My Testimony

I was born June 11, 1978, in Tempe, Arizona; however, I was raised in the Seattle, Washington, area where I spent my childhood and teenage years.

Even though I was raised in a split home, both of my parents were saved before I came along. My parents divorced when I was around 2 years old and eventually found other spouses. As a child I didn’t know any better, and I actually loved and enjoyed the life that I had. I loved my mom and stepdad, and I loved my dad and stepmom. I also loved all of the siblings and stepsiblings that go along with that sort of life. I lived with my mom and would visit my dad and his family often. Both of my parents went to church, and I never questioned whether or not we would be in services on Sunday, no matter whose house I was at.

Things changed when I was 9 years old. Through a set of confusing circumstances, my father tragically took the life of my stepmom and ended his own life. Shortly thereafter, my stepdad left us.

Of course these were very difficult circumstances. Without Christ, we would have been hopeless. With Christ, all things were possible!

As I mentioned, my mom was saved before I was born. She led me to Christ! I remember that wonderful day when, as a 6 year-old boy, I put my faith and trust in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross. I didn’t understand all of the ins and outs regarding redemption, sanctification, and justification. What I did understand was that I was a sinner, and that the result of sin was an eternity in Hell. I understood that God loved me and that Jesus Christ laid His life down on the cross to pay for my sin. I understood that I needed to put my faith and trust in Him to be my personal Lord and Savior, and, with a child like faith, I did just that!

I’m so thankful for the faith of my mother and the determination she had to have a Christian home. As mentioned, our circumstances were not anything the Lord couldn’t handle. Had Christ not been in our home, things would have been different.

Even though my Christianity was inconsistent at best throughout my teenage years, my mother’s Christianity was growing stronger each day. She kept us in church, she kept praying, and she kept believing that God could make something great out of tragic circumstances. Her faith and guidance kept prodding me back to the things of God.

It wasn’t until my third year in Bible College that I really allowed God to get ahold of my heart! It was “Opening Days” on campus at Heartland Baptist Bible College. The preaching was powerful, and I gave my will and heart to the Lord. It was then that I knew the Lord was calling me into the ministry.

While at Bible college, I met my wife, Sandy. The Lord had been preparing us for each other all of those years before. On May 17, 2002, almost a year after I graduated from Heartland Baptist Bible College, I married the most wonderful girl a man could ask for.

God moved us to Indianapolis, Indiana, where we served on staff for Pastor Dan Tidd at Lighthouse Baptist Church. It was there that the Lord gave us 3 of our 4 children. Chloe is now 15, Autumn is 12, Levi is 11, and our newest child, Josiah, is 19 months. We served happily at Lighthouse Baptist Church for almost 10 years until the Lord called us to serve in Batesville, Arkansas, for a dear friend, former co-worker, and now my pastor, Adam Longo. In August of 2012, I became the assistant pastor of the White Drive Baptist Church in Batesville, Arkansas.

God has been good to us and has allowed us to serve here for 7 years! About 2 years ago, somewhere around 2016-2017, the Lord began working on my heart about eventually pastoring a church. I communicated these things to my wife and Pastor Longo, and we began to pray. That calling grew stronger, and in March/April of 2019, God made it clear to my wife and I that it was time to move forward, take the next step of faith, and accept God’s call. Pastor Longo, as well as my former pastor, Dan Tidd, have been amazing counselors in this transition of our lives.

 

My Ministry Philosophy

Our ministry philosophy is simple. We want God’s priorities to be our priorities. Those priorities compel us to reach the world with the Gospel (Matt 28:19,20), disciple believers, and grow in the Word of God (1 Peter 2:2). “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). The Great Commission (Mathew 28:19,20) is not reserved just for full time ministers, but it is a command, call, and privilege of every believer.

We believe God has purpose for us, for His church and for every man, woman, boy and girl. We love people and it is our desire that God would somehow use us to help people realize the purpose that God has for each of them. God can do great things!

We spent 10 years in Indianapolis and 7 years in Batesville. The pastor I’m serving with now has been a co-laborer, friend, mentor, and/or pastor in both ministries I’ve been a part of for over 16 years. We have seen the Lord do great things! Of the many things I’ve learned with and under him, one of them is the essential truth that commitment, time, and devotion are necessary in order to accomplish most things in life. My former pastor, Dan Tidd, is pastoring the church he started some 35 years ago. I have learned from both of these men that success rarely happens overnight. My wife and I have a united desire to be committed to a place, to a people, to a community, to a church, and to the work that God leads us to.

