Brother Catlin was born in Alma, Michigan on October 10, 1946 to Mr. & Mrs. John H. Catlin. While in elementary school, his parents answered the call of God to full time service and his father became a church planting missionary with Hiawatha Land Independent Baptist Missions, (now known as Continental Baptist Missions) He spent his teen years in Curtis, Michigan where his father pastored Curtis Baptist Church. He accepted Christ as his Savior after an evening chapel service while attending Summer Bible Camp as a 16 year old teen.
After graduation from high school, Brother Catlin satisfied his military obligation with service in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge from the military, he came to Tampa, Florida to visit some friends and while in Tampa, applied to become a police officer with the Tampa Police Department and was hired after a few weeks. Shortly after being hired by the Tampa Police Department he met his future wife, Sandra. They were married on September 6, 1968. Brother Catlin and his wife have one son, John and daughter in law Erika, and three grandchildren, Julia, Haley and Jack
He has said his role model in life was his father, who never had to chance to hear him preach as his father went home to be with the Lord in January of 1972, but his mother Elaine was very supportive and encouraging to him until she went home to be with the Lord in 2003.Prior to founding Harmony Baptist Church, Brother Catlin and his family was active in Good Shepherd Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Board, taught Sunday School, served as music and choir director for several years, it was during this time that the Lord began to deal with him about full time ministry and after surrendering to whatever the Lord wanted him to do, the Lord called Brother Catlin to Preach in 1992 and he was ordained in April of that year.
From March of 1994 until June of 2000, Pastor Catlin held down a full time job with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and also pastored Harmony Baptist Church. But in June of 2000 after 32 years in law enforcement Brother Catlin retired to become a fulltime pastor
Brother Catlin’s life verse is Philippians 2:16: “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
We were introduced to BPS in 1965 by Dr. Don Fraser, the man responsible for restoring the scriptural principle of Local Church Bible Publishing. He called it “Scripturally publishing Scripture”.
So for 50 years now we have been actively involved in presenting this ministry.
26 of those years my wife and I and 7 of our children traveled in an evangelistic ministry all across the U.S., Mexico and Canada and I had the privilege of introducing this Biblical concept in every Church we preached in.
Pastor Catlin and his associate, Steve Brady, our son, 8 years ago, asked us to pray about starting a BPS ministry here at Harmony Baptist Church in Plant City, Fl.. which is now, by the Grace of God, actively in operation.
It is our goal to get a portion of God’s Word into every hand and heart according to God’s Great Command.
We cannot rest and we cannot stop until we present the gospel “By The Scriptures To All The Nations”. Rom. 16:26