My name is Zack Meaders Guess. I was born on April 18, 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee. My parents, E. A. M. Guess and Eunice Rushing Guess, were very dedicated Christians and Primitive Baptists.
I made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus and was baptized into the fellowship of Morris Memorial Church, Memphis, Tennessee on July 18, 1954. The man who baptized me was my pastor, a very sweet preacher, Elder E. C. Holder. I began to be uncommonly interested in the welfare of the church soon after I joined. I felt a great desire to encourage and exhort the brethren. The man who actually discovered my preaching gift and encouraged me in it was a Spirit-filled deacon, who would later become my father-in-law, Brother A. C. Machiavello. I came under the influence of a very devout and godly minister of the gospel, Elder Hassell Wallis. He set a very good example and gave me wise counsel. Under his leadership I was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry at Whitehaven Church, Memphis, Tennessee. Two other men were ordained with me, Elder Bobby Poe and Elder James Allen Rushing. The date of the ordination was April 9, 1967. The first church I pastored was Pine Hill Church at Ripley, Mississippi. I left there after a few years to pastor Whitehaven Church in Memphis.
I was married on August 23, 1969, to a precious woman who has turned out to be a virtuous woman and an ideal preacher’s wife, Judy Carol Machiavello. The Lord has graciously blessed us with twelve dear children, one of whom died in infancy. I have been blessed to baptize all of my living children.
After I left Whitehaven Church, I moved to Clinton, Kentucky, where the Lord used me to establish Trinity Chapel Church (Now named Clinton Primitive Baptist. I was in Kentucky for three years. After this I moved back to Memphis and became pastor of Grace Chapel Church, where I have been blessed to labor for almost forty years.
I have been blessed to spend most of my time in the ministry. I had intended to be a college professor of history, and have, in fact, taught history at the University of Memphis. However, after I received my Master of Arts degree, I lost interest in history, as the Bible became more and more important to me. I thank God for a wife and family who have been willing to sacrifice so that I could spend my time in the ministry.
While in undergraduate school at the University of Memphis I took eighteen semester hours of New Testament Greek which has been of inestimable value to me in my study of the Bible.
In the year 2000 the Lord opened the door for me to be able to preach the gospel in several foreign nations. I have been to India 12 times, 2 times to the Philippines, 3 times to Siberia, 1 time to Malaysia, 1 time to Australia, and 1 time to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
It has been a great blessing to me to participate in the ordination of two of my sons, Isaac and Timothy, to the work of the gospel ministry.
Truly, our gracious Lord has blessed me beyond all measure and I can fully witness with what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:8, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ…”