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Community Baptist Church
The Home You've Been Looking For ... The Family You've Always Wanted
Here's a little about our pastor ...
Brother Randy Howard has been the pastor of Community Baptist since October 2000. He attended Hico Baptist Church in Graham, NC for 13 years prior to coming to Community.

He is married with 3 children. His wife Paula is the Book Keeper at Alamance Christian School in Graham, NC.

Pastor Randy accepted the call to preach relatively late in life at the age of 34. He enrolled in Bethany Divinity College & Seminary in 1996. Shortly after beginning Bible school, Randy went into full time ministry with the Alamance Rescue Mission in Burlington, NC.

As the Associate Director, Brother Randy worked with men with substance abuse problems. He counseled the men, helped run the day to day operations and supported the ministry by preaching and presenting the ministry to other churches.
Important Statement Regarding Qualifications Of The Pastor
The Independent Baptist movement is known for being fundamental and conservative in doctrine. But many have put the Independent Baptist label on their church even though they are neither fundamental nor conservative. Because so many "Independent Baptist Churches" are not doctrinally sound, we would like to separate ourselves by mentioning that Brother Randy is Biblically qualified to pastor a church in accordance with 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.

1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Pastor Howard and Community Baptist Church have very strong convictions about the Biblical qualifications of the pastor. If you are looking for a church home, you need to know that ALL of the qualifications are met by Brother Randy. ( And by the church deacons also. )

There are many requirements for the pastor. Although all of them are important, there are certain qualifications that must be specifically mentioned because of the state of the modern church.

We believe firmly that these specific qualifications have been neglected and ignored in many churches today, even in churches calling themselves "Independent Baptist."

To provide clarity, we want to mention qualifications of the pastor that Community Baptist Church stands by:

- The Pastor Should Be The Husband of One Wife - Never divorced.

The Bible gives no exceptions - PERIOD. The Bible never says that you can divorce and remarry, and still be qualified to be a pastor, if "such and such" happens, or if you did it "then or there". Many try to claim that if your marriage and divorce and remarriage took place before salvation then you can still meet the Biblical qualification. That is simply adding to God's Word. There is no such exception. God is a God of order and if God thought that such divorce and remarriage would be acceptable and still qualify you for the office of Pastor, He certainly would have stated it to avoid confusion and the appearance of contradiction in the scriptures.

If you do not know if your pastor is Biblically qualified, ask him. If he is not - find a Biblical church to worship in. You should also find out if your pastor believes in the ordination or even the acceptance and support of the ministry of someone unqualified.

- The Pastor MUST be a Man -

We are so thankful for the ministry of the women in our church. God uses women in many roles within the church, such as: teaching the children, music ministry, setting the example and instructing the young ladies of the proper behavior of a Christian lady. The list goes on and on and we praise the Lord for godly women that assist in the ministries of the church. There are many areas of service for women within the church, however, women are not qualified for the positions of pastor or deacon.

The Bible makes it clear in 1 Timothy and Titus that the pastor should be a "husband". A woman can not be a husband. Also, there are numerous scriptures that further define the woman's role within the church.

1 Timothy 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

The position of pastor is a position of authority and teaching. These verses teach us that women should not have authority over men in the church or teach men in the church. We are thankful for the tremendous service so many women provide in the church, but pastor and deacon have been set aside by God for only men.

- The Pastor Should Not Be A Novice -

A man that is not mature, spiritually and emotionally, is not equipped to manage the flock of God. No pastor will know everything, but he should be well grounded in doctrine and Bible knowledge. A novice can create more problems for a church than he can solve. When the wolf enters the flock, the pastor must be wise enough to recognize and handle them Biblically. A novice tends to let older men intimidate and rule over him. He also reacts too quickly before getting all the facts. There are too many novice pastors that have caused good churches to suffer.

It is important that the church follow the Bible in all areas of ministry. But having a pastor that is Biblically qualified is one of the single most important areas of obedience the church can have. If the pastor is unqualified, all other aspects of the church will be compromised because the pastor sets the spiritual tone of the church. An unqualified pastor leads to a watered downed and weakened ministry.

We realize that many men are sincere in their desire to serve the Lord and truly want to see God work and save souls. Also, God can still save souls under the preaching of an unqualified pastor. But being sincere and having true desire does not remove the requirements of God's qualifications. A church that does not follow God's Will and do things God's way, can never be all God desires them to be.
Randy & Paula's oldest son Josh and his wife Kristi live in Burlington, NC, and are a big part of the ministry at Community Baptist. Kristi is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and works at Alamance Regional Hospital. Josh has surrendered to the call to preach and fills in at Community and other area churches and he is also our Young Adult Sunday School Teacher. Josh is currently a full time student majoring in Mathematics and Sports Management.
Randy & Paula's daughter Kimber and her husband Andrew Long live in Roxboro. Kimber works at a local animal hospital and Andrew is a police officer with Duke University. They both are active at Community Baptist.

Randy & Paula's youngest son Wyatt attends Alamance Christian School and is very active in sports. He participates in all the activities of the church.

The Alamance Rescue Mission expanded the ministry by adding The Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Burlington, NC. Brother Randy worked to establish the business and set up the store. Once the store became operational, Randy managed the daily operations while also working with the men.

The Alamance Rescue Mission once again expanded the ministry by adding "Precious Child", an abortion counseling ministry also located in Burlington, NC. Randy became the Director of Precious Child while also assisted in the management of The Good Samaritan Thrift Store and working with the men at the mission.

The Lord began dealing with Brother Randy about becoming a pastor in 1999. He resigned his position with the Alamance Rescue Mission and waited to see what the Lord had for him and his family. In October 2000 Randy was called by Community Baptist Church and immediately began preaching Sunday and Wednesday services. Since then, the Lord has blessed the church and Pastor Howard's family. The church has seen many souls saved and his family has added a son-in-law and daughter-in-law.