The New Testament Scripture is clear about those who have the responsibility of rule, oversight, and care of the church. These men are called elders, overseers, and bishops. All three different titles are used to refer to the same spiritual office of leadership in the church and are interchangeable. Christ is the head of the church and He mediates His rule in the church through the shepherding of elders (pastors).
Eric Hixon - Pastor of Preaching & Vision
Eric Hixon is a pastor, evangelist, conference speaker, and church planter. He is a sought after SBC Evangelist. He is as passionate about teaching and preaching God’s Word in front of a large crowd, in a home with two or three families, or preaching on the streets of Nicaragua or Alabama.
Known for his straight forward preaching and his passion for Christ, Bro. Eric has preached all over the country and trains pastors and laymen in Nicaragua. His faith in God’s Word is what motivates him to live by faith and proclaim God’s Word with compassion and boldness. His full-time ministry, M.U.D. Ministries, focuses on family, missions, and evangelism. You can learn more about that at www.mudministries.com.
Eric and his wife Rebekah have been married since 1994. They enjoy spending time with family and friends. They have 8 children: Hannah, Benjamin, Joshua, Mary Grace, Faith, Jonathan, Josiah, and Micah. Two are adopted from China. They are expecting # 9. The Hixon’s have been committed home educators since 1997.
Cliff Cook Pastor of Preaching & Discipleship
Cliff Cook is a pastor, teacher, and church planter, who was called to preach five years ago. For the last two years he has served as pastor at a Southern Baptist Church in the Blount County area. His teaching of the Bible started some sixteen years ago when he began teaching Sunday School and discipleship training classes. After filling in as a youth pastor at a church in Blount County, Cliff gave in to the call to ministry.
In his preaching, the passion for God and His Word comes out. Cliff’s heart is to see others come to Christ and grow in their faith. His goal in ministry is to see God receive the glory in all things, staying focused on the Gospel.
Cliff and his wife Achsha have been married since 1986. They have two children, Kaleigh, and Kristin. Cliff and Achsha’s desire is to see their children grow strong in the Lord.