Our Pastor's Family
Pastor Russell Tharp one of three preacher-sons of the late, Dr. and Mrs. Philip M. Tharp. He and his 2 preacher brothers, (The Tharp Brothers) travel across America singing, preaching and challenging families to serve the Lord! Pastor Tharp surrendered to preach at the young age of 16 and has been preaching the Bible for over 30 years. After serving the Lord as an Associate Pastor for many years God called him to the pastorate in Northern Michigan in 1997. In 2007 God sent the Tharps to Bible Baptist Church of Central Lake. He and his wife Julie were married in 1988 and they have 5 children; Pictured (in back from left to right) are Gabriel, Rebecca & Meghan (seated in front) Julie and Pastor Tharp, and Kristen. Matthew, the eldest (not pictured), and his wife Lyndsey have surrendered their lives to serve the Lord and they were called to BBC in June of 2012 to serve as youth Pastor! They have two girls and a son: Brooklynn, Adelyn & Jaxon.
A personal note from our Pastor - "My family and I want to welcome you to Bible Baptist Church! I promise, you will find BBC is a place where you can bring your family and see God work in your lives in a very real way. I grew up in a godly Christian home, my father was a pastor for over 30 years. I had wonderful parents and a great childhood. With both of my parents now in heaven, I reflect on that heritage a great deal and thank God for the solid, biblical home that I was provided. It is my heart's desire to help families achieve this for their children. I love the work of God and I love people! My wife and I have been serving the Lord together for over 20 years and I can tell you, it has been one of the greatest joys of our life! These are exciting days we are living in, Jesus is soon to return! What a great joy it is to get to serve HIM! Bible Baptist Church is not your every day, run-of-the-mill kind of church. It is a special place that God is using in a miraculous way! We feel privileged as God's servants, to serve him with such a precious group of people as you will find here at BBC. Come see us soon and I am sure you will find that God has a place for you at Bible Baptist Church!
- Pastor R. G. Tharp