Our ministers are, first of all, servants of Christ and His people (Romans 15:16; Philippians 2:25). They fulfill this role through the proclamation of the Gospel and daily Christian living (1 Timothy 4:1-16). Our ministers are serve publically as a spiritual resource to the local congregation and community (Acts 24:23, 26:16).
Jim Faughn is a native of Metropolis, Illinois. After his high school graduation and receiving a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, he returned to Metropolis to teach at the high school from which he graduated. He was baptized into Christ during this time and subsequently began preaching on a part-time basis.
In 1978, he began his first full-time local work in Vienna, Illinois. While preaching there, he received a Master’s degree from what is now Amridge University. He has preached full-time in Vienna, Illinois, Dexter, Missouri, and, since January of 2001, has served as minister of the Central church of Christ in Paducah, Kentucky. Since December of 2003, he has also served as one of the elders. Four four-and-one-half years, he served as the Director of Off-Campus Advancement for Freed-Hardeman University.
Jim is married to the former Donna Turner of Metropolis, Illinois. They have two children and five grandchildren. Their daughter, Amber, is married to Jeremiah Tatum, who preaches for the Willow Avenue church of Christ in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Their son, Adam, is married to the former Leah Moon. Adam preaches for the Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.
Besides his local work, Jim has been invited to speak at gospel meetings, workshops, and lectureships in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. He has also made two mission trips to India. He has had articles published in various brotherhood publications, including an active family blog, alegacyoffaith.us, and he is the author of a book entitled Have You Ever Considered?.
Robert Guinn is a native of San Angelo, Texas. After graduating high school, he moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to attend the Brown Trail School of Preaching and began helping area congregations through part-time preaching.
In 2008, Robert graduated from Brown Trail and moved to Collinsville, Illinois to work with the church as an associate minister for a two year internship. Robert was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from the Theological University of America, while ministering to the Collinsville area. Realizing his need for continued education and growth, Robert moved to Henderson, Tennessee to attend Freed-Hardeman University.
In July of 2010, Robert began working with the Red Walnut church of Christ in Bath Springs, Tennessee as their youth minister, later becoming their pulpit minister the following December. During this time, Robert earned his Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Freed-Hardeman. Robert moved to Kentucky and has served the Central congregation since July 2013.
Robert married former Elizabeth Nabors. They have one dog, Gizmo, and a cat, Minion. Before moving to western Kentucky in July 2013, Robert and Elizabeth worked with the Tennessee Children’s Home as Residential Counselors. They now serve the state of Kentucky as certified therapeutic foster parents.
In addition to local ministry, Robert has had the opportunity to speak on Gospel meetings, summer series, summer youth series and youth rallies in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas. Robert also maintains an active blog called Spiritual Java (Link to: spiritualjava.org) that is designed to encourage and refill the spiritual cups of Christians through articles, audio lessons, and the like.