Hi! I'm Jathan Newton. I've been at Abounding Grace Church since the summer of 2007 when my family and I moved here from Indiana. I am married and have four children. I hold a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and an M.Div from Baptist Bible Seminary. I identify with Timothy, Paul's disciple, because of his need to depend upon God for the work he was called to do, and also because of his struggle with timidity.
One of my favorite passages is 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Verses 30-31 say, "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption so that just as it is written, 'LET HIM WHO BOAST, BOAST IN THE LORD.'" My past was filled with worldly as well as religious pride and prideful living--putting God at or below man's understanding. I was a rebel failing to submit to the Word of God and leaning on worldly wisdom rather than the Holy Scriptures. God has given me wisdom by opening my eyes by the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to see His work in Jesus Christ. By His doing I am a partaker and a participant in Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Jesus paid my price for redemption, taking the wrath of God on the cross in my place. He took what I deserved and by His resurrection I have victory over death and the penalty for my sin has been satisfied and now I have Hope of eternal life and His return for me. I am a new creation by HIS doing placed in His kingdom. I belong to Him and Him alone. Praise God I am a sinner saved by grace to serve the King of kings and Lord of lords.
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:5-6 ESV)
What a joy and blessing it is to be a part of the work that God is doing in the world right now!
My wife and four children and I have been a part of Abounding Grace Church for over 10 years and are blessed to serve and be served by the family of believers that God is building together here. After spending the past 10 years as a teacher in the Christian school, I have recently begun pastoral training to serve the Church full time. I am compelled by the truth of the verse above - that by his grace, and the power of his word, we can truly experience the glory of God through faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ.
A job opportunity brought me, my wife and two children to Visalia in 2012. The Lord introduced us to Abounding Grace Church through a local home school leader. Since being led to Abounding Grace Church, I believe God moved us here to become a part of this caring and loving, biblically based, family centered Church. God created the job opportunity for that reason. I was recently blessed to be asked to become a deacon of this wonderful body of believers and I am so grateful and thankful to God for his blessings. I am also blessed to be coordinating the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course that is sponsored by Abounding Grace Church. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)
I have been married to my wife for 52 years. I came to know my Lord Jesus on September 19, 1996. I've served at Abounding Grace Church since 1997. I've been a deacon for 17 years and regretfully I haven't been able to serve as I did because of my health, but I always serve in various ways. Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
Hello, my name is Dameon Malek, I have been married for 14 years and have three children. I was the recipient of God's grace at the age of 22. I began attending Abounding Grace Church in the humble beginnings somewhere around 1994-95. I am privileged to sit under solid preaching and teaching of God's word at Abounding Grace Church. I was taught the importance of God's attributes and the depths of man's sin. God's sovereignty made perfect sense and I saw it everywhere in the Bible. Solid teaching and sanctified lives are the hallmark of Abounding Grace Church. I count it a blessing to serve as a deacon in a place where God is lifted high. Romans 5:1 "Therefore, having been justified by Grace, we have Peace with God."