 

Ministry Skills & Qualifications

16 Years Experience – Bus Ministry
10 Years Experience - Youth Pastor

17 Years Experience - Youth Ministry

10 Years Experience - School Ministry

16 Years Experience - Bus Driving

10 Years Experience in a Church of 600+ People (urban setting)
7 Years Experience in a Church of 120–200 People (rural setting)

Ordained into the Gospel ministry in 2004

Strong Leadership Skills
Hard Worker
Self-motivated

Faithful
Loyal
Dedicated

Current Music Director

Event Coordinator
Experience in Preaching

Funeral Service Experience
Marriage Ceremony Experience

Experience in Planning, Organizing, Working, and Executing Conferences and Rallies (ladies, men, and youth)

 

Practical Skills & Experience

Basic Construction & Framing
Basic Electrical Work
Basic Pipe Fitting & Plumbing Repair
Basic Remodeling
Basic Mechanical Knowledge
Landscaping – Mowing, Trimming, Pavestone, Basic Retaining Walls

Some Experience in Tractor, Equipment Driving

Proficient in Microsoft Office

Experience in Videography

Experience in Remodel Design

Experience in Building Expansion

 

Ministry Mindset

I AM DEDICATED TO

Following Christ

Unity in the Church

Organization

Spiritual Growth

Healthy Relationships

Family

I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT

Souls

Soul-winning

Teamwork

Leading with Grace

Missions

Preaching the Whole Council of God

 

Hobbies & Interests

Family

Sports (indoor and outdoor)

Hunting

Golfing

Hiking

Fishing

 

Ministry History

Galilee Baptist Church

Kent, WA

Intern

June 2001 to May 2002

Youth Group Assistant

Ministry Intern

Labor, Grunt Work

School Basketball and Soccer Coach

Substitute Teacher

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Indianapolis, IN

Full-time Staff

June 2003 to August 2012

Intern (2 years)

Jr. High Youth Director

Assistant to All Staff Members

Christian School Administrator (6 years)

Co-youth pastor (1 year – 30 to 60 teens)

Soul Winning Director (5 years)

Building and Maintenance Supervisor

Bus Route Captain

Bus Route Driver

Building Addition Experience

Back Up Song Leader
Singer in Quartet, Ensembles, and Choir
Christian School Teacher
3rd - 5th Grade Boys AWANA Teacher
Game Director
Jr. High/High School Teacher/Preacher
Young Couple’s Sunday School Teacher

White Drive Baptist Church

Batesville, AR

Full-time Staff

August 2012 to Present

Assistant Pastor

Doing everything possible to assist

Pastor Longo in leading and building the White Drive Baptist Church in Batesville

Youth Pastor

leading a youth ministry of 20-40 teenagers, teaching and preaching, organizing activities, fundraising, organizing camp and conference trips, making efforts to reach teenagers and their families for the cause of Christ

Music Director

congregational music leader, choir director, organization of music ministry

Adult Sunday School Teacher

Assistant Christian School Administrator

Christian School Teacher

Basketball Coach

Building and Maintenance Leader

Bus Driver

 

My Education

Sea-Tac Baptist School

Kent, WA

High School Diploma

Graduated in 1996

Heartland Baptist Bible College

Oklahoma City, OK

B.A. in Pastoral Studies

Graduated in 2001

 

References

 

ADAM

LONGO

Pastor

White Drive Baptist Church

445 White Drive

Batesville, AR

870-698-1211

DAN

TIDD

Pastor

Lighthouse Baptist Church

6950 E. Raymond St.

Indianapolis, IN

317-359-4275

SAM

DAVISON

Pastor Emeritus

Southwest Baptist Church

1300 SW 54th St.

Oklahoma City, OK

405-682-1491

KEVIN

SCHERTZ

Deacon & Long Time Member

White Drive Baptist Church

1801 White Drive

Batesville, AR

870-307-4159

Sandy's Testimony

On. November 5, 1980, I was born to two wonderful Christian parents in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have an older sister who currently serves with her husband in Peru as a missionary, and a brother who serves as a youth pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

Lighthouse is the same church that I was blessed to have grown up in. My parents were faithful laymen in the church, always providing for us a great example of what it meant to be servants for Christ. I also learned so much about real ministry from Mrs. Tidd, our Pastor’s wife and my best friend’s mom.

I remember going to my parents at the age of five and praying for salvation while picturing windshield wipers wiping a window clean. After struggling year after year with doubts about my salvation, I finally broke down as a fourteen-year-old girl and sought help in making sure I would go to heaven. I fully trusted that the blood Jesus had shed on the cross was the only thing that would get me eternal life.

I wish that I could say my teenage years were lived for God alone, but I so often lived my own way. The summer before I was to start college at a local secular school, a special couple paid for and took me on a mission’s trip to Russia with a few other members of our church. I expected it to be a great adventure; I didn’t expect it to be a major turning point in my life. It was during that trip away from everything that had a stronghold on my life that God really began to pound on my heart about giving Him my future. By the time the two-week trip was over, I was ready to admit that God wanted me to go to a Bible college. I signed up to go to Heartland Baptist Bible College with only about a month before school was to start. It was there I met Tad and our two stories became one.

Throughout our years of ministry, I have taught in two Christian schools; helped to organize and begin one Christian school; home schooled for four years; taught piano lessons; played piano for church services; helped to plan and organize ladies meetings, school carnivals, and conferences; assisted Tad as a youth pastor’s wife; assisted in church cleaning; and other various duties that have been called for along the way. I love to organize, teach, stay busy, and serve. I am very excited about what the future holds for our family!

