As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15 ~
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."
David Holwick is me, and I am the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ledgewood, New Jersey.
I have computerized my sermons and illustrations since 1988, using everything from a Radio Shack 4 mhz TRS 80 with 64,000 bytes of memory to my current 2.8 ghz Pentium IV with 512,000,000 bytes of memory. I am a graduate of Wheaton College ('78) and Gordon-Conwell Seminary ('82). Ledgewood Baptist is American Baptist but affiliated with the Evangelical renewal movement (A.B.E.) within the denomination. My wife and I have homeschooled each of our four children. I love wilderness camping and astronomy. My personal page is here and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
is pastor of St. Mark and Zion Lutheran Churches in Butte and Whitehall, Montana.
His location puts him closer to heaven than most of us. He started as a civil
engineer and went into the ministry in 1980. Chris is the brains behind the
database and has done almost all of the "code." He continually comes up
with improvements for the database. It would not be what it was without
him! His can be contacted at
Iain Gordonis lay leader of a small church in New Zealand.
Iain and Brett designed the S.I.D. front-end for the database. The main influence in his Christian walk would be Major Ian Thomas who founded the Capernwray Bible Colleges. His website is at www.jesusplusnothing.com.
is a computer programmer in New Zealand.
Brett has done most of the S.I.D. programming, which was done in Borland Visual C++. Brett is a new father [September 2004] and according to Iain he looks like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings." Since the trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, this is considered a compliment there. They are both fans of the All Blacks, New Zealand's rugby team. He helps Iain with the www.jesusplusnothing.com website.
Garth Hutchinson is the lay-pastor of a Baptist church in Ontario, Canada.
Garth provides a truly valuable service - he corrects the format and referencing of illustrations. When illustrations are imported from other collections they often have unusual formatting; Garth does the time-consuming job of correcting them. He also submits illustrations and sermons of his own. He is a very faithful worker. Reach Garth at email@example.com
Abraham Kudra is a 75+-year-old Pentecostal preacher from Canada.
Abe collects reams of material which he shares with the database. He is learning to follow my formatting conventions and has a very humble heart. He graduated from Summit Pacific College in British Columbia in 1951. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fredericksburg Church of Christ
Located in the Hill Country of Texas, this church offers a large number of illustrations in the Parsons' Bible Illustrator format. More than 8,000 of these illustrations have been incorporated in this database. Bob Mathews is their webmaster, and their download page is at http://fbg-church.org/bibleillustrator/download.htm
Paul Apple is the developer of Biblekey, from which many of the sermon collections have been derived.
Paul is a graduate of Princeton University with an M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and four children and is the Marketing Manager for the local Caterpillar distributor.
Paul's family is actively involved in several homeschooling and sports ministries along with local church responsibilities. Paul has been a tremendous help to me.
Biblekey gathers sermons into archives and has a sophisticated format; it is no longer on the internet but can be provided by Paul. His email is email@example.com
Roddy Chestnut was serving the West Point church of Christ in Virginia and lives in Colonial Heights.
He also works at Pierce-Leahy Archives during the week. He graduated from Ohio Valley College, Harding Graduate School of Religion, and Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Roddy contributed his 1,400+ illustration database and also has his own sermons in the collection.
Don Johnson is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Don has contributed several hundred sermon illustrations.
Nick Lica is an Evangelical pastor in the Czech Republic.
He has submitted several hundred sermon illustrations, some of them in Czech.
Guy Lotgering is an American believer who lives in Sweden.
He did extensive work on the sermon database "front end." Guy does not speak fluent Swedish and finds it hard to benefit from church services there. He gets a lot of spiritual sustenance from the Internet and asks for your prayers. Guy's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
is a layman in the Ledgewood Baptist Church.
Bud is a professional Access programmer and has helped with many of the macros and technical aspects of the early versions of the database. His father was pastor of Ledgewood Baptist for 27 years and Bud now attends with his whole family.