Thank You, West Bradenton Baptist!

Sam Rainer

August 16, 2015


Church, this weekend was amazing. I’m honored to serve as your pastor. You are a multi-generational body unified for the simple purpose of sharing the gospel and making disciples. I can’t wait to start ministering in Bradenton in a few weeks.

Thank you for the way you showed love to my wife and children.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting me.

Thank you for being salt and light in Bradenton for decades.

Thank you for keeping the primary focus on Christ.

Our history is defined by the gospel. Our future is bright because of the gospel. As I preached today, I know you’ll love loud, stand firm, and live joy.

Thank you, West Bradenton Baptist! God has blessed me with the privilege of serving with you.

25 comments on “Thank You, West Bradenton Baptist!”

  1. Thom Rainer says:

    Sam –

    As I watched this process unfold, and as I heard from you and your family, I am convinced God has put you in an incredible church for an incredible future. I am so proud of you, Erin, and those three precious children. You are all a gift to me, and I know you will be to WBBC.

    To the church family of West Bradenton Baptist Church –

    Thank you for the love and support you have shown to Sam and his family. I love to hear about healthy churches that love their pastor and staff, especially when the pastor happens to be my son. Please know I am praying for you as a church as your new leader comes to serve you. I am excited about meeting you in the near future.

    To God be the glory!

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thanks so much, Dad!

  2. Stacey Shankle says:

    Sam, we are so excited to have you as our new pastor and look forward to serving alongside you and Erin and loving on your children.

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thank you! We can’t wait to get here!

  3. Fred Sykes says:

    Sam, it has been awesome meeting you this weekend… It’s even more amazing that through the leadership of the Holy Spirit you will be my pastor …. I’m excitied about being part of a Great Church .My prayers are with you and your family as you make your move to the beautiful city of Bradenton and the wonderful people of West Bradenton Baptist.

  4. Scott Douglas says:

    Congrats Sam! So thrilled for you and your family to start this next chapter in your lives

  5. Bill Hawks says:

    Congratulations, Sam.
    I’ll be praying for a smooth transition and blessed ministry to come. I had the privilege of both growing up in and serving on staff at WBBC. Still have family and many good friends there. Was thrilled to hear you were coming. Look forward to meeting you sometime when we are in town.

    Bill Hawks

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thank you, Bill! Would love to meet you.

  6. Toney Hill says:

    Congratulations on your new post in the fight against darkness. We have accepted the position at Bayshore Baptist and look forward to partnering with you as we seek to beat back listens and darkness in Bradenton. Will be praying for you and your family during the transition as I would ask that you pray for us.

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thank you! I’ll certainly pray for you as well.

  7. Andrea Harrell says:

    I enjoyed your sermon yesterday and can not wait to see what God has in store for you and our church…

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thank you! I can’t wait either.

  8. Barbara Paulson says:

    So, so excited for the future of WBBC!

  9. Brad Guthrie says:

    We’ve enjoyed being with you already, but have really enjoyed your pulpit ministry and am really looking forward to serving together. I think you should pull a few strings and get down here right away! We’re ready to get to work!!! Blessings! See you soon!

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      You as well, Brad. Loved worshiping with you on Sunday!

  10. Richard Reeves says:

    Pastor Sam. Or should I say, Dude? What a true joy it was for our church family to welcome a new member. I truly believe God has positioned us and you to become even a brighter light in Bradenton and beyond. Your heart and passion was truly exciting to see. It has energized our church like I haven’t seen in a long time. I pray for you, your family and travel mercies during your move. I look forward to serving along side you for many years to come.

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thank you, Richard! I appreciate your prayers, and I can’t wait to get started serving in Bradenton.

  11. Beverly & Moe Garrity says:

    Hi pastor,
    We are transplanted New Englanders and love it here. We are in the older class of life. In NH we started an SBC churc in our home about 50 years ago. It truly is a mission field especially VT and NH. But we are excited to see what the Lord has for all of us here in WBBC. Can’t wait.

    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thanks! I’m excited as well.



    1. Sam Rainer says:

      Thanks Jim and Mary!

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