My name is Sean Pease. I am the pastor of Impact Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas. www.impactbaptist.org
We are a new church. I was formerly on staff as a youth pastor at another church in Richardson and before that worked with cancer patients at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Before full-time vocational ministry, I worked as a systems analyst for a research university in Dallas, Texas.
I received an M.Div with Biblical Languages degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jesus Christ, FAMILY, Bible, Preaching God’s Word, missions, and making disciples.
Holy Bible, Ashamed of The Gospel by John MacArthur, On Being a Theologian of the Cross by Gerhard Forde, and Humanity and Sin by Robert Pyne.
My name is Sean Pease. Please let me explain in more detail my story.My parents were the greatest parents in the entire world (my mother has gone on to be with the Lord). They taught me right from wrong and respect for others. They taught me some of the important issues I would need in life but they never taught me the most important thing in life – about Jesus Christ.
In elementary school a friend invited me to his Sunday School class at Prestonwood Baptist Church (then just a mission church of about 100 people meeting in a civic center). I enjoyed what I learned but soon strayed again to the world. In high school I occasionally visited church. I felt the need for God but didn’t know how to satisfy that need.
In college at Texas Tech University, I began to attend a local Baptist church at the insistence of my girlfriend Tamra (now my wife). Once again I felt that need for God in my life but felt I had peace with Him in my good works. In 1990 I graduated with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Communications. The following semester, Tamra also graduated and we returned to Dallas to be married and begin our life together.
I continued searching for fulfilling my spiritual needs. I began to attend the Roman Catholic Church and their rites of Christian initiation classes. Something wasn’t right. While most of my maternal family was Roman Catholic and they seemed to be the religious backbone of the family – God had a plan and a purpose for me that protected me at this time in my life.
Tamra began to share with me how important it was to her that we attend church and bring our family up in a Christian home. Our first child, Shelby, was born in 1996. I had worldly issues with the church we were married in and so we later began to attend another Baptist church in 1997. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer that same year. As I began to search for answers as to what was happening to her, I began to search hard for that spiritual fulfillment I so needed. I needed to know who God was and how I could feel His full love. I now had a son looking to me as a leader and I knew that I was not leading him anywhere.
Tamra began attending Prestonwood Baptist Church without me for a couple of months. Reluctantly I followed. We began to grow in this new church home. During a sermon in 1999, our pastor asked the congregation how we were leading our families and God convicted me about that leadership. God opened my heart to the truth of His gospel and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My life was changed.
Friendships were always an important part of my life. I would do almost anything to maintain a friendship. After receiving Jesus Christ into my life, relationships were now more important. What is the difference? In a relationship, the importance is placed upon your love for the other person and not merely how much they like you in return. The Bible says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor 5:17 (NKJV). I had become a new man and I was now walking a different walk than many of my friends. However, the love of Christ burdened my heart with the need to share His love with those friends because they had become relationships now.
Our family grew both physically and spiritually. Chance, our second son, was born in 2000. We began to take on roles of leadership at Prestonwood
Church. It was in 2001 that I felt God’s call to the mission field and answered in going on my first trip to
Eastern Romania. The first Sunday I was on the mission field the Romanian pastor asked me to deliver the sermon. Scared me to death! I stayed up all night writing. Then when I went to that pulpit my words stayed on the paper as God instead filled my heart with His words. That was the first sermon for me. Just last week I preached from that same pulpit in
Gura Humorului, Romania for the sixth time. God has continued to call me back to
Romania as He has also blessed me with the support to get there.
In the summer of 2002, after my second trip overseas to share the gospel, I felt that God was calling me to do more. It was difficult for me to understand. I loved my secular job. I was good at what I did, but even more importantly, I had a good influence on the people there. They often came to me for personal issues that I could lead them through biblically. I felt called to full-time ministry but I also felt that I played an important role in the market place. After much prayer and consulting with my ministers, I applied to enter Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Fort Worth, Texas. I was accepted.
I thank you for the time you have taken reading about my walk. I pray that God will abundantly bless you as you journey on your own path. I encourage you to use the light He has provided you on that walk.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”
Psalms 119:105 (NKJV)
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NKJV)