Laurel Springs pastor Tim Lynch fulfilling personal goal
by Sherrie Norris
Described as one who has a great passion for God and a great love for His people, Lynch has been serving the Lord since "answering the call," he said, at the age of 21.
Lynch began his ministry as a youth pastor, a role he held in two churches before accepting his first position as a senior pastor. He led two churches before following God's call to Laurel Springs.
He refers to his most recent move as "a great honor" and said it is a privilege to be the church pastor and serve its people.
"Laurel Springs is a church that preaches the bible, loves people and seeks to minister to the community," he said. "Our mission is to create disciples who move upward in worship, inward in the word and outward to witness."
It is Lynch's great hope, he said, that God will continue to use the Deep Gap church to impact this area greatly with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lynch's ministry is built upon the preaching and teaching of God's word, he said, and he enjoys every opportunity he has to preach to God's people.
Lynch believes in the power of the word and the fact that the truth will set people free, he said, therefore he seeks to preach the Bible as it is -- to people as they are.
His new church family, according to several members, sees him as a man of conviction and truth, but also a man of love and grace, as he enjoys fellowship with the people of his church and in the community.
He is known as a servant leader and enjoys being around people, getting to know them and hearing their stories. His desire is to see people come to know God -- and then make hfim (God) known.
"We have been impressed by Tim since the first time we met him," said Steve Idol, with his wife, Kathy Idol, in agreement. "He is a godly young man whose main goal is to reach people for Christ. He and his family have become very dear to us in the months that they have been at Laurel Springs."
The Idols say that Lynch's weekly sermons clearly prove that he spends a great deal of time studying and preparing. "His messages just get better each week."
Lynch said his sermons have nothing to do with him, but everything to do with Jesus.
"Without Jesus, nothing in my life would matter," he said. "At age 21, Jesus Christ changed my life and saved me. He has blessed me with a great family, a great church family and the ability to minister to His people and preach His Word. May people know that my desire is not for it to be about Tim Lynch, but all about Jesus Christ."
Lynch, who was born in Lynchburg, Va., and grew up in Charlotte, was educated at Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte and Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest University, from which he is also nearing the completion of his master's degree.
In 2002, Lynch was licensed as a minister by Greenbrier Road Baptist Church in Anniston, Ala., and was ordained as a minister by New Hope Baptist Church in Durham, three years later.
As the son of a fulltime pastor, Lynch said that during his early life, he had a relationship with the church, a religion, but no relationship with Christ.
" I said all the right things and did all the right things, but Christ was not real in my heart," he said.He continued acting as if he was a Christian, he said, until Feb. 11, 2001.
"I was at church and the pastor spoke on evidences of a Christian," Lynch said. "Through that message, the Lord convicted me and showed me that I was not truly saved. That day, I surrendered my life to Christ. My life has been different ever since. It's amazing at what the Lord can do."
Soon afterward, he was called in to the ministry as a youth pastor. He eventually served as senior pastor at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply, and Grace Community Church, in Cullman, Ala., before coming to Laurel Springs.
"I have a great burden to see the lost come to know Christ as Savoir and Lord," he said. "I also have a burden to see our churches preaching the true Word of God."
It is Lynch's belief that "too many men out there are preaching their own opinion, instead of standing firm on God's word."
His heart, he said, is to stay faithful to God and his word by preaching expositionally through a text. "I feel the call to pastors today is the same one Paul gave to Timothy in 2 Tim 4:2 when he said "preach the word," he said.
"My heart is with the local church and that is where God has put me to serve," he said. "My goal for people is that they will know Christ and make him known. I desire to see a church that is real in their love for God and love for others."
People matter to God, and they should matter to Christians and the church as well, Lynch said.
"As a pastor I desire to see God's people love one another and minister to one another. My desire is to not have a perfect church of perfect people, but a real church with real people growing in their walk and loving one another," he said.
Lynch also seeks to develop people who will serve others, and teach others, and go and make disciples.
The great commission should be our marching orders, he said, "for us to seek to go with the gospel in order to make disciples -- across the world and across the street -- by participating in global mission projects as well as local community projects."
It is not all about us, he added, but about Christ, and reaching those who are lost.
"We will accomplish this task by being a church that takes serious the call to go with the gospel.
It's important to Lynch, too, he said, that he seeks to lead his church to be a team-oriented ministry where everyone serves and is vital in ministry.
His personal goal, he said, is summed up in Philippians 3:10 --"To know Christ and make him known."
Lynch and his wife Christi have been married for 11 years and have three children, Emma Grace, 9, Caleb,7, and Titus, who is 4 months old.
"For the short time that I have known Pastor Tim I know that he loves God, his family and his church family," said Jerry South, member at Laurel Springs. "His passion is his calling to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to see the unsaved accept Christ as their personal Savior."
Laurel Springs Baptist Church is located at 7504 U.S. 421, Deep Gap, NC 28618. For more information, visit http://www.laurelspringsbaptist.com, or call (828) 262-1330.