Frankfort pastor’s wife recounts Hawaii missile threat experience

Originally published in Western Recorder-

HONOLULU—Buck Run Baptist’s pastor and Southern Seminary professor Hershael York’s Hawaii vacation with his wife, Tanya, and 85-year-old mother became what they thought was a near-death experience in a matter of minutes.

He and Tanya had decided to take his mother on a long vacation to Hawaii’s Big Island, while her health permitted. On the morning of Jan. 13, their phones rang out with the alarming message: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

“I thought it was a cruel joke for somebody to do that to my mother-in-law. But the tone came again. And I checked my phone and sure enough it said it on my phone,” Tanya said. Continue reading “Frankfort pastor’s wife recounts Hawaii missile threat experience”


Adopton/foster care czar’s contract terminated

Originally published in Western Recorder-

FRANKFORT—Kentucky’s adoption and foster care czar, Dan Dumas, has stepped down from his Gov. Matt Bevin-appointed post, the Courier Journal reported Jan. 16.

Dumas, who before this appointment was a vice-president at Southern Seminary and is an elder at Crossing Church of Louisville, has not released a statement regarding the staffing change, although it came seven months into the year-long contract.

A Cabinet for Health and Family Services confirmed to Courier Journal that Dumas’ state contract was terminated, and a spokesman for Gov. Bevin told Kentucky Today, “At this time, the administration has decided to move in a different direction as we continue progress on this vitally important issue.” Continue reading “Adopton/foster care czar’s contract terminated”

Crossing president resigns; plans to continue work with BHM

Originally published in Western Recorder-

LOUISVILLE—Crossings Ministries’ president since March 2016, Jeff Dalrymple, announced his resignation to its staff on Jan 18.

Dalrymple intends to devote his efforts to Baptist Haiti Mission, a ministry affiliated with Crossings that provides services for children, youth and adults across Haiti, a statement from the board said. Dalrymple is also the president of BHM.

“During his tenure, Jeff has diligently led Crossings with integrity and an unwavering commitment to reach students with the hope of the Gospel. We are extremely thankful for his heart and service to this organization,” said Randall Breland, Crossings’ director of communications. Continue reading “Crossing president resigns; plans to continue work with BHM”