Clear Creek: ‘Doing one thing well’

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

Pineville—Nestled on acres and acres of land in the mountains of Pineville, one might first mistake the campus of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College for a Bible camp—with the friendly and multi-generational staff, faculty, and students buzzing around the campus offering greetings and welcoming smiles, the secluded areas to study or meditate, the prayer chapel overlooking a brook, the picturesquely situated dormitories and married student housing, and the chapel, adorned with ornate stained glass that tells stories within the pictures.

But, as a visitor or prospective student enters the circular main classroom building, it is unmistakable that they are entering an institution with one purpose: to train men and women for ministry. Their foundation: the Bible. Continue reading “Clear Creek: ‘Doing one thing well’”

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Northern Ky. church reaching their ‘Jerusalem’

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

INDEPENDENCE—A 216-year-old church lies in the heart of Kentucky’s third largest city by land, where 85 percent of the population is unchurched. The Kentucky Baptist Convention designated Kenton County as one of the most strategic places in the state for church planting.

Yet, Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Independence, averages 650 each Sunday, is engaged in a building program, and intentionally reaches out to their community on a weekly basis. They’re thriving. Their secret: prioritizing reaching “their Jerusalem.” Continue reading “Northern Ky. church reaching their ‘Jerusalem’”

Ky. volunteer back ‘helping people out,’ undeterred by tragic wreck

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

Victoria, Texas—In the Summer of 2014, Butch Turley was responding to a flood emergency in Paris, Mich., along with his friend Bob Waldron—both longtime volunteers with Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. Moments after praying with a homeowner there and leading them to make a profession of faith, Turley and Waldron’s vehicle crashed.

Waldron, who was driving the vehicle, was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. Turley, a member of Millville Baptist Church in Frankfort, was in serious condition on life support. He would remain in trauma care for three weeks, in rehab for three more weeks, and essentially recovering for the better part of nine months. Continue reading “Ky. volunteer back ‘helping people out,’ undeterred by tragic wreck”