PASTOR PUTS HIS HAIR ON THE LINE - Jamie Lamoreaux, pastor of Briarwood Baptist Church, may have a shaved head by next Sunday if 250 children sign up for the church's vacation Bible school next week.
Practicing for the event is Lamoreaux's son, Weldon.The honor of shaving Brother Jamie's
head will go to the highest bidder.The money raised will be used to buy Bibles for Northeast Middle School students.
is a young man with a head full of hair - but that could change by July 21.
The pastor at Briarwood Baptist Church
will still be young, but he
may be bald.
If the church registers as many as 250 children for Vacation Bible School next week, Brother Jamie
, as he
is more commonly known, has agreed to shave his
head July 21.
"If there are 249 children registered, it's not going to happen," Lamoreaux
Mary Kate Snow, who has organized the Bible school for two years, has no doubt they will register 250 - especially with the honor of shaving Lamoreaux's
head being open to the highest bidder.
...Lamoreaux, 31, became pastor in April, replacing Chambers - who moved to a church in Alabama.
...Lamoreaux had served as associate pastor and minister of youth at Briarwood.Lamoreaux
wife of 11 years, Shannon, have two children, Weldon, 10 and Ashton, 8.Lamoreaux
calls Meridian his
home, having moved here from England at the age of 11 with his
father was in the U.S. Navy
.Lamoreaux graduated from Northeast High School in 1988, attended Meridian Community College and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1991.
Military experienceFor 8 1/2 years he served as a law enforcement officer in the Air Force.
head was shaved when he
first went into service, Lamoreaux
said it won't be a shock if it's shaved again.
"I'm focused on getting more people to church to hear Christ's message and if that means shaving my head, then that's what I'll do," Lamoreaux
said.Lamoreaux is currently a junior, pursuing a bachelor of science degree in religion through the external degree program at Liberty University in Lynchberg, Va.Lamoreaux
was called to the ministry in 1998 after hearing a church service in San Antonio that changed his
said two verses the pastor quoted in that service from the book of Romans - Chapter 10, verses 9 and 10 - will stay with him the rest of his
"That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
said that the "Lord used that specific church on that specific day to teach me that he
was seeking me as much as I was seeking him.Now I continue to grow daily in Christ to be the man he
created me to be."Lamoreaux served as associate pastor at New Hope Fellowship Baptist Church in Syracuse, Utah, before moving back to Meridian in 1999.
A friend told him about a possible opening at Briarwood
"We prayed about it, sent a resume and we went from there," Lamoreaux
was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister at Briarwood
Baptist Church in October 2001.
"I believe the church is the body of Christ and a fellowship of believers," Lamoreaux
said."My three primary pastoral priorities are to clearly preach God's inherent word with consistent excellence in exposition, to lead the body to please the Lord through God-honoring vision and to equip and disciple people for eternal effectiveness."
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