I am, first and foremost, a follower and worshiper of Christ. My aim is to worship God in all that I do, but that worship is manifested most often in my music and in my writing, through the creative gifts He has given me .
My educational background is primarily in music. My degree is in music & psychology, from Tennessee Technological University, and I am currently pursuing my M.Div at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In October 2015, I accepted the call to become the Worship Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Powell, TN, a suburb of Knoxville. Prior to that, I spent 16 years serving in various capacities at Stevens Street Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN. Both congregations are dear to me, and the Lord has blessed me greatly in my service to each. My wife Laurie and I are enjoying life in our new city with our three children, Nate, Carrie, and Nora.
My leisure time is mainly spent reading, watching hockey (Go Predators!), and practicing/performing music. I am currently a member of the cornet section in the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, and always looking for more opportunities to perform!
About This Blog
This blog has evolved quite a bit since it began in 2009, reflecting my personal growth and changing interests. Its content ranges from theological and political musings to book reviews and cultural commentary. Whatever the topic, though, my goal is always to point readers to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by challenging the way they think, and by sharing testimony of what God has done in my life. You’ll also find some of my writing at a separate website devoted to the study of hymns: Systematic Hymnology.
As earnestly as I try to keep this blog as honoring to the Lord as possible, I am a flawed human being, and am bound to make mistakes. I humbly ask for the accountability of others to correct me when I have written something that is factually or contextually incorrect. Comments are always welcome here, but I do request that they always be respectful in tone, both to me and to other commenters. I reserve the right to edit comments for clarity or brevity, and to delete part or all of any comment that links or refers to another website or resource containing content that I deem inappropriate or unhelpful.
Finally, I should make the disclaimer that, while I am in full agreement with the doctrinal beliefs of my church, my words are my own. I do not speak or write on behalf of FBC Powell, and I am solely responsible for the content of this blog.
~ John Gardner