My testimony starts before I was born-with my parents. Both of them received Christ shortly before they were married. In 1974 they began attending Southside Baptist Church (which later became Wyldewood Baptist Church) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. On October 15, 1976, I was born into a Christian family. My parents faithfully took me to church and taught me Godly principles at home. At around the age of five, someone took me through the plan of salvation and I made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Around the same time, I started attending the christian school at Wyldewood. For the next six years I continued to learn about the things of God at home, at church, and at school.
God was working on my heart, convicting me that I wasn’t truly saved, but I kept reflecting back to the little prayer I had made when I was five. That always made me feel better for a little while. Finally, one night as I was trying to sleep, the Holy Spirit told me if I fell asleep and never woke up I would be in hell. I got up right then, went down to my parent’s room, and with tears in my eyes I told my mother I wasn’t saved. She took me through verses I had already learned at church and showed me how I could be 100% sure I was going to heaven when I died. I bowed my head, confessed I was a sinner, and accepted Christ as my Saviour. That was on April 11, 1988.
At the age of thirteen I started getting involved in our church’s Scripture printing ministry, Bearing Precious Seed. Bro. Jim Hoffman, (the man in charge of the printing ministry) let me do some simple things. As I worked in the print shop I received training and began to use some of the machines. While I was involved in printing, I was also working in other church ministries such as bus routes and children’s church. Through my teen years I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my life. I had no desire to go on to college after graduating from high school.
On June 2, 1995, I graduated from Wyldewood Christian School. Over the summer I worked at a job, and as fall approached, I was advised to get more schooling. I enrolled in a technical college and took a printing course at Wyldewood Baptist Bible Institute. At this time in my life, God was working some things out I didn’t even understand. During my first semester of technical school, a friend of mine started attending college, and I went down to visit him. God started working on my heart about going to Bible college. I thought that I would enroll for one semester and see how I liked it, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t return. In the spring of 1996, I began attending Fairhaven Baptist College in Chesterton, Indiana. To be honest, I didn’t like my first semester of school and had no intention of going back after the summer break. However, between my parents teaching me to finish what I started, and a still small voice telling me to continue, I went back and graduated.
Many things happened while I was at college! God really began directing my heart into what I was going to do with my life, and the more I prayed about it, the more I was led of God to go back to my home church and work in the Scripture printing ministry. Also while in college, I met my future bride, Starlite Gentry. We had our first date on December 1, 1998, we were engaged on January 29, 2000, and we married on August 12, 2000.
In December of 2000, I finished my schooling. In March of 2001, Star and I entered full-time service with the Bearing Precious Seed Ministry at Wyldewood Baptist Church. I believe God has given me much in my life and will require much of me.
I was born on March 18, 1980. At four years of age I was enrolled at Calvary Baptist Academy in Troy, Indiana. My father was the principal and preached in the chapel services. On March 16, 1985, I responded to Christ's love, received His mercy, and was wonderfully saved.
My parents, (Tom and Marguerite Gentry) surrendered to the call of God and moved our family to Romania in May of 1992. When our family came home in 1996 for a short furlough, we attended a mission conference in San Francisco. During that week I surrendered to full-time service, willing to do whatever God wanted of me.
In August of 1997, I came back to the United States to further my education at Fairhaven Baptist College. I graduated on May 18, 2000, with a Secretarial degree.
Tim and I both grew up in Christian families that serve the Lord and I'm thankful that he brought us together to raise a Christian family and to serve the Lord in the printing ministry.
I was born in Appleton, WI and raised in a Catholic family. Monica and I were married April 29, 1967. We have four children Michael, Kimberly, Daniel, and Benjamin. Michael and Kimberely are both married . The first time I was witnessed to I was 21 years old and in VietNam. For 2 years I fought God and was not willing to believe that I needed a Saviour. God used many people to win me to Christ. I became a Christian August 16, 1970. We attended Bay City Baptist Church in Green Bay, WI where I served as Sunday school superintendent. Then God sent a missionary and stirred my heart for the need for the word of God in our world.
On July 31, 1977, I answered the call of God on my life. We moved to the First Baptist Church of Georgetown, DE where I attended their Bible Institute. I served in that church for two years and moved to Wyldewood Baptist Church, Oshkosh, WI, as director of their scripture publishing ministry. April 11, 1981 I was ordained by Wyldewood Baptist Church. I was sent out as a missionary and have raised my personal support. I am involved in raising money for scriptures on a continual basis. What we produce is distributed free to the lost. We try to get churches to sponsor the scriptures for their missionaries and then we produce them at cost of materials.