On July 27, 2014, the congregation of First Baptist Church of Blanco, Texas, heard prospective pastor Dr. Bill Gernenz speak. Following the service, the members voted to call Dr. Gernenz to be the pastor of our church. Dr. Bill's first sermon as pastor was September 7, 2014.
Bill Gernenz is the husband of one and the father of six, and most significantly by the grace of God has the privilege of being a child of God. Born August 21, 1973 in Chicago, Bill moved to Texas in 6th grade, and considers himself an official transplanted Texan now. He holds three degrees; a Bachelor of Arts with a Theatre Arts major from Baylor, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth and a Doctorate of Ministry in Expository Preaching from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.
Bill surrendered to Jesus as his Lord and Savior his sophomore year in high school, was called to ministry as a teenager, and has currently served in vocational ministry for over 18 years. He was licensed to the ministry by First Baptist Church, The Colony, Texas, in 1992, and ordained to the ministry by First Baptist Church, Groceville, Texas, in 2000. During that time Bill served as youth pastor in three churches and the last being Living Hope Baptist Church in College Station, where he served under a pastor that led well and invested in his ministry. It was during this time that Bill sensed God calling him into a pastoral ministry. From April 2005 until called to First Baptist Blanco, Bill served as pastor to a loving group of believers at First Baptist Church, Elkhart, TX.
Bill demonstrates the love of Christ through his compassion for others, his intense desire to know God and His Word, and faithfully serving the Church and the community surrounding it – where he is very active. Quoting his blog, his own words provide great insight to his servant’s heart;
More than anything, for myself and my family, I want to know, experience, and enjoy my great God and Savior. Having become a Christian my sophomore year of high school, I have come to know (even if in part) the love of God, the sinfulness of my heart, the power of His grace, the reality of Christ’s sacrifice, and the joys of being His child.
Bill enjoys reading, traveling, and baseball (and sometimes he gets to combine the three in various ways). He strives to continue his education through various seminars and conferences while seeking also to pour out into others what he has been blessed to learn, primarily on mission trips to Ethiopia & Zambia. Finally, through his children he has had the opportunity to engage home-schooling communities, coach little league, and serve as a Cub Scout leader.
Having surrendered to God’s call on my life as pastor, I have been able to look back and see that God had been preparing me for this calling long before I accepted it. My desire for Christ’s church is that she make an impact – on individual lives, families, communities, and ultimately, on the world. I understand the role of pastor to equip the saints for the work of ministry. I hope and pray to effectively accomplish that task primarily through a faithful preaching ministry and then also through any other available means. In a post-Christian culture it is becoming increasingly vital that believers understand what they believe and how it affects the entirety of their lives. In short, I believe in the supremacy of Christ, the sufficiency of Scripture, and the power of God. I believe that the Church’s priorities must be the Great Commission and the Great Commandments. Through the Church, God is redeeming a people for His own possession that they might know Him, serve His purposes, work for His glory, labor for His kingdom, and rejoice in His goodness.
Paraphrased from Bill’s blog, Broken & Undone at brokenandundone.org