Our pastor, Tom Shelton, just celebrated his 50th year in ministry in January, 2018. Pastor Tom was born and raised in Kingsport, TN and went to Lynn View High School. Pastor Tom was saved in January, 1968, at State Line Baptist Church in Kingsport. He was 18 years old. The Lord began to work on his heart about preaching and he accepted the call. After graduation, he enrolled at Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, but finished at Liberty Baptist College. He married his sweetheart, Charlene, in 1971 After pastoring in Indiana, he and his wife served years in prison ministries and children's ministries in Tennessee and Virginia. In 1996, they went into full time missionary work among the Navajo Tribe in New Mexico/Arizona. After 11 successful years at Elim Haven Mission (Continental Divide, NM) they resigned and returned to their home state of Tennessee. In Newport, Pastor Tom served as pastor at Carson Springs Baptist Church for 3 and 1/2 years. He and his wife came to English Creek Baptist Church in October, 2014. They have 3 children and 7 grand-children.
My Chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, My Saviour, Has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercies reign
Unending love, Amazing Grace