SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—The GARBC is pleased to introduce the nine new churches it welcomed into fellowship at the GARBC Conference in Clarks Summit, Pa.
Christ Life Community Church (a Baptist church) in Murfreesboro, Tenn., is being planted by Dan and Ahnah Hager. The church expects to officially organize by the end of this month and to reach self-support status within three years.
CityView Baptist Church, Long Island City, N.Y., is a “newly forming community that seeks to join God’s work being done in the Ditmars, Astoria, Steinway, and Long Island City neighborhoods in Queens.” The church is being planted under the auspices of Baptist Bible Seminary’s Project Jerusalem. Pastor Robert Rodriguez and Rebecca, Associate Pastor Max Pera and Priscilla, and Associate Pastor Alex Morris and Gloria form the church-planting team. They expect the church to be organized by Easter 2013 and to be self-supporting by 2016.
Restored Church, too, is under the auspices of Project Jerusalem, as well as the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. Located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., this church is being planted by the launch team of Dan and Cynthia Nichols (ABWE church planters), Seth Maine, and Tim Walker. They hope the church will be established and in a permanent location within the year.
In Cascade, Md., Kurt and Lori Schroder are planting Good News Baptist Church. The church held its first meeting on April 8 and VBS in June. It will start JOY Club and a teen ministry, as well as children’s Sunday School classes and an adult Bible fellowship, in the fall.
“In Silicon Valley to Make Christ Known and Make Disciples” is the mission of Northside Harvest Baptist Church in San Jose, Calif. Pastor Sidney Capillas and his wife, Anna, were commissioned by Sunrise Valley Baptist Church, also in San Jose, to plant this church. The group meets Sunday mornings in a rented facility and during the week in small groups. This church was incorporated in 2011 and expects to be self-supporting by 2016.
There’s a new church in Oklahoma City, Okla., too—Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church. Missionaries with Christ Independent Baptist Missions, Pastor Victor Smith and his wife, Shamica, are planting the church with their own family to reach families. They expect the church to be self-supporting by September 2013. Solid Rock Independent Baptist Church stands solidly on God’s Word and desires to fulfill the Great Commission in its community and around the world.
Great Commission Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Ill., is being planted by Baptist Church Planters missionaries Scott and Brooke Greening. The church has been assisted by Baptist Builders Club through its Start Up program. Read about the presentation of assistance at the GARBC Conference in “ BBC–USA ‘Big Check’ Recipients.”
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Scriptural Salvation Baptist Tabernacle, Rome, N.Y., was organized in February . The church uses “tabernacle” in its name because the tabernacle (or tent of meeting) was the temporary worship home of the Jews while they wandered in the wilderness. “Since our group has no permanent meeting space, we (like the Israelites in the wilderness) meet together without the permanence of a church building,” the church says, meeting in homes several times a week. The church is being planted by Andrew and Elizabeth Knopka. Rome is Elizabeth’s hometown.
Victory Baptist Church in Casa Grande, Ariz., is an established church, having been organized and incorporated in 1973. Pastor Terry Green and Kathy began their ministry there in 1998. (Terry is also the chairman of the Arizona Association of Regular Baptist Churches.) The church comprises people from across the USA and from Mexico and Canada. “God brought us together,” they say, “and made us His family.” Their theme is “Victory for Life Now and Forever.”
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