Marshall Wayne Sullivan

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

Marshall Wayne Sullivan


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 in the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  4. As a pastor, I feel a great burden to shepherd and equip the saints to live a life that pleases God and brings Him great glory.
  5. As an entrepreneur, I seek to have an impact upon the Church and culture by operating a God-honoring business that helps to support my family. While I am not making tents, I am creating products that fulfill my needs at and 
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

Favorite Quotes


In this section, I am going to talk about areas of ministry that I excel at. 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 communication. This does not speak of eloquence or charisma, but mainly of the ability to present an argument or idea in an understandable fashion. Communication can be non-verbal, verbal, or written. I believe 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.

Like most people, I have plenty of room for growth in many different areas; however, I believe that my strengths demonstrate the abilities and aptitude to help me further pursue my calling as a pastor. I am a lifelong learner. Someone who is constantly seeking to grow in my areas of expertise, not for my benefit alone, but for the benefit of my family, my church, and my Lord! Over the years, I have taught myself photography, graphics design, web design, social media marketing, and ecommerce. These are skills that have proven to be invaluable in ministry and in life. 


  • Approachability - 95%
  • Teamwork - 90%
  • Mentoring - 85%
  • Communication - 90%
  • Leadership - 90%
  • Administration - 85%

Professional Experience

Founder / Owner

ZealousHomes, LLC - September 2022 -

  • Founded a Christian-based business that provides spiritual growth resources for individuals and families. Our goal is to ignite a stunning zeal for our followers’ sensational journey.
  • We write, edit, and publish articles and resources to encourage a passionate zeal in following after Christ personally and at home. 
  • We offer a podcast to motivate and train Christians for the journey ahead. 
  • We have recently added an online store to provide Christian gifts and apparel designed to help proclaim Christ and shine His light into our culture. 
  • You can learn more at and

Lead Pastor / Church Planter

Zealous Church - June 2022 -

  • Planted and pastor a small, yet active church for the glory of God. 
  • Oversee weekly gatherings where fellowship around the Word is central to all we do. 
  • Provide pastoral care and administration. 

Lead Pastor

Ephesus Baptist Church, Spring Hope, NC - August 2018 - March 2022

  • Served as the Lead Pastor in a Church Revitalization Process.
  • Saw positive growth as the average attendance grew from approximately 25-30 to 60+ souls every Sunday prior to Covid Pandemic.
  • Oversaw a staff that included a volunteer secretary, the music director, and a ministry intern. 
  • Preached in all weekly services, lead ministry to children and youth, performed baptisms, administered the Lord’s Supper, and conducted funerals and weddings.

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:
  • 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:

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


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.

Pursuing SYMBIS Facilitator Certification

SYMBIS | Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott - December 2023

In the process of gaining this pre-marriage and marriage counseling certification. Should be completed by the end of the 2023. 

Pursuing PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Counseling Certification

PREPARE/ENRICH - December 2023

In the process of completing training to gain PREPARE/ENRICH pre-marriage and marriage counseling certification. Completion should occur by the end of December 2023. 


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."

Mark Qualls

Missionary to South Africa and Former Store Manager, LifeWay Christian Stores, Rocky Mount, NC

Wayne Sullivan and I have known each other for about 20 years. We both worked at LifeWay Christian stores and he was a wonderful mentor and leader to the staff and truly valuable to LifeWay. Over the years, I have seen him grow immensely and I greatly respect his character. Wayne is willing to stand against unbiblical or unethical teaching and behavior backed by sound biblical theology even when it may cause him personal harm. He has shown great initiative with the development of an online community (Zealous Church) and merchandise store. It is exciting to see the new offerings and ideas he presents through this medium. These are all important elements of his character and personality, but by far I appreciate his love and compassion for others. He has shown great love for my family through prayer and encouragement while we have served overseas. He genuinely loves the people he leads and consistently shows a concern for their well-being.


  • Approachability
  • Teamwork
  • Mentoring
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Administration

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What Is Expository Preaching? -

What Is Expository Preaching?

Travel from one church to another and you will likely find a wide array of preaching that labels itself expository. The differences that you may encounter will amaze you. So what exactly is expository preaching? Is it merely a subjective rendering of preaching based on the individual preacher’s style, or is it something more? Is there an objective logic behind expository preaching that provides a basic defining pattern by which expository preaching can be defined? What is expository preaching?

Click the download link below to read my answer to the question, “What is Expository Preaching?”

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