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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join BCI in congratulating Dr. Paul Miller.
Iowa Campers On Mission (COM) recently went to Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton, Iowa. We had nine Iowa COM members in attendance plus two couples from Missouri COM. This was the most Iowa members we have had in several years. Praise the Lord. We couldn’t have done all the work at this church without help from Missouri COM. A big THANK YOU to Missouri COM for lending a hand. Several new light fixtures were installed, a lot of painting to both the parsonage and the church, some soffit repair, and several other tasks. A special thank you to Rick (the good electrician) and Sarah Mott on their first road trip with Iowa COM. As usual, the food and fellowship were great. We also enjoyed games and the pastor’s musical leading during our devotional times. The pastor’s son also performed on the piano for everyone. The next rally will be September 11-15 but we have not committed to a location yet.
Iowa COM does repairs to churches. The church provides the material and allows us to park our campers at your church. Let us know if your church needs help. We enjoy serving the Lord and helping small churches. We possibly could do other dates if necessary. COM information can be found here. If you would like to help with Campers on Mission please contact Denny Davis @ 515-729-9983 or Bev Davis @ 515-729-9982 or email@example.com.
From the times of the early church, believers have pooled their funds in order to expand the preaching of the Gospel in new communities and to relieve suffering. The Cooperative Program is the Southern Baptist program for effectively pooling our resources.
So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. Acts 11:29
There is now an easy exciting new way for you and your church to make contributions through the Cooperative Program. Effective April 1, 2017 you will now be able to make contributions electronically through a new system. Our goal at BCI is to make it easier for churches to make contributions through our State Convention.
Churches in our convention can make Cooperative Program Contributions online at cpcalc.net. It’s extremely easy and we are confident you will love using this new tool!
Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with this new tool and create a profile by following the steps above. If you have any questions or do not have your SBC ID# please contact Mandy Stenberg at MStenberg@BCIowa.org.
We are thankful that NAMB is assisting with the cost of electronic giving through the end of 2017 and all electronic giving will be processed securely through our industry-leading provider Vanco Payment Solutions.
By Tanner Battles,
By Noel Gandy
The New Year has started off with a bang as we celebrate what the Lord is doing in Southwestern Iowa. We met with two sister churches, Calvary Baptist Church in Clarinda and Faith Baptist in Bedford to share in the first baptism for the Christ Point body. A new brother in Christ was baptized on January 29thunder the watch care of this church. God hasn’t stopped there. On February 26th, we had our first baptism in our church building baptizing a new sister in Christ. To God be the Glory! New believers are coming into our fold and their enthusiasm is electric!
January saw a new chapter of this church begin by offering church membership. A prerequisite to joining in the family of God here at Christ Point is to attend a membership information class. We are praising God that 12 individuals came to the meeting, qualified for membership, and between January 29th and February 5th we welcomed 12 charter members into Christ Point. My family was included in that group as well. The church scheduled a second membership class on March 5th with 7 people planning to attend.
March 5th was a special day for another reason. From the day I found out that I would be a dad to a baby girl I have been praying for her salvation. Lucy Beth gave her heart to the Lord on Sunday, February 26th in the presence of myself, her mom, and Grand Myrna. She was baptized this week and was our 3rd baptism in 5 weeks.
The first two months of this year have been busy making preparations for mission teams to come and share in the work here at Christ Point. God has blessed us with many who are interested in helping this ministry as we are still in our infancy. We have many people attending our church with an average of 40 and last week’s attendance around 55. However, we still need the help of Christian men and women and students to reach this area. We realize that only a small fraction of our work can come from within our building and we need help reaching everyone!
God is sending Evergreen Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church of Waynesboro, MS and First Baptist Church of Runnelstown, MS to come work and share a blessing in Shenandoah this summer. We have a need and God is putting everything in place. He is faithful!
If you or your church would like to be involved in any way, we have many ways for you to partner with Christ Point Baptist Church in reaching Southwestern Iowa even if you can’t physically come to Iowa. I would love to talk with you or your church on how we can partner together. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-215-3285.
