REV. WAYNE FURR
Interim PastorReverend Furr has served churches in the Quad Cities area for the last twenty years. He grew up in a Reformed Presbyterian Church in Concord, N.C. He and his wife Bobbie are celebrating their 52nd Anniversary. They have two sons: Christopher a Presbyterian Missionary and Jonathan an attorney. Wayne holds a B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1989. He has had additional study to shift to the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination.
Wayne describes his spiritual awakening:
“In July 1980, after my wife asked for a divorce, a godly friend led me to a “born again” encounter with Jesus Christ. In May 1981, my wife and I were remarried. At age 38, in August 1983, we left North Carolina to prepare for ministry via seminary.”
1968-1983—He worked for three different insurance companies as he progressed in his career. Starting as an entry level adjuster, promoted to litigation management and lastly a Regional Director over 13 states.
1989-1999—Cumberland Presbyterian installed pastors in three churches in Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee
1999-2000—1 year interim, First Baptist(American) Galva, Illinois
2000-2004—Pastor, Antioch Baptist(American) Reynolds, Illinois
2004-2007—Associate, First Presbyterian, Moline, Illinois
2007-2011—Chaplain, Christian Life Retirement Center, Sterling, Illinois
2011—Retirement served three interim positions from 2011-2016
2016-2020—Pulpit Sunday for Great Rivers and Blackhawk Presbyteries
2020—College Avenue Presbyterian, Aledo, Illinois
Matthew 6:33–Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.
1 John 4:19, 21—We love because he first loved us… And, he has given us this command: whoever loves God must also love his brother(sister).
Philosophy of Ministry:
Preach the Gospel. Study well. Never be ashamed of the lordship of Jesus Christ. Be there. As a shepherd of the people be among them, know them, be responsive as duty (love) demands it.
As long as the Lord gives strength and a lucid mind to proclaim the Good News I want to run strong, keeping my focus fixed on the prize of the high calling.
I grew up on our family farm north of Joy. Our family started attending CAPC when I was a young child. My mother is still a member. I can even remember being a little kid in the church nursery, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Youth Group, singing in the Angel Choir and later the adult choir when I was in high school. My husband, Mike and I were married at CAPC in 1977. CAPC holds many special memories for me!
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising from Iowa State University. I worked for about ten years for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in recruitment and had a nine-county territory. I loved the job and got to meet a lot of different people in the communities and industries that I called upon. I wanted to work closer to home and I returned to college for a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught for ten years. I have been in the church office since early 2013 and enjoy the variety of my work.
Our son, Alex and his wife, Jessica live in Champaign and do campus ministry through Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) at the University of Illinois. We have two grandsons named Rhodes and Forrester!
I love spending time with my family and friends. Being a farm girl at heart, I enjoy yard work and help out with mowing my mother’s yard on the farm. I also like doing projects around the house, making greeting cards, reading, and cooking. Day trips to Bishop Hill keep me in touch with my Swedish roots.