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Pastor Stewart, Lauren, Leah, JT, & GG Assist. Pastor Chad LaVere & his wife Ashley
Pastor Dewey Stewart III was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ in his early teenage years. He went to a few secular colleges in Central, NY where he obtained a BA Oneonta State in Elementary Education with a concentration in English. He surrendered his heart and life to whatever the Lord wanted for him in October 1998. The Lord then led him to student teach in Deposit, NY. He began to get a burden for the small town of Deposit and led his cooperating teacher and her family to the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not long after that, the Lord dealt with his heart and called him to preach the Word of God. He went to Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City where he graduated with a BA in Pastoral Theology in 2002. He then trained under his Pastor, Dan Smith, of Buckley Road Baptist Church in Liverpool, NY. He met his wife in 2002 and was married to her in April 2003. It was a few months after this that he was able to start a Bible-believing Baptist Church in Deposit, NY. He was used to start a church there called West Branch Bible Baptist Church and remained there as a pastor for 5 years. God then led him to our church, Watertown Baptist Temple, in July of 2009. His family includes his wife, Lauren, daughters Leah and Gianna, as well as his son JT. God continues to use our church in the Watertown/Fort Drum, local, and foreign fields as we obey the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Stewart has led our church to obey the Bible to go both "publickly and from house to house" through our street-preaching ministry and door-to-door visitation program. Furthermore, he continues to lead us to be continual witnesses for the Lord Jesus and to reach out into the uttermost part of the earth through supporting foreign and local missionaries.
Assistant Pastor Chad LaVere was born again in August 2009. He obeyed the call to preach in August 2011. After finishing high school in Cicero-North Syracuse he attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from the fall of 2011-2016 where he met his wife Ashley. They were married May 6th, 2016. Chad and his wife Ashley then were led to Work with Pastor Shawn Foster Valley Bible Baptist Church in Cobleskill, NY from June 2016-June 2017 in the Student Ministry Training Institute. God then led Chad & Ashley to accept the assistant pastor position in our ministry here at Watertown Baptist Temple in June 2017.