When the Lord Jesus Christ called my name in May of 2003, and I came to know of the love of God and the salvation that was offered to me by His Son, it was not long after that I knew my life, leadership ability, and my passion for teaching, were going to be used for His service.
I believe the most selfish thing we can do as human beings is to learn of the gift that was given us by God through His Son and not share that with others; therefore, it is my passion to bring others to this knowledge. As long as I have breath in me, serving my Lord and Savior will always be my primary focus and reasonable service.
Prophecy has been a lifetime passion of mine, and when faced with Biblical Prophecy and its truths I fell on my knees and called upon the Blood of Christ to save me. Since that decision I have been set on a course to live a life in service to Him. We live in a day and age where people have lost the desire to know God and His Word. I am a firm believer that the Word of God has not and will not “Return Void,” and people need to get back to the basics.
I am a Bible-first teacher, and my studies have led to me to be able to have a working base in understanding both biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. I have also spent almost ten years in the field of study in Prophecy. My understanding of Prophecy and how it relates to the Christian today is nothing short of God-given, and for that I am thankful.
The testimony of our Lord and Savior is the “Spirit of Prophecy,” and I believe that it is being neglected at the pulpits today, in a day, where Biblical Prophecy is vitally important. Jesus stated to His disciples in John 14:29 “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it comes to pass, you might believe.” I believe in this day and age (the Bible calls it the Last Days) that Biblical Prophecy will provide a strong draw to people coming to know Jesus as Lord and Savior if used correctly. I have had the opportunity to see what kind of excitement Biblical Prophecy can draw. I hold this dear to my heart because it was by Biblical Prophecy I got saved, and for this reason I know the power of it.
In June of 2012, my family moved from Rochester, NY to Jacksonville, FL with the intent to plant a church. The Lord has led me to prepare myself for such service through the education I’ve received at the North Star Bible Institute (Bachelors) and Trinity Baptist College (Masters). I am currently working on my PHD for Biblical Leadership at Piedmont College. The Lord has given me many opportunities to lead in ministry and has given me the ability to utilize my gifts in this capacity to proclaim the Good News of God’s love by helping others encounter Him, leading them to His truths, nurturing their spiritual development, building other leaders, and encouraging them in ministry.
I believe that ministry is first and foremost about “people,” reaching not only the community for the cause of Christ but also our own church body. Being professed Christians and being Biblical Christians are very different things. The challenge today is to be Biblical Christians. I believe the Bible teaches us to be “disciples” and that the primary objective of the body of Christ is to not only “be” disciples ourselves but also to be constantly training and in the process of discipling of others. I believe a well-discipled church will bring about the best opportunity for growth for the church itself as disciples turn into “Ambassadors.”
You can reach Pastor Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert and April came to ONE Baptist Church in the fall of 2016. Robert graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in Education. He taught in the public school system in Jacksonville, FL for 6 years before the Lord called them both to full-time ministry. Unsure of where they were going but confident the Lord was calling them to something greater, they sold their house and ultimately ended up serving as house parents at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home.
It was during this time he went back to school and earned his M.A. in Christian Studies. Following that, from 2014-2016, the Lord opened up a door for him to serve in youth ministry. While God was using all of these opportunities to shape him, ultimately it was in 2015 when God really set him on a path of fervent pursuit and love for the Word of God. Through a series of events, only orchestrated by God, he came to ONE Baptist Church in 2016, where he serves as Associate Pastor.
Robert and April were married in March 2009. Together, the Lord has allowed them to travel and minister in places globally, including India, Mexico, Jamaica, Thailand, Japan, Sweden, Jordan, and Israel. They are both humbled, grateful, and excited to serve the Lord and His people at ONE Baptist Church Jacksonville.
Frank and Sara Selvaggio were married in 2005 and have a son, Peyton, born in 2007 and daughter, Savannah, born in 2011. Sara was born and raised in a Christian home. She gave her life to Christ as a child but it was not until Frank became a Christian that she started to realize she had much to learn about what it truly meant to be a Christian and recommitted her life to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She is currently working as an RN Clinical Nurse Manager at Home Care Agency and has a heart for ministering and serving people. She has been involved in home bible studies, sports ministries, working with children, nursery and teen ministries and has attended several classes at North Star Bible Institute. Sara is committed to serving the Lord, ministering to others, and continuing to be ever growing in the Word.
Kristofer believes that worship in song prepares the heart of the believer to receive the Word of God. Before moving to Jacksonville Florida in the summer of 2013, he grew up and lived in Rochester, NY. There, he led bible study in worship and was a part of First Bible Baptist Church of Hilton, NY. He believes the Lord has called him to be a worship leader of His people in song.
Music is a very important part of worship in the Word of God and so it is in his life as well. He looks forward to the future of this church body and counts it both his honor and privilege to serve our Lord and Savior at a true bible-believing and teaching church here at ONE Baptist Church Jax.
Because children are such a gift and treasure from the Lord, Cathy has made it her goal and aim to follow His heart in service to making sure children are firmly rooted and grounded in the Living Word of God!
She has 25-plus years in Children’s and Preschool ministry, teaching, and leading seminars as well as teaching in Vacation Bible School and Children’s Church serving by the grace of God at three different churches as Children’s Director/Children’s Minister.