Eternal Life Leadership Team
Gary Fox II
Pastor Gary was called to serve as Eternal Life Baptist's Senior Pastor on June 24th, 2018. Prior to that, he served as our Associate Pastor. He has been in ministry since 1995 and has had the honor of serving the Lord and His church in a variety of ways including evangelist, youth pastor, music pastor, assistant pastor, and senior pastor. This unique diversity of ministry experience allows him to personally understand the role of each of the other staff members and volunteers under his leadership having first-hand knowledge of the unique needs, desires, joys, and challenges of each of these ministries.
The attributes that best describe Pastor Gary as a pastor are strong preaching, compassionate servant leadership, and discipler. He is a personable and approachable pastor who connects with people of all generations. His deep desire is to lead a church where biblical views are embraced and encouraged, with members who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. A particular passion for Pastor Gary is developing growing, thriving, spiritually mature Christians through systematic discipleship training and leadership development.
Pastor Gary and his wife, Kelly, love serving the Lord and doing life together while enjoying the adventures of raising their seven children.
Associate Pastor for Youth and Leadership
Eternal Life Baptist Church is thrilled to announce that we have brought Bro. Derek Lorenz on staff as our Associate Pastor for Youth and Leadership as of January, 2019! He has 15 years of youth and children’s ministries experience and has served for the last 12 years in the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Pastor Derek’s wife, Allyson, is experienced and gifted in the area of children’s ministries as a teacher, organizer, and leader. She will be serving as our Director of Children’s Ministries.
Derek and Ally have three children aged 1, 4, and 8 years, and currently reside at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. They well be relocating in the next few weeks and are excited about getting to the Mooresville area and serving God with us in our community!
Director of Children's Ministries
Allyson is gifted in the area of children’s ministries with 12 years experience as a teacher, organizer, and leader.
Pastor Don Endsley was the first and founding pastor of Eternal Life Baptist Church which was founded in June of 1975. After serving faithfully as pastor, teacher, and Friend for 43 years Pastor Don retired and was honored with the title Pastor Emeritus in June of 2018.
Though there are many, the attribute that best described Pastor Don was faithfulness. Through 43 years of mountains and valleys he stood by the Lord and His church like a rock. Pastor Don's labor of love and steadfastness are evident today in the live of countless who have come to know Christ, grown in Christ and are serving Christ because of his ministry at Eternal Life.
Pastor Don went home to be with the Lord on October 25th, 2018 at 86 years of age. He forever left his mark on Mooresville and the surrounding areas as one who loved God, loved people, and served and gave selflessly. His legacy of godliness, compassion and faith will forever be remembered by those who knew him.