Dr. Jerry Christopher

 

 

Dr. Jerry Christopher is currently serving as the Executive Director of Missions for Fannin Baptist Association
in onham,Texas. After mentoring pastors and church leaders for the past several years, he recently felt called to
become more proactive in individual, congregational, team, and organizational coaching. This passion led to    
starting Amaxa Leadership.

Dr. Christopher has an Executive and Professional Coaching Certification from the University of Texas School
of Management Graduate Executive Coaching Program. This certification along with certification through                            International Coaching Federation (ICF) provides solid and reputable credentials in the coaching profession. He has 
been a minister of the Gospel for over 45 years and feels a particular passion for coaching and mentoring leaders.

"It is my desire as an executive coach to encourage and give inspiration to pastors and leaders in reaching their maximum potential,"
Dr. Christopher said. "My vision is to help churches and organizations be healthy and productive in fulfilling the Great Commission. 
I feel a sense of accomplishment and contentment to know that I've made a difference in someone's life. It gives me great joy to know
that I am encouraging someone to face reality and achieve their desired goals."

Dr. Christopher has been married to his wife, RaDonna, for 40 years.They have two grown children, Kaylan & Jeremy. Kaylan is a contract Writer/Editor. She is married to Major Nathan Pruess, USAF. Jeremy is an Account Executive with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in Arlington, Texas. He is married to Jenine and they have a daughter and son, Penny and Jacob.  Jerry & his wife currently reside in Bonham,Texas.


Purpose Statement:

My purpose is to coach and mentor leaders to reach their maximum potential.


Vision Statement:

To encourage leaders to be healthy and proactive in their service to God and people through sharpening their skills and relationships at their desired pace.


Core Values:

  • Scripture - To help people understand and apply the inerrant and infallible Word of God.
  • Evangelism - To reach lost people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Relevance - To be relational in a practical way to people and ideas.
  • Vigilant - To be proactive, open to change and synergy.
  • Integrity - To be trustworthy and transparent.
  • Compassion - To love God and people as Christ loves us.
  • Excellence - To pursue a high degree of virtue in all things.

Education:

  • Doctorate of Ministry - Luther Rice Seminary, May 1982, Jacksonville, FL
  • Master of Divinity - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, July 1979, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion - Oklahoma Baptist University, May 1975, Shawnee, OK
  • Associate of Arts in Secondary Education - Eastern Oklahoma State University, May 1973, Wilburton, OK

Ministry Experience:

June 1995-Present
Executive Director of Missions, Fannin Baptist Association, Bonham, TX

August 1986-June 1995
Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Burkburnett, TX

April 1984-August 1986
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Alex, OK

July 1979-April 1984
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Custer City, OK

Summer 1975
Youth Minister, Trinity Baptist Church, El Reno, OK

1971-1973
Pastor, High Bridge Baptist Church, Wilburton, OK

June-August 1973
Baptist Student Ministry Summer Missionary, Montana/South Dakota 


Achievements/Certifications:

December 2010
Modelnetics Leadership Certification

October 2007 
Certified as an Executive & Professional Coach from the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management Professional and Executive Coaching Certification Program

May 2007
Certified in Dynamas Systems from Birkman International 

May 2005
Coaching Teams and Groups Interactive Training

April 2005
The Coach Approach to Evangelism and Discipleship Interactive Training

March 2005
Valwood Christian Leadership and Congregational Coaching Certification; "Introduction to Congregational Coaching" Interactive Training, Hollifield Leadership Center, Hickory, North Carolina

January 2004
Transitional Pastor Certification, Lifeway Chrsitian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

Spring 2002
Building for Kingdom Growth: Capital Fund Program Consultant with Eklund, May & Associates

April 2002
F.A.I.T.H. Basic Sunday School Evangelism Strategy, Lifeway, Nashville, Tennessee

1999-2000
Training in Mentoring with Baptist General Convention of Texas and Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma

June 2000
Certified in Successful Christian Financial Management, Lifeway Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

April 2000
Certified as Personal Financial Counselor with Lifeway Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

March 1997
Pastoral Intentional Interim Training Process Phases 1-3, Baptist General Convention of Texas

March 1997
Consulting with Churches Certification, Baptist General Convention of Texas

March 1996
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Certification, Baptist General Convention of Texas

October 1995
Conflict Meditation Certification, Baptist General Convention of Texas

Summer 1991
Master Builder Certification, Glorieta, New Mexico

April 1990
MasterLife I & II Certification

October 1986
Continuing Witness Training (CWT) Certification

1978-1979
Evangelism Explosion Certification, and Trainer Evangelism Explosion, Southcliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas


Philosophy of Ministry:

God has called me to minister to and challenge the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission. I believe the local church should follow the example of the New Testament church. It was commissioned by Jesus to evangelize the world and to make disciples. 

I believe it is important that the local church fulfill Christ's commission and commandments. The ministry of the New Testament church is to build godly character in her membership, which will in turn motivate the members to be faithful in their lifestyles and proactive in fulfilling the Great Commission. I believe the following points should always be present in the church:

  • The ministries of the church should have functional goals and objectives.
  • There should be strong emphasis in penetrating the community with the Gospel and participating in the support of mission projects.
  • The church should be proactive and aggressive when ministering to people.
  • The members must be involved in lifestyle evangelism and discipleship.
  • There must be a caring concern for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people while expanding the kingdom.
  • The ministry of the New Testament church must have a spirit of sacrifice that goes beyond the ordinary.
  • A primacy must be put on the worship of God among believers.

I am convinced my ministry is to motivate and challenge pastors and church leaders to follow the inerrant and infallible Word of God, and to be better equipped to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ. When God called me to ministry it was to be an evangelist. However, throughout my ministry, I believe that coaching and mentoring pastors and church leaders has helped accomplish my passion for evangelism.  

I've found that I can be evangelistic though being a pastor to pastors. Coaching and mentoring leaders allows me the privilege of reproducing the insights and expterise God had bestowed on me to others. Over time, I've felt that my ministry gifts have been enhanced by my ministry in denominational service.  

This type of ministry gives me a close working relationship with pastors and churches on a daily basis. The opportunity I've had to be evangelistic and mission-oriented has confirmed my calling and desire to help strengthen existing churches, encourage new and difficult work, and equip church leadership to be proficient in fulfilling the Great Commission. 

This calling is best summed up in my mission statement which is to coach and mentor leaders to reach their maximum potential! The end result is to coach and mentor leaders, congregations, teams and organizations that will be characterized by values such as compassion, humility, integrity, resourcefulness, servanthood along with a mission/purpose, a vision.

 

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