While Pastor Hanks was still serving as a youth director in Columbus, GA, God began to deal with him about being a pastor. Though he never wanted to pastor, God told him through the Word that was what He wanted him to do. God continued to work, speak through His Word, and touch his heart about starting a church in Colorado. In 1999, he and his family moved to Whitfield Baptist Church in Dalton, GA, where Pastor Wayne Cofield is the pastor. God knit Pastor Hanks' heart with Pastor Cofield in a wonderful way. They were able to stay there while they raised support until they departed for this mission work in August of 2000.
Pastor Hanks and his family actually left all of their things in Georgia and moved to Colorado without knowing exactly where they were going. They were in the southwestern area of Colorado, also known as the four corners area. One night while seeking the Lord's will and distraught in his heart, God spoke to him from Ezekiel 7:2b, "An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land." Continuing to seek the Lord's face to desire where the Lord would have him to go, he read in the next chapter, in 8:5a, "Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north." The next day, they began looking northward. When they came to limits of Grand Junction, both he and his wife knew this was the place God would have them to go. Feeling this was God's will and knowing that God had given them Scripture at every point, they asked God to confirm this through His Word. God was faithful to give 1 John 2:20-21, "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth."
Gospel Way Baptist Church was birthed and had their first service on May 6, 2001. God has done many great things throughout each year, but another great blessing was when God merged Mesa View Baptist Church and Gospel Way Baptist Church. God has been greatly glorified by this union.
We are looking forward to seeing what new worlds lie ahead as we seek reach our community with with precious Gospel of Christ and as we seek to magnify and honor our Saviour in our worship and our work. Come and join with us as we follow our Lord!