There are now two adult Sunday School electives from which to choose. Jim Claxton is teaching "The Vanishing Conscience" based on the book by John MacArthur (available in the Resource Center). Jim's class meets in the Fellowship Hall. David Milligan is teaching a series on “The History of God’s People after the Exile” with a study through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. David’s class meets in the Choir Room.
Jeff Hawkey has served as Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church since July of 2012. In the years prior to coming to GBC, he served in various lay leadership roles and in a wide variety of ministries including children’s Bible clubs, youth, adult Sunday School, discipleship, and evangelism. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Bob Jones University Seminary in 2011.
Pastor Hawkey had a twenty-three year career in microelectronics before the Lord called him into the ministry. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and worked for a wide variety of electronics companies over the course of his career. Pastor Hawkey draws upon his secular college and work experiences in his preaching. This enables him to apply the Scriptures to everyday life and to connect with the average Christian who is striving to live out the Christian life in a secular world.
Pastor Hawkey has a tender place in his heart for children and youth ministries. He received Christ as his Savior at age 11 while attending a Vacation Bible School ministry. He grew in his faith through the careful teaching of the Word of God and through the loving discipleship of Sunday School teachers and youth ministry leaders. Consequently, evangelism and discipleship for all ages are key priorities in his ministry.
Pastor Hawkey characterizes his ministry style as a biblical balance of preaching, shepherding, and leading. His preaching centers on Christ and biblical exposition. As a shepherd he desires to lovingly care for the flock of God through gentle exhortation, personal discipleship, pastoral visits, and biblical pastoral counseling. As a leader he describes himself as a “servant leader” in the spirit of Mark 10:43-44. His favorite signature line is “serving Christ with joy.”
Jeff and his wife Teri have been married for 33 years. The Lord has blessed them with five children and five grandchildren.