Pastor Profile: Darwin Steele

Pastor Profile: Darwin Steele

Mar 23, 2017

Darwin Steele began serving as the Lead Pastor of SpringsLife Church in Colorado Springs, CO, in January 2016. He previously served as Associate Pastor of the Boulder SDB Church where he was ordained to the gospel ministry. He graduated from Liberty University twice with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He has been married to his wife, Cheryl, for 23 years. They have a dog, Triton. I had the opportunity to ask Pastor Darwin a few questions and capture his responses so that you can know him a little better. Q: What is something you are excited about at church and with SDBs? A: SDBs bring a history of family to the body of Christ. That history is now meeting the exciting world of local missions/evangelism. SpringsLife Church is such an example where the local church mirrors the eclectic mix of history meeting change that exemplifies the 21st Century. Q: What is the most important thing about ministering in the 21st Century? A: Accepting change; we can no longer do business as usual. Q: What is your favorite book (not the Bible)? A: The Essential Works of Andrew Murray published by Barbour Press. Q: Who would you love to spend dinner with (dead or alive, not Jesus, not your wife)? A: My Great Grandfather, Darwin Andrews. Q: What do you love most about being a pastor? A: I love the people. I cherish their stories and their journeys. Q: Who are some mentors/role models in your life? A: Dwayne Bartley, Southern Baptist Pastor – Calgary, Canada; Dave Early, Pastor of Grace City Church, Las Vegas, NV; Pastor Steve Osborn; Pastor Rod Henry. Every so often we will feature some information on one of our currently serving pastors to help you get to know them a little...

Chaplain (MAJ) Jerry Johnson

Chaplain (MAJ) Jerry Johnson

Jan 25, 2017

Chaplain (MAJ) Jerry Johnson graduated with honors from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff Officer School (CGSOC) at the Fort Belvoir, VA satellite campus on December 15, 2016. He finished the Intermediate Level Education — Common Core with a 3.98 GPA after a rigorous fifteen weeks of studying Army doctrine and tactics, joint military operations, national security strategic planning, military history, organizational leadership, Army force management, and military communication skills. The curriculum combined working in a staff group of fifteen with individual papers, projects, and examinations. This program is a mandatory component of an Army Major’s Professional Military Education and will enable Jerry to be eligible for his primary zone Lieutenant Colonel promotion board in the spring of 2018. Jerry is returning to his duties at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, where he expects to remain until the summer of 2018. He thanks all SDB friends, especially Pastor Dave Taylor and the Central SDB family, for their prayers and support during this intense...

Leland Davis

Leland Davis

Sep 22, 2016

— by John J. Pethtel Director of Pastoral Services   Pastor Leland E. Davis was born in Jackson Center, OH, in 1920 where he joined the Jackson Center SDB Church in 1935. Pastor Leland was valedictorian of the Jackson Center High School class of 1938. He attended Salem College in 1942-1943, Bethany College in 1943-1944, and received chaplain and theological training from Yale Seminary and Faith Theological Seminary. Pastor Leland married Gertrude Dickinson on March 4, 1945, and they had three children: Ken, Ron, and Mary Sue. They have 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Gertrude went home to be with the Lord on February 18, 2002. Pastor Leland has served SDB churches in Battle Creek, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Boulder, CO (where he was ordained in 1949); Schenectady, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; and Lake Elsinore, CA. He has also served SDBs as a missionary to Guyana; on Commission and General Council; as Conference President in 1984. He is currently in his retirement and enjoys time with his family. COSAR Over the course of 2016, the Committee on Support and Retirement and the General Conference wish to highlight the eleven current retirees in our Old Pastors Retirement Plan, formerly called P.R.O.P. (Pastors Retirement Offering Project), to bring awareness to our continued need to meet the obligations set forth by the terms of these plans in honor of their service to SDBs. If you wish to contribute to honoring the service of these individuals, you may make a donation by giving online with a mention towards COSAR at http://seventhdaybaptist.org/donate or by mailing a check to: COSAR, PO Box 1678, Janesville, WI 53547. THANK YOU for your generous...

