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First Name

Steve

Username

Stonewallj1863

Nickname

Stonewallj1863

Gender

Male

Date of Birth

64 years, 5 months ago

Location

Lee County

Country

United States

State

Georgia

City

Albany

Zip

31707

Looking for

Female, Activity Partner, Marriage Minded

Marital Status

Divorced – grown adult children

Christian Affiliation

Reformed Baptist

Race

Caucasian

Height

6' 3"

Build

Athletic

Eye Color

Brown

Hair Color

White

College /University

B.A. from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, 1979

M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary, 1984

Graduation Year

1979

Level of education

Masters

Occupation

Service technician

Company

Dougherty Glass Company

Seeking Ethnicity (those I am willing to date)

Any

My ideal place to live

In a small town

My view on smoking

I am a non-smoker

My view on drinking

I rarely drink

On the subject of children

I am an empty nester

Tell us about your family. How do you feel about relocating?

Two sons and a daughter in their thirties. I like where I live in Albany. Served as a pastor here for 27 years at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church. My house is paid for, but I would be willing to relocate if that happens to be God’s plan for my life.

How old were you when you were drawn to Christ and how is your Christian walk these days?

I was raised in the Lutheran Church, but never heard the gospel proclaimed. The Lord used the deaths of my grandfather and great-grandmother while I was in junior high to prepare me for salvation. I heard an evangelistic message while watching TV in my living room in the ninth grade. Came under deep conviction of my sin, but also understood (for the first time) that salvation was provided through Jesus Christ. In the privacy of my bedroom I cried out to the Lord to save me, and He did. A great peace enveloped my heart, and my life was forever changed. Forty-eight years later I am still knowing and enjoying the presence of Christ in my daily life. He has preserved me as He promised, and I thank Him for that.

How have the Doctrines of Grace changed or affected your life?

They revolutionized my life in seminary and later in my early ministry as a pastor. I first encountered the doctrines of grace by reading Pink’s book, “The Sovereignty of God,” in college. Rather, I should say I first resisted what Pink was setting forth in that classic work, but the Spirit of God later enlightened me to those precious truths and the authority of God’s Word to set forth the God of the Scriptures. I think a little book by J.B. Phillips was entitled, “Your God is Too Small.” The doctrines of grace reveal God to be great and man small. As Chapel Library declares, “To humble the pride of man, to exalt the grace of God in salvation, and to promote real holiness in heart and life.”

Do you have a "Quiet Time?" What are you studying?

Presently, I start my day by reading from Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening,” the daily reading from the book, “Daily Light,” and a prayer from “The Valley of Vision.” I also read from the Scriptures. I’m not really studying anything right now, just reading from several books such as “Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ” by Coxe and Owen; “Justifying Faith” by Thomas Goodwin; and various confessions of faith and catechisms.

Who is your favorite Biblical Character and why?

Wouldn’t say I have any favorite Bible character, but I am challenged by the lives of Mordecai, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Men with deep convictions who unflinchingly stood for the truth.

Are you content being single? Why? If not, why?

Yes and no. After 37 years of marriage I now find myself where I never thought I would be: single. Divorced. There are positives to being single, but the desire is ever present for fellowship and companionship. I do not know God’s will for my future, and I have no desire to chart my own plans, but I am waiting on Him for direction. If the Lord wants me to be single for the rest of my life, then that is what I will be. If He has other plans, that will be great.

What are four qualities your friends would attribute to you?

I’ve never asked any Christian brothers, but I guess they might say happy, confident and truthful.

What are three things you are most thankful for?

That God the Father chose me in eternity past in lovingkindness, Christ Jesus accomplished a perfect atonement (in time)that included me, and the Spirit of God regenerated me according to His perfect timetable. Who can comprehend such a love? such a plan?

 

Second, I am thankful for the home I grew up in. My parents provided my two sisters and me with unconditional love, security, encouragement, involvement, and hundreds of gracious memories. I thank God for my precious mother and my faithful father.

 

Third, I am thankful for examples of Christians throughout history and for those in our own generation who served as examples of godliness and steadfastness before my eyes.

