OUR PASTOR

 

On the second Sunday of April 1987, Pastor Stanley E. Southall accepted the call of the Lord to the Rutland Missionary Baptist Church. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he attended the American Baptist College, Nashville, Tennessee. He also makes himself available for continued education through the annual National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Convention. He has three children: Marion, Adriane and Stanley II; and 3 grandsons, Charles, Nathan, Calvin, Jr; and 5 grand-daughters, Kayla, Olivia, Mya, Niesha and Ambria. 

 

Pastor Southall is a man with a big heart, and a deep abiding compassion for all people. He has dedicated his life to the Gospel Ministry, ministering to the needs of the total man.  Dedicated to excellence, Pastor Southall’s passion to serve goes way beyond traditional and usual protocol. He demonstrates the character of Christ in his everyday living and service. He exemplifies the true meaning of being a "faithful" servant of God.

 

   WHAT WE BELIEVE

  • There is one God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.

  • God created Adam and Eve in his own image. By disobedience, they fell from their sinless state through the temptation by Satan. This fall plunged humanity into a state of sin and spiritual death, and brought upon the entire race the sentence of eternal death. From this condition we can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit.

  • The eternally pre-existent Son became incarnate without human father, by being born of the Virgin Mary. Thus, in the Lord Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct. To effect salvation, he lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner's substitute, shedding his blood for the remission of sins. On the third day he rose from the dead in the body which had been laid in the tomb. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where he performs the ministry of intercession. He shall come again, personally and visibly, to complete his saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God.

  • When we have turned to God in penitent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are accountable to God for living a life separated from sin and characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. It is our responsibility to contribute by word and deed to the universal spread of the Gospel.

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