC was and has been such a blessing to me. My advice to students is that you shouldn’t just search for a school that has your major, but a school that can prepare you for life—a school with good standards that can help you live your life according to God’s Word.”

John Rush ’90

John Rush

  • Pastor, Liberty Church (Cosby, Tennessee)

Eleven years ago Pastor Rush began writing short skits when he saw a need in his Christian school. “The goal was to write parts that fit the individual students at the time,” he said. This sparked his interest in writing plays, and he soon found himself reading Louis E. Catron’s book Playwriting, a gift from PCC adjunct faculty Rhonda Autrey. “Seeing an audience respond to ideas [I] forged alone at the computer hooked me. I wanted to try my hand at full three-act stories.”

Seeing a performance of his play Home Again encouraged Pastor Rush. “It’s fun to think of others producing Home Again with their own dramatic interpretation. We Christians need to keep writing to try to capture the imagination of our culture, trying for beauty and thematic subtlety.”

Christian drama, Rush believes, allows the audience to “interact with the story without blatant exposition of theme.” As a pastor, Rush is used to expounding scriptural truth directly, but as a growing playwright, he enjoys “scratching ideas from rock.” He wants his audience to ponder the truth illustrated in his dramas long after they have left the building. “I think the art of story can help us do that.”

Dave Sexton ’08

Dave Sexton

  • Student Pastor, Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Westerville, OH

“Take every opportunity God gives you to actually serve. Don’t wait to be used. Be faithful now! Don’t ever think you know or have learned enough, and God can use ANYONE to teach you.

“The best thing about the ministry program at PCC was my internship at a local church. It was awesome to be serving in a church while still being around a multitude of people to ask questions of and learn from. A favorite memory was my PCC teacher coming to the Bible Conference we interns put on at our little church in Mobile, AL. He preached Sunday morning to a crowd of about 50 people. Even though he was one of the most well read and intelligent teachers I have ever had, he was on the point of tears for the honor of opening the Bible and being able to preach the truths in a practical way. The humility and reverence shown there has been forever burned into my memory, and I can never prepare to preach without thinking of the lesson I learned that day.”

Adrian Burden ’06; ’08 MA

Burden Family

  • Evangelist, Burden Ministries

As a full-time evangelist, Adrian Burden (’06;’08 MA ) desires to invest in others because others invested in him. Since surrendering to preach at the age of sixteen, Adrian knew he wanted to minister to people. But it was while studying Bible at PCC that his burden for ministry grew. “The staff and faculty encouraged me to attempt great things for God. To this day I come by and let them know the amazing things the Lord has been doing from their investment in me.”

Further encouragement came from guest evangelists. Adrian said, “Seeing their heart and passion for revival always whetted my appetite to do something great for the Lord.”

Eager to serve as an undergrad, Adrian pursued nearly every available avenue of service. He became the student body and Mission Prayer Band chaplain, Sunday school and collegian officer, residence assistant, and a member of an evangelistic team.

To further prepare for ministry, Adrian earned his master’s degree in Bible exposition through Pensacola Theological Seminary. After graduating in 2008, he worked in juvenile detention centers with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry before starting Burden Ministries a year later.

Evangelistic in its mission, Burden Ministries focuses on reaching people with the gospel through every avenue possible and challenging the saved to surrender all to Christ. For now, Adrian is the only evangelist; however, he hopes that one day the ministry will support other evangelists.

Adrian’s ministry extends past revival meetings to speaking at camps and vacation Bible schools (VBS). Vision and hard work are what Adrian brings to his meetings, and young people respond well to his broad smile and enthusiasm.

This summer, through VBS programs, camps, and revivals, Adrian saw many people accept Christ as he, his wife, Tabitha, and their toddler, Jasmine, traveled from Vermont to Florida. He even returned to PCC’s campus in August to preach at the Campus Church Back to School Bash.

Through Burden Ministries in the future, Adrian hopes to host missions trips and train young men in evangelism. “This is not a job for me; this is my life and passion,” he said. “I want to have a profound effect upon this generation.”

