"For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth. . ."
1 Thessalonians 1:8
Our Leadership | Calvary Baptist Church in Belvidere
Pastor Dan Lashley
Pastor Dan Lashley began his ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in December of 2012. Growing up in Winter Garden, Florida, he dedicated his life to the Lord when he was nineteen years old. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended Bob Jones University where he received his bachelor's degree in Bible and Master of Arts in theology. He pastored in Mobile, Alabama, and Imlay City, Michigan, before coming to Belvidere, Illinois. He met his wife, Judy, while in Mobile. They have four children and eight grandchildren (so far).
Judy was a third grade teacher at Pensacola Christian School when she met her husband. She is a pastor's daughter who was born and raised in Kansas. She is a gifted pianist and piano teacher.
The Lashleys have served together for over thirty-eight years. Their great desire is to see God transform lives and make disciples for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
You can contact Pastor Lashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave has served as a trustee of Calvary Baptist Church for one year. He and his wife, Gail, moved to Belvidere three years ago, at which time they became members of Calvary Baptist Church. Dave holds a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University, and before retirement, he served as a public works administrator for the city of Palatine. Dave and Gail have three children and nine grandchildren.
Dave came to know the Lord at a New Year's Eve service in 1971. During the service, he became aware of his need for salvation and placed his trust in Jesus Christ. Since that time, Dave has had many years of study in God's Word, and he has served the Lord through his local church. God has given Dave the spiritual gift of helps and made him a great encouragement to our church family.
Although he is limited by vision loss, Dave enjoys gardening, as well as listening to music and books and spending time with his grandchildren. Dave is fond of many hymns, but one that he finds especially meaningful is "Nearer, Still Nearer." As well, he has many favorite verses. Among these is 2 Corinthians 5:21: "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
Nearer, Still Nearer
By Lelia Naylor Morris
Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior, so precious Thou art.
Fold me, O fold me close to Thy breast;
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest,
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest.
Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an off'ring to Jesus, my King—
Only my sinful, now contrite heart;
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart,
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.
Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine,
Sin with its follies I gladly resign,
All of its pleasures, pomp, and its pride;
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.
Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last,
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Through endless ages, ever to be
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee,
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee.