Seminarian Profile: Conlief Lyons

Seminarian Profile: Conlief Lyons

Oct 28, 2015

I live and work in Toronto, Canada, attending the First Seventh Day Baptist Church pastored by Herlitz H. Condison. I am married to my sweetheart, Zelmur James Lyons, and still on our honeymoon going five years strong! I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ. I was born to an itinerant pastor, Charles S. Lyons, who planted many churches all over Jamaica and to a prayer warrior, Lucille E. Lyons, who would wage all-night prayer battles, storming Heaven with her petitions. I now find myself drawn to the ministry like a moth to a flame! By the age of 14 I had accepted Christ and was baptized during one of my dad’s fiery sermons. Sweet conviction! But it wasn’t until as a ripened 31- year-old I finally came to know Christ personally. One of our church leaders, Tom Rhoden, took my brother and me under his wings and carefully, meticulously, opened the scriptures concerning the messianic prophecies. In particular, he uncovered passages in Isaiah that detailed the birth, life, example, and death that Christ would eventually model for all His followers. I am a trainer at heart. From my earliest days, I have been involved in coaching, mentoring, or training my friends and co-workers. But it has only been in the past four years that I have come to recognize the gift that God has given me. I have known for some time that I was able to motivate and encourage others, but wasn’t able to connect the dots in terms of my own life’s goal. I had always felt God’s calling on my life and somehow knew that I was to follow in father’s footsteps but lacked the courage and confidence to really explore and discover what this would look like for me. Four years ago, I was given the opportunity to join the training team at my work on a three-year secondment. Therein I found my passion. I love designing and delivering training and get real joy in seeing others find their passion and move forward. Through this experience, God connected the dots for me, allowing me to see how He desires to connect the dots in our lives, pointing us back...

Seminarian Profile: Brent Hannah

Seminarian Profile: Brent Hannah

Mar 21, 2014

Name: Brent Roy Hannah Birthdate and place: August 23, 1970   Deer Park, CA Family: Wife: Carla Sons: Conor and Brock Education: Pacific Union College Preparatory School Pacific Union College BA History (1994), BA Theology (1995) California State Teaching Credentials (1995) Completed all three classes in the SDB Summer Institute Program Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University (West Virginia Campus) I just started seminary in February, so graduation date 2018?   Ministry experience: Various positions such as Sabbath School Teacher, Youth Leader, Deacon, Elder and Extern Pastor at the St. Helena SDA Church Associate Pastor at the Bay Area [CA] Seventh Day Baptist Church (2006-11) Pastor at Salem [WV] SDB Church (2011-Present) Other experience: Teacher at Escondido [CA] Adventist Academy (1995-99), Foothills Elementary School in Deer Park, CA (1999-2001), Hilltop Christian School in Antioch, CA (2001-02) Financial Aid Counselor at Pacific Union College (2002-06, 2008-11)   Favorite Bible passage: Favorite chapter–Romans 8; Favorite passage–Revelation 21:1-5; Life/Ministry passage–Matthew 22:37-39. Favorite authors: Philip Yancey, Stephen Ambrose, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis L’Amour If given a $10,000 check we would: Give tithe, get some vehicle repair done, create a dental/orthodontic medical savings account, and pay off debt. A great answer to prayer was:  God making it clear to our whole family, including the boys, that He wanted us to move to Salem, West Virginia! A project I’m excited about:  Our church has recently partnered with an ecumenical group called Open Heart Ministry to help reach out to the poor and needy in our community. My vision for SDBs: I pray that we might truly be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt 5:13-14).  I pray that SDBs would be such a loving and committed group of believers—toward God, each other, our communities, and our world—that our love, sharing of the Gospel, and good works would shine as a witness to Jesus and draw everyone around us to join in the Kingdom of...

SEMINARY STUDENT PROFILE: Keith McCall

SEMINARY STUDENT PROFILE: Keith McCall

Jan 22, 2014

SEMINARY STUDENT PROFILE Name: Keith McCall Birthdate and place: September 14, 1967   Titusville, FL Family: Wife: Joanne McCall Sons: Keith McCall II (24), Alek Templin (19)   Education: New Smyrna Beach (FL) High School (1985) BS in Vocational Ed. at University of Central Florida (2003) Columbia (SC) International University (Seminary) – began August 2012 I expect to graduate in May 2020   Ministry experience: Youth Pastor of SDB Daytona Beach, FL (2003–2008) Pastor of SDB Edgewater, FL (March 2008 – present) Other experience: Master Electrician – Electrical Contractor   Favorite Bible passage: Psalm 51:10-13   Favorite author: Hard to commit to a favorite. I appreciate different authors for different reasons. Would it be cheating to say, “God”??   If given a $10,000 check we would: Probably give it to SDB Edgewater Building Fund and/or Deep South Camp Building Fund. Actually, maybe pay off my truck first (about $3K). It really depends on who gave it to me and why.   A great answer to prayer was: My wonderful wife. No doubt an answer to a specific prayer.   A project I’m excited about: The South Atlantic Association has started a building fund for Deep South Camp. We are currently looking for property.   My vision for SDBs: To be the light of the world wherever we may go, living out our faith as dedicated disciples and ambassadors for Christ. I want us to speak the truth of God’s Word in love, seek out and share our faith with the lost, be approachable to seekers, and proclaim and glorify the name of Jesus Christ until His...

Seminarian Profile: Michael G. Spearl

Name: Michael G. Spearl   Birthdate and place: July 10, 1954  Limestone, Maine—stayed there 2 months; Home base for the other 59 years: Florida Family: Widower (wife Marilyn died 4/28/13); Son, Samuel and his wife, Kristi; 3 grandsons: Ayden, Eli, & Caleb   Education: Miami Killian Sr. High School University of the Philippines, BS Chemistry Florida International University, BS Electrical Engineering University of Central Florida, MS Electrical Engineering Columbia (S.C.) International University, current seminary. I’m halfway through the seminary program.   Ministry experience: Deacon at SDB Church of Daytona Beach, FL Multiple mission trips to the Philippines Pastor, Bradenton (FL) SDB Church, Nov. 2006–present   Non-ministry experience: US Navy, 1972 -1976 Drug Toxicologist, 1980-1985 Electrical Engineer, 1986-1998 Electronics Instructor, 1999-2005   Favorite Bible passage: Galatians 5:6b
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (NIV)   Favorite authors: John Stott; the Apostles: John, Peter, and Paul (with ample guidance from Holy Spirit)   If given a $10,000 check I would: give $5,000 toward a church facility in Bradenton, FL and
$5,000 toward a church facility in Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines—a sister church of the Bradenton SDB Church.   A great answer to prayer was: In February 1980, my wife’s doctor advised us to abort her pregnancy because the doctor was certain the pregnancy was actually a hydatidiform mole. This is a condition in which tissue around a fertilized egg develops as an abnormal cluster of cells in the uterus after fertilization. We prayed about it and decided against the abortion. Our son is now 33 years old. My wife never conceived again.   A project I’m excited about: Our ministry band, “This Train,” plays and sings in local nursing homes and at various events. It’s wonderful to sing about our Lord Messiah Jesus and be appreciated for it, too!!   My vision for SDBs: Many of us have a keen desire to help our fellow man have a better quality of life. We desire to serve and to share our resources and touch the sick, but our ultimate hope in so doing is that people will see Jesus in us. One author has said, “The world is not looking for a life-changing message; rather the world is...