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Voyt Lynn

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 Biographical Profile
of J. Voyt Lynn
Personal Information:
 
Age: 41
Birthplace: Mena, Arkansas
Wife of 13 years: Rebecca E. (Simpson) Lynn
Becky has been a devoted Christian since she was four years old. Professionally, Becky is an educator, having earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Colorado State University in 2010; however, she is well-rounded apart from her work in mathematics, having also earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2004) and a second undergraduate degree in music from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD (2000).
Currently, although Becky is chomping at the bit to resume her passion for teaching in a university environment on a full-time basis, she is taking time away from the full-time classroom to nurture the development of our four wonderful children. She indulges her passion for teaching by serving as an adjunct faculty member of Friends University's mathematics department.
Children: Sarah E. Lynn, Hannah G. Lynn, Micah V. Lynn, Eliyah R. Lynn
 
Licensed to Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church of Mena, AR (November, 2000)
 
Ordained to Gospel Ministry by Meadow Lane Baptist Church of Arlington, TX (August, 2004)
 
EDUCATION:
 
Formal Education

School

 
Graduation Year
Degree
City
State
Mena High School
1994
Diploma
Mena
Arkansas
Arkansas Tech University
2000
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Russellville
Arkansas
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
2003
Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages
Ft. Worth
Texas
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
N/A
24 hours continued theology and language studies
Ft. Worth
Texas

 

 
Continuing Education

Seminar

 
Organization
Completed
Developing and Managing People
North American Mission Board
Next Level Leadership Network
June 2, 2005
Implications Wheel® Strategic Exploration Tool
Institute for Strategic Exploration (Joel Barker)
July 26, 2006
Church Planter Assessment - Level I North American Mission Board April 17, 2012
 

 

Additional Church-Related Experience:
 
Associate Pastor, Orchards Baptist Church, Loveland, CO; Nov. 2004 – Dec. 2008
• Design of and preparation for worship services, typically serving as worship leader; oversight of all musical and audio/video aspects of worship; rehearsal of worship team; mentoring others to serve as worship leaders; oversight and coordination of choral music
• Sermon preparation and preaching in primary worship services (at least monthly)
• Director of youth ministries (e.g., Sunday School, Sunday evening Bible studies, weekly game nights, development of mission awareness and opportunities, and social activities)
• Supervisor of summer missionaries appointed via the North American Mission Board
 
Instructor, Oklahoma Baptist University Ministry Training Institute, North. CO; 2005 – 2008
• Preparation and presentation of notes, lectures, and other materials for three classes (i.e., New Testament History and Literature, Biblical Hermeneutics, and General Epistles)
• Design and grading of exams, evaluation of research papers
 
Associate Pastor, Meadow Lane Baptist Church, Arlington, TX; 2001 – Aug. 2004
• General pastoral ministry including occasional preaching, leadership of young adult Bible studies, and organization and leadership of mission trip to Australia
 
Volunteer Missionary, Southern Baptist International Mission Board
• Missionary to Northern Sudan and Egypt; May – July 2000
♦ Mapping people group distributions, prayerwalking, witnessing among unreached peoples
• Missionary to Australia, Carlton-Kogarah Baptist Church, Carlton, NSW; July – Aug. 1999
♦ Pastoral care ministry, Bible study leader, worship team member, evangelism
 
Philosophy of Ministry:
 
