Your Mondays

are about to get marvelous!

Marvelous Mondays begin June 21

The Marvelous Schedule
5:15pm Supper for the Worship Choir, Fellowship Hall
5:45pm Meal for Church, Fellowship Hall
5:45pm Worship Choir Rehearses, Sanctuary
6:30pm Marvelous Service, Sanctuary
Marvelous Kids (completed grades1-6), Arena

Who’s Coming?

June 21, Dr. David Hankins
June 28 Rev. Jeff Strueker
July 12, Marvelous Night of Worship
July 19, Dr. Mac Brunson
July 26, Christian Illusionist Jim Munroe
August 2, Dr. Chuck Kelley
August 9, Dr. Ted Traylor

Their Stories…

June 21: Dr. David Hankins
June 28: Pastor Jeff Struecker
July 19: Dr. Mac Brunson
July 26: Jim Munroe
August 2: Dr. Chuck Kelley
August 9: Dr. Ted Traylor
Dr. David Hankins | June 21
Our veteran speaker is one requested by many to speak at our Marvelous Mondays and is a passionate preacher and the father to Pastor Eric. Don’t’ miss Dr. Hankins as he kicks off our Marvelous Mondays. Dr. Hankins is the retired Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and Pastor of several southeast churches. Dr. Hankins has authored “One Sacred Effort” which is required reading by every  SBC seminary student as it covers the history of the Cooperative Program. Since retirement Dr. Hankins enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and golf.
Pastor Jeff Struecker | Pastor, Author, Former Ranger | June 28
Jeff Struecker was a decorated soldier. At age 18, he enlisted in the United  States Army as an Infantryman and retired as a chaplain with over 22   years of active federal service. In 2017, he was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame. He served for ten years in the 75th Ranger Regiment   in positions from Private to Platoon Sergeant. While serving in this unit, Jeff competed in and won the David L. Grange Best Ranger Competition in 1996. He taught ROTC at the University of Louisville and was recognized in 1998 as the US Army ROTC, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Jeff spent his final ten years in the US Army serving as a chaplain in Airborne and Ranger units. Throughout his career, Jeff has attended numerous professional military schools and has received many awards and commendations. Some of his awards include the Ranger Tab, Combat   Infantryman’s  Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutists Wings, Military Freefall Master Parachutist Wings, several foreign jump wings and the  Combat Action Badge. He has been awarded other commendations and decorations throughout his military career.  His combat experience includes participation in the invasion of Panama, Operation Desert Storm, Black Hawk Down in Somalia, and more than a dozen combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Jeff has been awarded medals for valor in combat and has received many medals as recognition for his service in the US Army. Struecker was portrayed by American actor Brian Van Holt in the 2001 film, Black Hawk Down.
Jeff holds a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He also has several other earned and honorary degrees. 
He is the lead pastor of 2 Cities Church in Columbus, Georgia. He in an award-winning author with five books in print. He and his wife, Dawn, have five children and four grandchildren.
Night of Worship | July 12
Our Worship Ministry will lead us in a night lifting up the name of Jesus! 
Dr. Mac Brunson | Pastor, Valleydale Church | July 19
Dr. Mac Brunson, Senior Pastor, Valleydale Church in Birmingham. Dr. Brunson has served in churches all across the south from Texas to South Florida, including First Baptist Dallas and First Jacksonville, FL. During his pastorate at First Dallas the church gave the largest Lottie Moon offering in SBC history, December 2003 of $1.2 million. . He has authored several books and the most receipt being “Paralyzed by Fear or Empowered by Hope”. Dr. Brunson has traveled on many mission trips all across Asia. 
Jim Munroe | Christian Illusionist | July 26
After a promising career in baseball ended in disappointment and confusion with a blown shoulder at the University of Texas, Munroe turned his mind towards investigating various philosophies and beliefs. Despite significant doubt at the time in the idea of a god, Munroe absorbed and tested Christianity as he searched for meaning. This investigation into the unknown and the supernatural also manifested itself in another pursuit: Magic.

Munroe loved magic. It blended perfectly with his belief that God existed in smoke and mirrors, alone. To Munroe, behind every religious curtain was a lie. However, the further he investigated Jesus, the more convinced he became of the unique claims of Christianity. And just as his magic career was taking off, Munroe found himself following Christ as his teacher.

By 2009, Munroe had become one of the most sought after magicians in the world; touring hundreds of cities and seeing sold out concert halls and theaters at almost every venue. It was at this time, his journey took an unexpected turn. His life was flipped upside down by a devastating diagnosis that gave him only a few months to live: Leukemia.

“Where do you turn when you have nothing but God to turn to?” Jim asks the crowds to whom he now speaks. “There’s something about facing death square in the eyes that changes your perspective… You realize that there’s something bigger than you going on behind the scenes of your life.”

Today, Jim Munroe is the author of “The Charlatan” and a sought after speaker at conferences and events around the world. His most recent speaking engagements included appearances at The Dream Center LA and the Catalyst Conference. Jim’s story is widely recognized from its feature with I Am Second. When he is not speaking or writing, he leads a theatrical production company called The Maze which performs throughout the world. He is a member of Gateway Church and lives with his wife and two children just outside Dallas, TX.

Dr. Chuck Kelley | President Emeritus, NOBTS | August 2

Dr. Chuck Kelley was the 8th President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, serving from 1996 to 2019. He continues to serve at NOBTS as President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor of Evangelism. He is founder and director of Innovative Evangelism as well as an itinerant preacher and evangelist. 

Kelley received his B.A. from Baylor University and his M.Div. and Th.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Before his election to the presidency in 1996, Dr. Kelley served as Director of the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Growth and Chairman of the Pastoral Ministries Division at the Seminary.

Dr. Kelley is known throughout the Southern Baptist Convention for his dynamic preaching and his expertise on evangelism and church growth.
Since his retirement as President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on July 31, 2019, Dr. Kelley and his wife, Dr. Rhonda Kelley, are spending time in their new home in Fairhope, Alabama and in an apartment on the NOBTS campus as they both continue to work with their beloved Seminary and pursue their ministry callings.

Dr. Ted Traylor | Senior Pastor, Olive Baptist Church | August 9
Dr. Ted Traylor, Senior Pastor Olive Baptist Church. One of our favorite closers for our marvelous Mondays is Dr. Traylor. His energetic and engaging messages leaves us challenged and ignited for more!

Since 1990 Dr. Ted Traylor has pastored Olive Baptist Church in  Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Traylor’s bold and practical preaching  brings people to a fresh understanding of God’s Word and challenges them  to become bondservants for Christ.

A lifelong enthusiastic sports fan, Ted’s early desire was to pursue a  career in coaching. But at age seventeen, he surrendered his life to  become a preacher of the Gospel. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in  Religion from Samford University in 1977 and a Master of Divinity (1981)  and Doctor of Ministry (1986) degrees from Southwestern Baptist  Theological Seminary.
He is known for his uncompromising stand on Biblical issues and  strong defense of the Christian faith. He has served in the Convention in various leadership roles on both State and National levels. Currently Dr. Traylor is  proud to serve on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes board for the  University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Dr. Traylor’s family is his proudest accomplishment. He has been  married to his beautiful wife, Liz, for 41 years. They have two  children, Rachel and Bennett, and are enjoying life with their  granddaughters Kathryn and Elizabeth