Category Archive for: ‘Pastor Portraits’

Portrait: Rev. Lee Johnson

  I grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, as a United Methodist. My loving parents taught me the Word, but it was not until the summer after my sixth grade year that the Lord called me to Himself. It was during a youth retreat and a sermon series on King Saul where God drove home to my heart that going through …

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Portrait: Rev. James Sawtelle

I was born September 24, 1964, in Craig, Colorado. My parents are the Reverend Gene and Sharon Sawtelle. I am the third of six children. At the time of my birth, my father was a Baptist minister serving a small country church in Craig. Shortly after that my family moved to Anderson, California, and, apart from a brief sojourn in …

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Pastor Portraits: Rev. Ron Potter

I was born in 1943 in Ottawa, ON, to parents with barely a passing interest in the things of the Lord. I was raised in the context of a family-run garden center and market-gardening business near Kemptville, ON. I became a full-time employee at age 16 after dropping out of high school. In addition to laboring in the fields and …

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Pastor Portraits: Rev. David Fagrey

I was born in Oakland, CA, in 1962. I was baptized and brought up in the Roman Catholic Church. My parents were divorced in 1974. I grew up not believing the Bible. My philosophy was that there is no heaven or hell, and that when we die, our body turns back to dust, and that’s it. But this philosophy troubled …

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Pastor Portraits: Rev. Wesley Brice

I was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1934. It was after my father had beaten both my brother and my mother and threatened to kill the family that my mother had him arrested. With very little money, in a 1928 Essex, we headed out for California ending up in the San Joaquin Valley, settling first in the city of Modesto. …

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