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Judson Strawbridge

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I never attended church as a child. I would go with my grandmother sometimes, but never got serious about church. I really got started going to church when I was 21 years old. The only reason I started going was to see my girlfriend Susan. Her dad told me that the only way he would allow me to date her was I went to church with them. If I missed a day of church or Susan missed a day we could not see each other. That was the only way I was allowed to date her (per her dad). So, I went to church not caring about what the preacher had to say or what Jesus did, I just wanted to see Susan.

I remember when God got my attention. I loved horses and one Wednesday night we were at church and the AC wasn’t working so we were in the back of church in the fellowship hall. The preacher was talking about the end times. He said there will be a day when the blood will be as tall as horses main. That caught my attention and I have been in the word ever since. I was saved at the age of 21, and baptized in August of 1997. Susan and I got married July of 1998 and have been happily married for 23 years. God has blessed me with 4 beautiful daughter.

I started serving in my home church, Pope City Baptist Church, in 2002 playing the drums and teaching Pre. K. I worked my way through all the grades up to Youth. Where I became the Youth Director and began to Since Gods calling on my life to the ministry. I surrendered to Gospel Ministry in March 2004, and completed the Certificate of Ministry in April of 2007 through East Texas Baptist University. I graduated from Grand Canyon University with my Bachelors degree in Christian studies in 2016 and I received my Mdiv at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I was licensed to the Gospel Ministry in April 2007. I was Ordained to the Gospel Ministry in September 2007. I served as Pastor of Karnack Baptist and Nesbitt Baptist Church, Windom Baptist Church and I am currently serving as pastor of this great church First Baptist Church Marlin, where I have been since 2019.

I believe that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 6:23). I tell people all the time that the only difference between me and a nonbeliever is I have been saved by the grace of God. I am still a sinner. I am thankful that God demonstrated His love for us (me), while we were still sinners Jesus died for us (me) (Romans 5:8). I have a simple motto: Jesus Saves (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). He loved us so much that He took all the punishment that we deserved and died on that Old Rugged Cross. He showed His love when Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” He showed His love when He prayed for us in John 17. Jesus showed His love when He restored Peter in John 21. That tells me that he will restore anybody and everybody if they believe in Jesus.

Since I have become a child of God, I have not gone without and I have had just what I needed daily and nothing more. There have been some difficult times, finically, family, and personal. However God has been there for us and provided. Jesus told us in John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 




Worship Leader

Samantha Zahorsky




Sound Tech

Tatum Strawbridge




Pianist

Shirley Wilson




Organist

Phyllis Wright




Secretary

Janice Rogers

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