Once in Mineral Wells, Payne and his family started atending Indian Creek Baptist Church, where Payne said he really started to feel pulled toward the ministry.
“People always say ‘You’re called to the ministry.’ Well, I look at it a little different,” he said. “We’re all called to be saints and be set apart from the world; to be different from the world. It was the desire of God that he placed on my heart to go into the ministry. And that’s kind of how I look at it.
That desire started getting real strong at Indian Creek.”
Payne said one of his biggest mentors at Indian Creek was the minister of music. So, when it came time to move his family to their current church home at Northside Baptist, Payne became a worship pastor, playing guitar and singing with his family in front of the entire congregation every Sunday. It’s a job he said he never imagined he could do in the past, as he was always a very shy and almost anti-social person.
But now, with his wife of 20 years and his three kids all involved in the praise band, Payne said it is an answer to prayer.
“If you’d known me 15 years ago, you’d have never thought that I could do that,” he said. “Even my mom said people wouldn’t believe that I could stand up in front of people with a guitar and sing. I have to pray every time before I get up there, because I can’t do it by myself. I can’t do anything without Christ. That’s something I’ve really come to know. Without Him, I’m nothing.”
Payne soon found a new mentor at Northside in Pastor Paul Harris. Payne said Harris helped feed his desire for ministry, as they discussed his spiritual journey going all the way back to his days in Red Oak.