But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:43-45
We thank our Sovereign God for sending us such good and faithful servants! They are a blessing to our community!
In the above photos, Pastor Damon Williamson and the deacons gather around newly ordained Deacon Allen Beeker. Seated are Allen and his wife Sandra. Standing around Allen in support and encouragement are (l-r) Pastor Damon, Rob Clayton, Nicky Clayton, and Robby Clayton.
When Allen received the call to glorify God and serve His church as a deacon, Allen responded with gladness and quiet resolve. He understood that, through service, he could help and encourage others while strengthening the church in its mission. It was another way to show his love for the Lord and for fellow believers.
Raised in the faith as a Methodist, Allen gave his life to Jesus at an early age and has remained true to our Lord ever since. He and Sandra married in 1966, and the following year he joined the Baptist Church. He and Sandra have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Allen loves to work with his hands. In his free time, he enjoys amateur radio, radio-controlled aircraft, and house remodeling. He looks for opportunities free of television and media to engage others and join together in personal interaction.
He believes that God is working with and through LRBC to serve His will. Allen finds great encouragement in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
For Nicky, being a deacon is all about Jesus—joyfully serving others, sharing the faith, and glorifying the Lord. Nicky’s background charted a clear path to his present realization of “good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). Raised by a mom and dad who are both saints, Nicky found the best role models any boy could have. He gave his life to Jesus at the tender age of nine, and rededicated himself a year later during a church revival that ignited spiritual fire among the youth and saved countless souls.
When he was fifteen, Nicky met his future wife Mary. As with everything in his life, the hand of God guided them as they fell in love, grew together, and learned to lean on each other. Over the years, God has carried them through dark times when trauma and pain overturned their lives. Through all the hardship, they clung to Jesus and found power in prayer.
Nicky and Mary love spending time with their children and grandchildren, watching ball games, enjoying the outdoors, and simply relaxing in the comfort of family. At church, Nicky and Mary contribute their fine vocal talents to the choir for the glory of God. And he frequently delights others with a twinkle in his eyes and one of his lively array of jokes. 😊
Nicky finds an endless spring of hope in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
In 2006, after his church closed its doors, Harlan and his wife Trilby began a search for a new church community, one with model leaders, a heart for Jesus, and clear fidelity to the Word of God. After seven prayerful years and several churches, our Lord led them to LRBC. Harlan has never looked back. From the start, he and Trilby felt welcome here and comfortable with the church’s leadership and teaching. He became a deacon in 2018, and remains confident that this is where God wants them to be. God is good, all the time!
Harlan was saved at the age of 14 as the result of a televised Billy Graham crusade. He later committed himself to Jesus, whose perfect sacrifice on the cross blessed every aspect of Harlan’s life. He found meaning, purpose, love, mercy, and grace. As a deacon he wants to help others experience the presence of Christ in their hearts, to help them walk in the Lord.
Harlan has always enjoyed reading and now concentrates on Scripture, devotionals, and wellness literature. He and Trilby have two wonderful adult children. His daughter is an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher who is fluent in Spanish. His son lives in California.
Outside the church congregation, Harlan has worked full-time as a technical writer, but was forced to retire after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014. He currently spends most of his time at home, yet through all the hardship, he firmly believes that “all things work together for good” for those who love God (Romans 8:28). And he has absolute faith in God’s healing power.
Harlan likes to quote the old bumper sticker that reads, “If God is your co-pilot, switch seats.” Whether in sickness or in health, Harlan trusts the Lord to work wonders in his life.
Robby is blessed with a welcoming smile, a solid faith grounded in Scripture, and a heart for service. As a deacon he seeks ways to serve others, always striving to be worthy of his leadership role. He also teaches adult Sunday school and leads our worship with his rich singing voice.
Robby was saved at the age of 10 and has been growing in the Lord ever since. Over the years he has participated in revivals that exploded with anticipation, love, renewal, and great awakening. Crowds packed the church hungry for God’s Word as hundreds came to Christ. Music also featured predominantly during the revivals, and Robby found deep expression for his musical gifts.
He has witnessed great healing and reconciliation. In times of personal hardship, the words of Proverbs 3:5-6 bring comfort and meaning: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Outside of church, Robby works as a quality assurance inspector for an aerospace company. He and his wife Debbie enjoy sports and the outdoors, always marveling at the wonder of God’s creation. They are devoted parents and grandparents who love attending countless ball games!
They are true team players, and we are fortunate to have them on our team … team Jesus, that is! And we’re always on the lookout for new recruits!