Describe the character and personality traits you enjoy in another person? What are yours?

I enjoy being around people who are positive, happy, and enjoy smiling, and I like Calvinists who are not puffed up with their biblical knowledge, but simply walk with God, humbled by their sin and by the glory of God’s grace.

Other than your parents, who has been the most influential person in your life and how?

Hmmmm. I have never met the men who have impacted and molded my worldview: John Bunyan, Arthur Pink, Matthew Henry, John Owen, Charles Spurgeon, John Murray, Stonewall Jackson, Jim Elliot, and many others.

What contributed to your previous relationship/marriage ending?

Jer. 3:20 (KJV) and Proverbs 2:17 (KJV)

How long have you been on your own since and what did you to do get through it?

Divorce papers were served to me in October 2019; the divorce was finalized on May 4, 2020. I stayed in the Word of God, spent time in prayer, and consulted with my parents, a pastor, and my best friend.

Favorite lines from movies, poems, songs, hymns or Scripture you would like to tell us about?

Martin Luther: “There are only two days I am concerned about:  today and the day of judgment.”

Robert Murray McCheynne: “For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.”

Chinese proverb: “When you begin a journey of revenge, dig two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.”

Sponge-bob Square Pants: “Best day ever.” I don’t watch the show, but I repeat the words every day.

 

What type of work do/did you do?

I was in the ministry for thirty-four years, having served churches in Pelham, GA; Medford, Oregon; and Leesburg, GA. I was the pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Leesburg for 27 years. I worked part-time in maintenance for Synovus for over 11 years, but will begin working for Dougherty Glass Company in January 2021.

How long have you been/were you in that line of work? Do/you enjoy it?

Answered above.

Do you have any life-long goals? What are they?

After reading the latest issue of The Sovereign Grace Messenger, it is my hope to financially support missionaries like Trevor Johnson and Paul Snider (and their families) who are serving Christ in Papua, Indonesia. These two men have suffered physically, mentally, and spiritually because of the repeated contraction of sicknesses in those lands. They are suffering severe chronic pain, fatigue, depression, uncontrolled crying, etc., and the burden of their children struggling with various issues. All because of their love for Christ and the lost.

Where were you born and where have you traveled?

I was born in LA, California because my dad was stationed there while in the Marine Corps, but my parents moved to Jacksonville, Florida when I was less than two years old. I grew up in Jacksonville, went to Berry College in Rome, GA, attempted to start a new Baptist church in Medford, Oregon (I was  there for 1 year and 3 months), and have lived most of my life in Georgia since graduating from college. I have traveled through numerous states over the years and visited relatives in Indiana and Connecticut.

How do you enjoy your leisure time? What do you do for recreation?

I stay busy on my days off from work: painting, installing faucets, hanging sheetrock (and occasionally doors), pressure-washing, and other jobs for relatives and friends. In my leisure time I read and listen to music. For recreation, I do a variety of exercises every day. I am also attempting to learn how to shuffle dance.

Is there anything that the questionnaire didn’t cover?

Yeah, my weight.

About Me

Dr. Robert Cook used to say on his radio program: “Walk with the King today, and be a blessing.” That is my desire.

 

It has come to my attention that I need to make known that I cannot enter into a relationship that involves indoor cats. I am allergic to cats.

 

[“I’m a happy man, I’m ten miles tall…I’m a happy man, for I’ve found the One who loves me.” Words from the song, “Selfish Man,” by Oden Fong.]

My Interests

Always loved basketball. Played at the YMCA until I was fifty years old, but looked in the mirror one morning and realized I needed to hang the shoes up.

 

Enjoy shooting handguns and rifles at the local shooting range, but haven’t had an opportunity to do that the past year.

 

Have always had a great interest in systematic theology, the Civil War, and church history.

 

Other interests: worship, shuffle dancing, St. Jude Hospital, Trinitarian Bible Society, Chapel Library, Church’s fried chicken (or KFC). Actually, I try to stay away from fried chicken. Not always successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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