David is responsible for the preaching ministry of Christ Baptist Church. He is a native of middle Tennessee, a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a BS degree in Nursing, and a 1994 graduate of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Religious Education. Prior to entering the ministry, David worked as a Registered Nurse in Emergency/Trauma, Cardiac Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. He and his wife Lisa, have two children, Anna and Austin. David has served on staff at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church since July 2000 as associate pastor overseeing administration, education, missions, senior adults, and children. He is the founder of Divide-The-Truth Ministries that has served over 100 churches in the last 16 years with Sunday School notes that “rightly divide the word of truth.” In view of starting Christ Baptist Church, he discontinued this ministry in May 2017 so he could focus his attention on the new church.

 

Update from Pastor David Brown (December 2021)

Greetings from Christ Baptist Church!

 

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

The Christmas season is a wonderful time of year, and it is my favorite time of the year.  It is a time when we can become easily distracted by its busyness and forget the words of the angel to Joseph, “He will save His people from their sins.”

As we come to the end of a year, I always reflect on the past year and look toward the upcoming year.

This past year God was faithful.

  • Our attendance remained strong.
  • All of our financial needs were met.
  • We expanded our small groups, and attendance is up from the previous year.
  • We have one new family ready for membership and two baptisms forthcoming.
  • We had one outreach that was well attended and well received in the community.
  • Covid hit us hard in November and December.  We had many sick and one in the hospital really sick. I thought I was going to lose a best friend and important member of our church. However, all are recovering now.   
  • I had to address an issue of church discipline in November. After teaching about it over the last several years in the membership class, preaching on it in November, and meeting with the men of our church, our church saw the need and followed their pastor.  This was new territory for most of our membership, even the ones who have been part of a church most of their lives.  

This upcoming year we are trusting in God’s provision and direction. 

  • We need more small group space. We have one more spot for another small group, but it will be a challenge. 
  • We will look more deeply at the options we have for future expansion – land.
  • After almost four years of gracious financial support, we are now more on our own than ever before. We just passed a budget of faith.
  • Beginning in April or May, we will begin a monthly door-to-door outreach.  
  • Hopefully, we will host our first mission team.   
  • I will begin the pastoral epistles in January.  I believe these epistles are of a timely nature in the area of biblical leadership.  I am praying about deacons, or should I say deacon, in the upcoming year.
  • I will finish Daniel after 18 months and am praying about I Corinthians on Wednesday nights.   

Prayer requests: 

  • The Parker family continues to visit with us (Rodney, Wendy, and Addison).  
  • Brady Parker and his future wife Chloe.  They are getting married in January and plan to join CBC very soon. 
  • Wesley Hayes – upcoming baptism.
  • Philip, Mandy, and Matthew Miles – membership is forthcoming.
  • Colossians 1:28 Ministry – This is a ministry for 10-12 men who are returning from alcohol or drug treatment.  It has been a revolving door of men this past year, and one of the places we have sent them for the initial treatment that is biblically based is suspending its ministry in February. I am heartbroken over this, for the ministry in Rockford, Illinois has been a great place to send men and women for 6-12 months.   These men range from completely broken and teachable to obstinate and unwilling to be taught. Those unwilling to be taught last about three weeks at the ministry and church, and then they leave.  I am thankful for the man overseeing this ministry.  I rarely have to address issues because of the challenges this sort of ministry can create, especially in a church our size. 
  • Daniel and Robin – Visiting off and on for months. Daniel has had two hip replacements in the last several months and a knee replacement last week. I told him he will be the six-million-dollar man when all of this is finished.        
  • Challenges with sanctuary and small group space

Family – All is well with the family.  Austin is living in Huntsville and very plugged into his church, Whitesburg Baptist Church. We went there this past Sunday night to spend some time with him and go to their Christmas musical.  I also got to speak with their pastor who was the first pastor that called me after graduating seminary about a staff position.  I did not end up serving with him because the Lord had other plans. 

Anna finished her first semester of nursing school at UNA.  She and I have lots of interesting medical discussions  when she comes home. Going to the same nursing school and working at the same hospital as I did is really neat.  I keep hoping she will come in contact with some of the people I worked with, but Lisa keeps telling me that was a long time ago.   Lisa continues to work at the veterinary clinic which is always busy.

We will be spending next week in Arkansas with Lisa’s family but will be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas for the first time in 20 years.

We are looking forward to the True Church Conference!

We pray for “good tidings of great joy” upon you this Christmas season.

Thank you for your prayers.  Thank you for your support.  Thank you for your love. 

 

David Brown