By Mitch Green
Country Roads Baptist Church hosted the Kids Zone of the 2017 Steel on Wheels Car, Bike and Tractor Show in Lenox Iowa on August 12th. We provided pre-cut pinewood derby cars for each kid that signed up. The kids decorated their cars using Sharpies and then the children get to vote for Best of Show for their designs. Aat 1:30 PM, we raced the cars using the Boy Scouts’ track. Trophies were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for speed, and Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions for design. What a great way to hang out, love on kids and sow the gospel in their hearts as we talk about winning the greatest prize of all – faith in Jesus. This year we had 59 kids design and race cars!
Drew Frazer, Navigators – Denver, Colorado
Drew Frazer has been serving as a missionary with the Navigators for the past 17 years. Originally from Clearwater, FL, Drew studied Industrial Design at Georgia Tech and worked for a brief time in the design engineering field in Atlanta. Drew joined the Navigators in the spring of 2000 at West Texas A&M in Amarillo where he served for two years on EDGE Corps. Drew continued on with the Navigators at the University of Northern Iowa for three years. It was there that Drew met his wife Stacy. Once his training was completed at UNI in 2005, Drew and Stacy moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder where they pioneered, built and directed the CU Navigator ministry until the spring of 2014. Drew now serves as the City Director for Nav20s in Denver, a ministry devoted to helping grads and military vets in transition from the Navigator ministries into the “real world”.
In his free time Drew enjoys spending lots of time with his wife, Stacy, and their three kids – Dax, Biz, and Garrett. Drew enjoys camping, off-road driving and building things with his hands. Drew and Stacy are also passionate about reaching this generation of students and young professionals, building them into laborers, and sending them into the entire world to impact the Kingdom of God. They have high hopes of one day serving the Lord overseas and bringing the Gospel to an unreached people group.
Stan Hayek, Anthem Church – University of Missouri
Stan was born and raised on a farm near Tama, IA. He graduated from ISU with a B.S. in Agricultural Business, and from Midwestern Seminary with a M.A. in Theological Studies. Stan came to know Jesus in high school and was highly influenced in college by the Salt Company. He married his beautiful wife Sarah in 2009 and they have four amazing daughters, Danica, Hannah, Talitha, and Janessa. He loves sports, the outdoors (especially hunting), and spending time with his girls. Stan is currently the Lead Pastor at Anthem Church in Columbia, MO.
Ruben Nkata, National Pastor – Malawi, Africa
Ruben has been the key pastor and church planter in Malawi, Africa for a number of years.
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The Baptist Convention of Iowa is excited to announce a ministry partnership with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Brotherhood Mutual provides high-quality insurance protection and risk management services and works exclusively with churches and related ministries.
When churches practice good risk management, they provide a safer place for their members to worship, resulting in few losses. When that happens, Brotherhood Mutual gives our denominational office a Safe Ministry Reward payment. The ministry partner program does not affect insurance premiums, but it does help our denomination when member churches and ministries manage their risks well.
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company® is one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches and ministries. In business since 1917, Brotherhood Mutual provides property, liability, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, mission travel insurance, and payroll services* to ministries throughout the United States, including:
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You can find more information about Brotherhood Mutual and the many risk management services that the company offers at www.brotherhoodmutual.com, or you can contact our agency American Church Group of Iowa at 515-371-6530.
By Cody Hinton, Lead Pastor, Paragon Church – Grinnell
A blistering 2015 April day in the heart of Tampa, Florida—two men in cushy stadium seats sat in a church big enough to call itself a city. Both feeling the call from God, they dreamed of planting a church in Iowa. This dream that was sparked began to spread and grow. A few months later, a church in Indianola, Iowa , began rallying behind these same two men as God led this church and these men to plan their first church plant. A year after that, one of those men, a friend from Alabama, their wives and their children moved into their new homes in Grinnell, Iowa. With great hopes for the future of what would become Paragon Church, they surfaced for the first time since a conversation about a dream became a reality. The reality was they had been given a passion: a passion for a city. A passion for a church. A church for Grinnell.
