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Summary

God-fearing individual who seeks to serve the Lord in loving others into a relationship with Christ.  Spiritual gifts include Teaching, Leadership, Shepherding and Faith. Possesses a Master of Divinity in Professional Ministries. Seeks to see and value others through the lens of Christ and what He has called each person to be. (1 Peter 2:16-17)

Work History

Apr 2014July 2016

Children's Pastor

Ash Grove Assembly of God

Teach and lead the children's ministry in a Spirit-filled church, with duties including, but not limited to; Teaching, Leadership, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Selection and Execution, Outreach, Volunteer Development, Food Preparation, and Spiritual Discipleship.

Oct 2013Apr 2014

Children's Director

Scenic Church of the Nazarene

Teaching, outreach, coming alongside area schools to serve the needs of at-risk children. 

May 2016July 2016

Interim Youth Pastor

Ash Grove Assembly of God
August 1, 2016Ongoing Ministry

Youth Pastor

Ash Grove Assembly of God

Education

Volunteer Ministry Work

Destiny Church: (March 2013-October 2013) Volunteered as a nursery leader in the 2s and 3s program. Studied curriculum and presented it to children weekly. 

Nixa First Assembly of God: (August 2012-March 2013) Acted as a teacher for the Youth Bible study on Sunday mornings. Studied and applied curriculum, as well as created and supplemented with my own. 

Ash Grove Assembly of God: (November 2011-August 2012) Volunteered in the Children's Ministry. 

Spiritual Gifts

  • Teaching
  • Leading
  • Shepherding
  • Faith 

Skills


  • Quick Learner 
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Proficient with computers 
  • Excellent time management 
  • Organized 

Doctrinal Position

I stand doctrinally within the conservative evangelical expression of the creeds of the early church, and in harmony with the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths. 

Foundational Affirmations

  • I hold the Scriptures in highest regard as the basis of understanding of our relationship with God. Consisting of 66 authoritative books of the Old and New Testaments, the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, inerrant and unfailing, and are our infallible authority on all matters of faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • I believe there is one true God who is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, unchanging, relational, and the Redeemer of all mankind. He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is worthy of all love, honor, trust, and obedience. He is absolutely perfect and works everything to His glory, both providentially and miraculously. (1 Timothy 1:17, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Matthew 28:19) 
  • I believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He led a sinless life punctuated by the miraculous, died on the cross for the sins of mankind, was resurrected bodily from the dead, and is enthroned at the right hand of God. He intercedes on the behalf of His people and all will see His return in glory. (Hebrews 13:8, John 1:14, Matthew 28:5-9, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, John 3:16) 
  • I believe that God created human beings in His image. Human life is therefore sacred, inherently worthwhile,  and begins at conception. As God created humans both male and female and ordained marriage as heterosexual between one man and one woman, all other unions are sinful and outside of His will. Sex is to be practiced within the confines of a biblically acceptable marriage union. (Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 5:2)
  • I believe that the entire human race became separated from God and subject to death, both spiritual and physical, through the Fall. The only hope of man is through Jesus Christ and the blood He shed on the cross for the sins of mankind. Salvation is granted through the repentance of sins and faith in Christ. This salvation is given by the grace of God through faith alone in the crucified and risen Christ and cannot be accomplished through any human works or merit. (John 3:3, Ephesians 2:1, 1 John 2:2, Matthew 26:28) 
  • I believe the universal church, the Body of Christ, is under the sovereign authority of its Head, Jesus Christ. The church has been endowed with the power to fulfill The Great Commission through its Head. (Ephesians 2:19-22, Matthew 28:16-20)
  • I believe that all of those who place their faith in Christ are able to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and should actively seek it. Baptism of the Spirit is evidenced by speaking in tongues. (Acts 10:44-46, 1 Corinthians 12:28-31) 
  • I believe that there are two ordinances of the Church; Water Baptism and Communion. All who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion in water as a representation and public admittance that they have died to the world and have been risen in Christ as a new person. Communion carries three-fold meaning to the believer, including the memorial of Jesus' death on the cross, our present relationship with Christ, and a reminder of His impending return. (Mark 16:16, 1 Corinthians 11:28, Luke 22:18-19, 1 Corinthians 10:16)
  • I believe in the bodily return of Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom on earth. The Second Coming will include the bodily resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ together with those who are alive. After the millennial reign of Christ on earth the Final Judgement will occur. Thus the New Heaven and New Earth will be forever established. (Matthew 25:13, Luke 12:40, Revelation 1:7, 2 Peter 3:13)

Ministry Philosophy 

As a woman who has been called by God as a minister of the gospel, I do my best to offer a servant's heart to the people I am privileged to lead. I commit my life to serving others and increasing their knowledge of the Kingdom of God. To a hurting and lost world I seek to show God's love and compassion as He has so generously given to me. I seek to view every person through the eyes of Christ and remind them of their inherent worth, regardless of what the world deems worthy. 

