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William Lollar

Contributor since: Jan 6, 2003

William's church

Grace Church Planting Ministries, Inc.

Pensacola Florida , 32514

About William Lollar

Education: B.S. in Business Administration (majored in Marketing) from Mississippi State University; Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA.

Sermon or series that made a difference: My first expository sermon series through Paul’s Letter to the Romans: what a radical change that brought in my own understanding of theology and soteriology. It took nearly three years, with lots of personal agony. God demolished many of the cherished ideas that I thought were "truth" and replaced them with rock-solid convictions from the inspired pen of the great apostle Paul. What a life-changing, ministry revolution that was and continues to be.

Family: My wife (Sheri) and I live in the beautiful country of Wales, which is part of the United Kingdom, with one of our four children (daughter, 19); our second daughter is married and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and two-year-old boy. Our oldest daughter lives in Pensacola. And our son is married and lives in Sheffield, England, where he serves as a ministry intern in a house church network.

Best advice given to me about preaching: There are several maxims I recall: To let the Bible speak for itself. To let Scripture illustrate Scripture. To provide a model of digging out the truths of a passage that will show every listener how to do it for himself. To be sure that the sermon comes from the chosen text, rather then using a verse simply to hang my own words upon. To remember that the pastor’s primary calling is the Word of God and prayer (Acts 6). Anything else is diaconal ministry.

Books that have had an impact: The Pleasures of God by John Piper. The Sovereignty of God by A. W. Pink. An All Round Ministry by Charles H. Spurgeon. Dining with the Devil by Os Guinness. The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur.

Hobbies: There are a couple of passions in my life: technology and theology.

Something funny that happened while preaching: We were a brand new church that met in someone’s living room. Since we had no children’s ministry, as such, our children would lay on the floor with their coloring books and quietly busy themselves during the preaching time. One Sunday, I asked a rhetorical question of my fledgling congregation and a little boy, no more than 5 years old, answered question without even looking up from his crayons. It proved to everyone that children can listen and learn even when you least expect it.