TUCSON, Ariz.—The Arizona Association of Regular Baptist Churches met for its annual conference at Sahuaro Baptist Church. Nathan Mestler, who is president of International Baptist College and Seminary and an Air National Guard chaplain, spoke from the Gospel of Mark on “Portraits of Discipleship.”

“Ministry is certainly a little different out here in the West, but we serve the same great God, Who is still building His church,” says Dave Swope, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Mesa, Arizona.

“Encouragement, enrichment, and fellowship are essential for believers,” Swope says, and the AARBC values opportunities like its annual conference “to work together to strengthen and encourage Regular Baptist churches in Arizona.” He continues, “God is working through and blessing the ministries in Arizona.”