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December 7, 2012

First Assembly of God welcomes new pastors

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Knoxville —

While serving in Florida at a non-denominational church, the institution became credentialed with First Assemblies. When they moved to Des Moines, they were encouraged by a Des Moines minister to look into the open position at the Knoxville church. They also ran into Kerry Van Campen, another minister who was actually working at the same Florida church they were, just at a different time.

"He's actually the one that recommended us for this position," Wayne said. The fact that the ran into a "neighbor" in such a way, reaffirmed Wayne's belief that God has a plan. 

"The Lord, he has plans for us to prosper in ways we can't see," Wayne said. He and Jackie went for a ride around Knoxville and were impressed. The friendliness and hospitality of Knoxville were only a part of the overall positive impression he got from the town.

"I love it. I love the slower pace," Wayne said. "What's not to love? You've got a race track and a fishing hole." 

Wayne mentioned he is also a former stock car driver. Temptation hit him to get back into the business, after he took a look at the Knoxville Raceway. 

At the pulpit, Wayne says he likes to "mix up" his preaching style. Some sermons will be expository and topical. He occasionally gets charismatic, but says he is not the kind of minister who will "jump over the pews." Regardless of the way he presents his message, Wayne said they are all strong and truthful.

"The Lord has led me to give," Wayne said. "He's first and foremost in everything." 

Wayne and Jackie's first official week with the First Assembly of God Church was Nov. 28. They are glad to be in Knoxville, and, as for how long they will stay, Wayne said "that is entirely up to the Lord." 

"Wherever He says, I know that's where we're going to prosper," he said. 

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