Having moved to the Panhandle of Florida in January of 2013, I soon realized that there were not many churches in the immediate area that held to the same Reformed Baptist beliefs and practices that I so long have embraced. I imagine that I am not the only one in the area who has experienced this. It is for this reason that I have decided to launch a new church planting endeavor in the Freeport, FL area, one that will center around Reformed Baptist doctrine. It is my hope and prayer that through this plant, the Lord will find it pleasing to establish a more permanent, self-sustaining Reformed Baptist presence in this area.
Just to let you know a little bit about myself, my name is Jeff Warda, and as I stated, I am fairly new to the area. Prior to my move to Florida, I was living in San Diego, California, where I pastored a very ethnically diverse congregation for six years. My congregation numbered around 200. I am a graduate of The Masters Seminary in Los Angeles, having been privileged to sit under the teaching ministry of Pastor John MacArthur. I have a wonderful wife named Dalia, who is originally from Colombia, South America, and we have one son, Daniel, who is 12 years old.
My philosophy of ministry can best be understood through the following 8 points of commitment.
1. I am committed to Reformed Baptist doctrines, the same doctrines held by men like Charles Spurgeon. My own doctrinal convictions can best be summarized in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
2. I am committed to God-Centered, Reverent, and Family Integrated worship. I believe the biblical model is for the 'entire' family to worship together.
3. I am committed to Expository preaching
4. I am committed to the Great Commission, and the mandate to preach the gospel to the whole world.
5. I am committed to being a support to home-school parents and children. As a home-school parent myself, I understand the challenges that accompany home-schooling.
6. I am committed to training up our children with sound biblical doctrine and theology. What our young ones need from the church is less entertainment and games, and more serious instruction.
7. I am committed to a Biblical view of manhood and womanhood. Sadly, I had to resign from my previous church ministry in San Diego due to the leaderships insistence on hiring a 'woman' pastor. The Bible's teaching on male and female roles, both at home and in the church, is an issue that both my wife and I are extremely passionate about.
8. I am committed to the encouraging of Christians to be 'salt and light' to our society. For this reason, I will not shy away from addressing current issues that often affect our culture and our society, including things political.
If you are looking for a church that is committed to the points listed above, I would encourage you to come and visit us. We are currently meeting in Freeport, with about 3-4 other families. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, and may God's favor shine upon this new endeavor.
In His Service,