LTD Podcast E24: Pastor Jeff – Christianity is Global
Pastor Jeff has been the pastor of Hilltop Church in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina for a whopping 33 years. He and his wife have 2 adult children. Pastor Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College and a Masters of Ministry from the Seminary of Bob Jones University. He is the chairman of the board of the Free Will Baptist North American Missions. He is an avid UNC basketball fan. He’s taught homiletics for 19 years. In 1995, he worked diligently to change the church environment and turn it into a missions-minded church. When he was elected as a pastor, he initiated the policy of allocating 10% of every dollar that comes into the church for the mission field. And this has been an ongoing practice ever since.
In his 52 years of existence, Pastor Jeff watched the church in America come a long way in measuring diversity in the mix of blacks and whites and making some very tough decisions that they knew were honoring God. But they also knew these decisions were going to make people conflicted and even very uncomfortable. He talked about specific instances where diversity became a challenge for his church. But he was steadfast in not letting that become a conflict because he wanted a church where everyone was welcome. And they made a major change in the DNA of their church back in those days. He is a witness to the church coming a long way and lowering its resistance and its conflicts between blacks and whites.
They are now advocating for the millions of foreign-born internationals moving into the US. Pastor Jeff really believes that God and his sovereignty are bringing them to the US absent to the gospel in order for them to become ambassadors for the gospel; so that the church of the USA would partner with them and fulfill in the great commission. We can do a much better job in fulfilling the great commission together than we would apart. The dream is for every pastor, every church leader in America, every believer, to have a very strong brother or sister in Christ of another nationality, another skin tone, another language.
Pastor Jeff believes in reaching every people group with the Gospel and his church are committed to doing their part. He thinks we can always do more. But his ultimate desire is to propagate the gospel to the world, and that’s something that drives him. Christianity is not American. Christianity is global. It’s the world. It’s why Jesus came and he wants Hilltop Church to reflect that. He does not care what the color of a man’s skin is. He does not care what language he has. According to Pastor Jeff, if he has the power to tell that person about Jesus Christ, he would want to tell him and the world about Jesus Christ.
Global Hope India: For over 20 years we have been watching God radically transform thousands of Americans & Indian Nationals through missions. We’ve taken nearly 1,000 Americans on short-term mission trips to India. We work with 12 long-term indigenous church planting partners located in North, South, East, & West mainland India as well as Northeast India. We empower the Church in India to make Christ known through leadership, child, & village development projects. Global Hope India is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Morrisville, North Carolina. All gifts are tax-deductible. More about GHI.
Meet Pastor Kevin: Pastor Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India and your host for Living the Dream Podcast. He’s a poor kid from rural North Carolina, but get this… He just returned from his 50th trip to India in 20 years. If he doesn’t yet hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the most trips to India then he’s got to be close. He’s flown over a million miles to 27 different countries. He’s taken nearly 1,000 people on mission trips to India. Global Hope India has seen thousands of Indian Nationals and Americans radically transformed by God through missions. The miracle continues! More about Pastor Kevin.
About Kevin White
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin’s shepherd’s heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin’s strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us
About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing – advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way – through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God’s work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org.