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Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

Pastor Rodney W. Gilchrist is the oldest son of four children born to Elder Mary G. Brown. Born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina, he spent his formative years in the Kinston City Schools and is a 1986 graduate of Kinston High School.

Pastor Gilchrist retired from the US Army after 24 years of service. He concluded his successful career with his final assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood Command Paralegal NCO, serving as the senior enlisted adviser to the III Corps and Fort Hood Staff Judge Advocate.   He graduated from all the NCOES schools, the US Army Drill Sergeant School, the First Sergeants Course, and numerous other military schools. Some of his noteworthy assignments and service include time as a Basic Training Drill Sergeant, as a Small Group/Senior Instructor for the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, and tours as First Sergeant of two training companies.   He is a combat veteran having served tours in both the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pastor Gilchrist’s service within the Lord’s Army includes periods of instructing Sunday school and Bible Study, leading Men’s and Couples Ministries, and service as an Associate Minister. Officially licensed as a Minister of the Gospel by the Zion Canaan Missionary Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina, on September 16, 2001, he served faithfully there for over 4 years. Officially ordained by the Gethsemane Baptist Association of South Carolina, South Carolina State Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. on July 10, 2005, he was privileged to serve as the Pastor of the Camp Liberty Gospel Service on Camp Liberty (Baghdad), Iraq from October 2006 until December 2007.

Pastor Gilchrist has earned an Associates Degree from Central Texas College and a Bachelors Degree (Cum Laude) in Business Administration. He has also earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Church Leadership from Liberty University School of Theology and Seminary. Pastor Gilchrist is current a Doctoral Candidate in the Andersonville Theological Seminary.

Pastor Gilchrist and his lovely bride, the former Karen Marie Lord, have been married for over 29 years. They have two children, Jonathan (25) and Tanesha (23). Currently Pastor and Lady Karen reside in Killeen, Texas, where they lead the Liberty Christian Center where Jesus is Lord, and the people love and serve God and each other.

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