Broadmoor Baptist Church
ISSUE 2 • SUMMER 2014
A Letter from
Pursuit Welcome to the second issue of Pursuit Magazine. Pursuit is an attempt to capture in pictures and print some of the many ways God is at work within the Broadmoor Family. Our vision statement as a church is to Passionately Pursue God’s Vision for Life, and this summer issue highlights some of the unique ways God has led His followers. I believe you will be encouraged by how God is working; but more importantly, I believe we will all be challenged and inspired to keep seeking God’s leadership in our own lives to make a difference in the world around us. This summer issue includes many who have taken the Go Challenge, participating in Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) by taking at least one week to get outside of their comfort zones, actively sharing the Gospel and making disciples of the nations. To this point, over 1500 people have taken the Go Challenge, serving Christ and
sharing the love of Christ locally, nationally, and internationally! Please be praying for those who will be going this summer to places around our state, nation, and world. The stories of how God is working are absolutely amazing. A special tribute is also included in this issue, honoring a former Broadmoor pastor’s faithful service, which has helped make Broadmoor the special place it is today. Enjoy these summer months and take advantage of the unique opportunities God will bring. Whether you are at the beach or on the ballfield, at camp or work, at home or abroad, live every moment passionately pursuing God’s vision for your life! Your Pastor,
pur•suit (pǝr-˙süt) an effort to secure or attain; quest ................
Pursuit exists to tell some of the stories of those within the Broadmoor Family and beyond who are Passionately Pursuing God’s Vision for Life.
ON THE COVER
Blood, Water, & Forgiveness
THERE AND BACK AGAIN
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
THE RHYTHM OF GRACE
“DOC,” THE ORIGINAL DR. FUTRAL
STAFF and CONTRIBUTORS EDITOR Gary Maze PROJECT MANAGER Lynsie Armstrong CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Keisha McNeill Linda Watkins CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Rob Futral Bill Moak Malcom Woody DESIGNERS David Leonard Derek Walker PHOTOGRAPHY Chase Richardson If you have story ideas or comments about Pursuit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published by Broadmoor Baptist Church 1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, MS 39110-7469 601.898.2345 • www.broadmoor.org • Dr. Rob Futral, Lead Pastor
R OW L A ND H AL L AT THE S OC HI OLYM PI C S
“To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him.” - John Piper
A Gathering in a Foreign Land
Olympics was on his bucket list and the evangelism aligned with his giftedness, so he took the opportunity. He was comforted to know that his interpreter would be his good friend of over seven years, Sasha Kyrylov from Odessa, Ukraine. The two of them would make quite the odd couple in their issued uniforms and black cowboy hats covered in credentials and trading pins, the uniform of an ISC Chaplain.
Nestled along the coast of the Black Sea in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, lies the largest resort town in all of Russia. One of the few places in the nation with a subtropical climate of warm summers and mild winters, Sochi is perhaps a most unlikely place to host a winter Olympiad. Regardless of climate, on July 4, 2007, the International Olympic Committee granted Sochi the 2014 winter Olympics defeating the countries of South Korea and Austria. On February 4, 2014, a record 88 nations were part of the opening ceremonies. The entire world descended upon the resort town of Sochi bringing a wide mix of culture, language, creeds, and beliefs. Perhaps no other event on earth brings more of a cultural collision in a peaceful setting like the Olympic Games.
As the time neared, Rowland recalled the pressure he felt to perform. “I’ve got to produce,” he told himself. He would later reflect, “I never shared the Gospel more in my entire life than my time in Sochi.” As Rowland entered the Olympic areas, he was shocked at how people flocked to the ISC representatives. The uniforms and credentials prompted questions like, “Who are you? Are you athletes? Why are you here?” They responded, but that prompted another question, “What is a chaplain?” From these questions spawned the opportunity to share the Gospel. Rowland came away with an understanding, albeit on a much smaller scale, of what it must have been like for Jesus. Where Jesus was, people gathered. Multitudes came from far and wide to hear His words, see the signs, and just to be close to where He was. Similarly, where Rowland and the other members of the ISC went, people flocked. The first day, Rowland shared the Gospel story one-onone with 8 people. The next day the number increased to 15. Rowland recounted the diversity, “Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, Jew—every belief you could imagine.”
Stepping into this global experience with a specific purpose is the International Sports Chaplain Organization (ISC), which endeavors to engage the participants and attendees of the Olympics with the Gospel. “Daily our team members have one purpose, one calling, and one objective,” says David Guinn of the ISC. “Our goal is to be found faithful to what God has called us to do: Relational Evangelism with the Highest Integrity. Numbers are not our objective. Our purpose is to communicate Christ’s love in the Olympic arena as we focus on sharing, loving, telling, and showing Jesus to the people assembled at the Olympic Games.” As one can imagine, to be a chaplain with ISC would be an opportunity of a lifetime and afford participants the platform to effectively share the Gospel in a radically diverse environment.
