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Association Updates: July 2012

2012–2013 Council of Eighteen Elected

The Council of Eighteen, elected by church representatives at the annual GARBC Conference, provides wise leadership for the association.

Officers of the 2012–2013 council are Chairman Bernie Augsburger, Illinois-Missouri Association of Regular Baptist Churches representative, Washington, Ill.; Vice-Chairman Ken Floyd, Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches representative; and Secretary Pastor David Strope of Ankeny Baptist Church, Ankeny, Iowa.

Additional council members are Pastor Tom Alexander, First Baptist Church, Wellington, Ohio; Pastor Bryan Augsburger, First Baptist Church, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Pastor Mike Augsburger, Willow Creek Baptist Church, West Des Moines, Iowa; Pastor Sam Farlow, Westwood Baptist Church, Fresno, Calif.; Pastor J. Wayne Hart, Maranatha Baptist Church, Grimes, Iowa; Pastor Will Hatfield, CrossRoad Baptist Church, Ames, Iowa; Pastor Mike Hess, Calvary Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Bill Jenkin III, president of Continental Baptist Missions, Rockford, Mich.; Pastor Craig Johnson, Indianola Regular Baptist Church, Indianola, Iowa; Pastor J. O. Purcell, Tri County Baptist Church, The Villages, Fla.; Pastor John Sauser, Harvest Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Iowa; Pastor Don Shirk, Grace Baptist Church, Batavia, N.Y.; Pastor Ken Spink, Berea Baptist Church, Berea, Ohio; Pastor Bruce Thompson, Bethel Baptist Church, Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Pastor Gerald Webber, Maranatha Baptist Church, Sebring, Fla.

The council welcomes your input. Please pray for these godly leaders as they represent and serve churches in the GARBC and give oversight to association matters.

2012 GARBC Conference Attendees—Win Free 2013 Registration!
Thanks to those who attended the 2012 GARBC Conference in Clarks Summit, Pa.! We desire your feedback regarding your conference experience. By completing an evaluation, you will be eligible for a drawing to receive one free registration to the 2013 GARBC Conference, June 24–28, in Dearborn, Mich. Click here to complete the evaluation.

Welcome New Churches
Nine churches from eight states applied for and entered the GARBC fellowship per approval of voting messengers at the 2012 GARBC Conference. Pray for the following churches, seven of which are church plants, and for their pastors and wives.

  • Great Commission Baptist Church (Schaumburg, Ill.), Pastor Scott and Brooke Greening
  • Victory Baptist Church (Casa Grande, Ariz.), Pastor Terry and Kathy Green

Church Plants

  • Christ Life Community Church (a Baptist church), (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Pastor Dan and Ahnah Hager
  • CityView Baptist Church (Astoria, N.Y.), Pastor Robert and Rebecca Rodriguez
  • Good News Baptist Church (Cascade, Md.), Pastor Kurt and Lori Schroder
  • Northside Harvest Baptist Church (Milpitas, Calif.), Pastor Sidney and Anna Capillas
  • Restored Church (a Baptist church) (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), Pastor Dan Nichols
  • Scriptural Salvation Baptist Tabernacle (Rome, N.Y.), Pastor Andrew and Elizabeth Knopka
  • Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Pastor Victor and Shamica Smith

Wisconsin Church Start-up Opportunities
Ministry opportunities in Wisconsin in the start-up phase need ambitious young couples to birth or restart these works. These churches may require a bivocational approach to early funding. Is God be prompting you to consider a new ministry adventure? If you are interested in learning more, please contact Ed Fuller, Wisconsin state representative at 262. 522.0325 or

Must Read! July/August Baptist Bulletin
“Politics and the Church” is the cover theme of the newly released July/August issue of the Baptist Bulletin. Three informative and thought-provoking articles on Baptists interfacing with politics are worth the value of a subscription. Contact Lynne Goemaat, Baptist Bulletin subscription director, at 1.888.588.1600, ext. 833.

2012 GARBC Conference Photos
A picture is worth a thousand words! Enjoy photos from this year’s GARBC Conference. Thanks to Darrell Goemaat, photography director, and David Bosket, director of technology, for the excellent photo coverage of the conference. Links to photo galleries are as follows:

Order Your 2012–2013 GARBC Directory
Keep in touch with your GARBC colleagues and churches! Contact information changes often. Pre-order the new GARBC Directory through Regular Baptist Press, 1.800.727.4440. Available in September.

