Temple Baptist Church called Joel D. Bixler to be our pastor on June 3, 2007. He accepted the call and greatly looks forward to what God is going to do.
Pastor Bixler grew up in a pastor's home. He heard the holy Scriptures from a child and trusted Christ as his personal Savior on July 21, 1983.
He was called to preach at the age of fourteen, and was led by the Lord to attend Crown College of the Bible, where he majored in Pastoral theology. Upon completion of graduate school, the Lord led Pastor Bixler to his home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church (Williamsport, Pennsylvania). He served as an assistant to the Pastor for seven years in various ministries. Then, in July 2007, the Lord led him to pastor Temple Baptist Church.
Pastor Bixler believes that God still can and will save souls and do mighty works this day. He has a vision to reach the world with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, including the greater Lenoir, NC area. He wants to strengthen the things that remain and pass on the truth to the next generation.
Pastor Bixler has a beautiful wife named Stephanie. Pastor and Stephanie have two lovely girls named Melanie and Allissa and a son named Andrew.