MEET THE STAFF
Pastor Kevin arrived to Macon Road Baptist Church with 12 years of Pastoral Ministry. He and his beautiful wife Lauran met at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and have been married since 2007. Since that time the Lord has graciously blessed their family with five children: Elli, Emmie Elynne, Everlee, and Ezra (4 daughters & a son). Pastor Kevin’s heart is for the Church to know Jesus Christ according to His Word, and to grow in their love and faithfulness to Christ as the scriptures command. As an expositor of God’s Word, Pastor Kevin places a high priority on the Bible in both the preaching and practical sides of the Church. The scripture that best describes Pastor Kevin’s view in regard to his personal ministry at Macon Road Baptist Church comes from the Apostle Paul in which he states “...by the grace of God I am what I am…(1 Cor 15:10).
Bro. John Raiteri
John has lived in Memphis all of his life. He was married in 1974 to Carolyn and they have three sons and seven grandchildren. At the age of 19, he was saved through the preaching of Pastor Frank Gassaway at Macon Road Baptist Church,in the Berclair area. MRBC is the only church that he has been a member of upon his salvation. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the University of Memphis and graduated in 1972 with a BS Education degree. His first teaching position was at the Berclair campus in 1973, the year that the school first opened, and where he taught until 2009. At the end of that year, Pastor Wayne Webb asked him to consider coming full time on the church staff to help him in the ministry of Macon Road Baptist Church, as an assistant pastor to him. After 35 years of teaching at MRBS, he left the classroom, and has been serving the Lord as the pastor's assistant. He was already teaching Sunday School, but then he began speaking occasionally on Wednesday nights, ministering to folks and the sick, and basically doing anything to help in the ministry at MRBC. “God has been so good to me and my family,and I count it a privilege to have served our Lord at MRBC all these years. My desire is to continue to be faithful as Pastor of Benevolence & Education in the days to come as God continues to bless the work here now under the leadership of Pastor Kevin Robinson.”
Chris McCloskey, originally from Scotland, began working at Macon Road in 2004. He believes being a Christian is all the work of God. As a young child he was brought up by a Catholic dad and a protestant mom. He went to Catholic public school through 4th grade. His parents separated when he was 8 and then went to a non-denominational public school. He began to spend a lot of time with his grandparents who lived about an hour away from his home. They had recently begun attending a “new” church – a Baptist church planted by American missionaries – and took Chris and his siblings when they visited.
Because of American missionaries to Scotland, at age 10, he accepted Christ into his life, was later baptized and blessed by another American missionary who sent him “mailbox club” lessons to help start his Christian growth. From the ages of 10-16 he attended Bible camp in the summers (again staffed by American missionaries). When he was 17, he got the chance to be a counselor at the camp. At 19, he started spending his summers at a Christian camp in New Jersey. This summer work resulted in him moving to the USA on a religious visa and ultimately getting his green card to be a resident.
Chris has worked in children’s ministry at MRBC since 2004. He worked for 12 summers ministering in NJ to underprivileged children and 4 years full-time in the NJ State HQ of The Salvation Army as Youth Outreach Specialist & Assistant Camp Director.
Chris considers it a blessing minister to children and have the opportunity to reach the heart, soul, and mind of children.
Pastor Hernan is from Venezuela. His wife, Jennifer, is from Memphis and they met in a seminary in Argentina in 2001. They were married in 2006 and have been blessed with two children: Evan and Grace. Hernan accepted Christ as his Savior when he was eight years old. The church he attended in Venezuela was founded by an American missionary couple. When Hernan was twenty-two years old, he felt God’s call on his life to ministry. He then began to help other missionaries in Venezuela with Bible camps. Later in 1998, he went to Argentina to a seminary to study for four years. In 2003, He came to San Jose, California to serve as an associate pastor at a Hispanic church. In 2007, Hernan and Jennifer moved to Memphis where Hernan began to serve as pastor of a local Hispanic church. In 2008 he met Pastor Wayne Webb and the Hispanic church began meeting at the Berclair campus of Macon Road. In 2015, the Hispanic congregation officially became the Hispanic ministry of Macon Road Baptist Church. “It has been a great journey by the Grace of God and for His Glory. The Hispanic congregation and I are so grateful for the Macon Road family, Pastor Wayne Webb, and Pastor Kevin Robinson for their great support and love that they show to the Hispanic people.” Pastor Hernan’s favorite Bible verse in the ministry is Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”