Congratulations, 2012 Talents For Christ Winners!
The following students won first- and second-place awards at the annual Talents For Christ competition at the 2012 GARBC Conference, Thursday, June 29. (“Open” designates non-scholarship competition.)

First Place (Open):
Isaac Church (Delevan Baptist Church, Delevan, N.Y.)
Second Place (Open):
Samantha Parsons (Young’s Corners Fellowship Baptist Church, Wadsworth, Ohio)

Second Place (Open):
Marissa Briggs (First Baptist Church, Marilla, N.Y.)

Second Place (Scholarship):
Victoria Odle (First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio)

First Place (Scholarship):
Jennifer Swedberg (Faith Baptist Church, North Manchester, Ind.)
Second Place (Scholarship):
Jocelyn Lindmark (Harvest Baptist Church, Bath, N.Y.)
First Place (Open):
Alyssa Clark (First Baptist Church, Maine, N.Y.)
Second Place (Open):
Danielle Haeffner (Calvary Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, Iowa)

Second Place (Scholarship) (tie):
Jesse Parker (First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio)
Second Place (Scholarship) (tie):
Jonathan Bean (Faith Baptist Church, Camp Point, Ill.)

First Place (Scholarship):
Celeste Scott (Emmanuel Baptist Church in Warrenville, Naperville, Ill.)
Second Place (Scholarship):
Ashley Pearson (First Baptist Church, Creston, Iowa)

First Place (Open):
Sara Todd (Emmanuel Baptist Church in Warrenville, Naperville, Ill.)
Second Place (Scholarship):
Anna Smith (First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio)

First Place (Scholarship):
Dean Miller (Faith Baptist Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa)
Second Place (Scholarship):
Andrew Franklin (Faith Baptist Church, Mason City, Iowa)
Second Place (Open):
Samuel Gonzalez (Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Smithville, Ohio)

First Place (Scholarship):
Chelsea Miller (Flatirons Baptist Church, Boulder, Colo.)
First Place (Open):
Celeste Scott (Emmanuel Baptist Church in Warrenville, Naperville, Ill.)
Second Place (Open):
Carly Dusel (First Baptist Church, Marilla, N.Y.)

Second Place (Scholarship):
Timothy Rose (Calvary Baptist Church, Union, Iowa)

First Place (Scholarship):
Elizabeth Wood (Glen Baptist Church, Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
First Place (Open
): Shaina Todd (Emmanuel Baptist Church in Warrenville, Naperville, Ill.)
Second Place (Scholarship):
Jennifer Farrell (Calvary Baptist Church, Forest City, Iowa)

First Place (Open):
Glen Baptist Church (Watkins Glen, N.Y.)

First Place (Open): First Baptist Church (LaGrange, Ohio)
Second Place (Open):
Camden Baptist Church (Wellington, Ohio)

First Place (Open):
Glen Baptist Church (Watkins Glen, N.Y.)

First Place (Open):
Glen Baptist Church (Watkins Glen, N.Y.)

First Place (Open):
Camden Baptist Church (Wellington, Ohio)

The Top Team Award was presented to Camden Baptist Church, Wellington, Ohio, who received a traveling trophy for having five or more competing teens and the highest average score. Congratulations individual, small group, and travel team winners!

Talents For Christ 2012 winners.

GARBC Staff Itineraries


John Greening
22: Trinity Baptist Church, Muskegon, Mich.

Alex Bauman
Participating in home church, New Life Baptist Church, Lake in the Hills, Ill.

Chris Hindal
1: Calvary Baptist Church, Mifflinburg, Pa.
8: First Baptist Church, Galeton, Pa.
12–14: ABWE board meeting, Harrisburg, Pa.
15: Berean Baptist Church, Pickerington, Ohio
22 (a.m.): Rapid Street Baptist Church, Adel, Iowa
22 (p.m.): Grace Baptist Church, Harlan, Iowa
28–Aug. 3: Iowa Regular Baptist Camp, Clear Lake, Iowa

John Murdoch
1: Berea Baptist Church, Berea, Ohio
2: Baptist Church Planters techPartner meeting, Grafton, Ohio
14: Indiana Wing CAP meeting, Indianapolis, Ind.
29: Tri County Baptist Church, The Villages, Fla.

Michael Nolan
19–21: Baptist Church Planters family camp, Ankeny, Iowa