HAGERSTOWN, Md.—A quarterly conference of the DelMarVa Baptist Fellowship discussed the role of churches as they reach out to members of the military as well as veterans in their communities. Evangel Baptist Church, pastored by Ron Faith, hosted the conference.
Pastor Faith began the conference by talking about what it’s like to be in a deployed location by sharing about his six-month deployment as a military chaplain. Endorsed by Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, Faith serves with the 167th Air National Guard Wing of Martinsburg, West Virginia.
The next session discussed “Understanding the Military Mind-set,” and the final session involved a question-and-answer discussion panel led by Faith. Participating in the panel were (in photo, seated from left) Sarah Faith, Ron Faith’s wife; Jeremy Grove, a recruiter for the Air National Guard; Chris Robbins, retired active Army member and associate pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Hurlock, Maryland; Mark Tylavsky, an Air Force veteran and church planting missionary with Continental Baptist Missions; Ken Kuszmaul, a Wounded Warrior and member of Evangel Baptist Church; and Phil Michael, retired member of the Air Force and the Maryland regional director of Child Evangelism Fellowship.
“It was truly a blessing as well as a challenge as we learned how to be more effective in our ministry to a large yet largely forgotten population within each of our fields of ministry,” says Carl Gibbs, associate pastor of Evangel Baptist Church.