TEACHING PASTOR

Justin Bilson

Office: 501-224-7171

LIFE STORY

For as long as I can remember, the local church has always been a fixture in my life. As a kid growing up in Syracuse, NY, my family went to church every week. Whether it was Sunday School, bible study, rehearsals or special events, we were always in church. While admittedly I did not value it then, I have come to appreciate the unique ways my church community (alongside my family) has helped to shape my life and lay the foundation for my faith. That faith has served as my anchor throughout a host of life changes which began when my mom and I relocated to Winston-Salem, NC. Moving to North Carolina was pivotal for me because this is where I completed High School and graduated from college. During my time at Elon University, I recommitted my heart to God because even though I had accepted Christ as a child, I knew that I had not been taking my faith seriously. I am glad that I rededicated my life in college because that decision has impacted my life in immeasurable ways. 

 

Living in North Carolina was an important learning experience for me, and it prepared me for another significant life change. In 2010, I moved to Washington, DC where I served as Student and Young Adult Pastor at an inner-city church. While in DC, I was blessed to see the lives of hundreds of middle school, high school and college students transformed by the gospel. When my time in DC was complete, God relocated my family to Little Rock, AR where I served as Student Pastor at Saint Mark Baptist Church. During my four years there, I saw God move in some unique ways and I am grateful for my time at Saint Mark. While I thought my family would only be in Little Rock for a short time, in 2018, my life changed again when I joined staff at Fellowship Bible Church. While FBC is unlike any other church that I have served at, my family and I put our ‘yes’ on the table and we trusted God with the consequences of our obedience. Since 2018, God has proven Himself to be faithful and we know that this is home. 

 

I am humbled to serve as one of the Teaching Pastor’s here at Fellowship, and I find great joy in shepherding God’s people alongside my teammates (Mark, Ben, and Brandon), our elders, campus pastors, and staff. I love what I do, but above all of this, my greatest joy is being the husband to my beautiful wife Sharita and the father to my son Harper and my daughter Hampton. 

HOPE FOR FELLOWSHIP

For more than forty years, we have seen God move in unique ways and my hope for our future is that He would continue His work in us. May we continue to be a beacon of light for the lost and a place where His grace permeates through all we say and do. May God continue to grow us as one family that reflects the unity and diversity of Revelation 7:9. May God continue to use us to make disciples who makes disciples and build His kingdom in our communities. I pray that we will continue to be a church of irresistible influence and I am excited about our future!

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