Craig Caldwell ’89 MA; ’97 PhD

Craig Caldwell

  • Pastor, Cross & Crown Baptist Church (Clarksville, TN)

In 2002, Craig Caldwell (’89 MA Biblical Studies, ’97 PhD Biblical Studies) felt called to start a church in Clarksville, TN. Cross & Crown Baptist Church first met in the Caldwell’s living room with seven people. Now, the church family has about 190 members, but with the constant rotation of people due to the military base at Fort Campbell, their church is ministering to hundreds from around the world. “People from all walks of life are receiving Christ and following Him,” Craig said. “God used PCC to refine me as a person and prepare me for my current ministry. Challenging academics, on-campus work, floor-leading, drama, music, athletics, and collegian opportunities—all contributed to helping me ‘become all things to all men’ in order to reach them.”

John Lafreniere ’01

John Lafreniere

Youth ministries grad John Lafreniere (’01) found himself pleading with God for answers after raising 40% support to start a church in his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. Eight months earlier and just weeks after his son’s birth, his wife Abby had been diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating disease that will take a person’s life in 2–5 years. “The only thing that kept me going forward was the grace of God,” said John.

Although they had the option of discontinuing their church plant, John said, “I looked at my wife and asked, ‘Abby, do you want to keep going?’ She looked at me and said, ‘This is what God has called us to do; this is what we’re going to do. There are people in Fairfield that need us. There’s a church that needs to be started. We need to keep going.’”

So they kept going, raising the remaining 60% support they needed and starting Fairfield Baptist Church in the local elementary school. During that time, John said that “Abby’s resolve was such an example to me,” his wife’s desire to be an active part in their church ministry inspiring him. “Through the course of this disease, Abby remained faithful to church and helped disciple the ladies of our church. She was a faithful witness and led several of her caregivers to Christ.”

With his wife’s encouragement and his training at PCC, John believed the Lord had prepared him for both the pastorate and the trials ahead. “Some of my greatest training came outside the classroom at PCC as I was able to lead a neighborhood Bible club as well as help at a local church,” he said. “The atmosphere and practical messages were crucial to keeping my focus on God while pursuing my academics.”

That God-ward focus was mirrored every time he looked at Abby. Six months into her disease, she lost the ability to walk, and after eight months, she lost significant ability to move her arms. Yet through all of her trials, she kept a heavenly perspective. In a video recounting her battle with ALS, she said, “We don’t understand everything that goes into our lives and things that happen, but God knows. And we’re just told that we need to trust in Him.”

As John continued to trust in God, he watched his wife slip further away. “One night, I was begging God for some perspective in what I was going through, and He gave me this thought,” said John. “Abby is my modern-day parable of how dependent I should be on God. Without my help, Abby could not do basic tasks, and so am I without my God.”

This realization began a journey that would influence not just John and his family but his entire ministry. Dependence on God became his focus as his wife’s condition worsened, as he acted as caregiver to his wife, father to their son Elijah, and pastor to their fledgling ministry.

Yet through it all, he could see God’s divine hand guiding, encouraging, and promising that the best was yet to come. On February 24, 2017, John said goodbye to his wife on this earth, knowing that her first steps out of that wheelchair were as she walked with the Lord.

“The grace of God continues to overwhelm us as we continue to press forward by faith,” said John. “We know there’s a bigger plan, and we just want God to get the glory.”

In the months that followed, John watched as the Lord continued to glorify His name, developing their little church body into a strong core of forty people—people on fire for the Lord. They joined in tract blitzes, door-to-door evangelism, and community events. They came alongside John and Elijah, encouraging them as a second family.

“Losing a spouse is obviously difficult; but in this trial, I have seen God’s grace give us healing, understanding, and a deeper perspective,” said John. “I have learned to more deeply trust the Lord. Most people trust God to provide more for them, but I have been taught that true trust is allowing the Lord to take away something that you think you need. Pressing forward by faith is one step of trust and another step of obedience. I don’t know all that God has planned for my future, but I know I have a Heavenly Father that will give me exactly what I need.”

Kurt Kramer ’96; ’98 MA

Kurt Kramer

  • Pastor, Open Door Baptist Church (Tucson, AZ)

Because of the strong foundation in ministry that Kurt Kramer (’96 Youth Ministries, ’98 MA Bible Exposition) received at PCC, he felt prepared to lead Open Door Baptist Church when it began in Tucson, AZ, in February 2010. “The care and concern of the faculty for my spiritual development and maturity as a Christian helped me as a pastor not only to teach the truth, but also to genuinely minister to the needs of people.” Kurt has helped guide his church in the same spirit of ministry. Now they support twelve missionaries, three evangelists, four national pastors, and the Bearing Precious Seed Juarez Project. “As we have remained faithful to the Bible, God has been faithful to build His Church.”

