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John Cripps NC

My name is John Cripps and I am a South African, born in Roodepoort in 1964, a member of the Lord’s Body through baptism since the age of 13 and a faithful gospel preacher of Jesus Christ since the age of 14. I have been working as a full-time gospel preacher for the past 26 years and have labored with the Spruce Pine church of Christ (Spruce Pine, North Carolina) for 11 years, Albury church of Christ in New South Wales (Australia) for 2 and a half years {highlights of this work included a full 6 day live debate on the issues with an institutional preacher Ian McPheson with Steve Klein and Tommy Thrasher moderating}, and with the Newton church of Christ (Newton, North Carolina) for the past 11 and a half years and 15 and a half years on their two hour TV program "The Word and The Sword" which can be found at website www.wordandsword.com.  I was given the priveledge to work with the Westville church of Christ, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa during the 2012 year, preaching for Tongaart, Unit 9, Shallcross, Eshowe and Shastri Park congregations as well. I currently work with the Winter Park church of Christ in Wilmington, North Carolina and have been with this congregation since April of 2013.
I spent 2 years at Florida College studying the upper-division bible program - under the feet of faithful gospel preachers such as Dr. Phil Roberts, Dr. Melvin Curry, Dr. Colly Caldwell, Dr. Buddy Payne, Dr Thaxster Dickey brothers Dee Bowman and Ed Strygley and many others who helped me understand the importance of good biblical study habits.
I also learned from the gospel preachers {Gene Tope, Piet Joubert and Doug Bauer} in South Africa as I was growing up, the importance of preparing yourself to do the work of the Lord. I spent two summers during my stay at Florida College working with the Fultondale church of Christ under the direction of brother Edward Bragwell Sr, and with the Oak Ridge church of Christ, under the direction of David J.Riggs as well as preaching on a monthly rotation at Merrit Island and St Cloud congregations in Florida. 
Was married for (25 years) to Kimberly Gail (Riggs).  We have two precious girls (Rachel Danielle age 26 a school teacher and Aubrey Leigh age 24 also a school teacher) - both who have obeyed the Gospel call and are faithful Christian women and I am so proud of the stand they have made in the face of worldly peer pressure. 

My work in the kingdom of God has been blessed in so many ways by my physical family and my extended spiritual family. I thank God each day for the many ways that I have been enriched by my opportunity to labor in the Kingdom of our Lord and Christ. I am now laboring in the fields of the kingdom down in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Having now introduced myself - I like Paul want to say that "I glory not in the things that I have achieved but in the joy of knowing that I can be found walking in the light as He is in the Light."

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