Tim Decker came to Word of Life Baptist Church as the Administrative Pastor in October 2019. Tim is a second-career pastor and entered the ministry after spending a decade in the accounting industry. Tim has served as Senior Pastor in two rural Michigan churches over a period of 11 years before coming to WOL and sees God’s hand in merging his experience together into this Administrative Pastor role at WOLBC.
As Administrative Pastor, Tim’s primary responsibilities at WOLBC are to oversee the day-to-day operations within the church, oversee the further development and implementation of ministries, oversee the Deacon and Deaconess Serving Team pertaining to all membership matters, and to develop spiritual leaders.
Tim met his wife, Janette, on a Cornerstone College Chancel Choir trip to Florida, and says, “Magic happened at the Magic Kingdom,” whenever he tells the story. They were married in May 1996 and have two teenage sons: Andrew (AJ) and Wesley.
Tim’s greatest joy in ministry is seeing lives transformed by the Word of God and seeing further transformation as people grow more into the likeness of Christ. He enjoys engaging God’s Word with people, whether it be teaching, preaching, or one-on-one, and finds that God has also gifted him for administration.
Outside church-life, Tim enjoys serving as a Michigan State Police Chaplain, playing disc golf, stopping down by Thunder Bay, watching Premier League Soccer or a variety of TV shows, and has found great joy in watching his boys compete in high school athletics and participate in school bands.
Tim has a hard time nailing down a favorite Bible verse, but if forced to choose would usually answer with a passage he learned in AWANA as a student:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrew 12:1-2 (NIV)