One method of engagement that often offered the greatest opportunity to meet others was trading pins. Rowland was skeptical at first, not thinking much of the trading pin idea, but when he saw the reaction of folks toward simple trading pins, he made arrangements to be adorned with pins himself. Other chaplains did the same and the trading of pins led to the Gospel being shared. Some even used the pins as examples, such as using the colors and images to relate to the story of Christ and His love for us.
Answering the Call When the phone rang for Rowland Hall, Community Impact Pastor at Broadmoor, in the fall of 2013 from the ISC, he freely admits he had no idea what activities this role as a chaplain would involve. Attending the 4
Sharing and Encouraging Sasha and Rowland went to the alpine resort, a good train ride away. This afforded them ample opportunity to engage people on the trains in transit. A great deal of the sharing was simply encouraging those encountered. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” This verse was shared many times over to a world surprisingly eager for hope. Too many times we tend to say, “No,” and do not share the Gospel thinking others might not want to hear it. We don’t have that authority. We are called to sow the seed, and let God do the work regarding the soil where the seed lands. Never before had Rowland felt the absolute necessity of always sharing the Gospel. The responses were overwhelming as he estimates he shared the Gospel one-on-one with around 100 people in his brief time at the Olympics in Sochi. Rowland believes people need encouragement. They need to encounter hope, and there is no hope as limitless as the hope of Christ. Years ago while spending an incredible three months in Australia working specifically with sheep, Rowland’s responsibility was to perform nearly every function for the sheep in his charge. They weren’t very smart and certainly smelled unpleasant. Everything the sheep needed had to be provided. He came to realize there is zero chance of survival for a sheep alone. He was reminded how often Christ referred to us as sheep. Rowland saw the multitudes in Sochi in much the same light, and his trip years ago clarified another in the present. “People are so much like sheep,” Rowland says. “Against the enemy they are defenseless, need constant attention, and desperately need a Shepherd.” Maybe, he was not a chaplain at all, but a shepherd now caring for people instead of sheep, showing them the truth of the Good Shepherd.
P H I L I P P I A N S 3 : 1 3 -1 4 “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
The media was just as curious about the chaplains as the athletes and spectators. Interviews were granted with networks of foreign nations. Rowland participated in interviews with three different Russian television networks, while also interviewing with US, Japanese, and Korean TV.
take away. This medal prompts recollection of two verses in Philippians, which have been life verses for Rowland. You could say his experience in Sochi has drawn a deeper meaning from the pen of Paul.
The Gold Medal
Perhaps the lesson is that God takes our efforts no matter how grand or feeble and uses them all to urge us onward, always looking ahead, pressing toward the ultimate goal – the gold medal of our Heavenly reward.
For some time since his return, Rowland has been processing what this Sochi experience means to him and his life. Reflecting upon a replica of a gold medal that was given to him by another member of the ISC as a tangible reward for his service, he finds the one
Story by Malcolm Woody
Tripp & Kelly Dixonâ€™s family has grown in ways they could have never imagined.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” JOHN 13:34-35
From the very beginning, Kelly took the chance to share the Gospel of Christ. She admits she was a bit apprehensive at first, but states, “I felt the Holy Spirit had let them know why we came – to share God’s love and have a fun day.” The first seeds of an extraordinarily special relationship were being planted. The sisters’ friend had regularly attended church and knew the Gospel story, but Passhun and Alexandria had never heard the story. How, you ask, could two young girls living in the heart of the Bible Belt not know the Good News of Jesus Christ? It is sadly not as uncommon as one might think.
One Family’s Mission In March 2012, Tripp and Kelly Dixon were happily serving at a block party at Johnson Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi, as part of Transformation Jackson’s Shine Project. Kids and their families were enjoying music, space jumps, and great food. Kelly describes her job as a “floater,” or someone who hangs out with all of the kids hoping to make some friends and build relationships, while simply sharing God’s love. Kelly found herself spending time with two sisters, Passhun and Alexandria, and their friend. 8
questions would stop many folks in their tracks, but the Dixons pursued their calling in spite of the uncertainty. They knew they were not alone. If God was calling them, then God was with them. They literally looked to God’s Word for help and decided to purchase Bibles for the girls.
Later at home, Tripp and Kelly sat down to decompress and share their experiences. Kelly was adamant about how she was being led by God to go deeper with this first encounter with the three little girls. It wasn’t a burden, but more a compelling force to follow up and perhaps forge a relationship with their families. Kelly shares, “I didn’t feel obligated – I just wanted to love these three girls.”
When the Bibles were presented, all the questions or concerns of obstacles and barriers dissolved in the pure genuine honesty of God’s love. The little girls’ families were just as welcoming as the little girls had been. The Dixons had stepped out of their comfort zone and discovered God was already there waiting for them. Jesus continued to challenge Kelly and Tripp as the sisters asked if they could come to church with them. Again, more questions. Did they want to be responsible for these three girls? Did they know them well enough to do this? It really came down to whether or not God could be trusted enough for them to say, “Yes.” So, again they stepped out of their comfort zone, and again God proved trustworthy. The girls flourished, but God was not done.