By Brenda Corey
Pastor Ted Keys and the Members of Community Southern Baptist Church celebrated their 40th Church Anniversary on Friday, February 10, thru Sunday, February 12, 2017. The theme was “Praise the Lord!” with a focus Scripture of Psalm 150: “Praise Him for His mighty acts: Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” CSBC is thankful to God for the mighty acts He has done over the past 40 years. The following speakers provided the Word of God: Elder Johnnie Johnson, pastor of Deliverance Temple COGIC of Waterloo, Iowa, Rev. Robert Knight Jr., pastor of New Birth Church of Ames, Iowa and the current President of the Iowa Baptist Convention, and Rev. Ed Gregory, who is on the staff at Baptist Convention of Iowa with one of his primary duties being to strengthen BCI’s support of churches and their pastors across the state.
Rev. Ted Keys was called by God into the ministry in1975 while attending Antioch Baptist Church. He was very active in the church’s Baptist TrainingUnion (BTU). God used this ministry to prepare him for a greater ministry. It was during this time that God called Rev. Keys to start a church. On February 6, 1977, this calling became a reality and Community BaptistChurch was formed in the basement of the home of Rev. Ted and Sis. Sarah Keys with their children and 5 other members. CSBC moved from the basement to the YMCA at 425 Lafayette Street, Waterloo, in May 1977, and from there to a store front at 617 East 4th Street, Waterloo, where the church opened a clothes closet ministry for people in need.
Rev. Andy Gentry, of the Trinity Southern Baptist Church, led in ordaining Pastor Keys and continued mentoring him. Trinity became our “Mother Church.”
As Rev. Keys, began to participate in the Southern Baptist Convention attending various seminars and training he was guided by the Holy Spirit to join the Convention. On September 10, 1977 CSBC became the first African American church to be voted into the Southern Baptist Convention in the state of Iowa.
As we continued our worship services in the store front on 617 East 4th St., Waterloo, Iowa. God gave Pastor Keys a vision directing him to build our first building. At this time our congregation was small in number and this would not be an easy task, but the Congregation came on one accord to build a building and God was in the plan. In March of 1982 CSBC was blessed to purchase land on Anthony St., in Waterloo, Iowa, and God sent crews from Southern Baptist Churches in North Carolina, to help us with the task of building the church..
In September 1982 we held our first church service in our new building located at 522 Anthony Street. God gave Pastor Keys another vision that we would build three times. In 1990 God directed Pastor to build a new sanctuary and again the congregation came together with a mind to go forward. God sent a crew of 60 members (the Carpenters of Christ) from Atlanta, Georgia, and within three weeks we had worship service in our new sanctuary.
What a mighty God we serve. God blessed us to build the third and final time in 2001. We were blessed to add a fellowship hall, state of the art kitchen, additional offices and nine rooms to be used for Sunday school classes.
As we celebrate all that God has done in the life of Community Southern Baptist Church we know that He has much more for us to do. So we will continue to give God praise and remain vigilant as Nehemiah 6:3 says “We are carrying on a great work and we cannot stop now.”
The conference was held on different weekends in late January and early February in two separate locations. This was designed to maximize the potential of both involvement and impact. The early date was held at Cornerstone Community Church of Chariton, IA on January 27-28. They were excited to partner with the BCI for the 2nd year. Approximately 250 men attended the conference in Chariton with at least 4 men surrendering their lives to Christ in repentance and faith.
The main speakers included Pat Nemmers of Saylorville Church, Todd Stiles of First Family Church, and Casey Bradford of Tabernacle Baptist Church in High Point, NC. Todd Wallace and the worship team from Cornerstone Church of Ankeny led the conference in worship. Paul Robert Miller III also led through drama ministry. Breakout sessions included 4th and Long: in my marriage, in my finances, with my children, with my friends, with anger, and with sexual immorality. There was also a session on how to avoid 4th and Long. Praise God for the many decisions made to trust God on 4th and Long!
In addition, there were clinics held for men with specific interest in activities such as fly-fishing, woodworking, guns and ammo, and BBQ/meat smoking to gather and learn together. Some of those are looking at the possibilities of following up the conference with further gatherings for accountability and/or fellowship. A fly-fishing trip is already in the works and a more detailed wood working group is planned.
Men taking responsibility for following God more closely in leadership at home, in their church, and on the job will more thoroughly bring a godly influence into and throughout their communities. This is the desire of the BCI as we continue to partner with local churches to see his kingdom come, his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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Celebrating with #NewHeights Church today. Worshipping on newly purchased land, soon to start to build. Also baptisms today! @huskergeoff