20-something pastor, wife see foster care as calling

Originally published in Western Recorder – http://www.westernrecorder.org/2316.article

Hazel—For Hailey Roach and her husband Jordan, pastor of Hazel Baptist Church, foster care is a calling and has been since before she and Jordan married three years ago. The turning point for Jordan in this calling, however, came after observing the family situations he saw many of the children the couple brings to church on buses.

The couple, both first time 25-year-old parents, welcomed into their home a 13- and 14-year-old brother and sister duo, Joseph* and Rebecca*, in February. They had been preparing for the process since last June. Continue reading “20-something pastor, wife see foster care as calling”


Churches partner with WinShape Camps

Originally published in Western Recorder – http://www.westernrecorder.org/2317.article

Elizabethtown & Louisville—Kentucky Baptist churches are once again partnering with WinShape, a Gospel-driven, community-centered, Chick-Fil-A-sponsored day camp. This year, Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown will be hosting a camp July 2-6 and Westport Road Baptist Church in Louisville will host one July 23-27.

Westport Road’s vision for the camp is “to reach campers that might not come to a ‘church’ camp and to provide opportunities to children that might never be able to attend a camp like this without sponsors to get them here,” Jeanne McClure, children’s minister at Westport Road, said. Continue reading “Churches partner with WinShape Camps”

Six congregations, three services, one motive

Kentucky churches intentionally cross cultural lines for the Gospel and their communities

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

Pembroke & Glasgow—In 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. said in a television interview, “I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies, that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hour in Christian America.”

His sentiment was echoed recently by Andy Haley, pastor of Pembroke Baptist Church. Hailey feels that “the church should be setting the example in coming together and be unified.”

So his predominantly Caucasian congregation joined with a local African-American congregation, St. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Pembroke, for two joint worship services. Both were held earlier this year, one hosted by each congregation. Continue reading “Six congregations, three services, one motive”