Ordained in 1983 by Forest Hill Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina USA. Forest Hill is Southern Baptist Convention affiliated. I was entering Seminary at the time, and unofficially helping with children’s programs then.
Licensed to preach the Gospel by Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Westminster, SC in 1978. I was serving as a youth pastor at the time.
Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina. I earned an Associate of Arts Degree there in 1977. This is my home town school. I was born in Anderson in 1954. I am retired now and on disability and live in Foothills Assisted Living in West Union, SC a few miles from Anderson. I am still able to sing and preach and write so I am posting this resume.
Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC. Bachelor of Arts. I learned a lot at this school and they were kind to Baptist and other students from different faiths. We had fun learning from each others differences and found a lot of common ground too.
Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC, Master of Divinity. 1986. This fine institution is owned and operated by the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church. Erskine proved to be a blessing to me because my family was going through a crisis at this time. My father was dying from lung cancer and the seminary faculty did everything they could to help me graduate before he died like recording classes and letting me take exams alone. Then when he died the professors and some of the students showed up at the funeral home to greet my family because I was a part of their family. My father lived long enough to see my diploma then he died a week later. A pastor himself he had always dreamed of going to seminary but never had the chance and I fulfilled that dream for him and me. Through Erskine I served as a supply pastor.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville Seminary, Master of Arts. I had always dreamed of going to Southern. Being able to go to a school with such a long tradition. Many friends of mine from Anderson were already there as well as a former pastor. Louisville was his home town so he took a church there and I felt at home too with so many friend there already and I met knew friends easily too.
That is my eduction summary. A word about my jobs. I guess I would have to say that I was a bivocational
pastor. I would work on a regular job or be in school and work in a church part time and I understand that the Southern Baptist Convention is saying that is going to happen to ministers on a more regular basis in the future because churches will not be able to hire full time ministers on a regular basis. So I guess I was a kind of pioneer in this. As far as my secular jobs went I always seemed to have custodial jobs which was fine. Sometimes I worked in public schools. Sometimes I worked in plants. My favorite job was with AnMed Health in Anderson, SC as an Environmental Services Technician which involved more than just cleaning. It involved cheering up patients and families. And disinfecting and purifying areas. And all of the doctors and surgeons knew that they could not do what they were doing if we were not doing what we were doing. I was friends with large number of people in the hospital. I got asked by the chaplain to do a reading for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I was already friends with many in the black community before then but they really befriended me after that. This ends my summary. Some of my hobbies include writing poetry at:
http://www.booksie.com/John Ward. Look it up if you are interested. And check out my other post here at John Wards World. I am also into acting and comedy as well as preaching and singing. Thank you for your time.
By the was: I became a Christian when I was 7 years old and I had a speech impediment. Contact me at Facebook to find out how I was healed of that.
Rev. Doctor Randy Keasler Rev. Bob Marcaurelle
Westminster Baptist Church Meadowbrook Baptist Church
Westminster, South Carolina Anderson, South Carolina
The name of the production company that I have acted for is Dead Horse Productions in Anderson, SC.