FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT

Freedom That Lasts® is an extension of the ministry philosophy of Faith Baptist Church as reflected in its mission statement.

“Faith Baptist church exists to glorify God by developing in the hearts of people a passion for God, compassion for others, and a desire to serve both.”

It is the sanctifying work of God in the believer's life which makes him more like Jesus Christ, frees him from his bondage to sin, and equips that believer to fulfill the first and second great commandments of Jesus reflected in the mission statement above.

PASTOR JOHN MONROE, Founder

Dr. Monroe received Christ as his Savior at the age of eight while attending Children's Church at Temple Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he grew up. He followed the Lord in believer's baptism in that same church. Upon graduating from high school in 1984, he enrolled at Bob Jones University, beginning as an accounting major. Through various difficulties during his freshman year, the Lord began to speak to his heart about full-time service for Him. In 1985 God called Dr. Monroe into the ministry, and it was then that he changed his major to Pastoral Studies.

After receiving his MA in Pastoral Studies from BJU in 1991, Dr. Monroe went to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Here he served on the pastoral staff for three years, during which time he also was working on a Ph.D. in Religious Education. His dissertation was entitled, “ Theological Perspective on Counseling: The Sufficiency of God's Word”. Dr. Monroe was ordained to the ministry in July 1995. That fall the Lord led Dr. Monroe to take the position of senior pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Riverview, Florida – a position he held until coming to Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina, in January of 2009.

JIM BERG, Executive Director

Dr. Jim Berg is a member of the seminary faculty of Bob Jones University where he teaches and prepares seminars and resources for pastors after having served as dean of students for 29 years.

He has authored a handbook for new Christians titled Basics for Believers When Trouble Comes, for those facing trials; a manual on helping others make biblical change titled Changed Into His Image; its sequel, Created for His Glory; a book on the development of Christian character, Essential Virtues, and his latest book, God Is More Than Enough – all published by BJU Press.

He is also the developer and instructor for the popular personal discipleship program, Quieting a Noisy Soul.

His most recent work are the Freedom That Lasts® Welcome BookFreedom That Lasts® Student Manual - Level 1, Freedom That Lasts® Student Manual - Level 2Freedom That Lasts® Student Manual - Level 3, Freedom That Lasts® Spiritual Life Journal, and the Freedom That Lasts® Virtue Videos, which make up the core curriculum for Freedom That Lasts®.

Jim and his wife, Pat, are members of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina.