Ryan Linkous has served as the Pastor of Dalewood Baptist Church since January 2019. A native of Knoxville, TN, Ryan has prepared for pastoral ministry since he was a junior in high school. He completed his seminary training at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL and his undergraduate coursework at Union University in Jackson, TN. He is married to Samantha, and they had their first child, Peter, in April 2019. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading, exercise, and catching up on the latest podcasts.
Jonathan joined Dalewood as the Pastor of Worship and Administration in April 2019. With over a decade of ministry experience, Jonathan has served churches in Tennessee and Texas in a variety of capacities, including worship, students, and administration. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville and a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He married his wife Lindsay in May 2011. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys board games, disc golf, and swing dancing.
What We Believe
For our statement of faith, please see the Baptist Faith and Message.
What Really Matters
BROKEN, BUT MADE NEW
People buy new cars for a reason: they’re new. Everything is new about the car, even the smell. The car seems perfect. But then the first mishap occurs: a coffee stain on the carpet or a tiny scratch in the paint. Efforts are quickly made to repair the flaw, but over time, more stains and more scratches gradually appear. The older the car gets, the more nicks and dings appear.
Over time, every car owner accepts the state the car is in and just learns to live with the flaws.
We do that with our lives too. We try to fix what we can, but we have areas of our lives that seem permanently broken. We just assume we’ll have to learn to live with our brokenness. But as long as we live in a sinful, broken state, we will die in a broken state.
God has a better plan. We cannot fix our brokenness, but He can. Through the death of Jesus, He forgives and removes our sin. Through the resurrection of Jesus, He transforms us and gives us new life.
If you would like to have a new life in Christ, repent of your sins and put your faith in Him. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Turn from the sin that has kept you from God and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Express your repentance and faith by praying something like this:
“Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died on the cross to forgive me of my sins. I’m sorry for all the wrong I’ve done and ask You to forgive me. I now accept Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for Your love, forgiveness, and a new life in Jesus Christ. From this day forward, I choose to follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please share your decision with us. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. Email us or call us at 615-227-7000.