"Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you."
-1 Peter 5:2
Nathan serves Liberty Baptist Church as the Senior Pastor.
As a child, Nathan learned the gospel message by attending church with his family. While he mentally understood that Christ died for his sins, he did not exercise repentance and faith until his senior year of college, when, at the age of 22, the Holy Spirit revealed his sinful condition and enabled him to trust in Jesus Christ. His profession of faith was accompanied by evidence of faith through a changed lifestyle and pursuits, eventually leading him to pursue ministry to equip the saints with sound theology that the church might fulfill the Great Commission.
Nathan was called as the Senior Pastor of LBC in March 2012, and he serves as the primary preacher and overseer of the vision, leadership, membership, and day-to- day operations of the church. During his time at LBC, Nathan has enjoyed seeing the Lord draw people to himself through the means of gospel proclamation, as people grow in Christ-likeness and in their understanding of God’s Word. He prays regularly that LBC would be a healthy church, displaying God’s character to the world through holiness, unity, and love.
Outside of his ministry in the church, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, their three children, Hannah, Nathan “Bear”, and Lizzie, and his nieces and nephew. His love for the church has also led him to serve the North American Mission Board and the Clay-Platte Baptist Association by helping to revitalize and assist struggling churches. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and loves reading about Charles Spurgeon. If you want to get to know Nathan better, challenge him to a game of Settlers of Catan, buy him a good cup of coffee, or connect with him through one of the methods below his picture.
David serves Liberty Baptist Church as a Pastor, leading Worship and Student Ministries.
David came to know the Lord as a child through the testimony and heritage of faithful parents. He understood the power of Christ to save, which birthed in him passions to make the name of Jesus known and to glorify God with music. Shortly after his graduation from high school, David was grieved by the emphasis he saw in the American church on ‘doing’ the right things and the absence of gospel-centered teaching he heard from the pulpit and in worship. He felt the responsibility under God to serve the church by attempting to recover the centrality of the Gospel in the life of the church.
David was called as the worship leader of LBC in September 2013, and he now serves as the Director of Student Ministries and a Lay-Pastor. He specifically leads the church’s Sunday morning worship and student ministries by managing the worship team, the audio video crew, and all Wednesday night student activities. During his time at LBC, David has enjoyed seeing people’s eyes opened to new aspects of the Gospel and witnessing members’ growing affection for Jesus. David has loved to watch God multiply this process in the lives of LBC’s members, driving the church to greater obedience to Him. David prays regularly that LBC would be unified and grow in mutual love, so that the Spirit’s work in the body is not hindered by Satan.
Outside of his ministry in the church, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Margaret, and their three children, Katie, Jack, and Seamus. As a self-proclaimed dork, David enjoys hobbies such as cartography (he is currently hand-drawing a map of Italy from the mid-Renaissance period), reading, and writing short stories for his children. David is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Midwestern College. If you want to get to know David better, engage him in a conversation about fountain pens, or connect with him through one of the methods below his picture.
Sam serves Liberty Baptist Church as a Lay Pastor.
At the age of 12, Sam began asking specific questions about Jesus and salvation. His parents had kept him in church, but Sam began to understand and mull over his “lostness”, the gravity of his own sin, and the eternal punishment for it. One night on a ride home with his father, Sam received forgiveness of his sin through Christ. His dad pulled over on a country road, they prayed together, and Sam knew he had Christ and was forgiven. Sam’s conversion was evident through his conviction over sin, repentance from sin, and a desire to follow Jesus from that point on. Sam was called to ministry at the age of 18 and deeply desires to see the saints love the gospel, view the gospel as the shaping reality of their lives, and fight sin by allowing the Bible to live and breathe in them as Jesus does in Matthew 4.
Sam joined LBC in December 2014 and became a Lay-Pastor in March 2017. He serves the church by shepherding through pastoral care, discipleship, teaching new members’ classes, overall member care, and preaching when it is helpful. In his time at LBC, Sam has loved watching the church grow accustomed to following God through following His scriptures, particularly in its corporate obedience to a plurality of elders, healthy church membership, and a more robust view of church discipline. He prays regularly that the gospel would be the heartbeat of every church member, that the preached Word of God would be the center of every member’s week, and that each member would read scripture.
Outside of his ministry in the church, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife, Mallory, and their two children, Abby and Levi. He serves as the Director of Student Life and Events at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology. He likes to read and write, and he enjoys discipling people. If you want to get to know Sam better, ask him about the Inklings or John Owen, or connect with him through one of the methods below his picture.