Both Tripp and Kelly believed this wasn’t a onetime service project. They sensed God pulling them toward deeper service. Shine was a weekend project, yet God was drawing them toward a life of shining. How could they accomplish this mission and what obstacles would they face? Stepping out of the Comfort Zone Tripp and Kelly dealt with many concerns. How would they be received by the girls’ families? Would they be as eager as the children? How could they possibly connect and find a starting point? These
“I didn’t feel obligated – I just wanted to love these three girls.” KELLY DIXON
“I tend to become overwhelmed with how consuming ministry can become, but this was about small steps. God never gave us anything we couldn’t handle.” TRIPP DIXON
Hearing about how awesome their sisters’ experience had been, Willie and Latory, ages 16 and 13, asked to come. The Dixons relied on God to provide, and again God blessed their obedience. Tripp confesses, “I tend to become overwhelmed with how consuming ministry can become, but this was about small steps. God never gave us anything we couldn’t handle.” Just Like Family Kelly and Tripp now freely admit how Passhun, Alexandria, Willie, and Latory have become just like family. Just as they have goals and expectations for their own kids, Kelly and Tripp have the same for their new extended family. They want Caroline (6), Catherine (2), and Camille (1) to grow up understanding God’s love knows no borders and no limitations. Passhun and Willie’s grandmother,
Ms. Lou, speaks of how this relationship has benefited her grandkids, “They are happy to go to church; they look forward to it.... In our world, if someone is too good to be true, they are usually false, but not Kelly and Tripp. They are real. They walk the walk.” Tripp and Kelly point not to themselves, but God’s love. Tripp cites James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Being a Christian isn’t about religion, but instead it is developing a relationship with God, who empowers us to do more than we ever could alone. Sharing and imparting that love to those around us is how Christ said we can be known by the world as Christians (John 13:34-35). How we love one another is the greatest testimony of our faith in Christ. 10
A Call to Action Maybelle Dove has been a volunteer tutor and Book Buddy at Johnson Elementary, one of Broadmoor’s mission partners, for some time. She says more volunteers are always needed, as she recalls being stopped in the halls one day by a little girl she did not know, but the little girl knew Maybelle. “Ms. Dove, When will I be chosen to have a Book Buddy?” That word “chosen” hit Maybelle hard. Jesus said we did not choose Him, but He chose us. This little girl’s question should stop us all in our tracks. Would you consider becoming a Johnson Elementary Book Buddy? The simple act of reading to a child once a week can make a huge impact in that child’s life. Story by Malcolm Woody
“I felt the Holy Spirit let them know why we came – to share God’s love and have a fun day.” KELLY DIXON
Become a Book Buddy at Johnson Elementary Contact Principal Faith R. Strong at email@example.com or 601.987.3501.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” john 4:14
Building Relationships In a remote area of Cambodia’s jungles, there is a well inscribed in the native Khmer language with a simple verse that reads, “…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” That well and eight others like it are spread throughout the villages of Frank and Dawnie Phann’s homeland. The wells are symbolic of much more than a way to give thirsty villagers clean and safe water to drink. They represent a couple’s devotion to a place they inexplicably love. It’s a place which holds dark memories of despair, sadness, and pain, interspersed with a few fleeting moments of happiness. But it’s also a place to which they’re connected, not only by blood, but by a Divine Plan.
over our heads. I prayed, ‘God, please help me.’ I didn’t even know who God was, but I prayed anyway. I looked back and there was no way I could start back. I didn’t know how I would make it if I had to go back the same route. But God knew! He had a purpose.” The blood-soaked reign of the communist Khmer Rouge and its infamous dictator, Pol Pot, was in full swing in the early 1970s as war raged through Southeast Asia. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia, killing or imprisoning anyone who dared oppose them or anyone who might be a threat. By 1979, the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia, drawing the army’s attention and allowing hundreds of thousands of Cambodians to flee amid the chaos. In those same jungles, young Dawnie and her mother narrowly escaped a deadly fate. “My Mom and I worked all day and all night, and at the end, [the communists] made us dig our own graves. The last day, they were supposed to shoot all of us and throw us in the grave. I couldn’t eat because I knew I was going to die.” But God had other plans. A Vietnamese plane dropped a bomb into the grave. “We all just kind of ran,” she remembers.
Those wells are a love story. They tell a story of how a big God heard a frightened little boy’s cries in the jungle as bullets whizzed overhead; the acrid smell of gunpowder in the air. It’s a story of how God knew a scared little girl wandering in the savage wilderness would someday be His messenger. God would draw Frank and Dawnie Phann (pronounced pawn) together on the other side of the world—one day to come back hand-in-hand to help their tortured homeland.
In the chaos, Frank found himself separated from his mother. He later learned his father had been executed. Dawnie discovered her father had suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Khmer Rouge and a sister had starved to death. Frank lost two siblings and several cousins in the chaos; only he, his mom, stepfather and brother made it to Thailand alive.