Jon Gorman ’03

Jon Gorman

  • Assistant Pastor, Faith Baptist Church of Margate, FL
  • M.A. in Bible Exposition and M.Div.: Pensacola Theological Seminary

“It is great to see God use me in His service. I love preaching His Word! I love seeing souls saved! What better reward could there be than when a new name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and God used you to have a part in it?

“I have served as assistant pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Margate, Florida, for 3 years (since graduating from seminary) under my father who pastors the church here. God has called me to plant a church for His glory, and He led me to ‘learn the ropes’ under my father until then. We are preparing to plant a church to reach the military at Ft. Dix/McGuire joint base in NJ.

“PCC not only instilled strong Bible doctrine through superior teaching and great Bible preaching, but living and working in the residence halls also helped me to learn how to be willing and flexible and to think of others. Being involved in the extracurricular activities helped me develop friendships that still last today. As a Bible student, I think that being saturated in the Word of God at PCC was the most helpful thing for me even now. I was called to preach while I was a student at PCC, and I might not have heeded that call if I had not been so focused on God through the tremendous Bible preaching and teaching there.

“I loved hearing practical helps from the many guest pastors that came to teach in Ministerial Seminar. These great pastors from all over America were able to offer Bible wisdom for things I am currently dealing with in the ministry, and their notes are still helpful to me even now. I also loved being very active in Bible clubs, door-to-door soul winning, nursing home ministries, and juvenile justice ministries. It was my involvement in these many different Christian service ministries of PCC that helped me to grow by letting God use me to see souls saved and Christians encouraged and learning God’s Word.

“The best things you can do to prepare for future ministry are to saturate yourself in the Bible and to get involved in the work now. PCC will help you tremendously in both areas. At PCC you will be surrounded with men and women of God who are dedicated to the Lord and strive to help you to follow Him. You will be instilled with sound doctrine through the great preaching and teaching. The chapel and prayer group times constantly encourage you to focus on the Lord. There are also many opportunities to get involved in sharing the Gospel with those in the surrounding community so that you can be serving while you are learning.”

Samuel Hodges ’93
  • Pastor/Missionary, New Life Baptist Church, Honduras

“We have been in Honduras for 13 years. I have been pastoring this church for 12 years. We drove to different places to find a need for a good Bible church. We found an area called Sabanagrande, 45 minutes from the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The population was about 11,000 people, but there was no independent, fundamental Baptist church in this area.

“My favorite part in full-time ministry is PREACHING. I love to preach, and the most rewarding part is when I see folks coming to repentance and wanting the Lord as their personal Savior and training young people to serve the Lord. Our altar call is always full of people. This is so encouraging for a pastor to see his flock at the altar.

“PCC’s Bible classes helped with the doctrinal foundation. As a missions major, however, the preparation by the missions department under the great direction of Dr. Brian Bucy helped instill the confidence needed to get to the mission field and start a work. Probably one of the most beneficial things as well was a strong preacher boys’ class, Ministerial Seminar.

“Develop a strong local church and pastoral philosophy while you are in Bible college. This will help you to steer clear of many of the modern movements that are developing today.”

Keith Kelley ’94

Eric Gustafson

  • Pastor, First Baptist Church (Clearwater, KS)
  • Teacher, Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, KS)

“In addition to pastoring, I also teach senior Bible classes and lead the drama department at Sunrise Christian school. After being at the school for just over a year, the church opened up and God led me to this wonderful fellowship.

“At PCC, I loved the Bible-centered emphasis in all the classes and the focus on being servant-hearted ministers. God has gifted me with a love for preaching the Word of God; therefore, studying at PCC was the best because I got to hear the greatest preachers from all over the country and had opportunities to preach and minister in Christian service.

“For any student that desires higher education, I would tell them to consider PCC because of the faculty. They are incredible. The faculty gave me the mentorship and the teachings that have affected the rest of my ministry.

“I loved my experiences at PCC, and I’m very thankful to the school and those who have invested in me and impacted my life for eternity.”

