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Joshua Grooms is following in his father’s footsteps when he accepted the call to pastor a church.
Grooms, a social studies teacher at Grant County High School, is the new minister at Lystra Church of Christ.
He grew up in Bellevue, where his father served as a minister. He graduated in 2000 from Batavia High School and attended Lincoln Christian College in Central Illinois before transferring to Northern Kentucky University where he earned his degree.
He has previously worked as a youth minister and Sunday School superintendent.
Grooms believes that preaching and teaching go hand in hand.
“Even in college, I’ve always had a job where I presented to other people,” he said.
He began serving as a fill-in minister at Lystra this summer before accepting the position full time.
Grooms believes there’s always room for Christians to grow and his goal is to teach the Bible and scriptures.
“I’m scared for the Christian church because it seems that preachers are teaching topics, which do have their place, but it’s the scriptures and doctrine that people need,” Grooms said.
He said if preachers will get back to teaching what the Bible says, that’s what people want and that will drive growth.
“Lystra is a small church so there’s room to grow, and people can grow spiritually by reading their Bible,” he said.
He wants Lystra to grow to meet the needs of that area of the community. There are about 15 to 20 members currently attending Lystra; some of them having attended there for more than 50 years.
The church is looking for a piano player.
“We only have a fill in at this time,” he said.
Lystra offers two services, Sunday School at 10 a.m. and a worship service at 11 a.m. on Sundays, but if more people join and want additional services, Grooms is open to adding them.
“I think we can spark some life in the community to get more people,” he said. “The way we’ll grow is by people to tell their friends and them to tell their friends.’
He and his wife live in Walton and are expecting their first child in March.
Grooms also works as the junior varsity girls basketball coach at GCHS. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, watching Reds games and college basketball.
“I’m passionate about getting back to God’s word,” he said. “I don’t want people to forget why we baptize and why we repent. No one is teaching these basic things and people need to know we do it because it’s what the Bible tells us to.”
No one is teaching these basic things and people need to know we do it because it’s what the Bible tells us to.