While all Christians are to evangelize and teach to some degree depending upon their talents and opportunities, God also recognized that some congregations would need men to work among them on a daily basis, preaching the whole counsel of God both to them and to the lost of the world (Acts 20:18-21, 26-27, 31-32; 1 Timothy 4:6, 11, 13, 15-16; Titus 2:1, 15 ) and joining with the pastors and other teachers of the congregation to use the doctrine of the apostles and prophets which is the New Testament to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Evangelists must heed the charge laid forth upon them by God:
Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
2 Timothy 4:2
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
We are happy to have Jon Mitchell as our evangelist here at Calhoun. Jon has been with us since June of 2016. He and his wife, Beth, and their two daughters, Katie and Ashlynn, moved here from South Carolina, where Jon had previously been preaching for 13 years. He started preaching the gospel in Illinois in 2000 after having graduated from Harding University with a B.A. in history, before marrying Beth in 2003 and moving to the South. He is the editor of the religious publication Carolina Messenger, has been part of the faculty of the North Carolina School of Biblical Studies and the Central Carolina School of Preaching, and has been involved in several mission trips to Ukraine. Jon loves to read, play basketball, walk his dog, and spend time with his family. Check out his blog at predenominationalchristianity.com!