Dan Mead (69) entered the presence of His Savior on the Lord’s Day morning, July 7. Dan and his wife, Barb, were married for 48 years and raised four sons. Dan began his ministry career at the age of 18 and served churches in Ohio and Michigan over the next 50 years, retiring from Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville. Dan also served as a founding board member of Closed Door Ministries. Dan’s new and eternal life will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church, 12501 Montcalm Avenue N.E., Greenville, MI.
EMARBC (Eastern) Regional Association Annual Meeting, Monday, September 16
The Annual Meeting of the Eastern Regional Association is scheduled for Monday September 16 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with lunch to follow. It will be hosted by First Baptist Church in Caro. GARBC Manning Brown, Director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, will be speaking in 2 sessions on the subject of leadership from the book of Nehemiah.
The third session of the meeting will be devoted to EMARBC business and ministry matters. Following the business session, MARBC Ministry Director Ken Floyd will join MARBC Council of 16 members Mark Kirkpatrick and Tony Barber in discussing further implementation of the Core Values in the eastern region.
“Hope in Harsh Times,” 2018 MARBC Annual Conference highlights
“What is your expectation of God? We all like things to go well. As believers we must learn that God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He always gives us what we need.” Starting with this opening comment, Mike Hess then pointed those in attendance to consider how they might respond to suffering like Jesus did. The newly elected National Representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches served as the keynote speaker of the MARBC Conference.
Hess shared three messages from 1 Peter in developing the conference theme, “Hope in Harsh Times: Finding Joy in Suffering while Serving Christ.” The messages focused upon “suffering like Jesus did,” “how to prepare yourself to suffer well,” and “truths to consider when you suffer for doing right.”
Using 1 Peter 2:18-25 as his guide, he observed that the greatest way that a Christian can respond to unjust treatment is to follow the example of Christ. “We can’t control how we are treated, but we can control how we respond.” Christians need to be like a child who learns how to write by tracing over a stencil of letters with a pencil. The Christian should trace over the model that Jesus has given through his life and ministry.
Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director, closed the conference with a message focusing upon pastoral ministry from 1 Peter 5, “Shepherding with Hope in Harsh Times.” He noted that Peter had spent his entire adult life meditating upon what it means to identify with the sufferings of Christ. “Peter serves as a good model of how to suffer well while also anticipating the coming glory of Christ. Eschatology should not be avoided in the preaching and teaching of today’s pastors. Instead, it should be emphasized. The focus upon the return of Christ and ‘the unfading crown of glory’ is a great motivator for the under shepherd and the flock of God he is called to lead. The last thing that you need while living in harsh times are weak shepherds who dispense ‘popcorn’ sermons, ‘cotton candy’ theology, and ‘band aid’ methodology.”
The MARBC Conference was held at the facilities of the historic Berean Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 29-30, 2018. Berean has a longstanding influence in the Regular Baptist movement and was one of the first churches to align itself in the formative days of the Grand Rapids Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
Those in attendance appreciated the acoustics and aesthetics for worship in Berean’s auditorium. Worship sessions were capably led by Garth Dietlin, Berean’s worship pastor. Lead pastor Marcus Little and his staff served those in attendance with gracious hospitality. The church gymnasium served as the exhibit area for twenty-five displayers.
2019 Joint Conference announced at conference!
A unique joint conference is planned for 2019. Three Regular Baptist state associations will meet together at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, on October 21-23, 2019. The MARBC (Michigan), OARBC (Ohio), and Crossroads Fellowship (Indiana) will join together for this special gathering. More details regarding the conference will be shared in the coming weeks.
Three new members were elected by conference messengers to serve a three-year term on the MARBC Council of 16 (2019-2021).
Newly selected C-16 members are:
Tony Barber, associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Vassar
Doug Crawford, senior pastor, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont
Tom Townsend, senior pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek
Returning C-16 At-Large members are:
Bill Abernathy, Berean Baptist Church, Portage
Jeff Burr, Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids
Mark Cizauskas, First Baptist Church, Rochester
Nathan Pierpont, Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo
Dave Sill, Shelby Road Baptist Church, Shelby
Chris Weeks, Kent City Baptist Church, Kent City
C-16 Regional representatives are:
Steve Ayers, Faith Baptist Church, Benzonia (Northern)
Scott Church, Trinity Baptist Church, Muskegon (Western)
Phil Devaney, Bethel Baptist Church, Britton (Southern)
Aaron Hadley, First Baptist Church, Edmore (Central)
Lewis Hague, Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Escanaba (Upper Peninsula)
Marcus Little, Berean Baptist Church, Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids)
Mark Kirkpatrick, South Baptist Church, Bay City (Eastern)
MARBC churches continue to lead the flood relief assistance in the Houghton-Hancock area.
You have no doubt seen the incredible images of the June flood that did widespread damage in the Houghton-Hancock area in the western Upper Peninsula. Two MARBC sister churches have families affected by the flooding: Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton and Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay. The MARBC has been in contact with both churches to learn how support them in this time of need.
MARBC sister church, Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton, is located just two blocks west of Michigan Technical University and is strategically situated near the flood region. Their facilities are currently being used as a staging area for flood assistance operations in the region.
Pastor Nate Marsh, associate pastor, shares that they are in need of individuals and groups who can come in the next few days to assist with the clean-up efforts. Those who are willing to help will be processed at the church for clearance to enter the flood zone, receive instruction to understand proper work procedures, and to receive proper identification and equipment for assistance. Please phone 906.233.6621 if you are planning to travel to the area and assist in the clean-up operations.
Those desiring to contribute financially to the regional assistance effort may contribute at the Portage Health Foundation (Hancock, MI) website. Donations to this website will go directly to the regional relief efforts.
Those desiring to share a financial gift to Evangel Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church for assisting church families in their recovery efforts may contribute at the MARBC’s website donation link to the left of this article on the homepage. Designate your gift to “CPR Flood Relief.” THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY GIVEN TO THIS IMPORTANT NEED!
Please join us in praying for our sister churches in the Houghton-Hancock region of the western Upper Peninsula as they minister to their communities in the aftermath of the severe flooding that took place on Father’s Day weekend.