Who Am I?

My name is Jared Sparks. I am a Christian, husband, father, friend, and pastor. I have been married to my wife Jordan since 2010. We have two sons Ransom and Valor. I have been in pastoral ministry for ten years and God has given me opportunities to serve as a Church Planter, Campus Pastor of a mega-church, Associate Pastor at a traditional church, a Biblical Counselor at a counseling center, and now as a Pastor at Christ Church in Carbondale Il. Christ Church is a member of NAMB and the Sojourn Network.

I hold to the 1689 London Baptist Confession.

The Shepherd’s Crook

I started the Shepherd’s Crook (501c3) because I love Jesus and I love pastors. In 2 Tim. 2:8 old pastor Paul tells young pastor Timothy to “Remember Jesus Christ.” I mean did Timothy forget? Why did Paul remind a pastor about Jesus? In all the ministry/church planting hoopla that is out there today, there seems to be few voices who call people to “Remember Jesus Christ.” Well that’s the point of The Shepherd’s Crook. That’s it! I want to come alongside you, as the Chief Shepherd pulls us in, and I want to remind you and myself of Jesus Christ. Do you need care? Do you need counsel? Do you need help understanding Pastoral ministry? Let’s come to Jesus together.

Board Members

Jared Sparks: Pastor at Christ Church Carbondale

Mark Goldman: Pastor of Herrin Illinois FBC

Andy Claud: Pastor at Christ Church Carbondale 

Joseph Hawkins: Pastor at Anna First Christian Church  



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