“Our heart’s desire is to see our community, including its
leaders, acknowledge Christ as Lord. Ultimately, that is why we
elected to do this event. So when we applied for the permit to
pray publicly, . . . they were happy to have ‘the Baptist church’
come and pray again.”
Horseheads, New York
Young people from across the state of New York attended the
annual Youth Seminars organized by the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. Each year over 1,200 young
people attend the Friday and Saturday seminars, which are held
in four locations.
Students chose one of four locations in which to meet: Tabernacle Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie, First Baptist Church
in Horseheads, Calvary Baptist Church in Norwich, and First
Baptist Church in Marilla. Each location featured its own main
speaker, including Mel Walker, a Regular Baptist Press author
who spoke in Marilla.
Nine practical workshops addressed the theme “Legit: True
Friendship,” which included “Choosing and Losing Friends,”
“You Go First,” and “My Friends and I Make Each Other
The goal of the Youth Seminars is to inspire, encourage, and
challenge students in grades six through 12 toward Christian
growth through relevant worship, great fellowship, and Biblical
Young people attend the Youth Seminars in New York.
Windsor, New York
Staff and members of New York churches met at West Windsor Baptist Church for the Empire State Fellowship of Regular
Baptist Churches’ Spring Conference.
Dr. Ken Davis, director of church planting at Baptist Bible
Seminary, spoke on “What Every Church Needs to Know about
Church Planting.” He shared helpful Bible messages accented by
testimonies from church planters involved in Project Jerusalem,
a ministry of BBS that has planted nine churches in less than 15
years, including one church that is a plant of one of the others.
Davis is a contributing writer in The Pastor: A Guide for God’s
Faithful Servant (Regular Baptist Press) and coauthor of The
Y-B-H ( Yes, But How?) Handbook of Church Planting. His statistics and lists of practical ways to be a part of church planting
“greatly inspired the crowd over the two days,” says Pastor Brian
King of West Windsor Baptist.
Emmanuel Baptist Church has said farewell to a mainstay
in its church office. Secretary Marcia Stover has retired after
serving with six pastors and two interim pastors over 40 years. In
addition to her job as secretary, Marcia has been a soprano soloist, sang in the annual Christmas musicals, and taught Sunday
School in the junior department.
Marcia learned a lot about ministry in her various roles, says
Jenifer Christianaase. “She learned that preferences aren’t doc-
trine. Traditions have changed, especially in music, but doctrine
hasn’t changed. ‘Don’t get embedded in traditions!’ she cautions.”
Pastor Duke Crawford presented to Marcia a bouquet of flow-
ers, along with notes and cards from former staff members. The
congregation also paid for her and her husband to visit the Holy
Land when the church family takes a tour in February 2015.
Emmanuel Baptist Church wishes Marcia happiness and
blessings. Jenifer says, “Her class and charm, her loyalty, and her
excellence will be hard to replace!”
Secretary Marcia Stover retires from Emmanuel Baptist, Toledo.
Boardman Baptist Church will soon enjoy an expanded facility, thanks to the generosity of its members and the ministry of
Baptist Church Planters.
Construction started in June 2013 to build a new sanctuary,
offices, and choir room, and is expected to be completed this
Boardman Baptist Church saw the need for facility
West Windsor Baptist, Windsor, N.Y., hosts the Empire State
Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches’ Spring Conference.