East Kentucky church thrives as pastor ‘equips the saints’

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

MYRA—Nearly 30 years ago, Dave Hammond was ordained into ministry. In 1991, he became the pastor of Faith Baptist Mission, a church plant of First Baptist Church of Jenkins. Under his leadership and by God’s grace, the church has grown from the founding 12 members to averaging 200 on Sundays.

Until Hammond retired from working as a UPS driver a few years ago, which he did for 25 years, he was a bivocational pastor. The secret to his church’s growth under a bivocational pastor, he says, is found in Ephesians 4:12: “Equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”

Hammond is convinced that this is the calling of the pastor. Continue reading “East Kentucky church thrives as pastor ‘equips the saints’”


Pop-up dental clinics provide avenue for outreach

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

BOWLING GREEN—Throughout March and April across the commonwealth, a SEND Relief trailer can be seen in church parking lots, providing pop-up dental clinics, serving neighborhoods in need.

On March 3, the trailer parked at Christ Fellowship Church in Bowling Green and was hosted in partnership with Rich Pond Baptist Church. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants saw 89 patients.

There was an area for childcare, space for snacks, and room for team members to share Christ. This clinic focused on mostly refugees from the Republic of Congo, who, for the most part, are active members of Christ Fellowship. Continue reading “Pop-up dental clinics provide avenue for outreach”

Western Kentucky conference highlights presence and power of the Spirit

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

PRINCETON—The church today needs the presence of God more than they need anything else, Ronnie Sivells, pastor of Blue Spring Baptist Church in Princeton and former pastor at Southside Baptist Church, the host site of the West Kentucky Evangelism Conference, said.

Hundreds of pastors and laypeople across the western side of the commonwealth attended the 31st annual West Kentucky Evangelism Conference. The conference featured Sivells; Phil Hoskins, an evangelist from Tennessee; Herb Reavis, pastor of North Jax Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Fred Luter, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Music was led by Ron Green, former music minister at Southside under Sivells. Continue reading “Western Kentucky conference highlights presence and power of the Spirit”