My name is Jeff Carter. I am the pastor of Grace Baptist Tabernacle in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My wife’s name is Danielle Carter. We are excited to be called of God to serve the wonderful people at Grace Baptist Tabernacle.
I grew up in the home of a Baptist evangelist and was fortunate to have parents that loved the Lord and desired to raise me according to the teachings of the Bible. However, a godly upbringing is not what saved me. I had to place my faith in Jesus Christ, believing that He came to this earth, lived a sinless life, died for my sins and the sins of the world, and rose again on the third day offering to me and all who come to Him eternal life. I made the decision to receive God’s gift of salvation when I was 17 years of age.
My wife has a similar testimony. She grew up in the home of a pastor with godly parents that raised her in a biblical manner. But she also had to place her faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ for salvation, which she did at the age of 7.
As the pastor of Grace Baptist Tabernacle I want the central focus of my ministry to be Jesus Christ and His Word. Only Jesus can save a person and only Jesus change a person. This is the message that you will hear when I preach.
Everything that we do at Grace will be centered around the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a church we want to exalt the Savior, edify the saints, and evangelize the lost. We also want to make it all about Jesus.
I hope our ministry echoes the words of Paul in 1Corinthians 2:1-2 where he said “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
I will periodically update this blog and use it as a time of testimony, encouragement, and challenge. If you are in the Chattanooga area we would love to see you at Grace Baptist Tabernacle so that you can grow with us in the Lord and so that we can fellowship with one another in the Lord. You will find Grace to be a church that loves Jesus and loves people. Look forward to seeing you there.