Dr. Earl Jessup has been in the ministry for 40 years having started in the ministry as a church planter in Canada. Dr. Jessup started two churches while serving with BIMI in Canada from 1972 to 1987. In December 1987, he became the pastor of Kirkfield Park Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he began the Canadian Church Planting Ministry. CCPM helped in reproducing seven churches in five years under his leadership.
Dr. Jessup basically transplanted his church in other communities, which had no fundamental church. He would do this by holding a week of meetings in the community with the church providing the music, nursery workers, ushers, preaching, and financing. The meetings were highly advertised and people from the new communities would attend the services. The new work would be started from a nucleus of people that attended these meetings.
His ministry grew to the place where he could no longer effectively pastor the church and start churches. He chose to resign and expand his ministry in church planting. In August of 1993, Dr. Jessup founded Baptist Church Planting Ministry and is currently the General Director. This United States office is based in Apple Valley, Minnesota and is a ministry out of First Baptist Church in Rosemount. BCPM is a ministry to help local churches reproduce local churches.
Since August 1993, over one hundred thirty churches have been reproduced. He is now helping other churches do what he did. Many pastors want to plant churches but don’t have the time, finances, or experience to do so. Dr. Jessup believes planting churches is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. By following the “Jerusalem Methodology” more churches can start on less money. The average attendance in the first service of these new churches has been 30 to 40. The average expense is $5,000 for the start up costs. This depends on the size of the community that is being reached. These new churches gave over $2,000,000 to missions annually, mostly using Faith Promise giving and these churches have created six times more missions dollars than it has taken to operate BCPM during the same period. BCPM is now expanding into foreign countries and helping churches take the responsibility of reproducing churches in their countries.
Baptist Church Planting Ministry has helped churches in several other countries. Churches have been reproduced not only in the United States, and Canada, but also in Australia, France, Scotland, Guatemala, Trinidad and Kenya. Dr. Jessup believes that the cultural differences between Americans and other countries hinders the successful planting of churches and that fundamental Baptist churches in every country of the world have a much greater opportunity to reproduce successful churches than when churches are planted using pioneer methods. He has helped men in Scotland and Guatemala develop ministries with the same philosophy as BCPM. He wants to continue to develop the philosophy of local churches reproducing churches in countries around the world.
In June 2009, Dr. Jessup taught twenty-five sessions on church planting which was taped and a college credit course was developed for Bible colleges, institutes and churches. The course called “First Century Church Planting” is now available on DVD with a teacher’s manual and student manuals. Dr. Jessup gives a biblical philosophy of church planting based on the Jerusalem methodology of church planting. It is available online through BCPM.org.
Dr. Jessup graduated from Piedmont Bible College in 1972 with a ThB. and from Northland Baptist Bible College in 1993 with an MMin. He was honored with a D.D. from FaithWay Baptist College in 1992 for his work in church planting in Canada.
Dr. Jessup is from Beckley, West Virginia and was saved at the age of seven at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He surrendered to the call to preach at 14. His wife, Beth, is from Sumter, South Carolina and was also saved at seven. The Jessups have five children, of whom four are married, and twelve grandchildren. Dr. Jessup and his wife returned to Canada to live in 2001. They live in Barrie, Ontario and are members of Heritage Baptist Church where Dr. LeRoy Pennell is the pastor. Heritage Baptist Church is the home church for Baptist Church Planting Ministry Canada.
On August 8th, 2016, Dr. Earl Jessup went home to be with the Lord.
Jeremy Rowland was saved at age 18 at Liberty Baptist Church in Sarasota, FL. The following week he was baptized with the lady who is now his wife, Teresa, and they both immediately began serving in various ministries. They both attended and graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1996. Jeremy then received a Master of Bible Exposition and Master of Divinity degrees from Pensacola Theological Seminary.
While attending college and seminary, Jeremy served as Associate Pastor at Pine Forest Estates Baptist Church in Pensacola for five years. Some of his responsibilities included soul winning and outreach, children’s director, young couples’ Sunday school teacher, bus director and college intern director.
He then traveled two years for the Bill Rice Ranch as a staff evangelist where he gained experience in traveling and preaching in local churches. It was during this time that God began to burden Jeremy in the area of church planting. With the help of BCPM, he then started a church in North Port, FL where he led the church over seven years to be solid and self supporting before calling in a new pastor in January of 2010. Jeremy’s burden for church planting broadened over the years which, after much prayer and clear leading of the Lord, led him to join the staff of BCPM. Jeremy has been blessed with a lovely wife, Teresa, and three sons: Caleb, Kyle, and Ryan.
