Enjoy this break from our usual Loving Life guests to hear from Pastor Beck! June is the month to celebrate dads and you will be inspired by Beck’s commitment to fatherhood and his family.
- Name: Beck Payne
- Occupation: Lead Pastor of Family Church in West Monroe
- Hometown: West Monroe, LA
- Current city: West Monroe
- Family/Kids: Wife; Jodi Payne of 14 ½ years. Our most important ministry is encouraging each other to be more like Christ and to impress upon the heart of our three children (Gracen, 10, Addelyn 8, and Hutson, 6) a love for God.
- Pets: A Yellow-Black Mouth Cur Dog who is 15 years old; “Champ”; three bunnies, and six hens.
- Any other information: Jodi works in our home and is extremely talented in decorating, creativity, and hospitality. She also is gifted in counseling/mentoring young wives/mothers and encouraging them. She IS my biggest helper and asset in ministry. I could not do this without her. I was bi-vocational for several years juggling sales in the insurance business, as well as working on staff as a student pastor. I came to Family Church in 2007. I served as the Student Pastor, Family Ministries Director, and Life Stage 2 Director (Small Groups) before becoming the Lead Pastor in 2014. I was ordained by the late Billy Hornsby (Former President of the Association of Related Churches) and am currently an Ordained Bishop in the Churches of God.
How has becoming a dad made you a better person?
Becoming a Dad has become one of the greatest callings of my life. From a theological perspective, the Word of God places a tremendous amount of responsibility upon the father of the home to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. So, becoming a Dad caused me to have a better understanding of the responsibility that comes along with that privilege.
Secondly, God uses fatherhood to show me my short-comings. I can see my kids’ “flaws” in me. Therefore, it causes me to watch my life-that much more and compels me to realize my great need myself for Jesus Christ to continue to transform me.
Third, is practically. We live in a society that is full of “fatherlessness”. We have witnessed first-hand what the affects of “fatherlessness” can do in a person’s life, family, how it affects the church, and so on.
I can do practical things to change that. I can invest “me time” into them with my time, talents, and treasures. They need their father not just to be in their lives physically (although that’s important), but to connect with them emotionally.
The greatest “disciples” I will ever make are the ones that bare my last name, “Payne”. They know that outside of their mother, no one else in this world matters more to me than them.
What do you believe is your finest fathering skill?
My wife and children would say spending quantity and quality time with them.
What’s one thing you’ve learned from your father?
My father taught me about the power of giving, encouragement, and discipline.
What is your favorite activity to do with your kid?
All my children are “quality timers.” My daughters and I love to deer hunt together and we regularly have “Daddy/Daughter Date Nights” where we will go out to eat. My son and I love to wrestle together and other types of “boyish” activities.
Beck, thank you so much for sharing about fatherhood with us! Being a dad is such an important role and we think you do a superb job! You and Jodi are an inspiration for our community!