My name is William Bryan LeRoy, Minister of Youth at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. I answer to the name Toby. I was born and raised in South Georgia where I was taught to love the Lord and all outdoor sports including but not limited to; hunting, fishing, skiing (both water and snow), football, volleyball, tennis, golf, baseball, etc. I play guitar and sing with a love to lead worship. I have been saved since I was 17 and called to full time ministry since shortly after my conversion. I have been married to Christy 2001 and we have two sons: Judah, age 6 and Andrew who is 2 years old. We have lived in Wake Forest since 2009 and I have been a student at SEBTS since 2010.
"Young people are the church of tomorrow."
Visit almost any church, and you will hear these words uttered by well meaning members, who, with the best of intentions are trying to emphasize the importance of youth ministry in their congregation. Without a doubt, the phrase is intended to challenge and inspire young people to spend their teenage years in training for the day when it will be their turn to advance the cause of Christ against all the powers of the enemy. The phrase is challenging, inspirational, motivational . . .
And absolutely, positively, one-hundred percent WRONG.
The youth of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church humbly and respectfully reject the idea that we are the church of tomorrow; we believe that we are the church of RIGHT NOW. We do not believe that we have to wait to advance the cause of Christ: they want to be a part of the revolution now--today--in our homes, in our schools, and in our everyday lives. We believe that through worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry, we CAN make a difference in this world. Our weekly Bible Studies are engineered to help prepare us for the battle ahead, and our discipleship retreats provide in-depth training intended to mold and shape us into the image of Christ. Our mobile house parties are specifically planned to provide opportunities for both fellowship and evangelism. And we are very passionate about missions--both at home and abroad. It is our prayer that in both large and small ways, we can be used by our Master and Lord Jesus Christ to transform our homes, schools, communities, and ultimately, our world. Our goal, as Saint Ignatius said in the Spiritual Exercises, is to "see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, [and] follow Him more nearly."
Come join the Revolution!