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pastor portraitDr. Ricky R. Hurst is a native of Carroll County, Georgia, and has been an ordained Baptist Minister for over 30 years.  He has served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as the Director of Donor Relation for the Virginia Baptist Foundation.  

Ricky is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.

He is dedicated to the Gospel Ministry, and to sharing the Presence of Christ through preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. He and his wife, Joy, have three sons: Nathan (wife, Vanessa), Samuel, and Jeremiah (wife, Allison). Ricky’s hobbies include creative writing, antique book and bottle collecting, nature, and gardening.




Upcoming Sermon Titles and Texts:  


June 2, Ascension Sunday


“My Witnesses”


(Psalm 47:1-9 & Acts 1:1-11)




June 9, Pentecost Sunday


“Last Days”


(Psalm 104:29-30 & Acts 2:1-21)




June 16, Trinity Sunday


“Wisdom Call”


(Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 & John 16:12-15)




June 23, Season of the Spirit


“Unclean Spirit”


(Psalm 42:1-8 & Luke 8:26-39)




June 30, Season of the Spirit  


Guest Preacher: Rev. Neil Zahradka




 Note from Pastor Rick:




            The Gospel of John, the three Epistles of John, and the Revelation to John were probably produced by the ancient church community of John between the later part of the first century and the early part of the second century CE. The church community and the school of John were centered in the Roman province of Asia Minor, Ephesus. Since the fourth century, the teachings of the ancient church have indicated that the New Testament literature of John is deeply connected to the Apostle John, who was previously a disciple of John the Baptist.  

            The Gospel of John uniquely reveals the identity of Jesus through eyewitness accounts, testimonies, signs (miracles), personal experiences, personalities, and events. Jesus is revealed as the Great “I AM,” the Word made Flesh, the Lamb of God, the Glory of the Father, the Grace and Truth of God, the Gift of God’s Love, the Giver of Living Water, the Manna from Heaven, the One Lifted Up, and the Resurrection and the Life. As a preacher, I find that this Gospel is a collection of sermons by one of the greatest evangelists of the early church, the Sermonizer – John.

            His purpose is stated very clearly in the Gospel: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31). It is the Sermonizer’s intention to reveal the true identity of Jesus, and by so doing to encourage a new life of faith in those who already believe and to awaken the faith of those who are yet to believe.   

            The author of this Gospel identifies himself and says, “This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did, and if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:24-25). There is more about Jesus than can be fully grasped by the human mind and heart. According to this Sermonizer, there are not enough words to describe the love of God, fully revealed in the face of Jesus Christ.   

            When we study about “The Word” together we will discover that we do not have enough words to describe our relationship with God. Come and join us for our Study of the Gospel of John at Midweek Service, beginning June 5, at 7:00 PM. 


Grace, Peace, & Love,

 Pastor Ricky