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Troy First Assembly of God

Troy, TX

Pastor Jeff and Jennifer Bell


Interview Questions for the Lead Pastor

(Rev. Jeff Bell)

Tell about the home in which you grew up.  What are some memories of your parents and family that significantly shaped your attitude toward God, work, and the ministry?

I grew up in a Christian home. My dad was a deacon and my mom was a Sunday School teacher. My parents taught me by example what it means to have a relationship with Christ and how important it is to be involved in the local church. My dad taught me at an early age to do everything wholeheartedly as unto the Lord. 

Tell us about your call into the ministry.

I was in my bedroom reading my Bible at the age of 12 when I first felt the call to ministry upon my life. Unfortunately, I had no idea at that age what to do about it. When I was 16, I received a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit and started to answer the call by preaching in youth. Twice between youth pastors, I served as interim youth pastor until I got married at age 19. The pastor asked me if I wanted to get my license and become the actual youth pastor. Long story short, I did just that and served as the youth pastor, kids’ pastor, and associate pastor for about 10 years at Alvin First Assembly before taking on my first senior pastoral role in Cameron Texas at age 30.

Tell us about one or two of your major significant accomplishments.  

1) When we were pastoring in Cameron, I had the privilege to be the president of the Ministerial Alliance for a couple of years. During that time, we established a community wide prayer meeting and helped in uniting the different churches in the community as well as bringing down racial walls between pastors and churches.

2) When we were pastoring in Friendswood, we worked to reestablish the church’s good name in the community by getting involved in many community events.
 

Give us 3 - 4 of your biggest challenges and how you have dealt with them.


1) As stated above, helping to unite different churches in a community was a big challenge. For several months, my wife cooked dinner for the pastors in town and we had them come over to talk about ways to unite our churches. Eventually, the walls between pastors, churches, and races started coming down. New friendships were formed and we eventually even had a community wide outreach that touched an entire city.

2) Another one of my biggest challenges is also stated above as a major accomplishment, and it was working to reestablish a church’s good name in it’s community. We established a good relationship with other churches by hosting community prayer breakfasts. With the city, we opened up our parking lot for free use for community events and got involved in those events. We also hosted the community wide blood drive and set up our church for a life-screening health event.

3) Resigning our last church was also a big challenge for me, because things were going so well that I didn’t want to leave. However, the Lord spoke to my wife and I telling us it was time to step down. It was the first time in 27 years that we were actually taking a sabbatical instead of just going from one ministry to another. It’s been a challenge to wait upon the Lord, but we feel it is now His timing for us to get back into pastoral ministry.

What are some of the major decisions which you have made?

1) Getting married at a young age.

2) Going into the ministry.

3) Moving where God has called us throughout our ministry life.


What are some of the biggest mistakes you have made?

 

Honestly, this is a very difficult question to answer. What we might consider mistakes are often part of the will of God and help shape our future in Him. For instance, not finishing my degree plan before starting my Berean courses could be viewed as a mistake, or it could have just thrust me into the ministry early in life as part of God’s plan. 

What area of ministry do you consider as one of your strengths?

Relationships, organization, and preaching/teaching the Word.

Do you differ from any of the Assemblies of God’s theological positions?

No

What role does your spouse take an active role in the ministry?  If so, how?

Between the two of us, my wife and I have held probably every position you can hold in a church. Her role in this church would be determined based upon the needs in the church. She is a servant at heart and will serve where needed. However, no one has to fear that she would take their place or ministry from them.

 

Background and Announcement

Pastor Jeff Bell has been nominated by the Pulpit Committee, verified by the Church Deacon Board for the position of Lead Pastor of Troy First Assembly of God.

On Sunday, 24 October 2021 during our Sunday Morning Worship Service Pastor Jeff Bell will deliver the Lord's Word.

Immediately following the service, all members in good standing are requested to attend a General Assembly of Voting Members to vote in the determination of Pastor Jeff Bell as the Troy First Assembly of God's new Pastor.

We have placed here references for everyone to conduct your own research, pray and seek the Lord's guidance and prepare for voting on Sunday, 24 October 2021.

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