ATWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH
(Philosophy of Ministry)
The BIBLE, (God’s Word, which is the final rule of faith and practice for believers) teaches that the Local Church is made up of born again, scripturally baptized believers, who have come together for the purpose of fulfilling the Lords great command as given in Matthew 28:18-20. The Local Church exists to Glorify God by: Reaching people for Jesus Christ (evangelism), Ministering to the needs of others (serving), Providing opportunities for people to grow in the Lord (discipleship), Enjoying the company of other believers (fellowship), and Worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ together (worship).
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Pastor Craig Kearby, M.Min
Our Pastor, Craig Kearby is a 1982 graduate of the Rockwall High School, Rockwall, TX. He is a United States Navy veteran, having had the opportunity to serve as "DOC" to the 1st BN, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, under the leadership of then President Ronald Reagan of whom he had the utmost respect. After being honorably discharged, Pastor Craig married the love of his life, Julie, whom he had met while in college. These two have 5 children and presently 10 grandchildren. Pastor Kearby attended the Norris Bible Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, the Oxford Baptist Institute in Oxford, Mississippi and completed his studies with the Calvary Christian College and Seminary graduating with a Master's Degree in Ministry. He has served in Christian ministry for over 30 years with over 25 years as Senior Pastor. Pastor Kearby has been the pastor of churches in Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas, has been the evangelist in various meetings across the country, has served as a Chaplain to the Marine Corps League and as a Chaplain to the Rawlins County Sheriff's Office and also served on the board of the Texas Baptist Home for Children and the past Director of the Van Zandt County Children's shelter. Faithful Friend () gave Chili (a service dog) to Craig in 2016 to assist him as a disabled veteran. In 2017, Pastor Kearby was inducted into the USA Martial Arts "Hall of Fame", receiving the Martial Arts Chaplain Award. Pastor Kearby is the founder and chief instructor of the Lighthouse Martial Arts Academy, Atwood, KS, a ministry of the Atwood Baptist Church. He is the author of "The Call and Preparation for the Pastoral Ministry" (available on Amazon). Pastor Kearby has had the privilege of visiting the mission field and has a heart to see all people come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.