Senior Pastor Beracah Baptist Church Assistant Pastor Phone 706-994-6650     I had the honor of being born to Chuck and Mary Sweatte who were missionaries on an island off the coast of New Guinea. Due to my father’s contracting a tropical disease with no cure, my family had to return to the United States. After my salvation the Lord burdened my heart for the ministry. I initially thought I would go back to the mission field as a missionary pilot and even had the opportunity to work at an airport where I was able to get my pilot’s license before my driver’s license. As a junior in high school the Lord gave me a burden for teenagers, and I have been working with them ever since.     In 1988 I married Shelley Taylor, a pastor’s daughter, and the Lord has blessed us with two wonderful sons Paul and Charley. I have been serving the Lord in many different ways: Youth Pastor, Music Director, Camp Director, and Assistant Pastor.     My goal it to challenge young people to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to allow Christ to have complete control of their lives so they can become young men and women whom God can use.      I have been a regular church goer all of my life. At the age of seven I made a profession of faith, but it was not until I was sixteen that I made sure of my salvation. Pastor Howard Pyle led me to Christ. I’m so thankful that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour from sin and eternity in hell! “For the wages of sin is death is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”Romans 6:23     It was during the last part of my Senior year in high school that I yielded to Gods call to preach the” “Good News”” of Jesus Christ.     I received my Bible training at Bob Jones University and there I met my wife Karen Almaroad. In subsequent years I have pastored in Georgia, Alabama, and Indiana. These years have been a journey of joy, testing, and blessings. I thank God for the privilege to shepherd (as the under shepherd) a portion of God’s flock. Richard Helms John Sweatte