Who We Are
We are Justyn, Rachel and Lydia Smith, and our ministry focuses on A HEART FOR REVIVAL AND EVANGELISM for the glory of God. We are servants of the Lord who seek to uplift Christ and edify people wherever we go through the singing of spiritual songs, the preaching of the Word and time in fellowship.
We trust to serve the Lord alongside you soon!
Where We Come From
I, Justyn, am an Illinois boy from birth. I was saved as a child, later baptized, and then called to preach on June 6th, 2003 when I was 17 years old.
My bride, Rachel, is Alaskan Grown. She came to know Christ as a child and was later baptized, as well.
We met at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. We were married the summer after graduation on July 21st, 2007.
After nine years of prayers by many all over the nation and some from other parts of the world, the Lord saw fit to give us Lydia who was born in February of 2017. She continues to fill our life with joy! We love serving the Lord as a family!
Rachel and I have served the Lord together faithfully in full-time ministry for 14+ years.
Seasons Of Ministry
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..."
The words of Ecclesiastes 3:1 remind us that God has designed every thing to have a "season," and we are grateful for every season God has given us in the ministry. Some seasons are longer than others, but every season has a purpose. We have learned different things about God, the work of the ministry, ourselves and others.
SEASON #1 - AUGUST 2007-JUNE 2008
We served 10 months as the Assistant Pastor and Youth Leader at Princeville Baptist Church, Princeville, IL under the leadership of Pastor Lee Taylor. This was our first ministry season as a married couple.
Season #2 - JUNE 2008-SEPTEMBER 2012
We served 4 years and 4 months in the traveling ministry of evangelism and revival out of Princeville Baptist Church.
SEASON #3 - SEPTEMBER 2012-NOVEMBER 2018
We served 6 years and 3 months at Crossroads Baptist Church in Peoria, IL as full time pastor. This was the Church in which Justyn was blessed to grow up. It was a wonderful blessing to pastor and serve together with the people of Crossroads!
SEASON #4 - DECEMBER 2018-PRESENT
We are currently in our 3rd year serving in the traveling ministry of evangelism and revival called, A Heart For Revival Ministries, out of Princeville Baptist Church (same church where our seasons of ministry started).
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is authoritative, applicable and relevant to our everyday lives. We use the King James Bible.
JESUS CHRIST AND THE GOSPEL
Jesus Christ is to have the preeminence in all things. We believe He is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He was virgin born, lived sinless, died on the cross in our place, and rose again in eternal triumph over sin and the grave. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
We seek to deliver the power of God's Word through Gospel proclamation which presents Gospel information to bring about Gospel application to every life situation.
We believe in Biblical Salvation. It is comprised of three parts: 1. Justification (commonly referred to as the day of one's salvation or "getting saved," reconciled to God), 2. Sanctification (the day-to-day life of a believer becoming more like Christ) and 3. Glorification (when we see Him..."we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2b").
We believe salvation is, "Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 20:21b
We believe salvation is a gift from God and not obtained by the works of man.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and all three are one (I John 5:7) Who have a dynamic role in all things. He is totally just, wonderfully loving and completely holy.
We believe in the power, purpose and presence of the local church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together.
Our Desire In Ministry
We desire to glorify God in the work of the ministry which He has called us to accomplish.
We are available and prepared to serve the Lord in the following areas (the following is listed in the order of which we are most commonly invited to minister):
- Revival Meetings
- Regular Services/Pulpit Supply
- Youth Camps
- Missions Revivals
- Marriage Retreats
- Christian Education: Chapels, Fundraisers and Conferences
- Evangelistic Meetings (though every meeting and service seeks to show Jesus to the one in need.)
In each of these events, Rachel is prepared to minister through piano music and song. She is more than happy to play prelude, offertories, whole services, invitations, etc. Simply let us know your desires.
"...to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
We are a ministry under our local church with a desire to come alongside other churches and encourage God's people with A Heart For Revival and Evangelism through fellowship, serving, singing and the preaching of God's Holy Word!
Our Pastor is Pastor Lee Taylor of Princeville Baptist Church in Princeville, IL. Pastor Taylor would love to answer any questions you may have about us.
Please email him here: PASTOR LEE TAYLOR
Starting in April of 2019, a partnership between Camp Joy (Whitewater, WI) and A Heart For Revival Ministries (Princeville, IL) was established. This partnership of ministries is a result of several years of companionship and co-laboring in different capacities. We are excited to promote and serve each other as both ministries move forward for the glory of God!
Pastor, are you looking for a great camp for the youth in your church? As a former Pastor myself, and knowing the importance of the next generation receiving a spiritual awakening, I highly recommend Camp Joy!