Seven Sayings from the Cross

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A series of seven sermons over seven services from seven speakers on the seven sayings of Jesus from the Cross.  The series begins on Palm Sunday (Sunday, March 29) at the 10:50am worship service and runs nightly at 7:00pm through Good Friday (Friday, April 3).  Each service will bring you closer to the cross through an in depth look at the sayings of Jesus from the cross. There will be special music each night provided by various choirs, soloists and praise teams.


 “Father, Forgive Them…” – Sunday, March 29, 10:50am – Mr. Mike Matson is the Minister of Youth and Missions at East Sanford Baptist Church.  He began serving with ESBC on January 1 of this year.  He is married to Shandalyn and has two sons, Miles and Chase.  He is currently in a Biblical studies program through Carolina Bible College.



“…Today you will be with Me in paradise…” – Sunday, March 29, 7:00pm – Rev. James “Jim” Wright is the Associate Pastor to Hispanics at East Sanford Baptist Church.  He is retired from the International Mission Board and Central Carolina Community College.  Rev. Wright and his wife, Pat, have served in many English and Hispanic churches locally and around the world.



“Behold your Son, behold your mother” – Monday, March 30, 7:00pm – Pastor Leslie Puryear has been a pastor for 17 years. He has pastored four Southern Baptist churches and a planted one new church. He worked for 25 years in the telecommunications industry before God called him into ministry. Pastor Puryear has degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary. He has been married to his lovely wife, Debbie, for 45 years. They have two sons and four grandchildren. He is currently the pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Gulf, NC. 


“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Tuesday, March 31, 7:00pm – Rev. Robbie L. Gibson has served as Senior Pastor of East Sanford Baptist Church since January 1, 2010.  He and his wife, Annette, are the founders of NOW Ministries, a ministry of spiritual education to youth and families. They have two sons, Joshua and Caleb.  Pastor Robbie serves on the board of Bread of Life Ministries here in Sanford.  Pastor Robbie is taking courses through Liberty University Online in Pastoral Ministries.  You may follow his blog at


“I thirst” – Wednesday, April 1, 7:00pm – Rev. Robert “Bob” Yandle served as Senior Pastor of Grace Christian Church for 14 years and has over 40 years of pastoral experience.  He served as Interim Pastor at East Sanford Baptist Church until Rev. Gibson was called to serve in 2010.  Rev. Yandle is well known in the community as a great expositor of God’s Word and a dynamic speaker.  He is married to a most wonderful wife, Jeanette, and they have grown children.



“It is finished” – Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm – Rev. Bruce MacInnes has been pastoring Turner’s Chapel in Sanford, NC for 24 years.  He received his Master of Divinity from Columbia International University in 1983 and previously served as Associate Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church for 4 years and did missionary work in Madrid, Spain, for 3 years.  He is married to Jennifer and they have four grown children and three grandchildren.  Pastor Bruce writes a weekly column in the Sanford Herald titled The Bible Speaks and serves on several local ministry boards. 


“Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit” – Friday, April 3, 7:00pm – Rev. Carlyle Hall, Jr. was born and raised in Roxboro, NC and has been married to his wife Jodie since 1989.  They have two children (Ben and Rebecca).  Carlyle has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 1999 and he currently serves as Pastor at Castalia Baptist Church in Castalia, North Carolina.


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East Sanford Baptist Church

300 North Avenue, Sanford, NC 27331