James Walsh ’04

James Walsh

Alumnus James Walsh (’04) wears many hats as senior vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in North Carolina. Each day, he manages a team in charge of the Treasury Management and Credit facilities as he advises the CEOs and CFOs of the bank’s mid-tier businesses. “One day my job may be to entertain our clients at a sporting event in an effort to build trust and teamwork. The next day, my job may be rolling up my sleeves in the offices along with the management team and breaking down company financials and providing advice and strategy for an ongoing plan,” he said.

Walsh saw God open many doors, leading him to his current position at Bank of America. “I was led along a very winding road to where I am today, but all by the guidance of the Lord,” he said.

As a student at PCC, Walsh surrendered to serve wherever God might lead. “I knew that I had one life to live and wanted to live it fully for the Lord,” he said. “My life was forever changed because of the strong emphasis that PCC placed on the Word of God. God used the faculty, staff, and student body to mold me more into His image.”

During his college years, Walsh made the most of each opportunity to serve—as collegian chaplain, vice president of Ministerial Seminar, as well as a residence hall assistant. Some of his favorite memories though are the Saturday mornings he spent with youth at the Juvenile Justice Center. “All of this helped prepare me for what I am doing today,” he said.

After graduation, Walsh packed his bags and headed to Mexico where he spent two years studying Spanish and assisting long-term missionaries with their ministries. More than once, Walsh had the opportunity to pastor churches for missionaries when they came back to the states for furlough.

After those two years, Walsh moved back to the states to serve out of a local church. “I had no idea what God had for me next, but I knew that I needed a job,” Walsh said. “Bank of America hired me as a bilingual business specialist to work with Hispanic start-up businesses. I came to realize that my giftedness was in walking alongside people and helping them both in business and in life.”

Ten years and a few promotions later, Walsh is still thrilled to look back and see how God has led him to where he is today. “I love having the opportunity to love and serve people through Bank of America,” he said. “I love that I am able to help business owners on a daily basis and, at the same time, share the love of Christ with them.”

Paul Smith ’87

Paul Smith

When George Washington was sworn into office, he added the words “So help me God,” to the end of his oath, then bent forward and kissed the Bible in his hands. Today, that antique Bible rests under glass on display at Federal Hall in New York City, a constant reminder of America’s foundation upon God.

Alumnus Paul Smith (’87) wanted to remind people of that foundation. While he was still a youth pastor and pastor, he began advocating for Christian education and taking a stand on moral and religious liberty issues in Georgia, his home state.

He was just one man, one voice, until a friend came to him with a challenge. “A friend challenged me to pray about starting Citizen Impact,” he said. “I did pray, and the Lord began to direct. I sought counsel from numerous pastors as well as Christians I knew in the public policy arena. Almost all of them encouraged me to do it.”

In 2009, he started Citizen Impact to motivate Christians to be active politically. At Citizen Impact, “there is a strong emphasis on educating the community about how to register to vote, when to vote, offering voter guides, and so on,” he said. “We hold an annual seminar with the express purpose of educating people of faith on how to defend their religious liberties in the public policy arena.”

Within five years, he had spoken to thousands not only in Georgia but also in Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia. He has organized state-wide conferences, regional pastors’ meetings, Pastors’ Days, and Student Legislative Days. And he was one of the speakers at the Religious Freedom Rally at the Georgia State Capitol this past March.

Currently, he is working to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. If successful, this act will ensure the protection of religious freedom for Georgia. 

Every step of the way, he has seen the Lord’s hand guiding him. “When we put ourselves in a position to be used of God, we will see Him do ‘exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,’” said Smith. “I believe the preaching in chapel at PCC and Campus Church motivated me to want to impact my community and my country.”

When Smith started Citizen Impact, he was just one man with a desire to make a difference; now, he has helped thousands of Christians realize they too can have a voice in public policy.

 

Jacob Langdon ’03

Jacob Langdon

  • M.A. in Bible Exposition: Pensacola Theological Seminary
  • Pastor, Fellowship Baptist Church in Emlenton, PA

“I began as the assistant pastor of youth/music at Fellowship Baptist Church in 2005 and became the pastor in 2010. While in seminary at PTS, I learned of the church from PCC’s Placement Office. The pastor at the time e-mailed me, and when I expressed interest, he offered to fly me up for a visit. After visiting, I decided to serve the Lord here.

“My favorite part of full-time ministry is preaching and teaching. It is especially rewarding when people come to me afterward and say that they learned something or that the message helped them with something they’ve always wondered about or struggled with. I like to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.