An Amazing Survival Story As Frank begins his story, he tells of how he and thousands of others trekked through the war-ravaged nation of Cambodia for nearly a year toward a promised asylum in Thailand. Escaping in the steamy jungle at 10 years old, Frank left his childhood behind. “Bombs were dropping beside us, there was shooting
Getting a New Start Their paths would converge in Memphis, Tennessee. Frank recalls with a laugh how the location was 14
chosen because it was basically in the center of the US map. Their new homes were in a depressed area, but a local church sent buses to pick them up and take them to Sunday School and English-As-A-SecondLanguage classes. There, Dawnie experienced something we so often take for granted, but it changed the trajectory of her life: a hug. “A white lady hugged me,” she recalls. “I felt this love. I was like ‘Whoa, what is this?!’ Nobody had ever hugged me. There was something in this lady I was hungry for. Now I look back and I see Christ shined through her. That’s when she taught me about John 3:16. ‘For God so loved the world….’ I was so hungry for this—I wanted to know more.” Frank soon professed his faith in Christ as well, and each began growing in their faith. Despite their distance from Cambodia, their native country haunted their dreams—sometimes in the form of nightmares. “At night, I still have nightmares of being hung, running, sweating…,” Dawnie says. Growing Closer to God and Each Other Dawnie and Frank attended high school together, but their strict families didn’t allow dating. “I saw her for the first time in 1986, and somehow the Lord brought us together,” Frank remembers. Marrying in 1992, they started their lives together in Memphis. Soon twin boys, Christian and Johnathan, arrived followed by a little girl, Teeda. Frank’s career took off, and he was working his way up the corporate ladder. Dawnie was working two jobs to make the mortgage on a nice home. They were living the good life, but the persistent call to do more and to be more nudged at both of their hearts. Around the same time, Frank was offered a job by top executives to turn around a faltering restaurant in Jackson. It meant the family would have to pull up its roots and relocate to an unfamiliar place. “He said he wanted to go,” Dawnie recalls. “He told me, ‘It’s God’s plan.’” With faith, the family moved to the Jackson area in 2008, but it wasn’t an easy move. “I was so lonely the first year, I cried,” she remembers. The Phanns eventually found a church home at Broadmoor and joined a Life Group. Still, they felt as though there was something more they needed to do. “So we prayed and prayed,” Dawnie recounts. Those prayers were soon answered, as the seed God had planted in the couple’s young hearts all those years ago began to sprout. The answer came in the form of a challenge from Broadmoor’s Lead Pastor, Rob Futral, to go on a mission trip as part of the G3 (Go, Grow, Give) Campaign. Frank came home one day and 15
â€œI do this because God loves and God has a plan for me and for youâ€?
I forgive you. I love you and Jesus loves you, and He’s coming for you, too.
announced to Dawnie they were going to Cambodia to build a water well. In many of Cambodia’s remote villages, people have to drink from watering holes shared by cattle and wild animals. Dysentery, cholera, and other diseases are constant threats. A single well can save hundreds of lives.
special training other than being able to speak the language, but it didn’t matter. “Let it go, and let God use you,” Dawnie says with a smile. “You don’t have to be a doctor or a preacher. I might just know how to cook rice, so I’ll go.” They also have been able to share the Gospel, worship with local people, and demonstrate how God loves everyone. “We had 37 make professions of faith in one of the local villages,” Frank recalls. “This one church had been praying for a well for two years, and they collected $150.00. The well cost $1,500.00. They would probably have never raised enough money on their own, but God is faithful.”
A Vision Of Faith “My husband signed us up and said, ‘We’re going,’” she laughs. “We have no money for the plane ticket, no money for the well, and God is just going to have to take care of it.’” Acting on faith alone and without obvious resources, the couple noticed how God began to move in the hearts of people around them. “It was amazing. People came up to us and said, ‘Here’s this, and here’s this.’” When word spread, money began to pour in. Costing approximately $1,500 per well, the Phanns marveled at God’s faithfulness. “We had enough to do not one well, but nine!” Taking the money given to their cause, the Phanns visited Cambodia in 2012 on their twentieth wedding anniversary. Dawnie says, “I wanted to go and hug on these people who had never been hugged.” Stepping off the plane, they returned to a Cambodia that looked, smelled, and sounded the same, but was very different. The communists were gone from the cities, having retreated to the remote jungles. Many areas are still considered Khmer Rouge territory and local villages are considered outcasts to most Cambodians. Going into these areas, as opposed to “safer” regions, was a calculated risk, but one chosen to demonstrate they had no apparent reason for going, other than to spread Christ’s love. Frank notes, “On the trips, they ask me to talk and everywhere we go, they ask me the same question: ‘Why do you do what you do? You don’t even know us. There’s not a single soul you’re related to.’ I respond that I do this because God loves and God has a plan for me and for you.”