 

Statement of Faith

The Word of God

I believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, and that they compose the entire Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed; and therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. I believe that God has preserved His Word, and that the King James Bible is God’s Preserved Word for the English-speaking people. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Godhead

I believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe they are coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections; and each having executed distinct but harmonious offices in creation, the great work of redemption, and all things pertaining to the Godhead. (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17)

The Person and Work of Christ

I believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, and that He was conceived (begotten) of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:26-28, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished the redemption of mankind through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that mankind’s justification is made sure by Christ’s literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministries of Intercessor and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; He- brews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

I believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature. It is He who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the restrainer of the wicked one until God's purpose is fulfilled. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel and is the Agent in the new birth (regeneration), baptizing all true believers into the body of Christ, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 14:17; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13- 14)

I believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and apply the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20,27)

I believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. I believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection; though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)

Man

I believe that man was created in the image of and after the likeness of God; but Adam, by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy estate and became alienated from God. I believe that all men are then inherently sinners by birth, and by choice, and, of themselves, are utterly incapable of remedy in their lost condition. Mankind is under the just condemnation of God, without excuse. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6; Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

Atonement

I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (I Corinthians 15:3-4)

Salvation

I believe that the salvation of sinners is a gift of God, wholly of grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. His precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19) and that in order to be saved, sinners must by faith call upon name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be born again (John 3:3; Romans 10:9, 10, 13; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, and it is instantaneous and not a process. I believe that the blessings of salvation are made free by the Gospel, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own voluntary rejection of the Gospel. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 12:32)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

I believe that all the redeemed, those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever. (John 3:16, John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5; I John 5:12)

The Church

I believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made-up of born again, baptized believers. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)

 

I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

I believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

I believe water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age, and are to be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; as a testimony to the world of that belief and of their death, burial and resurrection with Him. I believe that the Lord's Supper should be partaken of by believers “in remembrance of” Him, to show forth His death "till He come." (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

I believe that in order for the New Testament church to accomplish the purpose of Christ, it will have Christ as its head (Ephesians 5:23), practice the New Testament principles, strive for unity (Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10-12; Philippians 2:1-3), believe the Scriptures (Hebrews 11:6), observe the ordinances (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26), and exercise with passion the responsibility to propagate the Gospel to the world (Acts 2:41-47; Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 28:19-20). Every church and Christian should have a part in this endeavor.

Missions

I believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We are ambassadors of Christ, and as such, we must make every effort to go or send, rather than sit and wait. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20)

Giving

I believe that every Christian is a steward of God’s wealth entrusted to him. Every Christian is obli- gated to support his local church financially. I believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. I believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

Separation

I believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)

 

Rapture of the Church

I believe in "that blessed hope" – the personal, premillennial, pre-tribulational, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to estab- lish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalm 89:3-4; Dan- iel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Corinthians 15:50-52; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

 

Eternal State

I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men – the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13)

I believe that the souls of the redeemed at death are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited, to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 16:22; 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6)

I believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)

Creation

I believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24 hours periods. I reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:10)

The Family

I believe that God created mankind male and female with the command and purpose to be fruitful, to multiply, and to replenish the earth. God ordained marriage exclusively as one male and one female becoming one flesh. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:2; Ephesians 5:22-32)

I believe that God designed the marriage union and has provided for intimate physical relations exclusively between husband and wife within the bonds of marriage; sexual relations outside of the bonds of marriage, including fornication, adultery, incest, sodomy, and bestiality, among others alluded to in God’s Word, are a sin. (Genesis 19:1-38; Leviticus 18:22; Proverbs 6:32; Matthew 5:28; Romans 1:26-28; Galatians 5:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 18-20; 7:2; Hebrews 13:4; Jude 7)

I believe children, the natural fruit of God’s design of marriage, are a heritage of the Lord, to be taught spiritual and moral values by their parents, who are to rear them with loving discipline following the example and instruction of the Lord. (Genesis 33:5; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 78:4-7; Psalm 127:3-5; Psalm 128:3-6; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:1-4; Hebrews 12:7-10)

I believe acts that defile God’s human creation, such as gender modification, through medical pro- cedures or by appearance, and participation in the degradation of others through pornography, are attacks against the family unit, and are sins against the will of God. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 6:6-10; 7:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; Ephesians 5:3-5; I Thessalonians 4:8)

I believe in the sanctity of human life. I believe human life begins at conception, and from concep- tion through elderly adult years should be respected as a creation of God. I believe abortion, infanti- cide, euthanasia, suicide, assisted suicide, and other similar acts are acts of murder and therefore against the will of God. (Genesis 1:27; Exodus 20:13; Leviticus 19:32; Job 12:12; Psalm 139:13-14; Isaiah 44:2, 24; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 9:20-22; I Timothy 5:1-2)

 

Contact Info

Tad Legros

870.834.3871

Tad.Legros@WhiteDriveBaptist.org

3120 Cave Creek Rd.

Batesville, AR 72501

 

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