Pastor Russ and Becky wing

Pastor Russ and Becky Wing

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A November 7, 2007 article
Introducing the Wings
the local paper

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    Pastor Russ & Becky (Cramer) Wing grew up in the nearby towns of Thetford and Fairlee, VT and met at Thetford Academy from where they graduated in 1969.  They were married in January of 1971 and made their home in the town of Vershire, VT until the spring of 1987 when they moved to upstate New York and owned and operated a small dairy farm,  Wing Family Jerseys.

    “During the turbulent times of the 60’s and 70’s,  I knew I was searching for something but I didn't know what it was.  After having wrestled with the dilemma of existence of life on earth (we live,  have children,  work,  and then die),  I realized that there is more to life and what was lacking in my life was a God-shaped vacuum.  I began to search the Bible and came to an understanding that God cannot allow wretched,  undeserving sinners into His perfect and Holy Heaven.  Now I was confronted with a new dilemma but I soon found that God Himself provided a solution to the danger in which I found myself and that solution was found in His letter to us in Romans – chapter 5,  verses 8&9.  It says,  ‘But God commendeth His love toward us in that,  while we were yet sinners,  Christ died for us.  Much more then,  being now justified by His blood,  we shall be saved from wrath through Him.’"

    I had learned that my sin put Jesus on the cross.  All there was for me to do was respond to the free gift to have my sins forgiven.  In other words,  I had to stop running from God and turn to Him and trust Christ and the work He finished on the cross.  So,  on the second Saturday in October, 1977,  I asked Jesus to forgive my sin and be my Lord and Savior.  I can contribute nothing to my salvation.  I learned that salvation from the wrath to come is by faith – plus nothing!  What peace!  All that searching for ‘peace’ and I had finally found it!"

    In the fall of 1991,  Russ began to realize that he was to enroll in Practical Bible College to prepare for vocational ministry but that left the obstacle of 80 head of registered Jerseys,  equipment and the farm.  In the summer of 1992,  it rained so much that the Wings were unable to harvest enough crops to sustain their herd until the next summer harvest time.  They sold their cattle in the spring of 1993 and waited for the Lord’s timing to begin the fall semester at Practical Bible College in Johnson City, NY.

    "Forty-four is not too old to go to Bible college…  you have a purpose…  you’re not there because Mommy & Daddy want you to go to Bible College right out of high school."

    The Wings first pastoral ministry was Immanuel Baptist Church in Auburn, NY.  Pastor Russ and Beck have four grown children and eleven grandchildren!  Three of their children and their spouses and children live in southern NH and a daughter and her husband and family live in West Windsor, NY.  All are active in their local churches.

    Pastor Russ enjoys working in his shop when time permits  (both carpentry and mechanical work),  gardening,  reading,  hunting and fishing,  and David Bradley tractors.  Beck’s hobbies and interests include reading,  quilting,  stamping,  counted cross stitch,  gardening,  cooking and crossword puzzles,  and of course,  grandchildren!  They both look forward to ministry in Lisbon and its surrounding towns.

    "We look forward to the ministry here in Lisbon and are blessed by the church family here.  In this day of uncertainty and widespread confusion,  we have that much more confidence in the relevancy and validity of the Bible,  the Word of God.   Together,  we believe its instruction,  embrace its principles,  and honor its Author."

    "'Community' has been lost in the last few decades.  It wasn't too long ago when one’s extended family,  neighbors,  and church helped raise strong families.  For us here at Lisbon Bible Church,  we still have that community,  a sense of belonging that surpasses the bustle and breakneck speed of today’s postmodern culture."

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