ANKENY, Iowa—Ankeny Baptist Church has installed Jason Blunk as pastor. Jason has a long-standing relationship with Ankeny Baptist Church, having attended and served there throughout his childhood and adult years.
Participating in Jason’s installation service July 24 were David Strope, interim national representative of the GARBC; Pat Odle, president of Baptist Mid-Missions, and Norman Hoag, former pastor of Ankeny Baptist.
All three men, who previously served at Ankeny Baptist Church, have been instrumental in Jason’s life. Norman was Jason’s pastor when Jason was growing up, Pat was Jason’s youth pastor, and David was Jason’s pastor and mentored him when Jason was the assistant pastor at Ankeny Baptist. Before accepting the pastorate, Jason was assistant pastor since 2009, serving primarily in youth and preaching ministries.
On the two Sundays after the installation service, the church invited David Strope back to speak. He presented Regular Baptist Ministries and preached on “Semper Reformanda: Always Reforming” and “A Life Not Wasted.” David’s wife, Debbie, also shared an extended testimony of God’s care and leadership for her and David as he transitioned from pastoral ministry to service as interim national representative.