Summary: While Pastor Doug Batchelor has stepped down as senior pastor for Sacramento Central Church after 20 years, he remains the president of Amazing Facts and will continue broadcasting for "Central Study Hour" and "Amazing Facts Presents" nationwide.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. On December 21, 2013, Pastor Doug Batchelor, president of Amazing Facts, announced to his congregation that he was stepping down as senior pastor of Sacramento Central Church in January 2014. He will continue his leadership and speaking role at Amazing Facts.
After more than 20 years of service at Central, Pastor Batchelor believes the Lord’s providence has been leading him to turn his attention more fully to a major new expansion for Amazing Facts now being finalized at the ministry.
He says, “Sometimes to reach great goals, you must take a bold step of faith. After much prayer, I believe God has been leading me and Amazing Facts along this road for some time, and I’m excited because this new path doesn’t mean less ministry, but even more evangelism!”
In 2008, the Sacramento Central Church, in partnership with Amazing Facts, planted a new church in Granite Bay, Calif., a community on the outskirts of Sacramento. The ultimate goal for this church plant is to build a new worship and media complex, featuring a broadcast-capable auditorium and a new center for international evangelism training.
While continuing his role as president for Amazing Facts, Pastor Batchelor will additionally serve as senior pastor for the Granite Bay congregation. Jëan Ross, Amazing Facts vice president for evangelism, will continue to serve as the Granite Bay administrative pastor.
For the past six years, the Granite Bay Church plant, now meeting in rented facilities, has grown very quickly. As land has already been purchased for a new media complex, the congregation and Amazing Facts believe the timing for the much-needed expansion and new auditorium couldn’t be better.
Says Pastor Batchelor, “We envision a modern facility where the three angels’ messages can be broadcast around the world with every conceivable media and publishing technology; it will also be a place where young men and women can be equipped for evangelism and global mission work.”
Pastor Batchelor also says that this next step is a major step of faith, as, at present, the Granite Bay Church has no video equipment in place to live stream or record worship services. Therefore, for the immediate future, with the permission of the Sacramento Central Church family, Amazing Facts will continue to record its popular program Central Study Hour in Central’s sanctuary.
He adds, “Even while this is an enormous task, I believe God often works His best miracles when we just step into the water. So while it is very sad to be leaving Sacramento Central after 20 years, I’m also very excited, believing the Lord has great things in store for Amazing Facts and Granite Bay in the days ahead.”
About Amazing Facts
Amazing Facts is a Christian media ministry sharing the Bible through radio and television on more than 650 stations around the world. It also operates AFTV, a 24/7-satellite network (www.amazingfacts.tv). Each year, more than 300,000 people contact Amazing Facts to receive information about Bible prophecy and other topics. Its many websites also receive more than 4.9 million hits per year.
About Doug Batchelor
Pastor Batchelor is the president of Amazing Facts. He is the author of numerous articles and books on prophecy and hosts the weekly radio program Bible Answers Live and the television program Amazing Facts Presents, seen nationwide on Lifetime, BET, and other stations. He is currently featured in the documentary Revelation: The Bride, the Beast & Babylon, now available on iTunes.
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