Learning To Forgive Perhaps the biggest lesson the Phanns have learned is forgiveness. It would be easy to hate the people who killed their family members and did so much damage. Going into an area where there are reported communists could mean coming face-to-face with their killers. “I still had that anger about the communists. I don’t think I ever really forgave until I went there,” Frank explains. “I think, ‘You could have been the one who killed her dad, my dad.’ But with the love of Christ, instead of waiting for them to ask forgiveness, we go speak forgiveness to them. You don’t come to me, I go to you.” “To have that freedom, it’s like you’ve been redeemed. You should have that freedom instead of that weighing on you,” Dawnie adds. “Every time you look at it, you want to go there and say, ‘I forgive you. I love you and Jesus loves you, and He’s coming for you, too.’” To find out more about Broadmoor’s International Missions, visit broadmoor.org/internationalmissions or call the church office at 601.898.2345.
On their trips to initiate the wells, the Phanns brought food, medicine, and other necessities. They didn’t have
Story by Bill Moak
A Collaborative Couple The precise, soulful notes of a violin emanate from the sitting room of a Ridgeland home on a spring Sunday afternoon. They are soon joined by the solid tones of an antique Steinway grand piano—the notes entwining, complex, and beautiful. Their rendition of “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” ends too soon, making the listener wish for one more note. This creation results from the collaboration of a couple whose dedication to music is only eclipsed by their commitment to share the message of Christ with the world. Terry and Jill Winch have traveled the globe with their instruments, recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians, and performed before International Congresses and at Carnegie Hall.
helping coordinate Sunday services. Jill plays in the orchestra, working her magic on the violin. They have served together since Terry hired Jill to play violin at First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida. “She came in and immediately hit a home run,” Terry explains. “She was a bright light entering the room.” But there’s a lot more to these two than just music. For Terry, it goes back to his upbringing in rural Waupaca, Wisconsin, which he describes as a “Camelot type of place.” Terry grew up in a musical home, the son of a school band director, whom he describes as a “grand fellow” with high ethical principles, but not a believer. Growing up, Terry learned the basics of how to live a good, respectable life, but there was something missing. He found it at the age of 15, when a Christian friend invited him to a Christian music concert. The arc of his life changed that night. Many years later, Terry’s dad also came to trust Christ as his personal Savior.
Humble Beginnings But, while both acknowledge their gifts, the first thing you notice about this couple is their humility. Their Midwestern upbringing, life lessons, and steadfast faith have taught Jill and Terry the true source of their gifts is also the One whom they must dedicate their lives to serving. “My parents would tell me, ‘You, Jill, are no better than anybody else. You may have a talent, but you’d better remember every day where that talent comes from and use it for Him.’ That’s been my life’s goal.”
“I respected God, loved Jesus as I understood Him, but had the view that if I did more good than bad and wished real hard, maybe I’d get to heaven. My friend answered my questions, but didn’t belabor the subject unless I asked more questions. Mostly, he just lived it. I came to realize I didn’t have what he had spiritually, and somehow I knew it was way beyond just knowing stuff.” At the end of the concert was an invitation time. “So, I walked forward and one of the members of the group talked to me, showed me several verses, and then quoted the one that absolutely put the key in the door,” he remembers. “That was 1 John 5:13: ‘These things have I written unto you that you may know that you
Today, Terry is on staff at Broadmoor as Associate of Instrumental Music and Special Projects. That’s a mouthful, but then Terry’s work covers a lot. He can be seen on Sundays in the brass section coaxing amazingly precise tunes from his 30-year-old silver trumpet, or
“I respected God, loved Jesus as I understood Him, but had the view that if I did more good than bad, and wished real hard, maybe I’d get to heaven.” Terr y Winc h 19
have eternal life.’ I’d spent my life thinking, ‘How arrogant, to say they know they’re saved, because I don’t think you can know it for sure.’ There, the Bible—in a place I’d never read before—is saying you can know.” Play With “The Greats” After college, Terry took his trumpet to Los Angeles to look for work. “I thought I’d last a month or two and then come back and get a real job. Fifteen years later, I was still working as a trumpet player.” During that time, he had opportunities to play trumpet and record alongside some of his musical heroes, like Jerry Hey, Rick Baptist, Charley Davis, and others. Other lifetime thrills include getting to arrange the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XIX, as well as having a long-time association with Disney as an arranger and orchestrator. “I was not one of the greats, but I got to play with some of the most notable players, so to survive, I had to get better,” he explains. “I didn’t surpass them, but I fit in with them. As a result of that, I worked harder. Playing with some of the greats made me better.” Jill comes into this story from a musical Christian home in Chicago. “My mom was the organist of a church for over 35 years, and dad played the sax and sang in the choir at church. One night at the age of five, the precocious young Jill “hopped off” her seat and walked forward at a tent meeting led by George Sweeting, who would later become president of Moody Bible Institute. “My mom asked me, ‘Where are you going?’ I said, ‘I’m going to ask Jesus into my heart.’” Learning piano from her mom, she decided at age 10 she wanted to play the flute in an orchestra. But the orchestra conductor bluntly decided she needed to pick up the violin instead. “He said, ‘No, her lips are too big for the flute.’” Resiliently, she said she’d be fine playing the violin, and an appointment with destiny was made. The violin has since taken her around the world, on mission trips, and engagements around the globe. The couple’s most thrilling shared musical moment came in January 2012, when they were invited to back
up the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall. “Carnegie Hall had never been one of my goals; I was content to play wherever God put me,” Jill notes. “Oh, my goodness, I never even imagined that would happen!” They also experienced something else many musicians only dream about – getting to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions in the famous Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Beatles’ famous street crossing was photographed just outside, and the Fab Four recorded most of their tracks inside. There is so much musical history in that place. For a musician, it’s like a place of pilgrimage.
