New pastor at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth
C.W. Faulkner is the new pastor of First Baptist Church of Wolfforth.
Originally from Bryan, Faulkner recently completed his studies at a seminary in Kentucky. A classmate from the Lubbock area told him about the vacant post in Wolfforth.
Faulkner said he and his wife, Emily, came to look around Wolfforth and liked what they saw.
“It just seems like a great small-town community, but it’s on the edge of Lubbock,” he said. Faulkner said he was also impressed by the school district because he has a 5- and 7-year-old in elementary school, and a 9-month-old who will be joining them someday.
The warmth of the Wolfforth people also attracted him, and he said that same quality is evident in the people at First Baptist.
“They laughed at my jokes,” he said, adding, “I’m not the funniest guy.”
As a pastor, he said some of the same things that would draw people to sit in pews pull at him. The people in the church were the type he would like to attend church with, he said, so it was a selling point in getting him to be the pastor.
“One of the things I love about this church is there are people from every generation,” he said, noting that in his last church, everyone was young, and most were younger than him.
Asked what he plans to bring to First Bapstist, Faulkner joked, “My family, every week.”
But more seriously, he said he hopes to help shepherd people, teach God’s word and encourage them.
“I think the most important thing in the whole world is the Gospel,” Faulkner said. “I don’t see this church as needing correction.”
While people may deserve judgment, he said, God has given them a way to be reconciled with Him. He said he hopes mercy and grace should be clear in the message at First Baptist and in the lives of its members.
Faulkner said the church is currently studying the book of Mark, and should hit the resurrection by Easter Sunday.
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