Spirit and Truth Ministries
Biography of David Spakes
This web site contains a scrapbook and condensed biography of David Spakes,
Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville
and founder of
Spirit and Truth Ministries. In most cases, you can click on pictures
to see an enlarged photo in a separate window.
Lead Music for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Cookeville, TN
"During my fist week as a student at Tennessee Technological
University in Cookeville, TN, I became involved with a campus Christian
organization called Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, or IVCF.
Every week during the 'Large Group' meeting when all of the students in
this organization would gather, I played guitar and sang with the seniors
who were leading the group at that time. When they graduated, I became
the music leader for a period of about eight months. Here are two
photos taken of me during this time period, probably late Spring, 1992.
In the first picture, I am singing with a few other other students leading
in the worship. The second photo captured me walking through the
hallways outside of where we met for Large Group."
Lead a Summertime Bible Study for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Cookeville, TN
"After the Spring Semester at TTU ended, I agreed to teach a
Bible study for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at the request of
the sponsors, Tim and Lisa Dean. The study began near the end of the
Spring semster and continued through July 20, 1992."
Singing at Carr's Chapel Church of God, Cookeville, TN
"On Saturday, July 18, my mother Ruby and I went to a
singing service held at Carr's Chapel Church of God as volunteers
for Spirit and Truth Ministries. A group called the Gospel Messengers
were the featured singers, and among them we met a man who said he wrote
a song we liked called 'Coming Soon'. I sang a song that I had written
called 'These Signs Shall Follow Them That Believe', and
then Ruby and I sang 'The Lighthouse' together."
"Jesus Is Here"
"During the Spring and Summer months of 1992, I did volunteer work
for Spirit and Truth Ministries to create a tract that was distributed
all around the campus of Tennessee Technological University during
the Fall semester. The purpose of this tract was to inform new students
about Christian student organizations on campus (including Inter-Varsity
Christian Fellowship) and to encourage students to attend one of the
local area churches while they attended college. I met individually
with the leaders of each of the Christian student organizations in
existence at that time to speak with them about the project that
Spirit and Truth Ministries was engaged in, and I helped to distribute
the tracts after they were printed.
Before I graduated from the university in 1993, I had the
great fortune of meeting a student who had come to know Jesus as his
Savior as a result of reading one of these tracts and then joining one
of the campus Christian organizations (he was unaware of my involvement
in this project when he told me how he became a Christian)."
"During one of the weekends while I was in college, I made a trip
back to Harriman to present myself before the pastor and elders of the
Free Pentecostal Church. I reported to them about my ministry activites
since my ordination service. With their acceptance of my testimony and
renewed commitment for continued Christian ministry, my ordination was
renewed for two more years. I received this certificate some time later.
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