AOA – Thank you for taking time to answer a few questions for us today. We wanted to help folks get acquainted with you on a more personal level just a bit.
Pastor Fox – You’re very welcome.
AOA – What are your hobbies?
Pastor Fox – I enjoy reading, music, ATV riding, collecting pocket knives, travel, good coffee, and mostly; my family. I also enjoy drives through the country and exploring “hole in the wall” restaurants (as long as they are clean). I am blessed with three boys and they, along with my wife, take precedent over everything else right now.
AOA – How old are the boys?
Pastor Fox – Brendan and Logan are twins and they are eight. Harrison will be two on December 30th.
AOA – Favorite Food?
Pastor Fox – Pizza, Donuts, and Ice Cream. I’m pretty sure there will be pizza in heaven (jk).
AOA – What are you currently reading?
Pastor Fox – The Seven Laws of the Learner by Bruce Wilkinson.
AOA – Good?
Pastor Fox – Very!
AOA – What did you just finish reading?
Pastor Fox – The Challenge of Preaching by John Stott.
AOA – Would you recommend it?
Pastor Fox – To any pastor, definitely.
AOA – Any other books you would suggest?
Pastor Fox – The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds and Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill.
AOA – What kind of music do you enjoy?
Pastor Fox – Like my appetite for food, it seems to change as I age. I still enjoy a variety of Christian music. I like black gospel. Bishop G.E. Patterson singing those old hymns is hard to beat. I like some southern gospel and even some of what is labeled contemporary. I like music with a message.
AOA – Favorite song?
Pastor Fox – It changes quite regularly. This week it is “God’s Got A Better Plan” by Canton Junction. Another favorite of mine for some time is “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams.
AOA – What are some of the challenges to pastoring?
Pastor Fox – For me right now it would probably be to make certain that I know I’m “in tune” spiritually to convey what’s on God’s mind for the congregation. People need a “word in due season.” God reads the hearts of man and knows far better than I what is needed. I must be sensitive to His leading. Also, I want to give a balanced diet of the Word. Our goal is to Edify, Educate, and Evangelize and it is sometimes hard to do all three with only two services a week. We want to move people to another level in God and it takes wisdom and much prayer.
AOA – We are trying to keep this interview focused more on you to help folks get acquainted with the pastor, but it’s hard to disconnect you from the church because it’s so much of who you are. With that said, I’ll ask one more pastor-related question. How do you feel about the direction of the church (The Apostolics of Abingdon)?
Pastor Fox – I am excited about where we are headed with God’s continued help. We have come so far from that initial meeting a few years ago. There are many challenges to starting a church, but God is connecting us with folks who sincerely want to see something great accomplished for the kingdom. He is the one who builds His church, so we try to make ourselves available to Him and let Him do it through us. When we realize it’s a “God thing” and not us, it helps take some of the stress out of it. It takes a special individual to get involved with a new work due to all the things we don’t have yet, but if they can ever sense where God is taking us, they will get involved. We are thankful for those who have committed. This is a great time to be a part of it!
AOA – I can sense your excitement spilling over. Can we continue this interview later with church-related questions?
Pastor Fox – Certainly. I would also make a suggestion that possibly we could interview some of the members with questions about their personal testimonies of how the church has impacted their lives.
AOA – That’s a great idea! Let’s do it!