Mark Mayo

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Hello, I’m Pastor Mark. I have been a pastor for more than 35 years, serving in MO, KS, TX and for 16 years in inner-city Chicago, IL, where our three children grew up and still call home.

My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Central Bible College and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from LOGOS University, along with seminars and independent study.

My practical experiences include pastoring, ministering as a staff member at Chicago Teen Challenge, faculty with College of Urban Ministry and in multiple roles with the Christian Motorcyclist Association.  These experiences have allowed me to understand the diversity in ethnic, cultural, and geographic lifestyles. My life is richer because of this. Acts 2:42 defines my philosophy of ministry.

My wife Joy and I have been married for 40+ years and have three adult children and two grandchildren. We love spending our free time, visiting family, riding our Harley motorcycle, and watching Cubs baseball.

Couple of my favorite quotes are: "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him." - John Piper.

The gospel says you are more sinful and flawed than you ever dared believe, but more accepted and loved than you ever dared hope.” - Tim Keller

Associate Youth Pastor

John Bedsworth

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Hello, I’m Pastor John Bedsworth. I  have been the Associate Youth Pastor here at FBC Gower since February 2017. I was born in Kansas City MO.

My formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Hannibal La Grange University. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity with an emphasis in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

My practical experience comprises the past five years where I have served as Youth Pastor, Church Intern, Camp Ministry, Head Camp Pastor and a variety of other Youth related ministry activates.

My wife Lindsey and I have been married for a little over a year and have strong passion for youth and church ministry. We love spending our time outdoors camping and sporting activities.

My favorite verse in the Bible and one I strive to live my life by is John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Worship Pastor

Seth Mason

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Joy Mayo

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Hi, I'm Joy. I have been working in office administration for over 25 years. My experience has ranged from working for a private Christian college, to the Chicago Board of Education, and 2 local churches.

Mark and I have been married for almost 41 years and we have 3 children and 2 absolutely perfect grandchildren. :) As a pastor's family, we have lived in Missouri, Kansas, Texas and 16 years in Chicago, which is home to our children. This gives us a good excuse to visit often. I love being wife, Mom, and Nonny.

We have been involved in the Christian Motorcyclists Association for more than 10 years. We have 2 motorcycles that we ride any chance we get. CMA has given us an opportunity to blend our passion of riding with our passion for ministry and we are truly blessed.

I love God with all my being. I cannot fathom why He opened my heart to His gospel, but I will continue to seek His face so that my life will bring Him glory. Worship in song - really good, God focused, Spirit led, free worship - feeds my soul.  My favorite chapter in the Bible is Psalm 139 and my favorite verse is Psalm 139:16, "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."

  August 2017  
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