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I’ve lived in Heber Springs, Arkansas most of my life. I’ve been married for twenty-seven years and worked at Green Dental Lab for twenty-six years. I am a registered Republican and a Reagan Conservative.

I began my ministry serving as a youth director at Wilburn Community Church in 1998 and was ordained in 2000. I served as interim pastor at Olive Branch Community Church in Hickory Flat for three months in 2001 and as bi-vocational pastor at Shiloh Crossroads Baptist Church in Greers Ferry from 2002 – 2004. From 2004 – 2006, I served as bi-vocational pastor at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

I was asked to help set up a new church in 2006. Grace Baptist Church began meeting at the Chamber of Commerce building andasked me to be their pastor. We rented a storefront location on Main Street for three years. We built our present church in 2008 and I became full time pastor in December, 2010.

My passion is simple preaching, traditional services, and sticking with the old paths. I have no interest in the hoopla of modern day churches. I strive for a country church atmosphere in the middle of the city.

My testimony:

I was saved at a revival at Valley High Baptist Church in Texas in 1973. My father, Dr. Louis Vannatter, was a Southern Baptist pastor for 47 years. In my teens, I rebelled and fell into the party scene. I quit high school for two years. At a party, I was convinced by a friend to go back to school at Wilburn—the Lord works in mysterious ways. I met my future wife, got back in church, and rededicated in 1982 at a revival held at Wilburn General Baptist Church.

In the late 90’s, a friend at the dental lab showed me that the New International Version of the Bible took the blood out of Colossians 1:14. This led me to the studies of several theologians and defenders of the King James Bible. I believe that the King James Bible is the perfectly preserved Word of God for the English speaking people.

Brief Statement of Beliefs:

I believe the Holy Bible is verbally inspired by God, inerrant, infallible, immutable, and preserved in the King James Version for the English speaking people, and that it is the supreme and final authority. (I Cor. 2:9-13; II Peter 1:21)

I believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (The Trinity) equal in essence while distinct in personality and function. (I John 5:7)

I believe in the resurrection of the crucified Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there as my High Priest and Advocate. (I Cor. 15:4-9)

I believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God, adopted, justified and redeemed by the blood, and belong to the universal bride of Christ. (John 14:6; Eph. 2:8-9; Col 1:14)

I believe in the eternal security of the believer, that it is impossible for one who is born into the family of God, ever to be lost, because he is forever sealed by the Holy Spirit. (John 10:28-29; I John 2:1)

I believe in the pre-tribulational catching away of all believers (the bride of Christ) and the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ with the saints to reign for 1000 years. (I Thes. 4:17; Rev 20)

I believe a church is made up of a body of baptized believers, immersed upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, banded together for work, worship, edification, the observance of ordinances, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. (Mat. 28; Rom. 16:17)

I believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations. Three of these – the age of law, the church age of grace, and the age of the kingdom to come – are subjexts of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Eph. 3:2-10; Col 1:24-25)

I am for the sinner, like myself, who will put their trust in Jesus alone and ask Him to save them from the fires of Hell. (Rom. 3:23; 6:23, 10:13)

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (II Cor. 4:5)