Rev. Terry L. Fristoe
Hometown: Born in El Paso, Texas. Raised in West Sacramento, Calif.
Family: Wife, two adult daughters and two grandchildren. I am a disabled veteran; nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps (various locations including a year at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and a year in Okinawa, Japan); five years in the U.S. Air Force as a missile combat crew commander and personnel officer; three years as the registrar and assistant dean at Kemper Military School and Junior College in Boonville, Missouri; four years as management analyst for the Missouri Department of Health; three years as a production supervisor with a local company.
Pets: Great Dane-Newfoundland mix puppy.
Hobbies and interests: Playing guitar; designing and making walking sticks, canes, back-scratchers and stone carvings from alabaster and soapstone.
Occupation: Pastor, Faith Open Bible Church in Marshalltown; retail sales, Best Buy.
What that means: I work full-time outside of the church to supplement my income, but my priorities are with the church and my congregation.
Tenure: I've been pastor since April, 2001.
Books: The Bible and "Doing Church as a Team," by Wayne Cordeiro.
Movies: "Courageous," and "Facing the Giants," both directed by Alex Kendrick. "Joshua," by George Ratliff and "Passion of the Christ," by Mel Gibson
Foods: Too many to list.
Local involvement: At Faith Open Bible we recently started "Centershot," - a community-outreach initiative and Christ-based archery program. I play in "Disorganized Religion," a Christian band affiliated with FOBC.
Advice on life: The question throughout the ages is: "What is the purpose of life?" For each of us it is different, but for each of us it is vital we find that purpose and fulfill it to the best of our abilities and to the fulfillment of one's dreams. To that end, you should seek to treat others as you would want others to treat you. This is not only a biblical principal, but whatever walk of life or endeavor a person is involved in, it is advice which benefits us all. Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker, said: "If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want."
The Bible tells us in Psalms: "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." As a minister, my duty is to proclaim the gospel, and a large part of that is how we conduct ourselves in life. It is not only about finding God, it is also about showing the love of God to all through the way we live our lives. At Faith Open Bible, we stand on those principals, and we have only two rules: Love God and love others. And this is advice that can benefit us all.