OUR SHEPHERDING LEADERS – ELDERS
Shaun Walker moved with his family from Littleton, CO in July of 2014 when he accepted the unanimous vote of Grace Baptist Church (GBC) to become their lead teaching elder. He is married to Shannon and father to Naomi, Esther, and Ethan. Shaun has been serving in full-time ministry since 2001. Before coming to GBC he served for thirteen years as an Associate Pastor in Colorado. He holds a B.A. in Bible and an M.A. in Biblical Studies.
There are some foundational truths that shape Shaun’s ministry philosophy.
- Expository preaching is a non-negotiable. His aim is to make the meaning of the biblical passage the meaning of the sermon. He wants his preaching to teach people how to study the Bible.
- The gospel is not just how the Christian life begins but essential for all Christian living. Christians never outgrow the gospel.
- The Holy Scriptures are sufficient for all matters of life, practice, and worship. Church is all about God.
- People can change because of the Spirit of God by and with the Word of God.
- We must first ask, “What does God have to say about this?” before we ask, “Will this work?”
Shaun finds great encouragement and profit from reading authors such as: John MacArthur, Mark Dever, Lloyd Jones, J.M. Boice, John Piper, Tim Keller, and Jerry Bridges. The books that have influenced him most as a pastor are “The Trellis and the Vine” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne; and the Building Healthy Churches series by 9Marks. He reads regularly about the church, pastoring, leadership, theology, preaching, personal finance, and technology.
Shaun is stunned that God would give him the privilege of feeding and serving the Bride of Christ. He desires to lead, feed, and care for the church so it is healthy and brings God the maximum glory possible by spreading the fame of Jesus in New Tampa, FL and around the world.
Grace Baptist Church is actively in the process of affirming additional biblically qualified men to serve as non-staff pastors (aka lay-elders). Two men have been named as elder candidates and are in the process of giving themselves to learning, praying and spiritual formation for serving as non-staff elders in this church family. It is our prayer and desire that the church family will have the joy of affirming additional non-staff pastors by the end of 2017.