Retired Pastor Profile – David C. Pearson

Retired Pastor Profile – David C. Pearson

Jun 23, 2016

Pastor David C. Pearson was born in Amsterdam, NY, on September 10, 1931. He was baptized when he was 12 years old and grew up going to the Schenectady mission of the Berlin SDB Church and to his uncle’s first-day church. His family was very active in both churches, often attending seven or more services each week. However, it was not until his time in Paint Rock, AL, that he joined a church. He graduated from Wilbur Lynch High School in Amsterdam in 1949. He attended Bob Jones University, graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Pastor Pearson would later go on to take classes at Gordon Divinity School and graduate with a Master of Arts in Religion from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1972. After his graduation from Bob Jones University, he married Bettie Butler on September 20, 1953, in Paint Rock, AL. They had two daughters: Deborah (Hargett) and Joanna (Lovelace). They had ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. David and Bettie served churches in Paint Rock, AL; Berea, WV; Middle Island, WV; Richburg, NY; Marlboro, NJ; Plainfield, NJ; Memphis, TN; and Hiram, GA. Perhaps their greatest ministry was serving in Malawi for about 30 years as missionaries in four different stints. Pastor Pearson has written some stories documenting their time there and Bettie has written a book entitled Hundredfold. Even in their retirement near their daughters in Georgia, David still continued to be active in service to both the Metro Atlanta SDB Church and as a chaplain in his local hospital. After lives lived that touched other lives in profound and impactful ways, both Bettie and David have passed away recently. Bettie went Home on November 9, 2015 and Pastor Pearson on May 10, 2016. Their legacy will not be quickly forgotten. Obituary: PEARSON — Rev. David Pearson, age 84, of Aragon, GA, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Rev. Pearson was a native of Amsterdam, NY, but lived in many different places during his lifetime. He served with his wife, Bettie, in Seventh Day Baptist Churches across the United States and the world, including churches in West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and approximately 28...

Retired Pastor Profile – Leroy Bass

Retired Pastor Profile – Leroy Bass

Jun 23, 2016

  Pastor Leroy Bass was born on January 17, 1925, in Springfield, MA. He was raised in a Christian home and was baptized by immersion at the age of 18 in a Methodist church. He graduated from Northampton Vocational School in Northampton, MA, in 1943. It was through Bible study during Leroy’s service in the army that he discovered that Sabbath was on the seventh day of the week. This changed his whole practice of what it meant to pursue Christ-likeness. Leroy married Marjorie Darrow on August 29, 1954. They have four children: Vivian (Allen); Clifford; Valerie (Gregg); and Marvin. They also have 18 grandchildren. Pastor Bass received further education for the ministry by graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Ministry from Atlantic Union College. He also took classes at Potomac University Theological Seminary and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Leroy served SDB churches in Paint Rock, AL; Nortonville, KS; New Auburn, WI; and Madison, WI. He has also served as a missionary to Guyana, a chaplain, and as a director of the Bible Sabbath Association. Pastor Leroy and Marjorie are retired at Washington Island, WI. COSAR Over the course of 2016, the Committee on Support and Retirement and the General Conference wish to highlight the eleven current retirees in our Old Pastors Retirement Plan, formerly called P.R.O.P. (Pastors Retirement Offering Project), to bring awareness to our continued need to meet the obligations set forth by the terms of these plans in honor to their service to SDBs. If you wish to contribute to honoring the service of these individuals, you may make a donation by giving online with a mention towards COSAR at seventhdaybaptist.ministrygive.com or by mailing a check to: COSAR, PO Box 1678, Janesville, WI 53547. THANK YOU for your generous...

Retired Pastor Profile: Victor W. Skaggs

Retired Pastor Profile: Victor W. Skaggs

Jan 22, 2016

Retired Pastor Profile: Victor W. Skaggs Victor W. Skaggs (Pastor Vic) was born in Plainfield, NJ, on October 5, 1918. He graduated from Teaneck High School in 1936. After high school, he attended Salem College, graduating in 1940. Before graduation, he married Ardale Coon on June 25, 1939. Ardale graduated from this life on February 2, 2001. Pastor Vic has four children: Nina (Karhnak), Janice (Kenyon), Lynn (Severance), and Patrick. He also has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After graduation from Salem College, Pastor Vic graduated from the Alfred School of Theology in 1943. It was during his time at Alfred that he began his pastoral ministry in Berea, WV. Later he served churches in Piscataway, NJ; Little Genesee, NY; Verona NY; Albion and Milton Junction, WI; Alfred Station, NY; North Loup, NE; and Plainfield, NJ. Pastor Vic has also served SDBs by teaching at the Alfred School of Theology, serving on the TCC, becoming the first Dean of the Center on Ministry, and writing two Bible study books on 1 Peter and 2 Peter for the CEC. Due to complications from being struck by lightning in 1975 while serving at Camp Paul Hummel, Pastor Vic retired from active pastoring in 1983. He continues to teach Sabbath School and Bible studies as he is able, even to this day at the age of 97. COSAR Over the course of 2016, the Committee on Support and Retirement and the General Conference wish to highlight the eleven current retirees in our Old Pastors Retirement Plan, formerly called P.R.O.P. (Pastors Retirement Offering Project), to bring awareness to our continued need to meet the obligations set forth by the terms of these plans in honor to their service to Seventh Day Baptists. If you wish to contribute to honoring the service of these individuals, you can make a donation by giving online with a mention towards COSAR at seventhdaybaptist.ministrygive.com or by mailing a check to: COSAR, PO Box 1678, Janesville, WI 53547. THANK YOU for your generous...