Taking the Brashear exit south from Interstate 30 in Hopkins County, you will see the Brashear Baptist Church on both sides of CR 3389, just a stone’s throw from the Post Office. The original part of the church and sanctuary was expanded in recent years to accommodate growth, with a new family life center, kitchen, gym and generous parking across the street. The church now serves a growing congregation pastored by David Burns, and a healthy Wednesday night ministry of about 100 youth and Awana students, directed by Youth minister Dustin Cowden. Pastor Burns recently introduced Retired US Air Force Chaplain Mark Crumpton as Sunday School Discipleship Director. Originally from the Cumby/Greenville area, Mark has returned “home” bringing experiences from his service around the world and in personal ministries. Mark will begin a Family Bible Study Series next month.
With the theme of “Experiencing God”, the Family Bible Study Series is for families and individuals of all ages. It will be an opportunity for them to spend time together in the Word of God, with worship, study and praise during the 12-week series through Fall 2018. After the holidays, a new study will begin for the New Year called “Experiencing the Cross”, followed by a third series leading into the Easter season called “Experiencing the Resurrection”. These studies will be in addition to Sunday morning Worship and Sunday School, and Wednesday night prayer, Youth services and Awana studies.
After graduation from Greenville High School, Mark joined the Air Force. During his 25-year military career as a Chaplain, he served in deployments to Iraq and assignments in Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Guam, Alaska and numerous state-side assignments. His wife Debra passed away in 2011. He is father to three children.