In the New Testament, the "evangelist" held a very important role among the "churches of Christ."
The apostle Paul said it best in Romans 10:14; "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" Paul spent many years not only preaching in local churches but also instructing other ministers, such as Titus and Timothy. Among the many instructions, he gave them was this exhortation: "If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed." (1 Timothy 4:6).
The word evangelist is translated from the Greek word, "evangelistes" ("a messenger of good"), and is used in the New Testament along with other relevant terms, "evangelizo" ("to preach good news") and "evangelion" ("good news, or gospel"). An evangelist is not an "employee" of the local church, but is a partner with the local church. They utilize his dedication and knowledge of the Bible to preach the gospel; and, if able, financially support his work. And he is a servant of the Lord, commanded to preach only God's word, held accountable to the Lord, and yet working in partnership with the local brethren. The local church is commanded by the Lord to support evangelists, both financially (1 Corinthians 9:3-14) and morally (Romans 1:11-12; and 1 Corinthians 16:17-18). Together, a faithful evangelist and a dedicated local church make great partners in the work of the Lord.
Our current evangelist is Andy Brenton. In 2018, Andy moved to work with us at Casey. Since that time, and as of this writing (2022), the church continues to fully support Andy as our evangelist, as well as give temporary help to other evangelists. The church has also been able to appoint elders and deacons, as well as improve its facilities for worship. We record all sermons and Bible classes and distribute the content across multiple social media platforms as well as our website. Andy preaches weekly sermons, teaches two weekly classes, and provides an article-based weekly bulletin with sermon worksheets. In addition, he holds 2 to 4 week-long gospel meetings per year at other places. Andy is not ashamed to share his faith, both in his everyday life and from the pulpit by extending the Word of God plainly and boldly without the opinion of men (1 Peter 4:11). You will find that not only is Andy thorough in his preparation of lessons, but he will also always provide Bible book, chapter and verse for everything he preaches. Andy is also presently serving as an elder.
Prior to moving here to work with us, Andy and his family had lived in Dade City, FL. He moved there in 2015, to work “full-time” with the Trilacoochee church of Christ. Prior to his preaching work in Florida, Andy and his family lived in Fayetteville, GA. He moved there in 2011, to work "full-time" with the South Fayette church of Christ. Prior to his preaching work in Georgia, Andy and his family lived in Noblesville, IN. In 2009 Andy had begun his "full-time" preaching work with the Westside church of Christ in Peru, IN. Previous to Andy's "full-time" preaching work he had preached by appointment for several smaller congregations since 2004 in which he worked as a security account executive in the building technologies industry. He was baptized into Christ on February 11th, 2001, and preached his first sermon a few years later. Andy and Dawn were both born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana. Following High School, Andy enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. Dawn attended Indiana University. Andy and Dawn (Winn) married on July 17th, 1999. Andy and his wife Dawn have two sons (Alec and Aden) and one daughter (Ava).