Pastor Mark Graham
“. . . and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Galations 1:15b-16b).
I was made alive to the personal reality of Jesus Christ under the ministry of Pastor Kenneth Eisentrager, then Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Binghamton, New York. One Sunday morning the Gospel message was clearly preached and the Spirit of God convicted my soul of my innate depravity before a Holy God. As a boy at nine years of age, I rested upon Jesus Christ as Savior and the means of my justification before a merciful Sovereign. Soon after the work of God’s grace began in my life, I received the call to preach. The conviction of my heart from that point on has been, “Woe to me if I preach not the Gospel” (Galations 6:14a). Over the years, I have become affirmed of the fact that God has given me the leadership gift of pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11); this awareness has been wrought by the Word of God and the testimonies of my hearers.
The salvation of which I have been made a recipient and the avenue of service in which God has so directed me is solely of grace. The Lord has used a number of human instruments throughout my salvation to discipline my life according to His sovereign purpose. Thus, I am eternally grateful and eternally indebted to His grace. “God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. . .” (Galations 6:14a).