“I was not one of the greats, but I got to play with some of the most notable players, so to survive, I had to get better.” Terr y Winc h “Walking the hallways, you may discover that the day before John Williams had recorded some movie score in the same space with these same people that I am working with. I’m walking in there with my little bag of arrangements, hoping I don’t die right there in front of the orchestra. It’s exhilarating,” Terry says. Purpose & Dedication Despite all their talents and opportunities, Terry and Jill have come to understand their gifts are not given for their own edification, but rather a way of helping them live out their faith. It’s not always in the mountaintop moments of worship most of us make our impact, but rather in the quiet influence of a life lived with purpose and dedication. “It can just be so anointed in a moment in a service at the church, and have it be exactly what was supposed to happen. They brought every bit of skill they could at the moment and God has His hands all over it; that’s wonderful,” Terry explains. “But my most amazing moments have been in the secular workplace as a musician, because it’s more of a surprise attack. You stand for something that very few people in that setting stand for. I just do the best work I can, and sometimes they’re curious, which often results in a chance to talk. I would say the opportunities I’ve had to lead people to the Lord didn’t happen as a result of inviting them to church,
which is a very valid thing to do,” he explains. “But it was through working with them and suddenly their life is on the rocks, and they never really told you before, but they trust you. They tell you things like, ‘I’m afraid to die, and I know you’re not, Terry. How do I get that fixed?’ You’re going, man, how could you leave that any wider open?” Divine appointments can occur any time, he continues, so the Christian must be ready to recognize them and remember it’s not always your duty to “close the deal.” “The Holy Spirit would have to draw them there, which means that somehow there has to be a curiosity, which probably won’t happen if I just walk in and say, ‘I’ve got 5 minutes; I need to tell you about salvation.’” “A person deciding to trust God with everything they’ve got is not a throwaway decision; it is the single most significant decision a person can make,” Terry notes. “They need to watch you,” Jill continues. “Throughout our lives, we’ve both played with many different secular groups, most not particularly interested in hearing about the Gospel. That’s where we’ve had the most opportunities to share. They quietly watch what we’re doing. Whether or not that particular encounter results in a prayer of salvation, our job is to be salt and light.” Story by Bill Moak 21
Career Highlights • Studio trumpet play for 14 years • Arranger for 75+ albums, CDs, numerous commercials, film scoring, and live shows • Arranger for the Super Bowl XIX Half-Time Show & Opening theme/transition music for the Rose Bowl Parade on NBC (Jan. 2000) • Arranger for live shows at Disney Parks in US, Paris, Tokyo & Asia • Arranger for artists including: Al Jarreau, Truth, Sandi Patty, Johnny Mathis, Hallmark Christmas CD, Amy Grant, Al Denson, David Phelps, CeCe Winans, & Vince Gill • Trumpet section work for artists including: Donna Summer, Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, Jim Nabors, Andraé Crouch, Joan Rivers, & Lee Greenwood • Extensive orchestral conducting experience in Los Angeles, Nashville, & London, including the London Symphony Orchestra
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in June of 2003. My wife, Kimandria, and I were enjoying a rare quiet moment (we had three kids under the age of 5 at the time), when the phone rang. “Hi Rob, this is Brian Clark. Have you got a few minutes to talk?” I knew Brian well and was glad to hear from him. I had prayed for him many times in the previous two-year period, while he served as Chairman of Broadmoor’s Pastor Search Committee. Broadmoor was such a special place and people to my family. Kimandria had grown up at Broadmoor under the ministry of Dr. David Grant. I had joined the Broadmoor Family as a 15-year-old in the ninth grade, when my dad was called to be the pastor. Kimandria and I met in Sunday School, and would eventually be married in the beautiful sanctuary on Northside Drive in Jackson. God had used the people and ministries of Broadmoor in both our lives to form so much of our foundational understandings of what it means to follow Jesus. Naturally, I was more than glad to talk with Brian, but what came next was completely unexpected. “Rob, we would like to ask you to pray about exploring with us the possibility of being Broadmoor’s next pastor.” Those simple words set in motion a process that has proven to be one of the greatest blessings in my personal walk with Christ and in my family’s faith journey. Yet, at that moment, it was the beginning of an intense season of seeking God’s leadership for our lives. As I hung up the phone
and shared the conversation with Kimandria, I realized it was Father’s Day. MY DAD Throughout my life, my dad has been a constant powerful presence and influence. He has modeled for me how to live and lead faithfully. I am often told, “You look so much like your dad.” Growing up that really bugged me, but with the passing of time, and the receding of my hairline, even I can see the physical resemblance! As a child, I wanted to be like him. I wanted to walk in his footsteps. To this day, I continue to admire who he is and desire to live with similar character through my own unique personality. God has called us both to ministry as pastors. His dad, my granddad, was a pastor. I am asked from time to time if that is “the family business,” to which I politely explain nothing could be further from the truth. While we both love what we do, we both had to have a clear calling to ministry that trumped our previous plans about the future. We have both had the privilege to serve as pastor at Broadmoor. This has been such a unique part of our journey and one we have both been blessed to experience. I never imagined or dreamed I would serve in the same church he served so faithfully. Yet, every day I am very aware how what our church family is experiencing and what we are 22
poised to pursue in the future has been shaped, in many ways, by the faithfulness of my dad and so many others in the past.
