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Not a doctor, but in need of patience

 

Brad Hendrix is patiently waiting for some church to call him to some meaningful role of Christian service. In the meantime he is reflecting on a statement his grandmother used to make, “I may not be a doctor, but I sure do need patience.”

Hendrix trusted Christ as his personal Savior at age five. In regards to that commitment he explains, “Most people have ridiculed me for coming to the Lord at such a young age, for they feel that I had not really experienced the world as it really is and that I was making an immature decision. I would have to disagree with those people, for I knew exactly what I was getting into when I professed faith in Christ.

Brad Hendrix

Brad Hendrix prayerwalks with others in Guatemala. The graduate of Southeastern Seminary is currently looking for a full-time pastor position.

“I was always surrounded by those who love to tell the Gospel message. Though these Christians would tell stories to us children about the numerous biblical characters, I was the only one to ask those hard questions that would surprise and even stump most adults. There was a curious nature that had developed in me. I did not simply want to know these stories, but rather what they meant and how they applied to me.

“I knew there was something special about Jesus; and I wanted to know what made Him so special. So, my life before accepting Christ was not only relatively simple and short, but it was a time of development, learning, changing and curiosity that was nurtured in a Christian environment.”

It was through the nurturing and careful guidance of Hendrix’s parents that he came to know Christ as the only way to heaven, the defeater of sin and death and the Savior of the world. On March 26, 1990 at a revival in Chipley, FL at Shiloh Baptist Church, Brad prayed that Jesus would save him from his sins and help him live a holy life.

As a teenager Brad began going with his church’s youth group to the inner city of Atlanta to minister in shelters for battered women, children’s recreational centers and witness to people on the street. Brad recalled, “I loved that kind of ministry and at age 16 knew that God was calling me into full-time ministry.”

Upon graduating from high school Brad went to Mercer University. He stated, “I knew I wanted to stay in Georgia for my college education, so I chose Mercer. At the time Mercer was still a Georgia Baptist-supported school, so I wanted my university to match my denominational beliefs. I knew that great men of the faith like John Dagg had once taught at this once-great Baptist university.

“I began to realize that I was good at interacting with students and using apologetics to talk about God.”

Brad Hendrix

“However, toward the end of my studies, I could tell that the professors were not faithful to the teaching of the denomination that was supporting them. But not everything that I learned from my Christianity professors was bad or wrong. Actually, they were great mentors in preparing me for seminary.”

While at Mercer Brad got to work in both the general and organic chemistry labs and used chemistry as a springboard to lead students into Gospel-centered conversations.

Brad noted, “I began to realize that I was good at interacting with students and using apologetics to talk about God. I even started some Bible studies or discussion groups with my fellow classmates. I graduated in May of 2006 with a B.A., but knowing that I had to cover up the Mercer name with a more conservative education and training, I packed up and moved to Wake Forest, NC and Southeastern Seminary.”

He mused, “I was recommended to go to SEBTS by an elderly couple who knew of the great work Dr. Danny Akin was doing. They told me that my personality and love for ministry matched SEBTS’s image of being a Great Commission school.

“That couple was right. I loved the campus, but what sold me was the men of God who taught me how to become a passionate pastor.”

While at Southeastern Hendrix took a full load of courses, worked 40 hours a week managing a Chick-fil-A and helped a new church grow. Nevertheless he graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was chosen as the J. Lake Williams Award winner for the student who shows the greatest promise and potential in Christian ethics.

Hendrix vows that he is committed to believe, preach, teach and minister under the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. He admits to having a consistent devotional life and is serving in his home church, Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville, because he is persuaded that he should obey the Bible’s admonition to utilize his gifts, talents, knowledge and skills in a local church. He serves the youth of the church and preaches occasionally, but to date no church has indicated a desire for his services as a full-time minister.

Brad is not married, but recalls that Paul, the great missionary statesman, church planter and apologist, was a single man who did great things for God. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was not married and yet He did the greatest work ever accomplished for the eternal Kingdom via His death on Calvary.

J. Bradley Hendrix is a God-called, well-educated well-trained, well-equipped servant of God who is ready to be called to a church. There are other recent seminary graduates just like him waiting to serve. Many of them are diamonds ready to be polished and set in the ring of some church so they can sparkle for the glory of God.