JOSEPH LOUTHAN
Versailles, Kentucky
cell: 817.707.1486
email: joe@theologic.us
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MINISTRY VISION

Seeking to glorify Christ by serving his Bride, first and foremost, by preaching and teaching his word. My desire is to serve your church as either in Pulpit Supply and/or Interim Pastor in a bi-vocational capacity. I do this by faithfully preaching Christ crucified, teaching the Scriptures, and under-shepherd your congregation until God provides you with your next pastor.

THE GOSPEL of CHRIST

The gospel is the good news that God looked upon me as a wicked, depraved, weak sinner and sent his Son to live and die so that I might be truly alive and free by the power of his Spirit.1

For the gospel is the power of God in salvation for those who believe–to the Jew first and also the Greek. In this gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “the righteous shall live by faith.” 2

This is the gospel of Christ that I must preach so that all may know the love of Christ for their souls, for, “faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.”3 Simply put, we are saved by no name other than Jesus Christ. 4

PERSONAL

Born on May 17, 1975, in Fort Worth, TX. My home is in Versailles, KY with my wife, Sarah, and our two kids, Elijah, and Ivy. Also, my in-laws live with us, Cherri and Jason. My oldest son, Yusef, lives in Norman, OK.

TESTIMONY

I came to saving faith when the Almighty God came down, took my heart, and in exchange, gave me His heart, and His Spirit.

I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 (CSB)

It was then and only then that I was able to “follow His statues” and “be careful to observe the ordinances of the Lord.”

I first heard the gospel of Christ when I was 8 years old in a small independent fundamentalist KJV-only church in Oklahoma City. I praise God for that church because they had an incredible fleet of buses that would bring kids like me to church. Those old school buses would take me out of my sin-filled and depraved home, sung songs, memorize books of the Bible, attend Sunday School, and sit under the preaching of the word.

I remember clear as day, “Do you want to go to hell or heaven?” I had no desire to go to hell so I raised my hand and came forward. I wish I knew the Lord then. I wish my heart was turned then. But it was not. I have no doubt that little Suzy to my left or little Bobby to my right was saved by God at that moment. But I was not. I know this because I spent the next 24 years sinning all the more and never repenting of my sin not once to the God of the Universe. For the gospel of John says it clearly:

The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:36 (CSB)

I did not believe Christ Jesus because I kept on sinning. I did not believe it because I thought that my repeating of words would keep me in God’s good graces as I spent my adult life working in the pornography industry. I have had people would suggest that I was indeed saved at a young age. I push back, “Tell me this: is there such thing as an unrepentant Christian? Could I unrepentantly work in an industry that supplied my depraved and killing addiction?” (You think the answer would be a quick and easy, “No” but I will spare you the number of times I have seen hesitation answering this question.)

The fact is I did not have eternal life. The fact is I had the wrath of God remaining upon me because I have rejected and disobeyed the Son of God. If I had died before that rainy Monday in April 2007 in Dallas, I know that I know I would burn for all eternity in the lake of fire.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.

Ephesians 2:1-3 (CSB)

And

For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.

Titus 3:3 (CSB)

That was me. All of my life that was me. Foolish Worthless. Disobedient. Deceived. Enslaved to my own lustful addiction. Living in malice and envy. Hateful and hating everybody.

In other words, I was dead in my trespasses and sins against the Almighty God.

But God, being absolutely incomparable in grace and mercy, saved me. Not because I have done anything good in my life. I have done everything wicked in my life. But God, looked down on me, dead in my sins, took pity, and called me forth as Christ would call forth Lazarus out of the grave of the dead.

But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (CSB) 

Do you see this? My heart turned towards him and had nothing to do with me activating the love of God. No! God made his mind up before the foundation of the world that the Father would send his only begotten Son to live and die to come to save my soul.

For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (CSB)
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (CSB)

The crucifixion of my only, only Lord Jesus Christ happened nearly 2,000 years before I was even born, let alone born again to love God. I did not activate the love of God but rather God loved me first.

We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19 (CSB)

And

You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.

John 15:16 (CSB)

God gave me His Son. God gave me His Spirit. God the Father has made his home with me (John 14:23).

What kind of love is this? It can only be the Triune God who is the only one and true God that saves:

The LORD your God is among you,
a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will be quiet in his love.
He will delight in you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17 (CSB)

It stands to reason: if God could save a wretch like me, then no one is outside the reach of his mighty saving arm:

Why was no one there when I came?
Why was there no one to answer when I called?
Is my arm too weak to redeem?
Or do I have no power to rescue?

Isaiah 50:2a (CSB)

It is like I ask my kids, “Does God have T-Rex arms?” Of course He doesn’t. He is the mighty one who saves.

MINISTRY POSITIONS

current

Reforming Truth Church, Lexington, KY

Layperson - Web

former

Frontline Church South, Oklahoma City, OK

Intern, Community

Layperson

  • Bible Study Teacher
  • Small Group Leader
  • Children’s Teacher
  • Worship Presentation

Antioch Community Church, Norman, OK

Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Layperson:

  • Bible Study Teacher
  • Small Group Leader
  • Children’s Teacher

Catch the Fire Ministries, Bedford, TX

Layperson

  • Children’s Teacher

The City Church, Fort Worth, TX

Layperson

  • Mentored by Ben Connelly, Senior Pastor

Gateway Church, Southlake, TX

Intern, Leadership & Discipleship

Layperson

  • Embrace Grace (crisis pregnancy ministry) leader
  • Bible Study Teacher
  • Small Group Leader
  • Mentored by Alan Smith, Pastor of Leadership & Discipleship

VOCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Current

Project Manager at Red Hat, Inc.

Past

Information Technology Administrator & Manager
United States Air Force Veteran

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT

Interim Pastor Training

Kentucky Baptist Convention
Louisville, KY
July 2022

The Institute for Expository Preaching (2021)

Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Oklahoma City, OK
August 2021

Internship, Frontline Church

Frontline Church
Oklahoma City, OK
September 2020 to May 2021

The Institute for Expository Preaching (2019)

Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Oklahoma City, OK
October 2019

On Preaching

Matt Chandler
Acts 29 Regional
2010

The Doctrine of God

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson
Reformed Theological Seminary
Dallas, TX
January to May 2010

The Need for Evangelism

Desiring God 2009 Conference for Pastors
Minneapolis, MN
February 2009

Internship, Gateway Church

Leadership & Discipleship Ministry
Gateway Church
January to August 2009

SKILLS

Expository preaching and teaching
Writing
Project Management

WRITINGS

Completed Writings

Here is Love: An Exposition of Romans 8

Praying Through: The Lord’s Prayer

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis or Doctrine on the Order of Salvation


Works in Progress

Gospel Meditations in the New Testament: The Pastoral Epistles

Home Devotions in the Gospel of Mark

Bible Study in Romans

Bible Study in Genesis

Westminster Confession of Faith: An Exposition


Current Writing Projects

Theologicus Project Board

REFERENCES

To protect the privacy of my references, their contact information can be provided upon request


  1. Romans 5:9; 1 John 5:1, Romans 8:14-17 ↩︎

  2. Romans 1:16-17 ↩︎

  3. Romans 10:17 ↩︎

  4. Acts 4:12 ↩︎