Marshall Wayne Sullivan

Marshall Wayne Sullivan Christ-Follower, Husband, Father, Pastor, Theologian

Introduction
Marshall Wayne Sullivan

Introduction

Who I am in Christ.
  1. As a Christ-Follower, i must continually cultivate the personal love relationship Jesus Christ initiated with me.
  2. As a Husband, I am thankful for, deeply committed to, and madly in love with my beautiful bride, Crystal.
  3. As a Father, I love being daddy to my two adorable daughters: Abigail and Elizabeth. I have a strong conviction to raise them to love Jesus Christ.
  4. As a Pastor, I feel a great burden to responsibly shepherd and equip the saints to live a life that pleases God and brings Him great glory.
  5. As a Theologian, I understand that I must continue to deepen my understanding of God if I will be used by Him to have an impact upon the Church and culture. 
If you are interested in getting to know more about me, please review the information I have provided in my Welcome! post. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of the will of God. 

Who I Am

Marshall Wayne Sullivan
Nashville, NC, United States
(252) 886-0634
mwsullivan77@gmail.com

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Expertise

In this section, I am going to talk about areas of ministry that I excel at. What a hard subject to express in words. I am not the type of person who boasts in my achievements, skills, and talents, but for this purpose I will attempt to share three areas that I believe to be my top personal skills or strengths. I will conclude with a brief look at the results of a strength assessment I recently completed.
  1. Approachability/Relatability: Approachability is about being accessible, consciously breaking down perceived barriers, having appropriate body language, and using the right verbal communication and listening skills. Relatability is about connection. How well you connect with different people on a level of empathy and relation. Being approachable and relatable is key to building relationships and creating a strong team in which trust, confidence and ideas can flow. I have long been told that I have the gift of being able to approach and relate to almost anyone. I would like to think that this is one of my greatest traits.
  2. Communication:  As a pastor, it is imperative to be gifted in the area of communication. This does not speak to eloquence or charisma, but mainly to the ability to present an argument or idea in an understandable fashion. Communication can be non-verbal, verbal, or written. I believe that I am gifted in communicating well at each of these levels.
  3. Teamwork: Every church needs a team of individuals to function in unity if it is going to make an impact for the Kingdom. I believe another strong skill that defines me is that I am a person who works well in a strong team environment. It is easy to be a lone ranger, but a team takes work. In the end, the strong team will always accomplish more than the greatest lone ranger.  
It is also important for a person to seek to understand the strengths that they may not see. During my Church Planter Training, I was required to take a strengths test. Below are my top five talents or strengths, ranked in the order revealed by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment.
  1. Learner
  2. Intellection
  3. Responsibility
  4. Input
  5. Achiever
Based on my top five themes, I understand my strengths to be consistent with the gifts the Holy Spirit has given me in the areas of Preaching and Teaching, Administration, and Pastoral Counseling. For more information on my strengths view my blog post on StrengthsFinder.
Conclusion:
Like most people, I have adequate room for growth in many different areas; however, I believe that my strengths demonstrate the abilities and aptitude to help me further my calling as a pastor. I hope to be a lifelong learner. Someone who is constantly seeking to grow in my areas of expertise, not for my benefit, but for the benefit of my family, my church, and my Lord!

Skills

  • Approachability - 95%
  • Teamwork - 90%
  • Mentoring - 90%
  • Communication - 90%
  • Leadership - 95%
  • Administration - 95%

Professional Experience

High School Science Teacher

New Life Christian Academy, Rocky Mount, NC - July 2017 - January 2018

  • Courses Taught: Advanced Microsoft, Bible Doctrine, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physics, and Physical Education.

Transitional Pastor

Cornerstone Baptist Church, Spring Hope, NC - August 2015 - August 2017

  • To provide oversight and guidance as the congregation moves toward healing, revitalization, and renewal among the church and community.
  • To preach weekly services, lead ministry to children and youth, perform baptisms, administer the Lord’s Supper, and conduct funerals and weddings.
  • Had the privilege to lead four youth to know and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. 

Temporary Interim Pastor

Macedonia Baptist Church, Spring Hope, NC - October 2013 - October 2013

  • Preached biblical sermons during the congregation’s transition to a permanent interim minister.

Part-time Keyholder

LifeWay Christian Stores, Rocky Mount, NC - March 2012 - February 2015

  • Part of the store management team.
  • Responsible for counting, recovering, and delivering bank deposits.
  • Assisted shoppers in finding resources for their spiritual growth.
  • Handled all shipping and receiving duties for our store. 

