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Dr. Roger White

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Favorite Bible Verse(s):
 John 3:16 and Philippians 4:19

Favorite Hymn(s):
How Great Thou Art; Blessed Assurance; My Chains are gone; Amazing Grace; Jesus Messiah; O What a Savior; The Old Rugged Cross

10,000 Reasons

Hobbies:
 Spending time with my wife and family; Music, Football, Hunting Fishing

Education:
Graduated Geraldine High School 1979, Bachelor of Ministry 2003, Master of Arts Focus in Theology; Doctor of Philosophy in Theology 2013, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Newburgh Indiana   

Family Status:
I married my best friend in life Katherine Lynn Hester on November 27th 1981.
We have two children, Heather Brazelton, married to Brian Brazelton, and they have two boys, Dalton Gage and Jacob Eli and our son Benjamin Alan White.

How did you come to know the Lord?
I was saved on the third Sunday night in January 1971 at the age of 9 years old at Friendship Baptist Church in Dawson Alabama after a singing had ended. The pastor had asked one of the members of the group of singers that we were singing and playing with if he was saved and he wasn’t and the pastor took him and they began to pray. After some time had gone by there were 9 young people saved that night.

How have you been involved in church through the years?
I have served in most every position in the church through the years from Church pianist, Treasurer, custodian, teacher song leader. My wife and I have been VBS teachers, and directors.  We have organized Antique Car shows for our church, and worked with building committees. I have been serving as a pastor for over 30 years serving Southern Baptist Churches in Dekalb Association. 

What have you gotten from that involvement?
I have learned the importance of each position and the value of those serving in each position. Realizing that the church could not properly function without each person.  I have learned that as the pastor each member of the local church is highly valuable and necessary. 

What does the Christian life mean to you?
When I consider what Christ has done for me I am humbled that in spite of my faults and miserable failures He loves me. And being called or considered a Christian means that my life must mimic that of Jesus and it is my desire to introduce as many as possible to Jesus that we may spend eternity together with Christ.  It means that this life is worth living because Jesus loves me and died for me and for you!

Youth Director

Joshua Dollar

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Favorite Bible Verse(s): 2 Corinthians 4-5

Favorite Hymn(s): “How Great Thou Art”, "In Christ Alone", "The Unclouded Day"

Hobbies: Geocaching

Education: 

Luther Rice College and Seminary, M.Div. (currently enrolled)

University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A. History
Jefferson State Community College, A.S. Liberal Studies

Family Status: Married (Stacy), Three Children (Silas, Gideon and Adrianna)

How did you come to know the Lord?
I was in the fourth grade when I accepted Christ as my Savior. It happened during a revival service at our church. I don’t remember the topic of the sermon, the hymns sung, or even the exact hour, but I do remember coming to a point that evening where I realized I was lost and that Christ was the only One who could save me.


How have you been involved in church through the years?
I have been involved in church to some degree ever since I can remember. As a child, I participated in Bible drills and Christmas musicals, and I tagged along on a couple of church building projects. I helped out during Vacation Bible Schools and spent a summer as a church camp counselor while in high school. I now serve as the part-time youth director at Friendship.


What have you gotten from that involvement?
The realization that God can take people like me, unqualified and inadequate, and provide them with the full ability to work the task before them. The only requirement is to be a willing servant. It is truly amazing to experience the results of a “Here am I, send me” attitude.


What does the Christian life mean to you?
The Christian life is more than a “fire insurance policy” or a “get out of jail free” card. As I grow in my faith, I have found it to be a deliberate, daily dying of the old self, lifting up the spirit of Christ that is in us, and fulfilling our part of the Great Commission. It’s not an easy life nor was it ever promised to be, but it is a rewarding and abundant life. 

 


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Alicia Freeman

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