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Rev. Alan West

(864)674-0994

I always felt that God has had His hand on me all through my life.  In and out of my childhood and my adulthood, I felt like I was being called by God to be involved in the ministry but was unsure in what area.    At 16 years of age   I accepted Jesus Christ in my heart and was saved.   Bogansville Methodist Church is where I grew up.   In 1970, I met my wife to be, Dianne Addis.   In 1973, we were married.   We made our home in West Springs, SC.     Dianne was a baptist , and we began attending West Springs Baptist Church.  I wore many hats in West Springs Baptist Church and went on many mission trips with them.   However,  I  still felt  it was  not what God would have me do.    

In 1992, God spoke to me and called me into the ministry of preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.   In August of 1994, we moved to Wake Forrest, NC where I attended Southeastern  Baptist Theological Seminary full time.  There I earned an Associate of Divinity, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, and  a Master of Divinity in Christian Counseling.  In June of 1999, I became Pastor of Mt. Joy Baptist Church.  Mt. Joy is a loving church family where the Lord, Jesus Christ, is taught and worhiped.  One of my hopes while in school was for the Lord to open a door in a church where I could love and be loved .   My family and I feel certain that God answered that prayer.  God set up the perfect match for both pastor and church.    
If I had to choose one Bible verse as my favorite it would be:

John 3:16    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  I love this verse because it speaks of God's powerful love for us and the knowledge that eternal life with God awaits all who believe in Him.