News & Notes, May/June 2012

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From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 3 May/June 2012


PHYLLIS GOAD. Former MARBC pastor’s wife, Phyllis Goad (79), went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 19. Phyllis attended Moody Bible Institute where her husband, Pastor Ollie Goad graduated. Her spiritual gifts were music and working one on one with the teaching ministry. Phyllis was a humble and gracious lady who was a faithful wife and mother, and faithful to her God. Her ministry in the MARBC included serving alongside of Ollie as he served as the pastor of Wealthy Street Baptist Church for several years. Please be in prayer for Ollie, their four children, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving was held on Thursday, April 26, at West Cannon Baptist Church, with Pastor Mark Cizauskas and Pastor Maynard Belt officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

LELAND “BUD” HALL. Former MARBC Pastor Leland “Bud” Hall (53) was called into the presence of his Lord early Saturday morning, April 14, having passed away in his sleep. Bud was currently serving as the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Bay Shore, New York (Long Island). Prior to the start of his current ministry in 2007, Bud served as the youth pastor at Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, Michigan, for 22 years. He had a godly impact on numerous teens during his ministry here in Michigan, not only at Evangel but also in the M.A.R.B.C.

Memorial services were held at Calvary Baptist Church in Bayshore on Wednesday, April 18, and Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor on Saturday, April 21. A special fund to assist the Hall family has been established for those who would like to contribute. Your check can be made payable to Evangel Baptist Church, 16994 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI 48180, with the memo “Bud Hall Memorial Fund.”

You are encouraged to uphold in prayer Bud’s wife, Sandy, their five adult and teenage children, as well as the Calvary Baptist Church family in your prayers.

CORABELLE STOWELL – Corabelle Stowell, widow of former GARBC National Representative and MARBC Pastor Joseph Stowell II, entered her Lord’s presence on March 26, at the age of 94. Corabelle served with her husband during his pastorates in Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. She faithfully served for 10 years with her husband when he was elected in 1969 as the GARBC’s national representative. The Stowells were married for 69 years when Dr. Stowell was called into the presence of His Lord in 2007. The Stowells’ gravesite is located near Dr. Stowell’s birthplace in Colon, Michigan. Dr. Stowell came to Christ at age 9 through the ministry influence of the First Baptist Church in Colon. A private memorial service was held there on March 31.

Mrs. Stowell is survived by her three children, Hannah (Clifton) Jensen of Hampton, Tennessee; Margaret (R. William) Wheeler of Cedarville, Ohio; and Joseph M. (Martha Bennett) Stowell III of Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be given to the Stowell Memorial Camper Scholarship Fund, Doe River Gorge Camp, 220 Doe River Gorge Rd., Hampton, TN 37658.


GRAND RAPIDS, Trinity Baptist Church (Brett Boomsma, Pastor) – On April 1, 2012 Trinity Baptist Church in Grand Rapids broke ground on a 1.1 million dollar building expansion. This new two-story addition will consist of a new 500 seat worship auditorium, foyer, bathrooms, classrooms, children’s ministry floor, youth ministry wing, elevator and storage.

Senior Pastor Brett Boomsma shares: “This addition comes after three years of planning and following the Lord’s biblical stewardship principles. Because of God’s blessings and His people’s faithful giving, Trinity will be able to build this new addition free of any long term debt. The Leadership in our church has been exceptional through out this season of growth, and I could not have been blessed more in ministry than to have a co pastor like Jory Trim, he is in many ways one of my best friends.”

“The people have really responded to the Lords leading. Attendance has grown to the point that we have to set up chairs in the foyer, baptisms have become almost a monthly blessing and we praise the Lord for increased attendance through new people coming to the saving grace of Jesus. However we are careful to remember that this building addition is in no way our goal. Ascribing worth to God, learning from His Word, and being transformed into His image is the goal we never want to be distracted from.”

The members of Trinity circled the area where the new facility will be located as the Trinity leadership conducted the ground breaking. An empty shovel and hard hat were placed in the middle of the ceremony in remembrance of Trinity deacon Samuel DeMan, who went home to be with his Lord in mid-February. Sam was a key leader at Trinity who was instrumental in leading the building expansion project. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

MARBC TALENTS FOR CHRIST – The competition of the MARBC Talents for Christ was held on Saturday, April 21, at South Baptist Church in Flint. This year all Talents for Christ participants competed in the Open Category. Award winners receive a scholarship to an MARBC partnering camp.

