Our Pastor

Pastor Al Romes has served as Senior Pastor of the St.
Mark Community Church of Jacksonville since September
2004.  He is  a native of Arkansas, born and raised in the
Dixie Addition of North Little Rock.  He was a resident of the
state of California from 1960 until January 1999.  He
returned to Arkansas in February of 1999 to join the staff
at St. Mark Baptist Church as the Assistant Pastor.  

Pastor Romes has been married for 32 years, to the former
Beverly Jo Goodspeed of San Francisco, CA.  He has four  
children: two sons, a stepson and a daughter.  God has
enabled Pastor Romes to serve in many areas of ministry
at different levels.  He values his ministry at each of the
churches where he has served: from Usher to Deacon to
Minister to Senior Pastor.  To God be the glory!!

“Now unto him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that
is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and
in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever
and ever! Amen”.     
Eph. 3:20-21 (NIV)
Additional background information Ministry Experience:

Licensed:        December 16, 1990, Trinity Baptist Church, San Mateo
Ordained:        December 12, 1993, Pilgrim Baptist Church, San Mateo

St. Mark Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR:  Bishop Steven M. Arnold, Pastor
Served as Assistant pastor February 1999 – September 2004
Responsibilities included:  Men’s Ministry, Deacons Training, Associate Minister’s Training,
Associate Minister’s Revival and Pre-Marital Counseling.  Involved in Foreign Mission Trips, Board of Christian
Education, Introduced and facilitated MasterLife Study, Instructor Roddy E. Collins School of Ministry

Community Church of East Palo Alto, CA:  
Served as Pastor from September 1996-February 1999
Responsibilities included general Pastoral Duties; Pre-Marital Counseling; Established Bible Study Groups,
Deacons Training, Jail Ministry.  Worked with San Mateo Community Organizing Project (SMCOP)

Pilgrim Baptist Church:  Dr. Larry W. Ellis, Pastor
August 1991-August 1996
Served as Associate Pastor (last 2 ½ years)
Responsibilities included:  Director of Christian Education, Home Bible Study Leader, Young Adult Sunday School
Teacher, Spiritual Advisor for Young Adult Ministry, Leader of “Sunday Night Live” ministry, and Church
coordinator with the San Mateo Community Organizing Project (SMCOP) for community activism

Trinity Baptist Church:  Dr. Arthur L. Jarrett, Pastor
July 1982-August 1991
Served as Adult Men’s Sunday School Teacher, Home Bible Study Teacher, Men’s Fellowship.  Was a member of
Christian Education Board; Ordained as Deacon in July 1986, later served as Chairman of Joint Board.  
Development and taught five-day Deacon’s training course, developed and taught several seminars on Christian

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, CA
Southern Marin Bible Institute, Marin City, CA
Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR
Scipio A. Jones High School, North Little Rock, AR

Other Christian Experience:
  • Instructor, MasterLife - Discipleship series, Greater Calvary Hill Baptist Church, Daly City, CA (1997 - 1998)
  • Instructor, Church History, Calif. State Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education (April 1996)
  • Developed and taught seminar on Christian Leadership for Bay Area Baptist District Association (BABDA),
    San Francisco, Congress of Christian Education
  • 1st Vice President, BABDA Laymen=s Division (1986-1990)
  • Vice President, BABDA Congress of Christian Education (July 1993 - 1996)
  • BABDA speaker at Five State Workshop in Phoenix, AZ
  • Keynote speaker for Laymen=s Division at California State Baptist Convention in 1989

Work Experience:

County of San Mateo, Redwood City, CA, 11/83 - 11/93
Deputy Director, Information Systems

Fidelity Savings and Loan (Citicorp), Oakland, CA - 3/80 - 4/83
Vice President, Management Information Systems

Burlington Northern Airfreight, Newport Beach, CA, 1/78 - 3/80
Manager, Technical Support Services

Ralph's Grocery, Los Angeles, CA, 6/76 - 1/78
Senior Systems Programmer

Carter-Hawley Hale, Los Angeles, CA, 10/71 - 6/76
Computer Center Manager
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