From the Desk of Rev. Robert Pycraft
1765 Pineknoll SE Kentwood, MI 49508
Cell: 616.318.8972 mailto:email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Testimony of Robert Pycraft
In 1952 I was born into the family of Richard Pycraft. I am thankful for a Christian family and upbringing.
At the age of 7, following a Sunday evening service, I came to the point of realizing I was a sinner in need and I accepted Christ as my Savior and was born into God's family-Romans 3:23; John 3:16. I was aware that I deserved judgment and to go to hell-Romans 6:23, but Christ paid the price for my sin with His precious blood on the cross- 1 Peter 2:24. I might not have been sure of my salvation at that time, but since then I know that I can never lose my salvation- 1 John 5:10-13; John 10:27-29.
At the age of 9, God spoke to my heart about obedience in baptism and I became a member of the First Baptist Church, Elyria, OH. Romans 6:3-10 tells me that the meaning of baptism and my need to live a serious life for God. Later on in high school, I totally yielded my life to God and was willing to obey His will for my life. I am grateful for my dedicated teachers and workers during those years. I am also grateful for the interest they had in youth and for the opportunities I had during high school.
After graduation from Avon Lake high School in 1970, I attended and graduated from Cedarville College 1974. I prepared for ministry and majored in Comprehensive Bible. God used many people to influence my life and I thank the Lord for the patience of the professors who cared enough to help shape my life. It was during those years at Cedarville that the Lord brought a special person into my life. Bette Warfield became my wife and life partner in 1973 during my senior year at Cedarville. Bette is a 1973 Graduate of Cedarville. After some time in ministry, I worked on continuing my education and I received my MRE degree from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in the spring of 1986.
After leaving Cedarville, the Lord led us to Grace Baptist Church in Toledo, OH where I served as Youth Pastor for six years, serving with Pastor Larry D. Engle. Those were very precious years for us and God was very good to us. The Lord gave us three lovely children while in Toledo as well as a fruitful ministry. We were then called to Grace Baptist Church in Lombard, IL in January 1981., to serve as youth Pastor with Pastor Gary Moosey until July 1984. From there I moved to Grand Rapids, MI where I served the Lord as the Awana Missionary to SW MI.
I have no doubt that God has called me to minister the gospel (Romans 10:14-18; Ephesians 4:11, 12; Acts 6:4) and that I will do faithfully until He comes again. He directed me to minister to teens for ten years. In July 1984, the Lord opened a new door and I started with Awana as Missionary to South Western Michigan.
Why I am ministering in Awana:
I believe the Awana program is a great evangelistic tool that can enhance your total church ministry. Awana can also help develop leadership in your church. My aim is and has been to serve you, (the local church) and to help make your Awana ministry productive. I will strive to equip your leaders to do the best job possible in reaching the youth of your community for Christ.
Ordained May 8, 1983 at Grace Baptist Church, Lombard, IL
Missions Commissioning: June 10, 1984 at Grace Baptist Church, Lombard, IL
Home church - Alpine Baptist, Comstock Park - Pastor Doug Compton