Please join us each Sunday morning in August for a very special guest speaker.

August 1

Josh Hyde
serves as the Lead Pastor of The Bridge Church at Western Carolina University. He along with one of his good friends founded the church in February of 2013. As a leader he has a passion to see the Now and Next generations reached and equipped with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Under his leadership The Bridge Church has grown into a thriving church reaching both students and families within the surrounding community of the University. In just the first 7½ years over 1000 people have committed their lives to Christ through the Bridge. Pastor Josh has a vision to not only reach WCU and the surrounding community, but to make disciples who make disciples and multiply this movement on or near other college campuses and universities.

Josh is married to his beautiful wife Lauren. They have two children, Cayson and Elliana. He is a graduate of Fruitland Bible Institute and received his undergrad and Master of Arts in Religion and Church Ministries from Liberty University. He also has the honor of serving as the Chaplain for the Western Carolina University Football team.

August 8

Dr. Randy Davis
needs no introduction to the members of First Baptist Sevierville who were privileged to call him their pastor from 2001 to 2010.  During that time, many lifelong friendships were made as we all served together to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Sevier County.

In 2010, Bro Randy followed the Lord’s call to become the Executive Director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (formerly Tennessee Baptist Convention). After 34 years of pastoral ministry serving churches in Mississippi and Tennessee, Bro Randy will forever be a pastor at heart. His passion for evangelism, discipleship and stewardship has allowed him to see more than 100 young men under his leadership enter the ministry.

For those who do not know him, Dr. Davis is a graduate of William Carey College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies. He has served as a board of trustee member for the International Mission Board and two Baptist universities.

Randy and wife, Jeanne, have two adult daughters, Wendy and Beth, and four grandchildren.

August 15

Dr. Roc Collins
is the Strategic Objectives Director for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board
(TBMB). In that role, he oversees TBMB’s work related to evangelism, discipleship, church planting, church revitalization, Cooperative Program, and Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions giving initiatives. But bottom line, Dr. Collins has a passion for evangelism. He loves seeing people come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Prior to joining the TBMB’s staff in January 2017, Dr. Collins served as pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN for 11 years. Originally from North Carolina, he graduated from Carson-Newman and completed Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Collins is married to Jeralyn Pander Collins and together have two sons.
 
August 22

Evangelist Dennis Pethers
is the Founder and International Pioneer of the Rooftop Ministries. Born and brought up just on the edge of London, England, Dennis is from a background where church was not mentioned at all. As he puts it, “I didn’t know that I didn’t go to church—and I didn’t know that I didn’t know Jesus”!

Dennis became a Christian at the age of 19 while reading the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. This life-changing encounter with God filled his life with a new passion and from that day he wanted everybody to hear the amazing news about who Jesus is and what He has done for them.

Since deciding to follow Jesus, Dennis trained for ministry at Spurgeon’s college, pastored a church, worked in regional ministry and national ministry then, for 20 years he led Viz-A-Viz Ministries, an organization consisting of evangelists, a rock band, theatre companies and a video production team that produced videos that have been used in evangelism in many parts of the world.

In 2014, Dennis began The Rooftop Ministries and now travels the world communicating the vision of The Rooftop GLOBAL ENCOUNTER and inspiring and equipping the church worldwide to "Join Jesus in His Mission". Dennis is the author of a number of books and evangelistic materials for all ages as well as a discipleship coach and inspirational public speaker.
 
August 29

Algernon Tennyson
, founder and president of Awaken International Ministries, is a dynamic and passionate evangelist with a heart for today's young people. His unique speaking style captures the full attention of any audience while imparting Biblical wisdom on the many issues facing our society today. From local churches to youth conferences and camps to national organizations on university campuses, he has spoken nationwide for over 25 years, successfully reaching across all denominational and racial lines.

Algernon has a radical personal testimony on how Jesus Christ changed his life. As a young man, excelling as an athlete, his life's purpose changed when he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After serving in the US Navy, Algernon has pursued God's Call to speak boldly and passionately about His transforming Grace to all believers. This testimony, along with his gift of evangelism, has enabled him to reach youth and adults in a very powerful and effective way.

Algernon has also been engaged in the fight against human trafficking and remains committed to fighting this epidemic.  For more info, please visit https://awakenintl.com.

Born and raised in Georgia, Algernon with his wife and sons currently live outside of Atlanta.
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