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Chris's church

Staunton Baptist Church
Huddleston Virginia , 24104

About Chris
  • Education: Graduate of the Liberty Bible Institue, Liberty University, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. No, I am not a Jerry Falwell clone, but I like Jerry Falwell!
  • Experience: Retired U.S. Marine (F/18 aircraft mechanic) as of 1996. Five years as pastor of Mayflower Hills Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA. Senior Pastor of Staunton Baptist since Novermber 2002.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I write out my sermons ahead of time to fit my own way of transitioning from point to point. I never preach exactly what’s on the paper - if I did, I would take an hour preaching!!! By the time Sunday morning rolls around, I have written and re-written the sermon about five or six times - including again on Sunday morning. So it’s fresh in my mind, and I can preach most of it without too much reference. When you see my sermon’s in writing, keep that in mind.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: A sermon that "this old guy" preached in 1992 while I was stationed in Beaufort, SC. I don’t remember the text, but he insisted that Fathers pray with their entire family every day. I cannot in this life tell people how valuable a family altar time has been to me and to my family. Deuteronomy 6 really works. Imagine that!!!
  • One of my favorite illustrations: One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him. The chosen scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost." God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well, how about this? Let’s say we have a man-making contest." To which the scientist replied, "Okay, great!" But God added, "Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam." The scientist said, "Sure, no problem" and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt. God looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"
  • Family: Wife, Susan. Daughter, Michelle. Son, Andrew.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They don’t. Please pray for them.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She just smiles. Unless I go over 30 minutes, she likes them most of the time.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Stay in the Word. Preach the Word. Be yourself. Trust God. When all else fails, Stay in the Word. Preach the Word. Be yourself. Trust God.
  • Books that have had an impact: The book that made the biggest difference in my life apart from the Bible is John MacArthur’s, "The Gospel According To Jesus." Once I read that book, I knew that I couldn’t do anything less that to devote the rest of my entire life to our LORD, Jesus. Also, Andrew Murray’s, "Absolute Surrender," and "The Blood of the Cross." For apologetic ammunition, C.S. Lewis, Francis Shaeffer and Ravi Zacharias have proved to be invaluable in helping me understand how the rest of the world understands life.
  • Hobbies: Reading, Writing, and Running.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Our primary mission is to take as many people to heaven with us as possible, but any means necessary. We spend too much time doing things that just don’t matter.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He is not here. Stop crying!
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