Pastoral Missionary

Pastor Jedidiah coined the term, “Pastoral Missionary” to best describe part of his calling and work of ministry. So what is a Pastoral Missionary? A Pastoral Missionary is a true apostolic calling and is simply a missionary who was entrusted with little, was found faithful by God in the little and given an enhanced calling to serve as a Pastor and Missionary. A Pastoral Missionary.

The best images that we have of this role is Jesus Himself and the Apostle Paul. Both of them were “missional”, “on mission”, sharing the Kingdom of God by traveling and living in different regions. Both Jesus and Paul took on a cadre of people who desired to know more and to live faithfully. For Jesus these were known as disciples and for Paul they were simply known as the sheep belonging to Christ, who charged him to teach them, comfort them, care for them and encourage them to live faithfully.

Pastor Jedidiah never thought of himself in any other way, other than being 100% sure that he was called to be and walking in the literal calling of a Missionary for over 30 years. Then in 2011 in a time of fasting ,prayers and consecration the Lord spoke quietly but emphatically saying, “From this day forward you shall be known as Pastor Jedidiah.” The name “Jedidiah” means “Beloved of God” or “God’s Beloved” 2 Samuel 12:24-25 and it was the name that God sent the Prophet Nathan to insist that the son of David and Bathsheba be called. But, either David, Bathsheba, or both of them, depending upon which version you read – decided to name him, Solomon, which means, “Peace.”

That name, “Jedidiah,” was never again given to anyone in the Bible and it went unclaimed until the Lord did a supernatural name change to Dennis Wayne Gaines, making him known as Jedidiah Wayne Gaines. Initially Wayne resisted the name change due to some circumstances and concerns and then the Lord said clearly, “I Am the Lord! I can change your name, the clothes you wear, what you eat and where you live!” The response from Wayne was, “Yes sir, Lord – I shall become known as Pastor Jedidiah.”

But it was perplexing that the Lord Himself was calling Wayne a Pastor, instead of Missionary Jedidiah. Wayne had never considered being called a pastor, or being known as a pastor, simply a missionary seemed all sufficient. The Lord has His own plans and will take a humble person who is called, chosen and faithful to higher responsibilities and greater levels of anointing. Pastor Jedidiah had no leading to start his own church or to pastor a local church. Over some time Pastor Jedidiah was told by a couple of pastors that he could not call himself a pastor if he was not pastoring a local church. Its funny how God’s ideas are so much better than the ideas of men. So who is Pastor Jedidiah a pastor to? Amazingly the Lord draws in to Pastor Jedidiah people who desire to live faithfully in these last days, as well as native pastors and people who live among the nations.

Pastor Jedidiah is a pastor to native pastors serving in the world’s hardest places and God has allowed him to develop them as disciples of Jesus Christ who are humbly and faithfully serving the Kingdom of Christ. Pastor Jedidiah is also pastor to a growing cadre of young people who interestingly enough, most often have no dad in their lives. Its the ministry of being a spiritual mentor, a spiritual dad, and its among the most rewarding of ministries. We do life together faithfully.

Ephesians 4:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,