Josh Hoffman was saved on May 28, 2000, while serving as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Marine Corps, on Operation "Dynamic Mix". While serving in that operation, his Chief, Earnest Thomas, led him to Jesus Christ in a goat field right outside of Thessaloniki, Greece. Pastor Thomas was a King James Bible believer, and helped Josh get firmly grounded in the infallible words of God found in the King James Bible. After his deployment, Josh was able to lead his wife, Andrea to Christ and they surrendered to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Josh was called to preach when reading I Corinthians 1:21. From January, 2004-May 2007, Josh and his wife attended Pensacola Bible Institute, and after graduation the Lord led him to Gladwin, Michigan to serve at Secord Bible Baptist Church as the associate pastor. On February 22, 2023 Josh Hoffman was voted in as head pastor. The Lord has blessed Pastor Josh and Mrs. Hoffman with seven children; David, Jonathan, Rebekah, Matthew, Benjamin, Grace, and Seth.
I married my high school sweetheart (Trisha) in 1991. We were very busy building our new house, maybe too busy. We had our first child in 1994 (Madeline). After some issues with daycare, Trisha decided to be a stay-at-home mom. In 1996, Trisha was pregnant with our second child. I worked a lot, having 2 or 3 jobs, always looking for a way to make more money. I liked to spend money, so no matter how much I made, I always spent it. With spending money like I did, being a cocking punk kid and working a lot, our marriage was not going well. I was raised up a Roman Catholic having been infant baptized, taken first communion, attended Catholic school, and married in the Catholic church. One day after church, having one child and another on the way, we decided things had to be more to church than what we were getting, we wanted our kids to learn more Bible . So, we started going to other churches—we soon got very confused with the number of churches and different beliefs (I Cor 14:33). I recalled getting a gospel tract from Brian Linebaugh when my brother Scott and I bought a sand compactor from him. I think Scott threw his away. I read mine and thought, "Well, that’s interesting." So a few months later, having gone to several churches and being very confused, I called Brian and asked if my wife and I could come and talk with him about the Bible verses he has stuck all over his vehicle. We met, and Brian took a King James 1611 Bible and showed us what the Bible said would happen to us if we died that night (John 3:36). We would have split hell wide open, our souls would have spent eternity in hell, not in purgatory , waiting for someone to pray us out of it. I was lost and on the way to hell. But on November 15, 1997, at about 10:00 P.M. Trisha and I got on our knees and trusted in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and Him alone to forgive us of our sins and save us. (Romans 10:9). Praise the Lord He saved us! Will you get saved today? If not, why not?
My name is Sawyer DeShano, and I am the Youth Pastor at Secord Bible Baptist Church. I was
saved as a child one hot summer night in 2006. The Lord greatly blessed me with Christian
parents who would take me to Secord Bible Baptist Church where I heard the gospel preached.
Next to my bed one night I realized I was a sinner on my way to hell and called on the name of
the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13). I grew up hearing the great truths of God’s word taught
and was blessed to be able to take part in various ministries like door knocking and the nursing
home ministry. At the age of fourteen I completely surrendered to follow the Lord’s will for my
life after hearing teaching on the judgement seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-17). After that, the
Lord started opening opportunities for me to preach during "popcorn" preaching at church, at the
nursing home, and on the street. I was also able to take two years of bible classes through the
church bible institute. I preached as I was given opportunity while also pursuing my bachelor’s
degree in architecture at the Lord’s leading. Then in 2022 the Lord began burdening me about
entering the ministry. Through a series of divine appointments and events the Lord opened the
door for me to become youth pastor at Secord Bible Baptist Church in January of 2023. It has
been a great privilege to serve the Lord teaching the teen Sunday school class, leading the
congregational singing, preaching, and assisting in the ministry wherever I’m able. To God be the glory!