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Brief Testimonies & Statement of Faith

Gene - I was raised in a good Christian (Pastors) home all of my life.  I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior at the age of six, June 4th 1978. That Sunday after church I was troubled about the fact that Christ had died for my sins (personally). Dad wisely began to ask questions, and when we arrived home we went to his room and he showed me from God’s Word how I could trust Christ and be forgiven. I bowed my head that afternoon and placed my trust in Jesus Christ alone to save me from sin and Hell.

Growing up, I did not want to go into the ministry. I always served God outwardly, but not inwardly. After running from God’s call for several years; and God almost taking my life through tragedy, I returned home.  Again God began to speak to me, and deal with my heart about serving Him.

In 1993, along with 3 other men in our church, I began training for the ministry under Pastor McKinley (my dad). In August of 1995 I totally surrendered my heart and life to whatever God wanted me to do.

After training under Pastor McKinley for 4 years, I still felt that I needed some missions training. So, in August of 1997 I went to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO to take some missions classes. It was here that God began to specifically deal with my heart about Ireland. For 6 months I battled with the call, but through God’s Word, much prayer, Godly counsel from pastors, and even friends unknowingly giving me articles and papers about Ireland, I surrendered to the field of Ireland in December of 1997.  I met Christie (3 weeks after my surrender to Ireland) in January 1998 and we married January 1, 1999.

Christie - I was raised catholic and eventually came to be an atheist.   On Nov 3rd, 1995 I was reading Hal Lindsey’s book The Late Great Planet Earth.  The prophecies discussed ‘proved’ to me the reliability of the scriptures.  At some point God brought to memory the witness of all the Christians who ever shared the gospel with me. Suddenly I realized that God was real.   From that point on I began to study the Bible and go to church.  On the outside I was a “Good Christian.”   Two years later I realized that I only had a knowledge of God; He wasn’t my personal Savior.  So for the first time, I asked the Lord to save me on Nov 3rd of 1997. Now, I knew “the love of Christ which passeth knowledge (Eph 3:19).”  I felt God’s leading as He sent me to Baptist Bible College in the spring of 1998.  My desire was that God would use me as a missionary, and I am so honored to be called into His service.                    

Internship - We heard about the possibility of going to the mission field to do our internship in February of 1999 and prayed about the possibility of God allowing us to do that.  There were many things that needed to be taken care of before we could even consider going to the mission field soon.  So, we thought it would be a year or two down the road. But, God met all of the needs that we put before Him, and opened every door within 5 weeks.  By the end of March we knew God wanted us to go, and things just began to fall into place. We left on deputation the end of May 1999, and by March of 2000 we had raised 100% of the support needed to go “short-term” to do an internship. 

It was a great thrill for us to do our internship on the field that God had called us to. I believe that it has given us a large advantage to know the people and the culture before stepping out on our own to start a work.  We worked with Bro. Richard Fulton in Bray, Ireland for our two-year internship. I praise God for placing us under such a man of wisdom. You may find information about his ministry at www.richfulton.org

Training - I do not have a degree from a Bible College, but I started teaching Sunday School and Junior Church at 16yrs old, trained for 4 years in our local church Bible institute, 2 years of Missions classes at Baptist Bible College, and we served a 2 year internship in Ireland. We were ordained to the ministry in my home church in October 2002.  

Deputation – We returned to the States in August 2002, and Christie’s sister died just a couple of weeks later. We helped my in-laws for a few months as they adjusted to life without their daughter, then we started on deputation. It took us about 30 months to raise the support we needed to return to Ireland to start a new church.

Field Experience - We returned to Mullingar, Ireland in July, 2005. We started by leafleting the entire town, and began Bible studies in our home. It was 8 months before we saw the first people saved, and one year before the first person was baptized. God has continued to bless over the past 5 years, as we have followed His lead.

We have seen the Lord build this church to an average attendance of 35 to 40 each week. We have seen 61 people make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and 31 baptized within the last 6 years. We have had a high of 62 people in attendance.

We have one young man, Tom Baker, who has surrendered to the ministry and is now in training. Tom is nearly finished with his BA in Bible Theology, and continues to work diligently in the church.

The church is supporting itself completely (except for supporting a pastor), and is supporting 6 missionaries.

 

McKinley’s - Brief Statement of Faith

 1. We are starting a Church on the field.
    Our main purpose in missions is to plant Bible-believing Baptist Churches.
 
2. What we believe about Bible versions.
    We believe that the King James Bible is the Word of God and that God has preserved this Bible for the English-speaking people. Therefore, we use only the King James Bible in English. 
 
3. What we believe about the Church.
    We believe that “the Church” is the Local Independent New Testament Baptist Church.
    We also believe that the “rapture” is pre-tribulational and will include all saints (all those “in Christ”), it is not just the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
    This local church has a Pastor, Deacons (as needed), and services, and also administers and observes the ordinances of Baptism and the Lords Supper. This is the institution Jesus started (Luke 6:12-16, 1Cor12:28, Eph 2:20), and promised it would never be defeated (Matthew 16:18). Jesus then commissioned the church in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 when He gave the Church the instructions to go win them, baptize them, and teach them. It was this institution that was authenticated and empowered on the day of Pentecost (Acts1:8, & Acts 2).  
 
4. What we believe about Baptism.
    We believe that baptism is one of the ordinances of the Local Church. The formula is this: born-again people are baptized (immersed) by the authority of the Local Church. We do not accept baptism from a church that we do not believe is a scriptural church. We believe that baptism is a protection from strange doctrine entering the church from without. Therefore, we only accept baptism from sister Independent New Testament Baptist Churches.  
 
5. What do you believe about the Lord's Supper?
    We believe in closed communion. Only the members (in good standing) of a local church can partake of the Lord’s Supper in that local church. Just as baptism protects the church from without, the Lord’s Supper is to protect the church from sin within the body (local) and maintains unity.
 
6. Who are we accountable to as a missionary?
    We believe that we are accountable primarily to our sending church, and secondly to our supporting churches.
 
7. What we believe about marriage. 
    We believe God can use anyone in ministry regardless of their past, but we do not believe a divorced person can hold the position of Pastor (Missionary/Pastor), Evangelist, or Deacon. 1Timothy 3
Christie and I have only been married this once. 
 
8. What we believe about Salvation.
    We believe that Salvation is by grace through Faith without any admixture of works. This salvation comes when a person believes (depends on the fact) that Jesus died for them and in their place, that Jesus rose from the dead, and they confess this belief with their mouth.  
 
9. What we believe about Authority.
    We believe that people are accountable to the local church that they are a member of. We believe within the local church or it’s outreach ministries that a woman is not to hold a position of leadership over a man (1 Timothy 2:12). Within the Local Church, we believe that Christ is the head of each church, and the Pastor is the under-shepherd (leader) of the church under Christ. The Pastor is also accountable to Christ, and to the members of the local church in all that he teaches and does (1 Timothy 3:1-7). The Deacons are servants to the body of the church to be used as necessary, and are to be men of honor and leadership. The deacons are also accountable to the Pastor and to the members of the local church (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
 
9. What we believe about music.
    We believe that music should always bring honor and glory to the Saviour. We believe that the modern, so-called Gospel Rock has no place in the Church. We believe music is one of our ways of praising and worshiping God. Therefore, we must use music that honors Him and His character. 

These are our basic statement of faith. If you would like a more extensive statement of faith, please let us know and we can send it to you.

 

Your servant in Christ,

Gene Mckinley

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