Eph. 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”
Jeremy Bard was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated high school in 1994, then attended two years at Florida College before going on to the University of Louisville. He was married to his wife, Kim, in 1997, and they have three children. Preaching was not something that Jeremy went to school with the intention to do, but circumstances brought him to that place, and he is doing now exactly what he needs to be doing. He first began preaching at West Carrolton church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked for several years. Then an opportunity to work with the church at Expressway church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky, came along and he worked with that group for several years as well. He has also spent some time with the Southwest church of Christ in Lakeland, Florida, before moving to work at Traders Point church of Christ in 2017.
John Morgan spent most of his childhood in Paris, Kentucky, before moving to New Castle, Indiana, and graduating high school in 2003. He attended Butler University in Indianapolis, graduating in 2007 with a degree in Marketing. He married his wife, Ashley, in 2009, and has been blessed with three daughters since then. John never exactly planned to become an evangelist. However, he expressed an interest in having the occasional opportunity to preach God’s Word in 2013, became a part-time evangelist for Traders Point church of Christ in 2015, and, in 2022, became the second full-time evangelist.
The word evangelist comes from the Greek word “evangelistes” which means “one who sounds forth good things, or good teachings.” The Evangelist is the one that preaches and teaches God’s word. Although any male Christian can preach or teach publicly, there are men that have dedicated their lives to the Lord’s service in preaching God’s word. As laborers in God’s vineyard they are worthy of their wages that they receive from local congregations that help support them and their families in their efforts (I Cor. 6:9-14, Phil. 4:15-18).
The Evangelist is not an employee of the church but a servant of the Lord. However, he does serve at the good pleasure and under the direction of the Eldership of any local congregation. He is enjoined to preach only God’s word and not the opinion or conventions of men (I Peter 4:11). Therefore you will find that our Evangelist will provide Book, Chapter and Verse for everything that he preaches so that we all know that the things that he is preaching is coming from the Bible, the Word of God.
The Evangelist holds an important role in the salvation of souls as Paul says in Rom. 10:13-15. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"