Lukus & Liesl Counterman

Though I grew up in a pastor's home and was saved as a young boy, I did not desire a life of ministry. I went to University of Maryland to get my biology degree and hoped to succeed in the field of medicine. Before medical school I had a free semester so I went to grad school at Maranatha, at my parents’ suggestion. Then I spent the summer counseling at Northland Christian Camp. During that time in Wisconsin God captured my affections and redirected my life. He brought Liesl and me together and we were married in 2000. Instead of pursuing a medical career, I enrolled in the MDiv program at Calvary of Lansdale and took a position as an assistant pastor at my dad’s church. God freed me from following my own way and gave me a new passion: Christ and His church. He has blessed me with eleven years in pastoral ministry, the last seven years serving as lead pastor at Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Texas. I desired to minister at the local Air Force base, so I became a reserve chaplain in 2009. Many doors for the gospel have opened through the chaplaincy. Liesl and I have enjoyed working with people through evangelism and discipleship, military ministry, teaching, counseling, and children's discipleship (including the development of Truth Trackers). As pastor-teacher, my primary responsibility is handling the Word of God accurately. For me, this burden led to the completion of my Dmin through Dallas last May. Recently, God has enhanced my vision for the church and the spread of the gospel; as a result, I have sensed a need for church planting in the United States. Now, in 2011, God has called me to take my family to Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate in Plant4theGospel, a church planting initiative. With great excitement, we go by faith, trusting the Lord for His leadership, provision, and blessing.
I try to make these verses a reality in my life...
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

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Mailing Address
Wichita Falls Baptist Church
1001 8th St.
Wichita Falls, TX 76301