Eric Bitner, Elder
I was blessed to have been raised by believing parents and trusted Christ at an early age. My wife Loretta and I moved to Southern Indiana in 2006 and began attending Clifton. The Lord has used Clifton to continue to grow us in our understanding of the glory of God. We have been blessed with five children; Abigail, Elliana, Meseret, Asher and Benjamin, three through adoption. I currently work for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an entomologist. I am thankful to serve the body of Clifton as an elder.
Bob Briggs, Elder
I was raised a member of the Lutheran Church but didn’t come truly to know Christ as Savior until age 29, when the Lord graciously (yet severely) convicted me of the hypocrisy I exhibited in living an altogether worldly lifestyle while professing to be a Christian. Soon after, I met my wife-to-be, Coco, and we’ve now been married 25 years. We have five children: Becky Richards (married to Tom), Reuben, Miles, Margaret Elliott (married to Jordan), and Bobbie. We began attending Trinity Baptist Church in 1999 and participated in the merger with Clifton in 2001. I’m in my 20th year as an employee with UPS Airlines, my current assignment being a functional representative with the IT department.
Bill Croft, Elder
I grew up in the Methodist church and was in a family that would have been considered Christian by most people. It was not until I was 36 years old, however, that I really came to know Christ as my Savior. From that time the scriptures have had new meaning, and I have pursued them with much greater desire. From our first Sunday here at Clifton, Mae and I have felt this was where the Lord had intended us to be and have been members for over 8 years. We have helped lead marriage retreats and have lead as well as participated in small groups. We have three married children and seven grandchildren. I have been a Family Physician in New Albany for over 36 years. I consider the role of elder to be a great privilege and strive to live up to the responsibility.
Matt Hall, Elder
I was converted and baptized at a young age through the witness of my parents and local church. I met my wife, Jeannie, while an student at Grove City College and we have three children: George, Charlie, and Jane. I currently serve on staff at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and have been a member at Clifton Baptist Church since 2003.
Jeremy Pierre, Elder
I was brought to Christ at a young age, having heard the gospel from faithful parents and teachers at church. God used two scripture verses in particular—Romans 6:23 and Titus 3:5—to convict me of sin and send me to the cross to receive the full and free gift of forgiveness. I was later baptized as a profession of my faith in Christ. My wife Sarah and I have been at Clifton since 2002, when we moved from northern Ohio to go to seminary. Sarah and I have been married for over a decade, and we’ve been given five children: Allie, Ronnie, Marlie, Frankie, and Betsie. I am also a professor of biblical counseling at Southern Seminary.
John Kimbell, Pastor of Preaching and Discipleship
I began to trust Christ at an early age under the instruction of my parents, and thank God for graciously deepening my hope in Him with each passing year. Early in my college years the Lord opened my eyes in new ways to His greatness and glory, and slowly began to instill in me a love and appreciation for the local church. It was also at this time that I met my wife, Sarah. We now have six children: Anna, Rachel, Trevor, Ryan, Julia, and Tyler. We joined Clifton in 2001, and throughout our marriage have been actively involved in small group ministry. God has used Clifton in remarkable ways to encourage us in our relationship with Christ, and I was thrilled to come on staff here in 2008.
Tom Schreiner, Pastor of Preaching
I trusted in Christ through the witness of the person who is now my wife (Diane) at the age of 17. After my conversion I immediately felt called to ministry and have served as a teacher in three different schools and an elder in three different churches. I’ve been the preaching pastor at Trinity and Clifton since 1998. God has blessed Diane and me with four children: Daniel, Patrick, John, and Anna. I am also a professor of New Testament at Southern Seminary.
David Dykes, Pastor of Discipleship
My sin was made clear to me as a child when I struggled with my temper, and I learned that I was powerless to change on my own. My parents taught me the gospel through their words and example, and the Lord graciously gave me faith in Christ and a desire to turn from my sin at a young age. Through my college and seminary years, the Lord filled me with a greater understanding of the glory of Christ and my daily need for His grace. Ericia and I were married in 2005, and we have 4 precious children: Ruth, Elisabeth, Seth, and Faith. I joined Clifton in 2001 and had the privilege of serving on staff at Clifton part-time as the Children’s Ministry Director from 2004 to 2006. I am currently employed with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Shawn Wright, Pastor of Leadership Development
The Lord blessed me with Christian parents who brought me to church and taught me the gospel from a young age. I believe I trusted Christ at the age of 10. I helped to start Trinity Baptist Church in 1996 when I began working on my Ph.D. In 2001 Trinity merged with Clifton, where I have served ever since. I also teach church history at Southern Seminary. I am married to Gretchen, and we have five sons: Benjamin, Jonathan, Aaron, Nathan, and Stephen.
Oren Martin, Pastor of Youth Ministries
Though I made a profession of faith when I was seven years old, I showed no evidence of saving faith in Christ (e.g., Spirit-wrought conviction of sin, obedience from a transformed heart, love for Christ over things of the world, etc.). As a result, my unbelieving heart was quickly exposed after my father died of AIDS when I was 18 years old. In lost despair, I quickly pursued the things of the world and was running away from God. After three years, God in his kindness slowly removed everything I trusted in and, as a result, I was without hope. Shortly thereafter, through the expositional preaching and teaching of Scripture, God opened my eyes to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. At that moment, I put my trust in Christ alone to forgive me of my sins and to reconcile me to God. Immediately I had evidences of God’s grace in my life. For example, as a result of reading through Scripture (which was the first book I had ever read from cover-to-cover in the 21 years of my life!), God radically transformed my life, fueled in me a love for Christ and hatred for sin, and gave me a desire to go and share the gospel with my unbelieving friends with whom I had formerly associated. In short, God saved me, not because of my works done in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on me richly through Jesus Christ my Savior, so that being justified by his grace I might become an heir according to the hope of eternal life.