Conversion and Call to Ministry

I sought initial salvation as a pre-teen through the bus ministry of Elwood Assembly of God. My family did not attend church and refused to take me, so I relied on the kindness of others to get me there. Through my teenage years I did not lose my belief in God, but I also did not seek Him and became lukewarm. In the early years of my marriage we sought God as a couple and attended church. My faith was growing when tragedy struck my marriage and I became angry with God and turned away completely. I avoided and raged against the Lord for years while my husband and some members of church diligently prayed for me. It finally became apparent to me that I couldn't handle what had happened on my own, and I recommitted my life to Christ. Immediately God began to heal me and our marriage and I went back to church with my family. At this time I had been attending school to become an elementary school teacher and I was nearing the end of my Bachelor's degree. However, as my faith once again grew, my interest in teaching in the schools waned. Instead, I developed a deep love for theology and studying the Bible. It burdened my heart to realize how little people actually knew about the Word. I became upset, wondering what on earth I was going to do with a teaching degree I no longer had the desire to use. Once again, God quickly answered that question. One day, while picking up my girls from a church function, I struck up a conversation with the children's pastor. Listening to her talk about her job made me think I would love to be a pastor and teach the Word of God. That evening I went home and researched what degree was needed to be a pastor. I discovered that many churches liked their pastors to have some sort of teaching degree, but what was really needed was a pastoral degree. While praying about it all, I contacted a school about enrolling in their pastoral program. I was told they had classes starting in two weeks, but there was little chance I could start. They stated that most of the information from my former collages would take a month to arrive and the application process, let alone the enrollment process, could not be completed in time. Still, I felt the Lord telling me to apply, that this was the new career path He wanted to take me down. So, I did. Miraculously, my transcripts arrived at my new school in less than a week and I was accepted as a student a few days later. The finances worked out in that time, too. Finally, two days before classes were to start I was able to sign up for my classes and I had my books rushed to me. I didn't audibly hear God's voice call me to pastoral leadership, but He made it so incredibly clear to me both then and ever since, that I have never doubted what He wants for me. Furthermore, I have received multiple prophesies, sometimes from total strangers, that reiterate that God is taking me down a path where I will teach many people throughout my lifetime. 

Philosophy of Preaching and Teaching

I always keep James 3:1 in mind when I am studying the Bible or preaching. I take sharing God's Word very seriously and have no desire to twist Scripture in any form. I constantly seek God and ask for His clarification on things I don't understand or on things where the scholars are divided. I am in constant awareness that I am not fit for such a task without God's grace and help. Ultimately a pastor is a servant of God and a servant to God's people. Leading, teaching and shepherding God's people gives me an enormous feeling of self-worth and a healthy dose of fear, all at the same time. It is where our gifts meet a need in God's Kingdom that our purpose is found. Romans 10:14 says, in part, ".......And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how they to hear without someone preaching?" (ESV) This verse burdens my heart. God has given me the ability to teach and preach, and without people to use these gifts, there will be those who never hear. My philosophy is that I must use my gifts to help people "hear" God both through my teaching and through loving actions, that they might be introduced to Him or be led to a deeper relationship with Him!

Philosophy of Leadership

It is my conviction that leadership should never be about the interest of power. After all, Jesus states in Matthew 20:25-28 that even He came to serve. How much more, then, must leaders among us do so? We are servants of the one who came to serve. Leaders should provide guidance, not seek ultimate authority. Leaders should also seek wise counsel from others at all times. As a leader I have no personal authority, only the authority delegated to me by the Lord. I must lead by example and be ready to roll up my sleeves with, or before, everyone else. 

Philosophy of Counseling

It is my belief that counseling is simply practical theology. This simply means that, as 2 Timothy 3:16 says, Scripture provides everything the believer needs for living a righteous life. Sometimes life circumstances simply require some guidance, with Scripture at the core. However, there is also an emotional side of things that must be addressed when counseling. People want to know that they are being heard, that someone cares, that someone understands, and that someone recognizes them. Romans 12:15 tells us to "weep with those who weep". This is the first step when someone comes to you in pain. It is only when you have lent your heart and your ear that people are then ready to take help and listen to instruction. 

Leadership Philosophy

Family

I have been married to Matthew Baker for 14 years. We have eight children together. Alexandra (13), Cerise (11), Elijah (6), Isaiah (5), Jonah (4), Charlotte (3), Josiah (18 months) and Nehemiah (2 months). Our children attend the Ash Grove School district. Matthew's spiritual gifts include Hospitality and Encouragement. Matthew and I are 33 and 32. Matthew  is ready to come alongside both his family and church family in any way he is needed. 

Hobbies and Interests

I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, spending time with friends, reading, running, theological study, cooking, baking and travel. 

Personal Information

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