Jacob Vollm, Pastor
I was born March 3, 1985, in Alexandria, LA. I grew up in Colfax, LA a small rural town where I grew to love the outdoors. Not long after graduating high school, I married my high school sweetheart, Hannah in 2004. God has blessed us with three wonderful blessings: Dawson, Eli, and Bella. I enjoy my time reading, watching football, playing basketball, hunting, fishing, and love spending time with my family outdoors
My testimony is different than most people’s. I was baptized twice before I was born again. I heard the gospel many times but never truly recognized my need for a Savior. It wasn’t until I was of the age 13 that God opened my heart to see the glorious gospel of Christ. For the first time in my life, I knew I sinned against a holy God and there was nothing that I could do. I believed that Jesus died for my sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead, and he would one day come again to judge the living and the dead. And at that moment, I cried out to him and asked him to save me. At that time, I was rescued by Christ but never had anyone disciple me.
It wasn’t until I was 22 years of age when I was sitting under the exposition of God’s word that I realized I was not following Jesus as I should have. Yes, I felt conviction whenever I was sinning and would ask for forgiveness but I never had someone pour into me. I thought from seeing other individuals who called themselves Christians that you didn’t have to take your walk with Christ seriously until that morning sitting under God’s word. That entire day I was broken over the life I had been living and knew that I trusted in God’s saving grace when I was 13 but I was living a life contradicting to Scripture. I cried out to the Lord Jesus in repentance and asked Him to send someone to disciple me. Three days, later the pastor of the church where I was going called me and asked if he could start spending time with me to discuss God’s word together. In April 2010, as I was reading the Scriptures from Romans 12, I was convinced of God’s calling on my life to ministry. I just didn’t know what that calling was unit God used his church and other close pastors in my life that help me fan into the flame the gift God gave me.
So, in the fall of 2011, I began preparation for ministry. I obtained an Associate of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Louisiana College (May 2014), a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (December 2019), and a Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Expository Preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (May 2023). I have dedicated my ministry to expository preaching, disciplining other men, and shepherding and loving God’s people.
In March 2020, I answered the call as Pastor of Grace Memorial Baptist Church. One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Romans 12:1, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” When life is challenging and hard I remember the call He placed on my life in view of God’s mercies I received, then I press on to strive to live a life in worship to Him.
Zane Lynn, Minister of Music
Zane is originally from Winfield, Alabama. He is married to Carmen Lynn and they have a son named Ellis. Zane holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from MUW in Columbus, MS and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He is currently working on his Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. Zane is also the Choral Director and a music instructor at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport, MS.
Zane is passionate about leading worship that enables God’s people to respond to him and equips and encourages the Body of Christ.
Mike Fondren, Student and Family Minister
Mike grew up in Caledonia, MS. His Granddad, Rev. James A. Fondren, and Dad, Rev. Michael J. Fondren, Sr., were both Southern Baptist Pastors for many years. Mike has been a member of Grace Memorial for 14 years along with his wife Ty. They have 3 children, Raegan, Will, and Samantha. In June of 2021, Mike began serving as the Minister of Students and Families here at Grace Memorial. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film Production from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently working toward furthering his education in Christian Studies.