Individual Competition

Female Voice Competition, Open Category

Second place, Megan Schouster, Evangel Baptist, Taylor

Female Piano Competition, Open Category

First place, Hannah Scully, Evangel Baptist, Taylor

Male Voice Competition, Open Category

First place, Michael Kiesznowski, Evangel Baptist, Taylor

Male Oral Interpretation of Scripture Competition, Open Category

First place, Nathan Bell, Evangel Baptist, Taylor

Group Competition

Puppet Team, Open Category

First place – Standale Baptist, GrandRapids (team members: Caleb Stevenson, Brandon Reyers, Robert McIntyre, Jason McIntyre, Johnathon McIntyre)

We thank God for the special ministry of Pastor Ken Pyne and his wife, Debbie, in directing the MARBC TFC program for many years. Your ministry is greatly appreciated, Ken and Debbie!

Next year’s MARBC Talents for Christ competition is scheduled on April 20, 2013, and will be held at West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont.

PLAINWELL, Orangeville Baptist Church (Dan Bowman, Pastor) – Orangeville Baptist Church rejoices in the recent international ministry opportunities of its members. OBC member Autumn Polley recently moved to the Dominican Republic and was married to Pastor Antonio Rincon on March 31. On April 18th, missionaries Rory and Kristy Moore and their sons departed to serve in Togo, Africa, in the Village of Light Blind School. Pastor Dan Bowman shares, “The church requests prayer from sister churches for these dear fellow servants. We will miss them greatly!”

MARBC Events to Place on Your 2012 Calendar

June 25-29, 2012

GARBC Annual Conference

“Authentic Church”

Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Clarks Summit, PA

September 30, 2012

MARBC 6th Annual Day of “One Accord” Prayer

“They raised their voice to God in one accord” Acts 4:24

A day for MARBC churches to devote their attention to prayer for our churches, pastors, state fellowship, camps, ministries, missionaries, and special needs.

October 29-30, 2012

70th Annual MARBC Conference

“To All Generations”

“Bringing glory to Christ in His church to all generations”

“To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:21

Speakers include: Ken Floyd, Maynard Belt, and MARBC pastors

Appreciating Our Heritage and Embracing Our Future

South Baptist Church, Flint, Michigan


CONTINENTAL BAPTIST MISSIONS BANQUET IN THE U.P. CBM will be hosting a 70th Anniversary Celebration FRIENDS & FAMILY BANQUET, in the Upper Peninsula!

Don’t miss this special time of commemoration as we consider all that God has done through CBM. If you have been impacted by, labored with, prayed for, or supported CBM financially, we would love to have you come and celebrate with us.

The banquet will be held at: Country Village Banquet and Conference Center in Ishpeming Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Punch Bowl is at 6 p.m., program and meal will begin at 6:30 P.M. An RSVP is required.

If you are unfamiliar with the ministry of Continental Baptist Missions, then come and learn more about our vision for developing biblically sound and spiritually healthy Baptist churches throughout North America.

For more information or to reserve your seats now contact Rodney McNany at the CBM home office: (616) 863-2226 or Email

SUMMER SIZZLER 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT & FAMILY DAY in Evart – Calvary Baptist Church in Evart will once again be hosting a special Memorial Day weekend event and invites area churches to participate.

Summer Sizzler 3-on-3 Tournament & Family Day

Saturday May 26th

@ Evart High School

3 Divisions: ages 10-12,13-15,16-19

Cost $60 per team if registered by April 20th

$80 per team until May 4th

Register at or contact Pastor Layton at 231-734-2464

Also at

Inflatable Games, Free Kid’s Games, Live Bands,

Silent Auction, & $3 Lunch

Event hosted by Calvary Baptist Church of Evart

13th Annual Continental Baptist Missions Golf Tournament. The CBM Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 4th 2012. The competition will be held at Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club in Pierson, Michigan. Check in is at 9:00 A.M. A driving range with unlimited practice balls opens at 8:00 A.M.

Registration is now open with a men’s, women’s or couples division. Pastors that register a foursome will receive a 22% discount! To register your foursome visit, click on “Partner with CBM,” and then scroll down to “Upcoming Events.” You may also contact Rodney McNany at the CBM home office: (616) 863-2226 or Email

CBM’s annual golf tournament is a stewardship event that helps continue the mission of CBM to provide support services for planting and developing biblically sound and spiritually healthy Baptist churches throughout North America

EMAIL ADDRESS – Do we have your accurate e-mail address? Many people and organizations change their email addresses from time to time. Does the MARBC have your current address? Why not be sure by sending us an email and including your updated contact information? Send your information to either Sharon or Ken.

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