Dad “Doc,” short for Dr. Futral. When grandkids came along, they simply thought it was his name, and it has stuck. He is still often called Dr. Futral, but for those who know him best, and love him the most, he is “Doc.” While there are many qualities and aspects about his life, calling, and personality I could highlight, there are four primary roles I would like to celebrate.
When I received that Father’s Day phone call, I was already a husband and dad, and had been a pastor for over a decade. Yet, I knew I was in a situation I had rarely faced before in my life: I would be considering and making a major life decision without running it by one of my most trusted counselors, my dad. I “DOC,” THE PASTOR didn’t realize that initially, but the more I processed and prayed, I knew this was a very unique decision There are many similarities between different shaded by the backdrop of his ministry in my life and pastors, but each one is as unique as their at Broadmoor. He had been the pastor at Broadmoor fingerprints. All pastors are called to serve Jesus as for 13 years, and had led the church to relocate to shepherds of His church; loving, leading, feeding, Madison just before following God’s leadership to teaching, ministering, equipping, strengthening, serve as Executive Director/Treasurer of the Mississippi encouraging, challenging, and inspiring God’s Baptist Convention. Though he had not been the pastor people to carry out God’s plan. Without a doubt, at Broadmoor for several years, he and Mom, along Doc is a pastor! This June marks a significant with my sisters and their families, were all members at milestone—50 years Doc has served in ministry, Broadmoor. It was not that I couldn’t talk to him about most as a pastor in a local church, but all of that this decision, but I felt I shouldn’t until I was clear time serving with a pastor’s heart. I have never about what I sensed God was leading me to do. Now, had another pastor in my life other than my dad. don’t misunderstand me: my dad had not made major I thought all of them were like him, but have decisions for me in the past. Whenever I had talked to come to realize he was not only a unique pastor, him about major decisions like surrendering to ministry, but was and is a great pastor. Throughout his college, serving/leading as a pastor, marriage, parenting, ministry, God has used him in a powerful way to walking through difficult experiences, etc., it was not lead in many local churches of varying sizes from uncommon for him to help me think through the rural, to urban, to suburban. For most of those, I decisions by looking at positive and negative aspects. was along for the ride, having the opportunity to Other than decisions about how to live morally (he was see him love and lead with consistency, steadiness, always clear about those!), I don’t ever remember him humility, integrity, and authenticity. pushing me toward any decision. In fact, when I had shared with him that I felt called to vocational ministry, When Doc was considering his current role of he almost tried to talk me out of it. I remember him leadership, he really struggled with the idea of not saying, “Are you sure about this? Keep making sure being the pastor of a local church. It was only as he God is the one leading you. If you can do anything realized God was calling him to lead the Mississippi else, then you will know God has other plans. But if Baptist Convention as a pastor to the pastors and He is calling you, He will keep on confirming it.” On churches of our state that he had peace about that occasion, and on many more as I grew older, he that new assignment. He is often referred to and would often say, “Well, it looks like you are going to introduced as “Mississippi’s Pastor.” need to get on your knees and see what the Heavenly Father has to say about this. He will make it clear. You One of the unique privileges of serving as pastor of will have to decide to do what He says.” I had often the same church is to see the continuing work of heeded his advice, and this would be a time I would God in one place. I, along with our ministry staff talk to my Heavenly Father without consulting my and church family, are often reaping the harvest earthly dad. Eleven years later, I can look back and see of the seeds sown in difficulty. We are able to see how my Heavenly Father had used my earthly father as facts what others had to trust by faith as they to shape and influence my past path for what was to followed Christ into uncharted territory. I have be my future. This tribute is my desire to honor and observed many times the continued relationship thank my dad for providing clear examples of how to a pastor has with his people, even when he is not live, upholding proven paths upon which to walk, and officially “the pastor” of the church. Dad, thank leaving a legacy of faithful leadership at Broadmoor. you for being an example of how to be a pastor. WHEN DAD BECAME “DOC”
“DOC,” THE PREACHER
I grew up calling him “Dad.” I remember when he earned his doctorate and someone kiddingly asked me if I would be calling him Dr. Dad. That never happened! When my brother-in-law, Tim McNair, started hanging around the family, he started calling
Dad may be best known as a preacher. Along with many others, I love to hear him preach. He loves to preach. He preaches God’s Word with clarity, practicality, and authority, always laced with love, humor, and real-life connection. He preaches across 23