Within a few days of moving to their new homes in the summer of 2016, these two families were on the streets helping runners as they finished the 5k run portion of Grinnell Games. Soon they were immersed in helping the city with block parties, family events, and community festivities. Whole-heartedly engaging with the Chamber of Commerce, they rapidly and fully became a part of the community: Visible. Loving. For the City.
In September 2016, they launched and became the family now called Paragon Church. As Paragon Church, they have only strengthened this passion to be for the city. Being for the city means being where the city is: gathering where the city gathers, caring for what the city cares for, hurting for what hurts the city. This small body of believers inserts itself into the life of the community by volunteering and helping wherever they can. Paragon seeks out needs and finds ways to meet these needs. Of particular note was Easter 2017. While the community has numerous events throughout the year, they did not have a community event for Easter. Inspired, Paragon filled that need by providing what they called “This is Easter.” With the help of partner churches and the Baptist Convention of Iowa, Paragon was able to provide a free and public event for the city. Over 300 people enjoyed family activities including sack races, juggling, face painting, food, a photo booth and, of course, an egg hunt. The city’s response was overwhelmingly positive, and people couldn’t believe the generosity and inclusion offered by Paragon Church and its supporters.
As the relationship with the city grew, the city started bringing needs to Paragon Church, asking for help. When the plans for a community breakfast at this year’s Grinnell Games fell through, Paragon stepped in and made it happen. Along with the breakfast, Paragon co-hosted a community worship service which over 200 people attended. Paragon continues to be a presence within the community.
Paragon Church looks forward to being a church For Grinnell for many years to come. Through partnerships with supportive churches and the Baptist Convention of Iowa, they will continue to crave for the realization of a dream that started with just two men—a dream that doesn’t end with Grinnell, but a dream for other cities. A dream for all of Iowa. A dream for the world. At first the dream of a church plant, but now a strong part of a dream for the Kingdom.
By Pastor Noel Gandy
In April, we celebrated one year of moving to Iowa. The first year of ministry here has been a whirlwind! We arrived in Iowa on April 24, 2016 and the wheels have been turning ever since. It has been with the wonderful help and support from many individuals, churches and our home association that the tasks the Lord has charged us with have been accomplished.
I’m thankful that we surrendered to the call to plant Christ Point Baptist Church here in Shenandoah. In studying Jonah, I have realized that God’s purpose was accomplished through Jonah in spite of him running from the Lord. I am thankful that it didn’t take being swallowed by a whale to get us to Iowa! This has truly been one of the best years of my life. Seeing God move in a supernatural way is a joy that cannot be explained!
Many know I injured my back in April. Through physical therapy, medication, and prayer I am almost fully recovered. Thank you to those who spent time praying for me. I’d also like to thank my parents for making the 1800 mile round trip to help my family while I was out of commission.
We celebrated our first Easter Sunday at Christ Point in April with 67 in attendance. It was an amazing service, one of the best I have ever attended!
In March and April, we began planning for summer outreach/missions. We worked with the town of Farragut to be allowed to share the Gospel there, so we placed a team from Calvary Baptist Church in Waynesboro, MS there to go door to door and have a family picnic in the park. Many more tasks are lined up to take place this summer as July and August are full of teams traveling to Shen to minister. These teams are: FBC Runnelstown, Evergreen Baptist Church, Liberty Baptist Church Waynesboro, Trinity First Baptist Church Beat Four, and Miller County Baptist Association Missouri. Some of the projects these teams will be participating in are: church building improvements and maintenance, Independence Day outreach, and Vacation Bible School.
During the spring, our church family studied Ephesians 6 and the Armor of God. We felt God was leading our church to offer this study to children. On May 24th, we began Kids Crusade: The Armor of God. For six weeks on Wednesday nights, we feed the children dinner, and have a service dedicated just to them including music, skits, funny videos, games, a lesson on a piece of the armor, and small group time. We average 25 children a week with this week being our last.
