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, staff member (bible teacher) at Chicago Teen Challenge, faculty with College of Urban Ministry, chapter president and area rep 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, and watching Chicago Cubs baseball.

Couple of my favorite quotes are: 

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

God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him. - John Piper.

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

 Seth is not new to the Gower area. His Father was the pastor at FBC when Seth was born. After moving to St. Louis Missouri, the Masons moved back to the St. Joseph area. 

 Seth first felt a call to ministry after spending his highschool years volunteering in his youth praise team. When it came time to choose a career route, Seth enrolled at Midwestern Baptist College to persue a degree music. After two years at Midwestern Seth join the FUSION missions program and spent a semester in South Sudan in Africa. It was there that Seth truely surrendered his life to Jesus as Lord and began to consider what a call to ministry would really mean.

 Seth Graduated with his Bachelors in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Studies.

 Seth has to date been leading worship in three different churches over a period of 11 years. 

Seth's favorite scripture is 

Ephesians 2:1-5

[1] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins [2] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—[3] among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. [4] But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, [5] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— (ESV)

Administrative Assistant

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 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."

  February 2018  
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