Pastor Tester was born on December 3, 1966 & grew up in the area of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was saved at the age of 18. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force & was honorably discharged. While serving in the military, he met the love of his life, Tammy Burwell, & they were married at the Calvary Road Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland. After being discharged in 1989, he attended Hyles Anderson College. In 1996, he attended Texas Baptist College & there he received a degree in Bible/Pastoral Theology.
Pastor Tester spent 11 years on staff at Calvary Road Baptist Church as an Assistant/Associate Pastor. He has also served for many years as Bus Director & Youth Pastor. He served under Dr. Bob Gray Senior, in Longview, Texas, performing the duties of an Assistant Pastor & College Recruiter. In addition, he also taught several classes at Texas Baptist College.
In 2003, Pastor Tester was sent out of Longview Baptist Temple to establish a local New Testament Church in the Greensboro, North Carolina area.
Pastor Tester & his wife have two daughters, Emily and Lauren.
Emily was born on September 3, 1992 & is now serving at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Longview, TX.
Lauren was born on January 25, 1996. She & her husband Jose are in the process of moving to Oklahoma City, OK to serve at Maranatha Baptist Church of Bethany, OK.
Both daughters graduated from Texas Independent Baptist Seminary in May of 2019.