Pastor Gilbert and Heather Fernandez
Pastor Fernandez was saved on May 2, 2004 at The Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas while attending a retirement service in honor of Pastor Sylvester Matthews. A co-worker had invited Gilbert and his family to attend this service with brisket being served to all the visitors after the service. Dr. Randy Taylor Sr. preached a sermon on Hell the Holy Spirit spoke to Gilbert and during the invitation the Lord allowed a missionary from the Philippines to show him how to receive Christ as personal Savior. Two weeks later, Heather recieved the Lord as her personal Savior. The Lord has blessed Gilbert and Heather with 6 wonderful children who have all accepted Christ as Saviour; Spencer 21 is attending Hyles Anderson College and called to Puerto Rico as a missionary, Norma 19 currently attending Lone Star Baptist College in Mesquite, Tx, Joshua 16, Sophi 13, Micah 9, and Elisha 6. The Fernandez Family has served the Lord in ministries for 18 years such as: Children’s church, children’s choir, Sunday School teachers for young single adults, started a singles conference which is still being run by Emmanuel Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, couples’ retreat organizers, Christian school teaching, pastor secretarial, group leader for mission conferences, Deacon, Bus Captain and bus workers, Usher, Choir members, special music, and soul winning among many others.