Interview with Gretchen Fant :: Dwelling Richly

Dwelling Richly Series

Welcome to the 8th interview in our Dwelling Richly series!

I have the absolute privilege of meeting other servants in church ministry. Sometimes I get to not only meet someone, but spend extra time listening and learning from their experiences.

One of these servants is Gretchen Fant. Gretchen is a pastor’s wife, mom to 5 grown children, and grandma to 8 adorable kiddos. One of the ministries Gretchen has is to host a monthly prayer meeting for area ministry wives. Although I’m not exactly local, I love making time to attend these valuable and encouraging meetups. During my brainstorming sessions for this series, I knew I wanted her to be a part because of her practical, “tell it like it is” approach. May you be edified and drawn closer to God & His Word through this interview!


What's your regular routine for Bible study-

I always pray first, because I think prayer is harder than Bible study. I try to remember to always pray for God to open my eyes to His truth (Ps. 119:18), and then I commit to Him that whatever He shows me I will believe and obey.


How do you personally cultivate a desire to be in the Word-

I read daily even if I don’t feel like it. If you don’t discipline yourself to read every day, it will get easier to stay away from the Word, and you will lose your desire for it.


What has been your driest time spiritually and how did you overcome that period-

Being in school under a lot of pressure made it very difficult for me to maintain a desire to meet with the Lord. I never could figure out how to overcome that, other than to continue to read regularly even when I didn’t want to.

Another difficult time was when I had an infant. So when I got up in the middle of the night to nurse I would try to read or meditate on Scripture.


Are there any non-essentials that you love to have during your study time

I always have my computer open, and if a passage comes alive to me I write down everything I can learn about that passage.


What resources have influenced you the most in giving you a desire and tools for dwelling in the Word-

Precept materials have given me a love for the Word like I have never had before. I especially love the Precept Upon Precept Bible studies and the New Inductive Study Series. I use Accordance software, which includes the Bible Knowledge Commentary (BK). BK Commentary is a huge help with difficult passages.


Is there a favorite Bible study method you use-

I like to study inductively. Before studying a passage I try to read the entire book a few times. I love to do block outlining and word studies on passages. After I have studied, then I will look at helps such as the BK commentary and others.


How did you make time for Bible study when your children were little-

I would always try to get up before them. I tend to be very scheduled, so I had regular nap times for my children. If I couldn’t read in the morning, I would try during their naps. I almost never watch TV, I think too much TV tends to take away my desire to spend time in the Word.


How did you encourage a love for God's Word in your children- Did you have a method for helping them learn how to study for themselves-

I didn’t learn how to study the Bible for myself until my children were all older, so I was not able to teach them how to do it. If parents want to instill a love for God’s Word in their children, the best thing they can do is develop a love for the Word themselves. But they can’t keep what they are learning to themselves!

They should talk about it, relate it to the circumstances in life, etc.—just as God instructs in Deut 18:11-20. Children instinctively know what their parents value in life, and often they will adopt the same values without even realizing it.


gretchen fant

Gretchen Fant is the wife of Dr. Marshall Fant, III, pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC. They have five children and eight grandchildren. In her spare time Gretchen enjoys baking, home decorating, sewing and smocking. She has a Bachelor’s degree in French and a Master’s degree in Education.  Gretchen teaches ladies’ Bible studies and serves in the counseling ministry at Harvest Baptist.


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