Charlie Kempf

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I was raised in a Christian home and learned about and fell in love with Jesus at an early age.  In high school I drifted away from following God and didn't return until age 28.  Since that time I have daily read and meditated on God's word, seeking His presence with a desire to hold Him as my "First love".  I want more than anything to be pleasing to Him, glorifying Him and loving Him with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.  God is teaching me how to love my neighbor as myself and to genuinely have compassion.  I am so thankful for Christ's sacrifice on the cross and the Father's saving grace and want to share the Gospel with others.  God has made it very clear to me to preach all the truth of His word, never tickling peoples ears, but with a burning desire to reveal God's loving heart for people everywhere.  I believe it is very important that once we truly come to know Christ as our Lord and Savior we obey and treat Him right.  God has also impressed upon my heart the importance of striving to love children the way Jesus did.


God has blessed me with a wonderful wife whom I love very much and helps me more than I can ever put into words.  I am also very thankful to God for our children and grandchildren who are very dear to us.


It is always a pleasure to worship our God with the wonderful people at Mt. Carmel.  There is a special indwelling of God’s Spirit at Mt. Carmel, people often tell me they feel it the moment they arrive.  I believe one of the ways we can love our God more richly is by treating each other with love and forgiveness.  A primary focus in my leadership role is providing support and encouragement to the congregation.  Please pray for me that I will always be a man after God's heart because my heart lacks what it takes, only His heart is pure and filled with love.


Pastor Charlie 

Minister of Students

Zach Mendenhall

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I grew up in a Christian home and I was saved when I was seven years old. But, when I began my first couple years of college, I struggled to live as I ought to as a Christian. God brought me out of my struggle with sin like a prodigal son. After my first two years of college, God called me to enter into the ministry. God gave me a desire to serve the youth and from that time I began attending Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri for three years. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies. After I graduated, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as a bi-vocational Middle School Pastor at First Baptist Church of Ozark. God has taught me a lot about the ministry and I am very thankful to have been led by God to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. My goal is to preach the gospel, teach the truth in love, build relationships with the students, and to make disciples. I realize that I am a sinner saved by grace and so it is by God's grace alone that I can live to reach this goal everyday. I hope and pray that the students will hear God's Word and be changed by it. I hope and pray that God uses me as an instrument for his glory, so that I can point them towards Jesus Christ. As is said of David in Acts 13:36, I hope to serve the purpose of God in my own generation and be with the Lord for all eternity. 

  May 2020  
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