Mark Stump has served as the senior pastor of Gassaway Baptist Church for the past 39 years. Prior to accepting the Lord’s calling to GBC, he served as youth pastor at Little Union Baptist Church at Calvin, WV for three years.
Pastor Stump credits his youth ministry at Little Union with helping him to formulate his vision for GBC where, as senior pastor, he feels a real need to minister to young families.
In terms of the driving principle that has forged his ministry, Pastor Stump affirms, “God’s love is for everyone,” adding, “God is not so much concerned about where you’ve been and what you’ve done, but where you are and where you’re going. The ground is level at the cross. Jesus died for everyone.”
The ministry at Gassaway Baptist Church has grown in many directions since Pastor Stump’s arrival back in 1983. The church facility expanded to create a new sanctuary and fellowship hall in 1990. Soon thereafter, even the expanded sanctuary could not accommodate the growing congregation, and one Sunday morning service increased to two services, and within a few more years, three services. Ultimately, the vision for a new facility became reality when the congregation of Gassaway Baptist Church gathered at their new church site on Beall Drive to celebrate their first Easter service in 2014.
Pastor Stump is quick to point out that the physical changes in the church are not what brings him the most satisfaction in ministry. His sense of fulfillment comes from “seeing what God has done in the lives of people.” “The rest,” he says, “is just the vehicle through which God has worked to do that.”
In terms of his duties as senior pastor, Pastor Stump believes his major role is to see the accomplishment of the mission of this church as stated in the GBC Vision Statement: “To lovingly and boldly win the lost to Jesus Christ while helping believers experience their full Kingdom potential through worship, discipleship, and service for God’s glory.”
Outside the church, Mark and his wife of 47 years, Darlene, enjoy spending time at their farm in Nicholas County. They are the parents of two adult children and five grandchildren.