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FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR

Greetings First Family!

Grace and Peace to each of you in Christ our Lord. My family and I are humbled and glad to share our future with you. It’s been such a joy to begin to understand how God has used you in the past and what He has in store for our future. Although I never really envisioned myself as a pastor–I thought God would use my journey in other ways–after 16 years of this crazy work, I wouldn’t trade it. I’ve come to understand God has made me a shepherd. A shepherd serves the flock to which he’s called with passion, creativity, compassion, love and sacrifice. I don’t pastor because it’s my job. I do it because it’s who I am. I do it because Christ has called me to it. I do it to lead others to find the hope in Christ that I’ve found. I do it to disciple and develop those whom God places around me. I do it to spread the Gospel of Jesus to those in my Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. I hope you’ll find this brief introduction helpful in getting to know us. While it’s no substitute for sitting down for a talk, my prayer is it will help you know something of who we are and what you might expect from me as your pastor.

Grace and peace in Christ,

Dr. Darin M. Wood


PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

John 10:11, 14-15; 1 Peter 5:2 and Ephesians 4:11 are the basis for my philosophy of the servant role of pastor. The imagery of Christ as Shepherd guides my pastoring: leading, loving and living among the flock entrusted to him. It’s a demanding calling and not one entered into lightly. And yet, for me, there’s nothing I’d rather do. Following are my guiding principles as pastor: Christ first – My calling is to Christ first. He is the reason I started this and it is to Him I will be held accountable. Thus, my communion with Him must be both rich and full. Shepherding as a way of life – My calling is to be a Shepherd, not a cowboy. Shepherds lead from the front with sacrificial love, kindness and compassion. Even if the sheep are recalcitrant or obstinate, I am still to shepherd them toward maturity and fulfilling their calling. People above tasks – My calling demands I reflect the same calling Jesus had – Jesus came for people. Tasks were a means to an end. I must be willing when needed, to set aside my tasks in favor of the needs of people in a particular moment. Prayer as a priority – One of the key points of leadership for me is a daily prayer gathering with my staff. Doing so recognizes that only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we serve effectively.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
• Married: Julie A. Brown, May 6, 2000. Julie holds a BBS from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX (1995) and an MRE from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX (1998). The daughter of a pastor, she perceives her role as pastor’s wife as a ministry calling, serving our churches in various capacities. She is an amazing mother as well as a freelance writer for BaptistWay Press. She also accompanies Jacksonville choir and band students.
• Children: Joshua David, born April 11, 2011

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Doctor of Philosophy, Emphasis: New Testament, Textual Appreciation - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX | May, 2006 Dissertation Title: Reconstructing the Gospels of Matthew and John from the Writings of Clement of Alexandria
• Master of Divinity, Biblical Languages - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX | May, 1993
• Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies - Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX | May, 1990
• Diploma, Joshua High School, Joshua, TX | May, 1986
• Pastor, Central Baptist Church Jacksonville, TX | 2009-present
• Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankston, TX | 2007-2009
• Pastor, Memorial Baptist, Corsicana, TX | 1999-2007
• Minister to Students, Immanuel Baptist Church, Shawnee, OK | 1996-1998
• Youth Evangelism Associate, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas, TX | 1992-1996


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
• Born May 7, 1968
• Licensed to the ministry: First Baptist Church, Joshua, TX | February 17, 1987
• Ordained to the ministry: Memorial Baptist Church, Corsicana, TX | March 12, 2000
• I’ve enjoyed serving our community through participation in our local Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and as chaplain for local football teams.
• My personal interests include golf, reading, watching sports, travel, Legos, Crossfit and learning the bass guitar.