On May 16th, 2016, Tim Iamaio accepted the call to become the next pastor of Grace Fellowship. Pastor Tim faithfully preached through Galatians for several months before the call and we were impressed and encouraged by his knowledge of Scripture and passion for the gospel. We encourage and support Tim in his vision for this church in reaching the neighborhood and the nations with the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Tim's testimony:
Who I am is a sinner saved by grace, and what I believe and what I will do in ministry is a result of who I am. I could not be saved without a Savior. Without the saving blood of Jesus Christ, the providential call of the Father, and the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, I would still be dead in my sin. I once was lost, but now I’m found; I once was blind, but now I see; I once was dead in my sins, but now I am alive in Christ.
I grew up in a Christian home to godly parents, but rejected the gospel and squandered the blessings of the Lord until the age of 27. Not only was I a sinner, but loved sinning and sinned boldly. My life was a testament to my flesh. I was a club DJ and party promoter and I was an activist for secularism and self-worship. Far from home and far from God, the Lord saw fit to crumble the temple to my flesh that I built around myself. In October 2007, all the things I trusted in and looked to for validation and security were stripped from me and I was bare and broken before God. For the first time in my life, I truly cried out for help, desiring to surrender all I held dear, repenting of my old ways, and committing my life before the feet of my Savior. The Lord had drawn me to Himself and redeemed me from the pit, and it was no longer I who lived but Christ who lived in me.
For the next several years, I grew in knowledge and conviction, praying daily and earnestly for wisdom. I was becoming more confident of who I was in Christ and this was recognized by different people in different stages of my life, most notably my wife. Sherri was with me through this transition and growth and was the first to declare that I would be used by the Lord in a mighty way. I was asked to lead studies, classes, mission trips, and ministries and began to have increased opportunities for discipleship and leadership. As this trend continued, I was reluctant and did not imagine myself worthy of leading God’s people, especially in a pastoral capacity. However, more and more people spoke this into my life and confirmed my calling. I prayed that the Lord would guide me and make my calling abundantly clear. I began attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL to further deepen my biblical foundation in preparation for ministry. Every door I tried to create for myself was closed, but yet God opened wide the opportunity to step into a small church and preach. Over several months, the Holy Spirit not only softened my heart to the people of Grace Fellowship and the city of Sanford, but softened the heart of my wife as well. All of my growth and failures were in preparation to lead the people of this congregation. Looking back I can see that God’s plan was perfect and still greater than I ever could have imagined. I accepted the call of Grace Fellowship Congregational Church on May 16th, 2016 to lead and grow the congregation, with a focus on Christ-centered expository teaching and intentional discipleship. I will stay and serve as long as it is the Lord’s will and I will feed and tend His sheep to the best of my ability. After my family, this is now my first priority, however I will also continue pursuing my Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at RTS with an expected graduation of spring 2018.
If you want to hear more about my story, would like to talk about yours, or have any questions, I would love to hear from you.