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John R. Blackmon

 

MINISTRY OBJECTIVE:

I am ultimately called to teach the word and to pastor people in a local Southern Baptist Church. I am certain that my spiritual gift is teaching and I thrive when I have the opportunity. I also enjoy being a part of people’s lives (the two cannot be separated).

 

EDUCATION

  1. Master of Divinity (concentration in Biblical languages); received from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA , May 2009

  2. Bachelor of Arts; with a major in History and minors in Speech Communication and Biblical languages from William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS, May 2006

MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS

Licensed by: First Baptist Church Columbia, Columbia, MS – May 2003

Ordained by: First Baptist Church Columbia, Columbia, MS – June 2004

 

PERSONAL

Birth: October 15, 1983, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Second Birth: June 6, 1992, Tylertown, Mississippi

Marital Status: Married, May 23, 2009 to Cheryl Pearl Rehberg of Panama City, FL. Cheryl has a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University and holds a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary ( July 2010). She is also an interpreter in American Sign Language. The Lord has not yet blessed us with children.

 

Hobbies/Interests:

My hobbies include studying and reading mostly, as well as writing. However, we also enjoy travel, people, and good food. I am an avid fan of history, ancient and modern. Exercising and spending time outdoors is a must.

 

SECULAR/MINISTERIAL WORK EXPERIENCE:

  1. Pastor, White Bluff Baptist Church, Morgantown, Mississippi (small, bi-monthly congregation) —Nov. 2002 – May 2006

  2. Office aide/ Work Study/ Archivist for the Center for the Life and Study of William Carey, D.D. at William Carey College—August 2002 – May 2006

  3. Summer intern as Associate Pastor and Minister to Students, First Faith Baptist Church, Batesville, MS – May 2006 – August 2006

  4. Home Instead Senior Care, Caregiver, February 2007 – May 2007

  5. Sales Associate, LifeWay Christian Bookstores, New Orleans, LA, June 2008 – June 2009 and January 2010 – May 2010

  6. Youth and Worship Minister, Red Bluff Baptist Church, Folsom, LA, June 2007 – January 2010

  7. Associate Pastor, Red Bluff Baptist Church, Folsom, LA, January 2010 – present.

 

OTHER BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE

 

   Eagle Scout 1999

   President Columbia High School FCA 2002

   Summer Support Staff – Gulfshore Baptist Assembly, Pass Christian, MS, Summers 03, 04, 05

 

College

   Speech and Debate Team

   Student Government, Representative and Treasurer

   Guest Columnist for paper

   President, Church Related Vocations Fellowship (twice)

   BSU (BCM) Leadership council two years

   2006 School Spirit Award from William Carey Alumni Association

 

Seminary

   Dead Preachers Society

 

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STATEMENT OF CALL

   While attending a youth camp at the age of fourteen, I felt and responded to the Lord’s call on my life to full time vocational ministry. I responded by attempting a revival at Boy Scout camp, preached my first sermon at fifteen, and have been growing ever since. I did not fully understand my calling at the time, and the Lord has certainly grown and enlarged my understanding over the years. I am convinced that I am to love people and am certain that my spiritual gift is to teach. I thrive in situations where I have the opportunity to do both.

 

PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

   My "philosophy of ministry" may be summed up simply in what I alluded to above, and that is to ―love God, and love people ―(Matthew 22:37-39). In doing this I feel that the pastoral role is one of service (Mark 9:35), as well as leadership (1 Timothy 3:2). In doing so, I must be prepared to feed the sheep through the word (John 21), look after the sheep (Acts 20:28), and find lost sheep (Luke 15). I furthermore believe it is the pastor’s duty to not so much focus on building bigger churches, as much as building bigger Christians, as it is the Lord who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7). It is my desire to see individuals become fully devoted followers of Jesus (Matthew 28:19). Furthermore, I cannot separate doing any of this without being personally involved in the lives of the people who make up the local body and the community in which they live.