Our Evangelists

 

God gave evangelists for the equipping and building up of the body (Ephesians 4:11–12). Many confuse evangelists with the roles of pastors or ministers. The word "pastor" refers to the elders of the church. Every Christian is a minister, or servant. Evangelists are simply preachers of the gospel. Their job is to "preach the word... in season and out of season" (2 Timothy 4:2–5).

MEET OUR EVANGELISTS

Terry Francis

Terry is a native Tennessean originally from Murfreesboro, TN. Before working with the East Shelby Church Terry worked with the New Hope Church in Fairview, TN and the Hillview Church in Nashville, TN. The Francis family moved to Collierville in July 2007 to work with the East Shelby Church of Christ.

Terry attended Florida College and Western Kentucky University. He then worked with Wilson Adams in an Evangelist Training program at the Riverside Drive Church of Christ in Nashville, TN. He has been preaching since May 1997. Since the summer of 2009, Terry has helped train future evangelist through the summer internships offered at East Shelby.

In addition to working as an evangelist at East Shelby, Terry holds several meetings a year.  Terry lives in Collierville, TN with his wife, DewAnn, and their three children: Peyton, Jillian, and Jamison. Terry is active working with the schools through PTA and athletic boards.

 

 


Adam Shanks

Adam cares about people. Or more specifically, he cares about their souls. This love for others has caused him to give himself to the work of sharing the Gospel message to the world around him. He will talk to anyone, no matter their history or background, for the sake of sharing the Gospel because in his words, “God was willing to share it with me.”

He was born in Rome, GA., and has lived all over the south. He is the son of an evangelist and he grew up seeing people in his home and hearing the Gospel message of salvation. He has been preaching since the early 2000s. He started his work preaching in a small congregation in Wauchula, FL where he received his Bachelors in Biblical Studies from Florida College. He then moved to worked with the church in Jasper, AL where he produced a weekly one-hour live, call in, question-and-answer radio program on Sunday afternoons. He loves to answer people’s questions about the Bible. He most recently worked north of Tampa, FL with the Dade City Church of Christ.

His passion for seeing people commit their lives to Jesus and answers their questions about the Bible has brought him to the Collierville area. He hopes to share this passion with those around him and see the difference Jesus can make in each life. He is supported in this work by his wife Tiffany and their four children, whom they homeschool. Tiffany shares his love for others and often opens her home to strangers for the purpose of sharing the Gospel. Together, they hope to made a real difference in the Memphis area to the glory of God.