Matt Hill was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV. He grew up in a good home although not a Christian home. Matt accepted Christ as his personal Saviour in December of 1998 at the age of 27. In 2001, he surrendered his life to the Lord and became actively involved in his local church. It wasn’t until 2010 that the Lord called Matt to preach. Immediately, he began praying for His guidance. In 2013, Matt left his secular position and interned at Ripley Baptist Temple under Pastor Rick Perrine. He is also currently attending Baptist College of America.
Matt has always had a heart for missions and/or beginning a new church. He has been on several mission trips and five church plants through BCPM. He has also volunteered his time with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry and teaching character classes at the local middle school and fills in for other Pastors as needed. Although he is/was actively seeking the Lord’s direction, it wasn’t until a meeting with Dr. Jessup in February of 2016 that he was able to place the pieces together. It was at that time, he and his wife began praying about a future with BCPM.
Matt met his wife Kim, also from Parkersburg, in 1992. Together they have ten children. Their oldest son, Jamie (23) is married to Macy. He is currently serving the Lord as Associate Pastor at Milton Baptist Church in Milton, OH. Their oldest daughter, Samantha (20) is currently attending Crown College of the Bible in Powell, TN, majoring in music and missions. Kim home schools their other eight children: Dayton (16), DJ (12), Billy (11), Laney (11), Kaylee (10), Coleman (8), Lacey (8), and Ethan (6).
While serving in the Air Force, Dr. Stastny was stationed in Spokane, Washington, where he and his wife Tana were saved under the ministry of Dr. Greg Boyle at Faith Baptist Church. While there, he was called into the ministry, and while in Texas, he began his studies at Texas Baptist Bible College.
He completed his education at TBBC in 1998 and was ordained at North Side Bible Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas. After retirement from the Air Force, he returned to Spokane to serve in the ministry there. In 1990, he accepted the call to Beaver Valley Baptist Church in Montrose, British Columbia, where he pastored for nineteen years. While there, Dr. Stastny continued his education, receiving a master’s degree in counselling and a doctoral degree in theology. The church thrived under his leadership, sending out several church planters, pastors and missionaries from the ministry.
Retiring in 2009 from the pastorate, Dr. and Mrs. Stastny moved to Castlegar, BC, to aid the ministry of his son-in-law, Pastor Tom Kline. While there, he directed a family camp for churches in Western Canada and held a retreat for pastors’ wives each year. He has also traveled extensively in Canada, Mexico and South Africa, helping church planters with mission conferences, Christian life seminars, marriage retreats and pulpit supply.
Dr. Stastny brings a great deal of experience in the area of church planting. He and Tana have been involved in church planting for many years and worked directly with four church plants in Western Canada. He will also be a great blessing to the church planters working with BCPM because of his experience in counselling and ministry. Dr. Jessup stated, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Stastny and Tana join BCPM. He adds a dimension to our ministry that has long been needed.”
Dr. Stastny is available for meetings of any sort and will be a great help and blessing to your church. He can be reached by contacting the BCPM office or directly at (612) 747-0054 or by emailing him at TStastny@bcpm.
Julia was raised in a Christian family in Northern Michigan. She was saved at the age of seven after a junior church service. Julia and her twin sister, Andrea, graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1987. She went on to attend Hyles-Anderson College, graduating with an elementary education teaching degree in 1991. After graduation, she married Charlie Graves, and soon they went into a teaching ministry together. After teaching junior high for a year at Eastwood Baptist Church in Murray, Kentucky, Julia, her husband and their daughter moved to Minnesota in 1994. Over the last fifteen years in Rosemount, they have added five more children to their family.
Besides being a full-time mom, Julia works part-time at Homewood Suites Hilton by the Mall of America as an auditor for the past nine years, as well as fulfilling the secretarial needs for the United States branch of BCPM since August 2004.
She currently heads up the beginner church department at First Baptist Church and has been doing so for twelve years. She is a youth director’s wife and enjoys being a ladies’ conference speaker. The “Comfort Food” ministry (providing meals for those in need) is also a project Julia appreciates coordinating, as well as playing her flute in the church orchestra.
Julia loves to play Canasta and spends time reading when she is able. Her greatest desire is for her and her husband to see their children grow up to serve the Lord.