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.
New Life Family Worship Center, Loudon, TN
"In the Spring of 2007, I learned the whereabouts of an old friend
of mine, Jeff Schrimsher, with whom I had attended church together
for about a year-and-a-half
in the late 1980s.
A short time after
I had last seen him, he planted a new church in Loudon, Tennessee
that is located just off of Interstate 75. Sheila and I had
the opportunity one Sunday to visit his church.
Before the morning service began, there was time to do some catching
up with Jeff and his wife Lisa. Through an act of obedience to
God's voice, I ended up playing the bass guitar during the
Praise & Worship part of the service. This picture
is of Pastor Jeff Schrimsher preaching during the service in which
we were in attendance. Behind him is the church's bass guitar
that I played on that day."
Preaching and Teaching at Wayside Full Gospel Church, Cocoa, FL
"I was invited to be the guest speaker at two regular services of
Wayside Full Gospel Church that took place on Sunday morning, May 20,
and on Thursday evening, May 24. Sheila and I drove to Florida and
spent the week there. Below are some pictures from both of these
Singing at Christ Covenant Full Gospel Church, Seymour, TN
"After Sheila and I visited this church one Sunday, Pastor Gary Crisp
called and invited us to return and sing at a special service on July 29
during which his son would be ordained as a deacon. We considered this
invitation to be an opportunity to perform volunteer work for
Spirit and Truth Ministries, so Sheila and I attended as representing
the Spirit and Truth Singers. Our friends
Doug and Marinda Magoon went and sang with us, and Marinda also sang
solo. All four of us were happy to see an acquaintance there we knew
from Bible Fellowship, Jim Tucker. He was one of three guest speakers,
and he is shown below standing behind the podium. In the last picture,
Sheila and I are posing with the pastor."
Speaking at Free Pentecostal Church in Harriman, TN
"On August 5, 2007, almost seventeen years since my
Ruby Lea and I visited our church family at Free Pentecostal.
During the congregational singing, I got to play guitar again with
the man who taught me, Billy Gann, and with his grandson who is now
also learning to play.
Pastor York asked me to participate in
the prayer service, and I asked the elders to pray for me as well.
I preached a short sermon from
II Corinthians 3:1-2.
It was a very joyful reunion.
Before the service began, I asked Brother Gann if I could play
guitar with him. With a bit of a smirk on his face, he looked at
me and said 'You know, the sign outside still says Free on it.'
It was a happy, silly moment that I'll not soon forget."
Assisting with Praise & Worship at Journey Church of Seymour, TN
During the months of August and September, Sheila and I attended a
very newly-established church not far from our home called
The pastor and his wife were in the process of moving to Seymour from
Rome, Georgia, so they were unable to attend the mid-week services when
we began visiting. Also, the church did not have an established
Praise & Worship band in the beginning. During the time we
attended, I had the privilege of being able to help with singing and by
adding acoustic guitar as an instrument. Before long, however, the Lord
sent other musicians to fill the void, and God called us to be elsewhere.
In the first picture below, I am standing with all of the members of the
full worship team as it was on the last Sunday morning in September
(our final service). The second picture is of
Pastor Tony and Donna Howard.
Enrolled at Johnson Bible College
"Beginning in the Autumn of 2006 and continuing through the
Spring of 2007, the Lord began to deal strongly with my heart.
He did not speak any discernable message to me at the time,
but I knew without any shadow of doubt that something was
about to change in my life, and it was imperative that I
make some step forward. However, I was uncertain about the
direction that the Lord wanted me to go.
One day, Sheila and I met with another couple who has played a significant
role in our lives for many years. I felt that I needed to share with them
some of the things that God had shown me. Also, I hoped that through them
God would reveal something more to me about the direction we should go.
They encouraged me to consider enrolling as a student at
Johnson Bible College.
After some prayer and consideration, I signed up for my first class,
Basic Expository Preaching, which I completed in the Fall 2007 semester.
This picture of me on campus was taken in 2009."
Preaching at Bible Fellowship, Seymour, TN
"For the Basic Expository Preaching course at Johnson Bible
College, I was required to preach a sermon and submit a
for a grade. I prepared a sermon titled 'Jesus Our High Priest'
(based primarily on the passage
Hebrews 4:14-5:10) and
delivered it at Bible Fellowship on Sunday, November 25, 2007. After
an opening story, I stepped out of the room to put on sandals and a prayer
shawl. For the rest of the sermon, I played the role of 'Abner ben David',
a fictional character based on the young man who received his sight at
the hands of Jesus and was who excommunicated (cast out) by the Jewish
priests for being a disciple of Jesus
The congregation took a journey back in time to a secret meeting of
first-century Christians, and the sermon was told from the perspective
of his first-hand accounts. I received an 'A' for the course, but the
instructor was puzzled by my use of theatrics in the presentation.
Apparently, there is some other preaching course offered at Johnson
Bible College where the theatrics come into play. I just did it this
way because theatrics are a part of my preaching style,
showing up in my sermons
once in a while.
Here is a picture of the label for the DVD that I submitted for
"Near the end of year 2007, just as I was finishing up my first
class at Johnson Bible College, God spoke to me in a way so clear and
unmistakable like He had not done since I received my
call to preach
in 1988. Without hearing any audible voice, I knew the
exact words God was speaking to me. His exact words to me were,
'Very soon, you will be pastoring.' I did not know with
certainty exactly what God planned to do or the time frame in which He
would accomplish what He had spoken, but His speaking to me reaffirmed
every day afterwards that He was in control of my situation (deep inside,
the desire developed within me to plant a new church). I did
not speak openly outside my family about my new call to be a pastor
until 2009 when I was ministering again at Wayside Full Gospel Church
Spirit and Truth Ministries /