Church Planting Internship

Wilson Community Church, Wilson, NC - September 2012 - July 2013

  • Attended the weekly staff meeting where the church leaders evaluated past ministry and planned for future ministry endeavors
  • Taught a 10 week class on evangelism using “The Story” curriculum.
  • Co-taught the monthly “Connect 101” new members class.
  • Led a small group that allowed me the opportunity to baptize four new believers.
  • Received a firsthand look at how a successful church plant functions. 
  • Church Website: www.wccnc.org
  • Sermon Preached at Wilson Community Church

Senior Pastor

Poovey's Grove Baptist Church, Granite Falls, NC - November 2010 - January 2012

  • Preached expository sermons during our two Sunday Services.
  • Facilitated prayer meetings on Wednesday evenings.
  • Provided oversight to the weekly visitation ministry.
  • Performed frequent visitation of healthy, hospitalized, and shut-in church members as well as the friends and family of church members..
  • Met the churches needs through Pastoral Counseling, Administration, Ordinances, Funerals, Weddings,  and other day to day functions of pastoral ministry in the life of the church.
  • Church Website: www.pooveysgrove.org

Part-time Youth Minister

Benvenue Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC - March 2008 - January 2009

  • Organized and led all youth activities with a gospel centered mindset.
  • Assisted the pastor in the worship service.
  • Assisted the pastor in leading the weekly visitation program: G.R.O.W.
  • Youth ministry grew from one student to fourteen students in a period of approximately six months. 

NRBA Youth Director

North Roanoke Baptist Association, Dortches, NC - September 2007 - August 2009

  • Coordinated with Associational youth ministers to encourage, support, and enhance their ministry to students.  

Full-time Minister of Students

Edgemont Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC - July 2007 - January 2008

  • Organized and led children, youth, and college/career departments.
  • Provided oversight to the various weekly programs available to children, youth, and college/career students.
  • Assisted the pastor in leading a local weeklong mission project.
  • Organized multiple children and youth trips and activities.
  • Assisted Englewood Baptist Church in bringing Josh McDowell to lead a youth outreach event, by serving on their planning team.
  • Assisted the pastor in carrying out his ministry duties when needed.
  • Preached to the entire congregation at least once a month.

Part-time Keyholder

LifeWay Christian Stores, Rocky Mount, NC - November 2005 - June 2007

  • Part of the store management team.
  • Responsible for counting, recovering, and delivering bank deposits.
  • Assisted shoppers in finding resources for their spiritual growth.
  • Handled all shipping and receiving duties for our store. 

Education History

Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry with Biblical Languages

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary - January 2005 - May 2010

Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences

North Carolina State University - January 1998 - May 2001

Bachelors of Science in Botany

North Carolina State University - January 1998 - May 2001

Certifications

Certified NC Church Planter

North Carolina Baptist Convention and NAMB - November 2012

Specialized certification through the North Carolina Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board which prepares ministers to begin church planting work in North America.

Certified Transitional Pastor

South Carolina Baptist Convention and LifeWay - October 2014

Specialized certification program offered through the South Carolina Baptist Convention and LifeWay which prepares pastors for transitional pastoral ministry.

Recommendations

Larry Curtis

Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC

"Wayne Sullivan is one of the brightest young expositional preachers of our day. He is not only a visionary leader, but also has a pastor’s heart, and he is a man of prayer. His dedication to the Lord and His Word is evident in his faithfulness to God’s call upon him to pastor a church as well as his exemplary devotion to his wife and children. I cannot say enough about Wayne’s gifting as a pastor."

Danny Henderson

Former Store Manager, LifeWay Christian Stores, Rocky Mount, NC

"I have known Wayne Sullivan for years, and had the distinct privilege of working with him on two separate occasions. He is an outstanding young man and an exceptional preacher. His ability to interpret scripture and defend the Word of God have always impressed me as a fellow believer. Having had the experience of working in a retail environment with Wayne, I can also attest to his strong work ethic and attention to detail. I believe any company, church, or other organization would be greatly enhanced by his involvement and blessed by his deep devotion to his faith."

Skills

  • Approachability
    95%
  • Teamwork
    90%
  • Mentoring
    90%
  • Communication
    90%
  • Leadership
    95%
  • Administration
    95%

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My Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment

November 18

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My Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment - My Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment -

Below are my top five themes of talent, ranked in the order revealed by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder.

As you may know, the Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talent in 34 categories called “themes.” These themes were determined by The Gallup Organization as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors.

Focusing on naturally powerful talents helps people use them as the foundation of strengths and enjoy personal, academic, and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.

Learner

You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”

Intellection

You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the “muscles” of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths. On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus. The theme of Intellection does not dictate what you are thinking about; it simply describes that you like to think. You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion, as you pose yourself questions and try out answers on yourself to see how they sound. This introspection may lead you to a slight sense of discontent as you compare what you are actually doing with all the thoughts and ideas that your mind conceives. Or this introspection may tend toward more pragmatic matters such as the events of the day or a conversation that you plan to have later. Wherever it leads you, this mental hum is one of the constants of your life.

Responsibility

Your Responsibility theme forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. Your good name depends on it. If for some reason you cannot deliver, you automatically start to look for ways to make it up to the other person. Apologies are not enough. Excuses and rationalizations are totally unacceptable. You will not quite be able to live with yourself until you have made restitution. This conscientiousness, this near obsession for doing things right, and your impeccable ethics, combine to create your reputation: utterly dependable. When assigning new responsibilities, people will look to you first because they know it will get done. When people come to you for help—and they soon will—you must be selective. Your willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead you to take on more than you should.

Input

You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information—words, facts, books, and quotations—or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls, or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.

Achiever

Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day—workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.

To discover your top five themes, visit http://www.strengthsfinder.com.

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