Would you please help us pray for our outreach opportunities on July 4th? We will be in the town parade promoting VBS, and we will be involved in many community events that day in hopes to share about Christ Point and the Gospel.
Thank you and until next time.
“For we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
By Ryan Jorgenson, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
God has done great work at Harvest Bible Chapel in the Grimes, IA area July 19-23 as they held their new VBS version called High Five. They saw attendance from last year nearly double with 110 kids attending and a record 54 adults and 6 teenagers volunteer! $786 was raised by the kids to send 2 Iowa youth to FCA Camp later this summer as a part of the week’s endeavors. Most importantly, 6 children made decisions to follow Jesus Christ for the first time!
Drawing local Dallas Center-Grimes High School football and soccer coaches as well as a former professional football player to help provide excellent coaching, the camp offered electives kids could choose from during the week: football, soccer, basketball, music and cooking. Harvest prays the children who came to Christ would grow deeper in their reconciled relationship with Jesus, believing kids’ faith would grow stronger than before and families of kids who attended who are considering spiritual matters will attend church services and God meet them where they’re at.
To learn more about Harvest Bible Chapel, visit harvestdesmoines.org
Crest Baptist Church is excited to announce the call of Neal McRae as Associate Pastor as of June 1. Pastor Chuck Spindler commented, “In the 50+ years of Crest’s ministry, this is the first time a second full-time staff member has served here. It is exciting to see how God has been moving and growing us to this point, and I believe that Neal will be an exceptional co-laborer.” McRae will become the Director of the Light Company that has a presence on the Southwestern Community College campus and work with the youth at Crest. “Through our interviews and visits with Neal, it was obvious that God has been directing us to a man who has the same passions that we have, and a heart to make disciples,” Spindler added.
McRae is a May graduate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth, Texas, with a Master of Divinity (MDiv). He has had a broad exposure to ministry throughout his life and sensed a call to ministry while in high school as his family served on the mission field. While in college at New Mexico State University, he served as a youth ministry intern at Calvary Baptist in Las Cruces, New Mexico and in the Baptist Student Union at NMSU. During his seminary training, he was an active volunteer at Hope Church in Ft. Worth. Through these experiences, McRae has developed a heart for discipleship, following the Biblical model of multiplication. He has been married six years to Bethany, who is a native of New Mexico. She has a degree in education from New Mexico State University. “We’re excited about what God is doing in Creston and we can’t wait to be a part of it,” said McRae.
Neal is the son of Chris and Sue McRae, who serve alongside us through the Baptist Convention of Iowa.
Crest is: Committed to Christ; Connected to Each Other; Commissioned to Serve our Community and World
Pastor Paul Miller, Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church of Chariton graduated on December 17, 2016 earning a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a specialization in expository preaching from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Miller earned his B.S degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Miller’s doctoral project was entitled “Equipping Selected Leaders at Cornerstone Community Church, Chariton Iowa, with Essential Competencies to Lead Sermon-Based Small Groups.” Dr. Miller developed a workshop curriculum as the product of his research and then used the curriculum to equip selected small group leaders in a full-day workshop setting.
Dr. Miller and his wife Brandy have 5 children ages six to eighteen. God called his family to Iowa in 2013 after he had served as Student Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Newborn, GA since 2002. Ed Gregory, Pastor / Church Support Staff for the BCI served as field mentor for Dr. Miller’s project. Dr. Miller gives all glory to Jesus Christ for his accomplishments and dedicated his project report to his family for their relentless encouragement from beginning to end. Sermon-based small groups are the norm for Cornerstone’s Life-Group Ministry providing a way for the faith family to answer 2 questions each week: i. What is God saying to me? ii. What am I going to do about it? For more information about sermon-based small group ministry, feel free to contact Pastor Paul at email@example.com. Please join BCI in congratulating Dr. Paul Miller.
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