We are happy to welcome & introduce our new Youth Pastor & family, Rob & Wendy Thompson, and their son, Malachi! We are excited to have Pastor Rob & family here at Elk River with us & we are looking forward to ministry with them!
PASTOR ROB’S BIO: My name is Robert Andrew Thompson, I was born in 1979, and I was raised in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. Major update: The North Carolina Tar Heels won the national championship 2017! I grew up in a loving family that did their best to teach me Christian values. I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ at the tender age of 14, not knowing what I had done at that time was going to shape and affect the rest of my life. I remember it so clearly. I had been at an Easter program that night and I remember this bloody man carrying a cross. The story of this man was doing something to my heart. Honestly, I didn’t understand it, so when the preacher gave the altar call, I wanted to go, but I didn’t because I knew in my heart I didn’t understand. However, that specific preacher said, “If anyone wants to receive Christ in their heart, they can stand.” That inspired me to stand anyway. Currently, I work at a local hospital, by profession, I am a C.N.A. (Nursing Assistant). My hobbies are reading, and spending time with my family.
I graduated from high school in 1998. In 1994, I received Jesus as my Savior, a few years later my heart fell into the lap of deception. My falling reminded me of the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, when the Devil offered, “If you bow down and worship me, I will give you all of this.” (Matthew 4:8) As you can see, my life could have been compared to a roller coaster attempting to stay on its tracks. The next 9 to 10 years of my life did not go as I planned. During this time, I had two bright spots that showed up in my life: I married a beautiful woman named Wendy, and she gave birth to our son, Malachi. I honestly thought that those things were going to make me see God differently. Unfortunately, it didn’t. In 2008, the Good Lord above told my mother it was time to come home. It was time for my mother to receive her reward in heaven for the life she had lived in the name of Jesus; she died from cancer. At this point, I looked up to heaven and asked God, “Why did it take 20 years and so many tears for me to finally see what you were trying to tell me all this time?”
Through endless hours of prayer, I finally opened my eyes and ears to Him and realized He had called me to preach and teach the gospel. Just as Moses thought, I said, “Lord I can’t do this I need help!” Then He sent me my Aaron. When I moved to West Virginia God began showing me more precise signs along the lines of being called to preach. I found a nice loving church, Pineville Church of Nazarene, that believed in me and the calling that God had pressed upon my heart. You can say that West Virginia is to me as Aaron was to Moses. I enjoy living in West Virginia because it was here that began the ministry that God has placed in my life. My ministry began in Pineville, West Virginia. I received my first local license roughly 3 years ago. The people of Pineville were beautiful inside and out. In August 2015, I received my first district license, and afterward, I knew in my heart that God had a different plan and direction for my future. Shortly after, I accepted a position at Beckley First Church of the Nazarene. Leaving the Pineville church was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. Moreover, God was moving me in a different direction. The position I accepted was the Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor position. Currently, as of (August, 2017) my family and I are moving to Charleston, West Virginia, where I will be the Youth Pastor at Elk River Nazarene Church. We are excited to jump headfirst into this glorious opportunity given to us by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and Elk River Church of the Nazarene. God is GOOD! His Grace and Love is Beautiful! Jesus is so amazing!
DV8 Youth Group is an exciting place to be! With many weekly worship opportunities to participate in, as well as fun-filled activities to join. DV8 youth is vitally active and always seeking ways to help teens build connections with God, each other, and the community through worship, discipleship, outreach activities, drama and music.
Great revivals start with young people full of energy & the Holy Spirit. It is our prayer that God will work through the students at Elk River Nazarene to start a revival for His glory!
We hope you will join us!