“I teach teen Sunday school and our Wednesday adult Bible study, and I preach both services on Sunday, so I make sure studying my Bible is a top priority. I also spend time each week visiting shut-ins, those in the hospital, or those who have been away from church for a while. In addition, I plan and organize many church events and activities.

“I think PCC’s greatest strength in its Bible training is its focus on classes in Bible knowledge. I took many classes that focused on a particular book or section of the Bible. I believe many other Bible colleges and institutes overly focus on the practical side, which is important, but not to the exclusion of Bible knowledge. Having a solid grasp on the Scriptures will solve many issues in the ministry. On the other hand, one of the most helpful parts of my learning was my internship in a local church. I was able to learn many practical things by experience before entering full-time ministry. I would encourage all ministerial students to participate in the local church internship program.

“My favorite classes in the Bible program included Romans because of its rich doctrine, Greek because of the feeling of accomplishment it brought, and Ministerial Seminar because of its practical training. I have fond memories of singing the ministerial song with hundreds of other college men.

“As I mentioned above, I would encourage each PCC ministerial student to participate in the local church internship program. Those who don’t really miss out. The exposure to a seasoned pastor and the experience in real ministry are invaluable. I’m thankful for the growth and instruction I received from Pastor Rubin Ruffin. He gave me the opportunity to lead the congregational singing and the choir ministry, and when I came to Fellowship Baptist, I served in those areas with confidence because of my experience as an intern. I was also able to hone my preaching/teaching ability in the internship program.

“I appreciate the well-rounded education PCC offers. I think the young person considering full-time ministry should seek a college that requires more than just Bible classes, but also English, history, and math classes. I know many pastors who love the Lord, but their basic knowledge in these practical areas is lacking. I especially appreciate the high standard of English grammar at PCC because that is a lost art in many places. In addition, PCC has high academic standards in each of these classes, and that is something that should be important to all prospective students.”

Brandon Hicks ’02; ’05 M.Div.

Brandon Hicks

  • US Army Chaplain

Missions graduate Brandon Hicks (’02, ’05 M.Div.) served as Hospital/Resiliency Chaplain in Baghdad and Basrah while on deployment in Iraq. “In the Army chaplaincy we have a motto: Bringing Soldiers to God and God to Soldiers,” he said. “I engaged soldiers on a spiritual level and attempted to boost their morale so they could complete their mission.”

With a friend’s encouragement, Brandon began pursuing the chaplaincy program while a senior at PCC. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree at Pensacola Theological Seminary, then gained ministry experience in a local church in New Mexico before receiving his commission into the Army Reserves as a Chaplain.

He believes the training he received at PCC and PTS to be instrumental in preparing him for the chaplaincy. “What I learned from PCC’s Bible program both on the graduate and undergraduate levels set me up for success in military ministry,” he said. “PCC best prepared me by allowing me to serve under godly faculty and staff members who cared about me and took time to invest in me to help mold me into the person I am today.

“PCC saturated me with God’s Word every day and highly regarded God’s holy, inspired, and perfect Word. I value God’s Word the same and teach it with passion to all I minister to. The soldiers, family members, and civilians I minister to appreciate that honest and forthright approach to God’s Word, especially in a day when there is much watered down, unbiblical teaching. PCC’s sound biblical teaching helped mold me into a sound preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

While in Iraq, Brandon commissioned a local shop owner to weave a decorative rug to present to Dr. and Mrs. Arlin Horton, PCC founders. “God has blessed me above measure through PCC. The rug was a gift to the Hortons as appreciation for making an excellent education affordable for all who work hard and trust God. The education and training I received at PCC were a solid foundation to my success. I am proud to be a PCC grad and look forward to God’s continued blessing on PCC.”

PCC Bible majors receive Bible-intensive training to become pastors, youth directors, missionaries, music ministers, and Christian leaders. See Bible academic programs for more information.

Steven Curry ’91
  • Pastor, Oakside Baptist Church (LaGrange, GA)

“PCC’s management program equipped me with strong business ethics and creative thinking, and provided an excellent education. After graduating, I had several employers ask me where I learned so much about business at such a young age. After completing PCC’s program, the master’s program at UNH seemed easy, and the professors commented on the excellence of my former education.

“PCC gave me exactly what I needed to succeed in business. My advice for someone considering PCC’s management/marketing program is—Go for it!”

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