Fosterburg Baptist Church
Fosterburg Baptist Church


Pastor Crain 003Pastor Troy Crain’s Bio:

I had the privilege of having Christian parents. My parents were faithful, having their children in church at every opportunity. However, I realized at an early age that because my parents were Christians, did not make me a Christian.

At a “Sonshine Club” meeting when I was young, I made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. The teacher shared with us from John 3:16, and that night I inserted my name in the place of “whosoever” and asked Jesus to come into my heart.

As a teenager, I began to doubt my salvation. At a teen activity in October 1978, a pastor took a Bible and shared with me from First John 5:13, “…that ye may know that ye have eternal life….” I settled in my heart that night that God had saved me forever and I was on my way to heaven.

Within a few months following that decision, God called me into full time Christian service. I claimed 1 Timothy 1:12, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”

I did not go to Bible College immediately after High School. Instead, I chose to marry and pursue a job that would provide for my family. Still during those days we were very involved in church. We helped to start a church in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1987, and stayed there until 1997.

In 1997, I moved my family to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and enrolled in Tennessee Temple University. God encouraged us with Jeremiah 18:1-6, confirming to us that He does not give up on the clay as long as it is moldable. God greatly used us during those years we were at school, and has confirmed His call upon our lives. We praise God for His life changing work in our lives. In 2001, I graduated from College.

In 2003, I enrolled in Temple Baptist Seminary to work on a Master’s Degree. God again showed Himself faithful and confirmed my call to the ministry during this time. I graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 2006.


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  • 4737 Fosterburg Road, Bethalto, IL 62010
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