Hank Fulk was named lead pastor of Liberty Church in July 2021, and he has blessed our congregation tremendously in this role. We talked with Pastor Hank about his family, dreams, hobbies and favorites, and we hope you enjoy learning a little more about him!
Tell us about your family.
Marie and I will be married for 11 years on June 18. We have four kiddos: Amelia (Millie), Johnny, Athalie, and Rosalie.
What are your greatest hopes for your ministry with Liberty Church?
This is an interesting question and one that I’ve been asked numerous times. We would love to see the community impacted by the gospel of Jesus. We want to see disciples made. We want to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We want to see Jesus as the main character in this story we call life. Whether we increase or decrease, we always want to be making much of God, focused primarily on Him and then everything else. Of course, we always want to increase because more people means more souls focused on His Kingdom!
Tell us one of your favorite memories at Liberty Church so far.
We love every Sunday gathering, but it was very special to be ordained into the church as the lead pastor.
The congregation has been so supportive and loving toward our family that we have been overwhelmed by their love and generosity. Liberty loves Jesus, and it shows by how much they serve God and people.
What’s your favorite worship song?
It is very difficult to pick one! Many know that I’m quite fond of hymns. Modern hymns are spectacular. I really like Be Thou My Vision (particularly the third verse). Runners up are Is He Worthy by Andrew Peterson and Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor by Matt Boswell.
This is difficult, too, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be Philippians 3:8-10:
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”
Again, hard to pick just one! If I had to, I suppose I would say The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
What are you currently reading?
I love to read. Currently, it’s A Dozen Things God Did with Your Sin By Sam Storms, and What We Believe by R.C. Sproul. I love to read the sermons of Charles Spurgeon. There’s usually some C.S. Lewis sprinkled in there, the occasional fiction novel, and of course the Word of God.
Here are three:
- “Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior” – John Newton
- “I have learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages” – Charles Spurgeon
- “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
Where are you most likely to be found when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, playing music, playing card games and board games. Marie and the kiddos love to explore new places and are always hiking or on some new adventure. We love to go on trips together. And I’m usually drinking coffee.
Is there anything else you’d like our church family to know?
My family and I exist to glorify God, to serve Him, and to know and love Him more and more each day. It’s grace that has brought us safe thus far, and grace is leading us home. God has been gracious to us, and it’s a grace to call Him Lord. We are blessed beyond measure with the opportunity to serve the people of Liberty Church, the community of Du Quoin as well as other areas of Southern Illinois.