our state, around the nation, and throughout the world. I love his definition of preaching as “the collision of heaven and earth in a man.” Many of my earliest childhood memories and several of my most meaningful experiences as an adult have involved hearing my dad preach God’s Word. He didn’t just preach sermons, he preached messages. He is keenly aware that the power in preaching is not in the messenger, but in the message from the Master. Someone asked him recently how many times a week he preaches, and his response was both funny and informative: “As many times as they will let me! I average preaching 5 times a week.” As a preacher now myself, I admire how dad lives out in his life what he preaches behind the pulpit. Dad, thank you for being an example of how to be a preacher. DOC, THE PROPHET We don’t talk about prophets much these days. The word reminds me of Old Testament characters who stood in difficult times speaking authoritatively about significant issues facing society, often giving perspective to how current events fit into God’s future and unfolding plan. For all pastors and preachers, there is a prophetic role to their calling. This is can be an uncomfortable role, holding up the standard of God’s truth, calling for repentance from wrong. At other times, the prophetic role involves leading in a direction which can be unclear and even controversial. At those points, the greatest strength of the prophet is to faithfully pass on to others what God has revealed to them, regardless of how uncomfortable, or unpopular, it might be. One of the most visible and lasting results of Dad’s leadership as pastor at Broadmoor was the decision to relocate the ministry campus from Jackson to Madison. It was a very difficult decision at the time. Dad struggled for months in private prayer before the Lord. It was a challenging thought to relocate the physical church facilities and ministries God had used for almost 50 years at 787 East Northside Drive in Jackson. After months of seeking the Lord, Dad proclaimed a message about the future many still affectionately call, “The Sermon.” Dad shared his conviction that the future ministry of Broadmoor would be at a new, yet-to-be-known
location. He called the church to a season of prayer toward that end. The weekend before “The Sermon,” Dad gathered our family together (I was a seminary student and pastor in New Orleans at the time), and cryptically shared he was going to preach a message he felt was the right direction for the church. I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember him saying, “I’m not sure I will be the pastor at Broadmoor after tomorrow, but I have to share what God has made clear to me.” It was a bold and courageous moment. Thankfully, though a challenging season of discussion ensued, the church began seeking and embracing God’s unfolding vision for the future ministries of Broadmoor. There are not many Sundays we gather for worship and Bible study when I don’t think about those who faithfully laid a foundation upon which we are continuing to build today. On the rare occasions my dad is not preaching around the state or country, he is worshipping with us at Broadmoor. My heart is filled with gratitude as he can enjoy the present realities of his past wresting. Dad, thank you for being a prophet. “DOC,” THE POP Dad’s father died when I was six years old. I have vivid memories of him, but did not get to know him well. Everybody called him “Pop.” Somewhere along the last decade, I found myself calling my dad “Pop” from time to time. For me, that little word captures perfectly what it means to be a great dad and granddad. Doc definitely personifies those qualities. My sisters and brothers-in-law (Tim and Melodi McNair and Philip and Mysti Chustz) and all of the 8 grandchildren have close and special connections with Doc. He has been there for each of us along the journey of life, often with the right words to say, the right advice to heed, or the right perspective to help us navigate our unique position in life. Of the many things I appreciate and admire about my dad, who he is as a “Pop” is at the top of my list. Out of all of his ministry success, his first priority and the ministry for which I am the most grateful, is his ministry to our family. Several years ago, I read a quote which made a strong impression on me, and has often challenged me to intentionally think about how I am living my faith before my own kids. “A child is not likely to find a Father in God 24
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.
unless he or she finds something of God in their father.” I am so thankful my family has seen the love and character of Father God displayed in our earthly dad’s life. Doc, thank you for being a great “Pop!” DOC AND THE ROCK That Father’s Day phone call eleven years ago would lead to the most intense decision-making process I have ever experienced in my life. Almost a month later, after praying daily the words of Matthew 6:33 (“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness . . . ), I found myself unable to sleep one night, crying out to God in prayer at about 2:30AM. I felt led to open my Bible and walk slowly through some of the life verses God has shown me in my life. Ultimately, I was led to
Isaiah 51, and given a moment of clarity about how the Lord was leading my life. In those words, I found the answer to the question I had been seeking. Both my Futral family and the Broadmoor Family were the quarry from which I had been hewn. I knew without a doubt a part of the rock from which I had been cut was a man called “Doc.” I am so very grateful God led me to walk in the legacy of both of these faith families. Thank you, Broadmoor, for being a family to my family and allowing my dad and me to share life with you! Thank you, Doc, for being a Rock and sharing life with all of us! Story by Rob Futral, Lead Pastor
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Published on Jun 16, 2014