Pastor Ron and Gen have come home to FGCC after 29 years! He is the assistant pastor to Pastor Knapp and Pastor Diane. Pastor Gen is the director of children’s ministry. After pastoring in Ohio for 23 years, Father God called him home for such a time as this. Pastor Ron & Gen have been married for 45 years. They have two daughters, Dawn, and Jennifer; six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and a Boxer named “Buddy.” Pastor Ron & Gen are thankful to be “home” at FGCC.
Pastors David and Diane Knapp both met and graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in the class of 1969. They have been in ministry for 48 years now. They pioneered Full Gospel Christian Center in 1978 and have ministered in this congregation for the last 38 years. Pastors David and Diane have three girls, Jennifer, Andrea, and Pamela. They have three granddaughters, Kaylie, Julianna, and Bethany. They enjoy spoiling and sending back to mommy and daddy.
William L. Lind — but many of you know him fondly as Brother Bill Lind and now as Pastor Bill. Bill served in the military from 1980-1984 in the Navy. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor where he worked on the submarine base and then later worked on board the ship – The USS Cochran DDG-21. After leaving the Navy, with his honorable discharge, who knew that 14 years later that a ship in the Bible would be the very thing that sails him right into Salvation.
In 1998, Bill Lind was watching a TV program documentary on the Discovery Channel about Noah’s Ark. Being an unbeliever, Bill was very curious to know more about this interesting book called the Bible. Bill got a bible and started to read it. Not quite understanding fully what he was reading, Bill called to God (this was his very first prayer) and said “God, I really want to know & understand this Bible, but I don’t know how, I need help understanding your words.”
The very next day, a Christian co-worker approached Bill and said “Bill, I am a Christian and God told me to tell you something. You may think that this is dumb, but God spoke to me last night and said that you were asking for help to understand the Bible”. Bill was shocked to hear these words!! Victor, his co-worker, invited Bill to a Tuesday night bible study at his church and Bill gave his heart to the Lord in June 1998 at the The Sacred Word Pentecostal Church in Brentwood, NY and a few weeks later he was baptized in the pastor’s pool.
Two and half years later, in 2001, Bill met Damaris Vargas. They met on January 6, 2001 – this was on 3 King’s day (a holiday celebrated by her Spanish heritage). How appropriate that God would bring them together on a day that celebrates the bringing of gifts to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Damaris was certainly blessed with a great gift from God in Bill Lind. The year that they met – – In 2001, Damaris introduced him to our church – Full Gospel Christian Center – almost 20 years ago! Faithfully, both of them have worked in various positions at this church. Bill has worked as an Usher, Head usher, Evangelism team member, Intercessory Prayer team member, Sunday School Kids-on-the-Move teacher, Men’s Ministry Leader, and Deacon. Bill is now retired from working for over 30 years in the warehousing, fulfillment and logistics area.
Bill’s zeal for the Word of God has never left him. Not only does he understand the Word of God now – – But he lives it every day — through his testimony and is always eager to impart it to others.