We are Jarrod, Deirdre, Brielle, Brandt, Sterling and Claire Tunnell. My Family and I have answered the call placed on our family by our Lord Jesus to go to Corrientes, Argentina and we are sent out of our local church, Victory Baptist Church in Weatherford, TX. We will be working along side the David Martin family in literature outreach, home Bible studies, discipleship, training church planters and planting indigenous churches, first in the city of Corrientes and then in the surrounding areas.
I was saved at age of 16 on September 26,1999 at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Watauga, Texas and surrendered to God’s call on my life to ministry 2 years later while in Bible College at the Independent Baptist College, where I graduated from in May 2006 with an Associates in Ministries. At Spring Valley Baptist, Deirdre and I served as faithful church members from our youth in both children ministries, nursing home ministries, outreach ministries and music ministries and were married October 13, 2006. In December 2006 I accepted a position as Youth Pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas under the pastorship of Jerry Power, Jr. Deirdre and I served faithfully there for four years working with the youth and children’s ministries and music ministries. In September 2010 God opened a door for full-time ministry as the Associate Pastor of Country View Baptist Church in Ulysses, KS under the pastorship of Sam Bynum and in January 2011 we joined the church and began our ministry there. As Associate Pastor I supported the Pastor and Church in a many different capacities: Youth and Camp Ministry, Media Ministry, Sunday School and Curriculum Director, Children’s, VBS and Nursery Ministry, facility maintenance, grounds keeper and in janitorial duties and the Lord blessed. In January 2015, after much prayer and deliberation, Deirdre and I felt led to move to Weatherford, Texas and serve him at Victory Baptist Church. At Victory Baptist Church we have had many ministries to serve in, but one of the most important opportunities was as Missions Directors for South America. In the fall semester the Lord opened a door to come and finish my Bachelors Degree at Norris Bible Baptist Seminary, where I graduated from in May 2017. April 2016 at our churches mission conference I surrendered to the Lord’s call to go to Argentina, to share the gospel of Christ, that souls might be saved and we can plant indigenous Independent Baptist churches. Along with accepting that call to Argentina, we will be teaming up with David and Kelsi Martin, Argentina missionaries out of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Lake Worth, Texas to reach the lost souls in Argentina.
I grew up in a Christian home and in church from the time I was born, and I heard the gospel many times. Around 8 years old, I was in my Sunday School class and my teacher was presenting the Gospel. She asked who was saved and I was the only one in class who didn’t raise my hand. It was then that I realized what not being saved meant. If I died without being saved, it would mean total separation from God, my family and everyone I’d ever known. My teacher asked if I wanted to be saved, and I did, so I prayed and repented of my sins and asked for Jesus to save me.
After, I had such joy that filled my heart that I couldn’t stop singing any hymn I could remember. I was baptized not long after and have been involved in every church we have been at since.