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St John Baptist Church of Carrollton Texas
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Hard Knock Unv
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Pastor R. Michael Stromile is the youngest of 7 children to the parents of Robert and Ordlee Stromile from Plain Dealing Louisiana. At the age of 18 years old Pastor Stromile relocated to Dallas Texas where he joined St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and was a drummer in the church choir. He was also a drummer for Dallas Inspirational Choir which at the time was led by Ricky Rush. He soon moved up to become an extraordinary Chief Choir director, he worked in various churches, Greater South central under Pastor McCoy, Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Turner, then Christ Charismatic Christian Community Church under the direction of Bishop Chambers. During the time he served a s Chef Director, he also served as Music Clinician where he went around the DFW area assisting with musicals and mass choirs
Then he answered the call from God to become a minister 1991, were he shortly after was called to Pastor his first church New Mount Zion in Leonard Texas. Under his leadership he created the choir serving also as the music director, built their first banquet hall, took several ministry trips out of state, organized the Northeast Texas Mass Choir, first youth basketball team, Usher Board, Deacon Board, etc… Pastor Stromile was very instrumental with breaking down the racial barrier that was a part of the town by fellowshipping with First Baptist Church. He soon had to find a church closer to home and left New Mount Zion in 1997.
God still had his hand on Pastor Stromile to continue his work. He received an invitation from Pastor McClain to come and become Pastor of St John Baptist Church (SJBC). In 1997 through GOD given vision, the Rev R Michael Stromile began pastoring the church by signature authority and witness of three members. By the time Pastor Stromile took over as leader the church was showing the signs of disrepair from lack of maintenance and funding. In February 2006 the City of Carrollton deemed the building dangerous and unsafe for occupancy. With little or no money or assistance the members did not know where to turn. Through prayer (see the book of Hebrews) and little more than the faith of a mustard seed they stood knowing that nothing would be impossible with GOD’s help. GOD heard their cry and put it on the hearts and in the minds of many generous people. For the next year or so, many people would come to aid the church in its quest to restore the historic building. God used Pastor Stromile to keep his congregation spiritually strong and encouraged. They walked back into SJBC in 1/1 2007, and received their historical plaque 7/18/2009 by the city of Carrollton Texas.
Pastor Stromile is presently leading the church. Under his leadership and direction the membership of the church has grown from 3 members to the present day roll count of 100 + members. In addition to growing the membership he led the restoration of this historic church building.
The author John Newton said it best “through many dangers toils and snares I have already come twas grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.” Our motto is that we are a little piece of leather but we are well put together. We are a “Nu Nation” crossing over to the promise land. St John Baptist Church is a place where everybody is somebody!!
God has commanded us to preach all of His Word and to "reprove, rebuke, exhort" (2 Timothy 4:2). This is the preacher's divine standard. God has commanded us not only to believe sound doctrine, but also to earnestly contend for it (Jude 3). That means we are to fight agrressively against that which is false. This is exactly what we see in the uncompromising ministry of the Lord's Apostles. Their epistles contain strong and clear warnings about false teaching. Paul often named the names of the false teachers. Such a ministry naturally causes divisions between those who are committed to the truth and those who are following error. Paul made no effort whatsoever to avoid doctrinal controversy. The Holy Spirit warned that "evil men and seducers shalll wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13).