Pastor

Dr. John Wheeler, Pastor

I received Christ at the age of five and it has been a joy to serve the Lord from my youth. I love the Lord, His word, and his people. I am glad to be part of the Liberty Baptist Church family and to proclaim Liberty in Jesus.

My wife and children are my greatest blessing. My wife, Bethany, has been literally around the world and back with me. She grew up in a pastor’s home and is familiar with the joys and heartaches of ministry. She loves and walks with God, and loves God’s people. She is an excellent wife and mother. Our daughter, Ashton is a godly young lady that the Lord has specially gifted in music. She is a graduate of Crown College of the Bible. Our son, Riley, is growing into a fine young man. I am grateful for my family.

For more from Dr. Wheeler, visit: https://drjohnwheeler.com


Distinctives

Liberty Baptist Church is a King James Bible believing, gospel preaching, premillennial, pre-tribulation rapture, soul winning, missions-minded, independent, fundamental, Baptist church.

Church is about pleasing and glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 4:10-11). It is not about adapting to the social whims of society (Romans 12:2).

Our Mission

Our mission is to win the lost, edify the saints, and glorify the Savior (Matthew 28:18-20).

Modern versions of the Holy Bible

We believe the King James Bible that we hold in our hands from cover to cover without apology or excuse. Rather than correct the Bible, we let it correct us. New versions are not the same. They change names, numbers, prophecies, and key doctrine. We serve “the Son of God,” not “a son of the gods” (Daniel 3:25), and there is a difference.

Salvation

Salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). The gospel is “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Hyper-Calvinism & Other

We reject Hyper-Calvinism and its teachings of total inability, unconditional election, limited atonement, and irresistible grace as unscriptural.

We reject replacement theology. The church has not replaced Israel. Many prophecies related to the Jews and their land are yet to be fulfilled.

We reject ecumenicalism, the emergent church movement, and the modern charismatic movement.

Manner of Ministry

Leading by example

The pastor is NOT to be a dictator (1 Peter 5:1-3). Sheep are to be led.

It should also be mentioned that the pastor is not a pope or a secondary Savior. When people start quoting a man rather than the Scriptures, something is wrong. Faithful pastors should be honored, but not worshipped.

Visiting people

The pastor visits people, not houses. He does not care about the condition or contents of a house (as in your movies, etc.). He is not interested in being an inspector. He preaches the truth and trusts the Holy Spirit to deal with anything that is not right. A visit is to see a person and minister to them.

Modesty

The Scripture teaches modesty. That is what we preach and practice. However, we do not run off our guests because they do not meet someone’s standards.

Open and honest

We try to communicate and keep people informed. An informed people are a happy people. While only approved individuals write checks, our deacons and trustees have access to monitor the bank accounts. Every check is listed on the monthly financial statement. Church is not a secret society. We want members to know, not think or hope, that everything is above board.

Immorality among the leadership

We are not tolerant of fornication, adultery, pornography, pedophilia, extortion, etc. among church leadership. This is way too common these days.

Religious politics

We are against religious politics. This would include covering up gross moral sin contrary to the commands of Holy Scripture “for the good of the church.” The goal in such instances should be confession and restoration to fellowship, not covering it up, running off victims, and allowing the sin to continue. Religious politics would also include lying or deliberately misleading people.

Rock music and new age music

Music has a culture. Rock music (regardless of whether you add a Christian label or not) has a culture of rebellion and immorality.