Armbrust: Christ is answer
to todayâ�?�?s complex problems By David Lias
Plain Talk It won't be long before Tony Armbrust completes his second month as head pastor at Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Church, located on the outskirts of Vermillion at the intersection of Highway 50 and 19. He was youth director at the church for about four years. He began those duties shortly after graduating from college in 2001. "In 2002, I began working with youth and started taking on some of the functions of the associate pastor in preaching and doing ministry in the community," he said. Since last November, there had been an opening for the head pastor at Faith Fellowship. "The congregation convened (earlier this year), considered applications and they decided upon a person to be the new head pastor," Tony said. "I got to preach and the members of the congregation asked questions and voted and I got the job." Tony's transition from youth ministry to head pastor at Faith Fellowship has been practically seamless. He is happy to fulfill his new role in a church filled with a congregation he already knows quite well. "I have a heart for this city and the people, and I kind of know what makes them tick, what they think, what's important to them," he said. "In our church, I know where we are strong and where we need to improve. Having all that knowledge has made it a lot easier." Tony graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2001 with a degree in social work. "But during that time, I liked working with the people and I got the sense of the Lord calling me into ministry," he said. "I've got a real heart for mission work, and for nations doing work in other nations." Tony continued his education through a correspondence program with Global University. "I got my pastoral license with The Open Bible at the same time," he said. He serves a congregation of about 35 people at Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible. "We have been through a couple different pastoral transitions in the last two years," Tony said. "We are definitely hoping to grow and to reach more into our community into different avenues. "I have a heart for college students especially, but also for mothers — single mothers and young families," he added. "I am from a family with a single mother for a long time, so I know the struggles that they have, and I would really like to reach out to that area." Tony has a clear message for everyone who chooses to attend services at Faith Fellowship. "I would want them to believe Jesus is real and he wants to be involved in your lives right now, and he can do supernatural things in your life," he said. "A lot of people struggle — they go through their lives either as a Christian or as a religious person, and they struggle with everything not realizing that with Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, they can live a victorious life with the things the world throws at us." Even during todays rather turbulent times being faced globally, across the nation, and in people's personal lives, Tony is confident that people can find the answers to deal with the variety of challenges in modern life at the church. "With the economy, I believe that when people have a relationship with God and live according to Biblical principles, I believe they live above what's going on in the world," he said. "In my own life, as I honor God and his principles, I've seen Him provide time and time again in miraculous ways. With things going on in my life, I've seen Him come through in answers to prayer and in answers to faith and just in His willingness for us to use him if we believe. "I've seen him overcome these things, and all the fear – a lot of people are afraid and stuck in bondage to the world and all of the problems in their day-to-day lives," he said. "We can overcome those problems through the power that is available to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit." Anthony admits he is currently living a busy, but wonderful life, both at work and at home. He's currently working a second job in addition to his duties at Faith Fellowship. He's married, and he and his wife are parents of three children, ages 4, 3 and eight months.