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

Favorite Quotes

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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Blog

My Position on Holy Scripture

November 21

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My Position on Holy Scripture -

My position on Scripture is summed up well in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 statement on the Scriptures,

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

I also affirm The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The full statement is available here. Below is the Short Statement from The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.


A SHORT STATEMENT

1.  God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost   mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God’s witness to Himself.
2.  Holy Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms, obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.
3.  The Holy Spirit, Scripture’s divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.
4.  Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.
5.  The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible’s own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.


God’s Word is God’s Word!

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