John R. Blackmon
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).
Licensed by: First Baptist Church Columbia, Columbia, MS – May 2003
Ordained by: First Baptist Church Columbia, Columbia, MS – June 2004
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.
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:
Eagle Scout 1999
President Columbia High School FCA 2002
Summer Support Staff – Gulfshore Baptist Assembly, Pass Christian, MS, Summers 03, 04, 05
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
Dead Preachers Society
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.