Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ…
I am the Pastor of Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church of Bethel Acres, Shawnee. We are the recipients of the blowing winds of growth and blessings from God our Father who birthed this church at the turn of the last century. We are in the midst of a growth incline where souls are being saved and ministry is happening.
We are blessed with multiple ministries which aid in the expansion of the Kingdom of God and build it up in the word of God. These needed areas are dependent on Godly leadership who wave the flag of conquest toward set goals embraced by the church. We have a vibrant youth ministry that continues to grow as over thirty gather on Wednesdays and Sundays. Virgil Savage is our Youth Leader. Children’s ministry is another expanding work that brings children under the sound of the gospel. Sherry Sparks and her capable team love the children and bring several in with the bus and van.
Men’s ministry led by Greg Ray has attracted lots of men through Bible study, prayer, local ministry and fellowship. Biscuits and gravy are a strong incentive to plug in to the Men’s group. The Women’s ministry is led by Mona Arneson, Sandra Farris, Phyllis Marciel and Virginia Brendle. They have had as many as 50 women on a Tuesday night soaking up the word of God. Their events are outstanding such as painting, Ladies Tea’s and Spa night.
Russell Ramsey leads our worship through music accompanied by our praise band and choir leader, Bill Roberts. Yes, there is a Nursery for little ones, led by Coleen Macsus. Missions through the SBC and local needs are addressed and supported. Dr. Paul and Barbara Calmes lead out in missions out of the country.
How would I characterize our Church? A rural church with big town ministries and country closeness and world-wide zeal to win the lost to Christ. We all have a voice in the church. I am convinced that many want to do something but are sure what to do or how to go about it. Here is where we shine, in showing them where and how to engage in applying their spiritual gifts and talents for Christ.
Nursing homes, jails, prisons, shut-in’s, evangelism and missions are all extremely important as ministry goals. The needs are great, the laborers are few, Jesus said, so let flood the fields with servants while there is light to work with.
– Br. Mark Compton
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