Pastor Kirk Packer
I have been the pastor at Jesus Center since 2003. I am also a part time police officer for the City of Sesser. My wife, Niki, and I have been married since 1996 and have 4 active kids who keep us running between lots of sports and activities. Niki serves the church as the Children’s Ministry leader and the secretary. She also is a part of Called and Confident, (www.calledandconfident.com).
My office displays 3 quotes. Each of these give a snapshot of my heart for ministry and life.
“I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.”- Thomas Aquinas
My goal is not to just know the meaning of something, my goal is to know Jesus, the one who gives meaning.
“We have somehow got hold of the idea that error is only that which is outrageously wrong; and we do not seem to understand that the most dangerous person of all is the one who does not emphasize the right things.”-D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
I cannot know what to emphasize without the constant direction and impartation from the Holy Spirit. I find it best to leave things in His control. Most of all, myself.
“A Gelding may be compliant and a Stallion dangerous…but only one offers life.” -John Eldredge
Our enemy would rather us all be good little boys and girls, rather than Spirit filled and led as Jesus was. I emphatically reject this idea.
Youth Pastor Marcus Clarry
My wife, Janae, and I have been leading the youth at Jesus Center since 2015. We have three children of our own; Colynns, Caisen, and Creyton. God has given both of us a passion for children. Each of us have worked, or are currently working, as social workers in the child welfare field. I am also a volunteer coach at Sesser-Valier High School. We enjoy leading youth into a deeper relationship with Jesus, and helping them to walk through all of the ups and downs of life We believe that equipping our youth with foundational knowledge of the Gospel is essential. Our prayer is that the kids we lead will boldly proclaim the Gospel, and live out the characteristics of Jesus daily.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, the to the Gentile.”
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”