Meet the Pastor
From the Pastor’s Desk!
“What to Expect”
My name is Frank Galerie, and I am very blessed to serve the First Baptist Church of South Glens Falls. I would be remiss if before moving on, I did not introduce you to my wonderful family. My wife Patty and I have been a team nearly 32 years. Shortly after our marriage we were blessed with a son, Frankie who is 30 and engaged to Brittany; and a daughter, Ashley, 27, married to Nick and they gave us our grandson Hunter. We are a family just like everyone else. We have great joy, and we experience trials & suffering. Yet in all things, our God is with us and His grace is sufficient!
Perhaps you are wondering what to expect from me should you be led by God to join with us at First Baptist Church South Glens Falls. If so, please read on.
1. Expect a man of prayer. Did you know that before Jesus did anything He went to the Father in daily prayer for His instructions? The Bible says that Jesus did nothing apart from the Father, and apart from Him we can do nothing. Expect a pastor who prays. Not only for himself, but also for the needs of the church for which God has made him an overseer and for those whom God will draw to Himself. Expect a praying pastor.
2. Expect a pastor who loves, worships, and serves the Lord Jesus Christ, and believes every word of the bible (Old & New Testament) to be true and without error. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God£ may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2Tim. 3:16-17) I stand firmly on The Word of God and preach the whole counsel of God.
3. Expect a servant. There is so much more to being a pastor than preaching and teaching. He MUST take the time to know, love, and care for each person in the church and to be real with the people. Authenticity is vital in building relationships. The heart of a servant is a prerequisite for any man calling himself a pastor. In addition to the church, the community also needs a pastor. One who is seen among, and interacts with the people of the community and invests his life into serving the people. Jesus said, “I did not come to be served but to serve.” Expect a servant pastor; God’s servant to the church and the community.
4. Expect a servant leader. George Barna said, “The American Church is dying due to a lack of strong leadership. In this time of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence. The primary reason is lack of leadership.” There is a significant difference between leadership and Spiritual leadership.
The pastor is the spiritual leader of the church and is expected to communicate God’s vision for the church. Spiritual Leadership is, as Dr. Henry Blackaby correctly asserts, “Moving people onto God’s agenda.” God’s desire is for the pastor, the leadership and the church to walk so intimately with Him that when He reveals what is on His agenda, we would immediately adjust our lives to His will. The results will bring glory to God. As a pastor I must ensure that God’s Agenda is accomplished.
My focus should not be my own goals and ambitions, or the goals and ambitions of the congregation. If the pastor fails to move people from their agenda onto God’s agenda, then he has not led.
5. Expect a man of integrity. My character must be true, genuine and woven into the fabric of all that is mentioned above and all that follows. The greatest weapon that the devil has in his arsenal against pastors, which sadly has claimed far too many, is the sin of sexual immorality. I am not foolish enough to think that I too could not fall. The Living Bible says in 1Cor. 10:12 “So be careful. If you are thinking, “Oh, I would never behave like that”-let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall into sin.” Therefore I will not counsel or visit any woman alone. I deal likewise with any youth, male or female.
6. Expect a team player. I have heard it said that the office of the pastor is a lonely place. In my opinion, that’s because he has chosen to go it alone. Big mistake! In fact, should the Lord lead you to the First Baptist Church of South Glens Falls, you will hear these words over and over again: “We are a team, God’s team and EVERYBODY has a position to play and a role to serve.” God’s church is not to be an arena of spectators. Everyone, young and old alike, is to be actively involved in the life of the church. I cannot be a team player without a team. May I encourage you to start praying, right now, about the position God wants you to play on His team, and then gladly sign up! Oh, and this is very important: There is no “free agent” on God’s team. We are all bondservants (slaves) to Jesus Christ.
7. Expect a man who makes mistakes. Despite prayer, daily devotions and meditating on God’s Word, a seminary degree, a godly wife’s counsel, and godly men as accountability partners, I am going to mess up. When I do misstep, please understand that I am just a man, a sinner saved by grace through faith. Please respect that my calling to the pastorate is from God. That said please hold me accountable that I am faithfully proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” that all might believe.
8. Expect a man who loves to laugh with others. Suffice to say we’re going to have a good time together. J
I hope this information is helpful to you in better understanding what you can expect from me.
Finally, I close with my answer to a question that many churches have asked and continue to struggle to answer . . . “What is the purpose of the church?”
I believe the purpose for every Christ-centered, Bible-believing, preaching and teaching church is to glorify God through daily worship by following the Great Commandment and the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In other words, glorify God by…
- Being completely devoted to Him (fall in love with God).
- Generously and selflessly caring for others (be Christ centered & Christ compassionate)
- Being willing to serve the world (be Mission focused; locally, regionally, and worldwide)
God’s purpose for the church is not complicated. In fact, it’s quite simple: Glorify Him in ALL things!
I am very much looking forward to meeting face-to-face with you, and if it is in God’s plan, serving with you in building up the Kingdom of God.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.