An Interview with Brian and Sarah
How did you come to a saving faith in Christ?
Sarah: When I was almost five I told my mom I wanted to get saved. She showed me verses from the Bible that told me that I was a sinner who needed a Savior and that God loves me so much that He sent Jesus, His only Son, to pay for my sins! Later in life, I doubted at times whether or not I fully understood what it meant to be saved since I was so young when it happened. However, a pastor encouraged us with the truth that saving faith is not about what you did but what you are trusting in right now. Looking back at what I did is never enough; salvation is based on what God did!
How has your faith changed your life?
Brian: Since I was saved at a very early age and was raised by godly parents, I do not have a dramatic "turn of events" type of life story. Regardless, the salvation that Christ has graciously given to me has resulted in a continual progress (admittedly slow) in my personal growth in holiness. Christ has certainly preserved me from living a life that would be in opposition to His Word and deserving of eternal punishment.
Sarah: One way that stands out more than the rest is how God used the miracle of adoption to bless us with three children. Each day we are reminded that God is the giver of life, and He works in ways that we cannot see or will never know this side of Heaven! Isaiah 55 reminds us that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. We therefore must "walk by faith and not by sight."
What brought you to Beth Eden Baptist Church?
Brian: God led us to Beth Eden in 2005. I taught music at the school, and worked part time trimming and removing trees. About five years ago, God decided it was time to expand our Arbor business into full time work. Since that time, we have had many witnessing opportunities with customers! We are thankful to be able to serve at Beth Eden and have a place where we can raise our family and invite friends, knowing the Gospel will be preached.
What do you appreciate most about the ministry of Beth Eden Baptist Church?
Sarah: Beth Eden has so many ministries for which we are thankful! Sunday School provides great fellowship and teaching; children's ministries reinforce what we are biblically teaching our children at home; Care and Share provides fellowship and Bible study that spans the various ages of the church; and Missions Conference helps us broaden our view of what God is doing throughout the world through humble servants. Each week, we truly appreciate the teaching and preaching! Last but certainly not least, we are thankful for a music program that focuses on glorifying God, not promoting the musician. We ultimately are thankful that each aspect of the ministry can point us and our children to God!
What areas of ministry are you currently involved in, both within the church and outside it?
Brian: Within the church, my wife and I are both involved in the music ministry as well as in the AWANA program. I have also served as a deacon and on camp committee. As a small business owner, I have the privilege and opportunity of sharing my faith to others by displaying it in friendliness and excellent service.
Sarah: Outside of church, we have the ministry of educating our children at home. In the church, God has allowed me to be involved in nursery, deaconess, choir, Care and Share, and AWANA. Several years ago, some ladies started a "B.E. Encouraged" Facebook page where ladies can share prayer requests, praises, or post helpful articles and encouraging words to minister to each other.