My name is Mark Goad. I was born in 1964 in a Navy hospital at Millington Naval Air Station in Millington, TN. My dad was a Navy Chaplain and later Pastored a Baptist Church in Southeast GA. I was saved at age 12 and immediately gained a desire to learn more of God’s word.
My first exposure to Dispensational Theology came through my dad’s preaching. I was a teenager at the time. I went to college, got married and had a family. My exposure to dispensations was on hold.
Then about 1992, I heard a family friend named Dr. Jim Brettell teaching on a cassette tape. He spoke of a dispensational timeline for human history. This sparked my interest for I had never really considered what a timeline would mean for human history. I spoke with my dad about it and he gave me all eight volumes of L.S. Chafer’s Systematic Theology. I was like a kid in a candy shop. I read all of them non stop.
About this time my wife gave me a Scofield Study Bible which added to my knowledge of dispensations. In 2008, I became the Pastor of a small church in Hot Springs, AR. I have been there ever since teaching the Bible from a dispensational viewpoint. For me, this is the only interpretation that harmonizes the Scriptures and makes sense.
Mark Goad is the pastor of Grace Bible Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas, one of the churches on our Dispensational Church List.
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