Hello! My name is Wes Carpenter and I work with the teens and outreach here at EMBC. The teens are wonderful and they have a heart for outreach. It is my hope and prayer we further position ourselves to be a ministry whereby teens reach teens in East Marion!
I grew up in Midland, NC and Jesus became my Lord and Savior when I was ten years old. I knew then I wanted Him to be my Lord. It wasn't until I was around 18 and working as a summer camp counselor that it made sense that He had to die for me; that that was the only way to bridge the gap sin had created between me and my Father. I completed my undergrad studying math and political science at UNC where I met my soon to be wife, Andrea. I then took almost a year of seminary courses at Gardner Webb University. Thereafter, I married my love and we later began a family. We are now the proud parents of three boys ranging from elementary to high school. She teaches kindergarten and I work FT teaching math and PT ministering to teens.
My testimony most definitely includes the hardest part of our lives when we lost our daughter at full term and the ensuing heartache and anxiety that swallowed up our lives. During this time, I hit such a low and life was so out of control, that God taught me in the brokenness. He taught me that "it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me." I was not in control, He was, and the only way forward was to allow Him to live through me as a vessel. Forget the legalistic control. Forget the worry. I had no control. Life was up to Him. He began restoring my soul and rebuilding my family.
I love sharing my testimony, because while it is hard to share, it encourages me and hopefully encourages others that through trial, God reveals Himself and can restore any situation to bring Himself glory as the God of all hope!