By: David Bradshaw
My name is David Bradshaw and I serve as the pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) in Coffee Springs, Alabama. My wife Courtney and I have three children: Anna, Lily and Andrew. I have been serving as the pastor of FBC for over three and a half years. We are thankful for the way in which we have seen God move during this time. When we arrived, this church had recently been through a major split and was extremely unhealthy. God put it on my heart not to try and rescue this church by making sweeping changes, but to just be faithful in preaching His Word and loving His people. While our attendance numbers are still around the same as they were a few years ago, the health of our church has changed dramatically. I am seeing people hunger for the Word of God. I have seen relationships that were broken be restored. In recent months, I have seen our church family joyfully receiving people who are often marginalized by the culture. Because of all these things, we are starting to see signs of some numerical growth. We thank God for what He has done already and for what He is going to do in the future.
Please be praying for our church this summer as we are making some important decisions regarding membership, expectations, church covenant, etc. Our church has been strongly unified over the past couple of years, and we are hoping to preserve this unity as we navigate through these important issues. Please also pray that we would be able to reach some young families in our community. We have only a couple of families with children who actively attend at this time.
I am so thankful for the time I had at Southeastern. My experience there really prepared me for some of the challenges of ministry. I would encourage future students to be involved on campus as much as you can, and to try and form relationships with other students and with faculty members outside of the classroom. Those relationships will be greatly beneficial.