My philosophy of ministry consists of several relevant points. As a spiritual leader and overseer of the church (cf. 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9), the pastor has a responsibility to draw on his spiritual gifts and fruit of the Spirit to prepare the church for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12). The most important aspect of this responsibility is to demonstrate love for people (Colossians 3:14). The pastor should endeavor to express this love tangibly by being active in serving others, being genuinely interested in their lives, and being committed to intercessory prayer for them.
The pastor also has a responsibility to effectively communicate the truth of Scripture. Pastoral preaching should examine the meaning of the biblical text and suggest present-day application. Sermons are to be built upon fervent prayer, solid and thorough research, and an intimate knowledge of the congregation. The sermon and other elements of a worship service should complement each other and work together to clearly illuminate God’s word.
I believe that the church’s effective communication of the gospel is maximized when the Sunday School, worship services, and other ministries of the church are in alignment with the church’s pursuit of its God-given vision. Further, the church should strategically plan not only to help its members mature in their Christian walk as they prepare for ministry, but also to intersect and positively impact the lives of those who have not yet come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
It is my desire to foster and encourage a church environment in which: 1) prayer is recognized as essential and powerful; 2) Christians will desire to witness about Jesus and be involved in and supportive of missional activities at home and abroad; 3) non-Christians will hear the gospel, be urged to accept Jesus as their Lord, and be given opportunity to respond to God’s working in their lives; 4) all people feel the freedom to repent from sin and turn to Christ with the encouragement of the church; and 5) Christians may worship the Lord earnestly and be given opportunities and assistance in maturing their faith.
 
Denominational Service: 
 
           Member, Committee on Committees of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Houston, TX
   • Served: May - June, 2013
 
 Member, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists Executive Committee
          • Served: October, 2012 – 2014
 
Member, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists Mission Board
  • Served a four-year term: October, 2010 – 2014
  • Representative of South Central Association of Southern Baptists
 
Team Leader, Church Starting Team of the South Central Association of Southern Baptists
  • Serving: October, 2013 Present
  • Providing resources to congregations interested in planting or partnering with new churches
  • Serve as a member of the SCASB Administrative Team
 
Moderator, South Central Association of Southern Baptists
• Served: October, 2011 October, 2013
• Moderate and plan meetings of the SCASB and its Executive Board
• Member of the SCASB Administrative Team
 
Team Leader, Church Strengthening Team of the Longs Peak Baptist Association
• Served: September, 2007 – December, 2008
• Assessment and analysis of resource requests made to the LPBA in the area of church health; determination and appropriation of the best available resources to meet such needs
• Serve as a member of the LPBA Administrative Team
 
Moderator, Longs Peak Baptist Association
• Served: April, 2006 – September, 2007
• Moderated and helped plan meetings of the LPBA and its Executive Board
• Served as an active member of all committees, including those responsible for the 2007 revisions of both the LPBA Constitution and the LPBA Policy and Procedure Manual
 
Civic/Community Involvement:
 
As a husband and father of four young children, there is precious little time to be involved in the community outside the church.  I served on the convening committee that formed the Douglass Community Foundation, and I continue to serve the DCF as Secretary of its Board of Directors.  I have long enjoyed playing the tuba, and playing with the Senseney Music Community Band affords me the opportunity to indulge this passion as well as to meet and interact with lost people and others from outside of my church.
 
Hobbies and/or Other Special Interests and Abilities:
 
Tuba performance – I have played the tuba for some 30 years and have enjoyed being a performer with various ensembles and a private brass instructor for many individuals and school districts in Arkansas, Texas, and Colorado.
 
Reading – I enjoy reading theological literature as a means for continued academic and personal development as well as a variety of other books with an affinity toward the history of World War II, biographies, and various genres of fiction.
 
Hymnology – I enjoy studying the context and theology of hymns and spiritual songs. I have occasionally applied this passion by composing song texts as a complement to my sermons. I recognize the worth of all Christian music, aged and modern, for worship.

 


Ministry Assistant

Clarissa Cox

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Greetings! I have been a member at Prairie Hills Southern Baptist Church, Augusta since 1974 when I accepted the Lord as my Savior.

The Lord has given me the talent of music, and I have used that in my church, becoming the church pianist at age 12 and continuing to serve in that position, to date. I also used my talent of music in school, where I was the choir accompanist from the 8th grade throughout high school. I then went to college where I studied Music Education at Friends University.

I have been married for 31 years and have three children. The Lord blessed our family with the opportunity for me to work from home (transcription business) while our children were growing up. I was later given the opportunity to serve as the part-time Ministry Assistant at Prairie Hills in 2013, which was an answer to prayer. Now, I also look forward to serving the membership at FBC, Douglass!