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Blake Gillen

Equipping Pastor

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I grew up in a Christian home in Tyler, Texas.  My parents took me to church regularly.  I grew up hearing that I needed Jesus to save me, but didn’t understand what I needed Jesus to save me from until my third year of college.  Then I read Isaiah 6 and I understood why I needed a Savior. When Isaiah came to a right understanding of God as holy, he came to a right understanding of himself, as sinful. It was God who took the initiative to cleanse Isaiah from sin and set his life on a different course.

It was then that I understood the truth of the gospel clearly and understood the reason God sent Christ into the world to seek and to save that which was lost. By God’s grace I turned from my sin and trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone to save me. From that moment on my life has been entrenched in some form of ministry.

After college I returned to school and received a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree from The Master’s College and Seminary.  After graduating my wife and I moved to Lexington, Kentucky where I served as a youth Pastor for 6 years while attending Southern Seminary in Louisville. In the spring of 2011 God called me to Grace Bible Church. I am very thankful to serve alongside a staff and group of elders who are committed to the sufficiency of the Bible for both salvation and for Christian living.

Two verses that help me understand how ministry in the local church is to be done are I Peter 4:10-11, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God would be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”