Latest Articles by CAROLYN NICHOLS
Feb 28, 2014
MIAMI (FBW)—The name of a Christian radio station heard in South Florida, Call FM, reflects its mission and its philosophy, according to station manager Rob Robbins. Its “alternative Christian rock” genre may not attract many adult Christian listeners, but they are not the target audience.
“Like God calling for Adam in the Garden of Eden, we are called to reach the lost. We want lost people to know that they can call on the name of Lord. That’s why we were called to start this station,” he said.
Feb 27, 2014
HOLLYWOOD (FBW)—Gulf Stream Baptist Association, with offices in Hollywood, has called Don Minshew as director of missions. He and his son, Dennis, 16, moved to Hollywood from Wellborn, where Minshew served as pastor at Wellborn Baptist Church.
Minshew’s nine-year pastorate in rural Wellborn followed 15 years with the International Mission Board during which he served in Portugal, Angola, Kenya, and Namibia with his wife, Carol. The couple planted Lake Forest Baptist Church in Walls, Miss. in 1980, and he served as pastor there for 10 years.
Feb 13, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)—Immanuel Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale celebrated its 75th anniversary Jan. 17-19. Its inner city neighborhood remains the focus of its ministry, and winning the lost remains its purpose, according to Pastor Harry Watkins.
Thirty of the “mostly older” 50-member congregation volunteer in ministries to the church’s neighbors, and 10 more would help if they were physically able, he said.
Feb 10, 2014
COTTONDALE (FBW)—After two months, First Baptist Church in Cottondale is recovering from a fire that destroyed most of its church facilities Nov. 25. The fire began only hours after Pastor Jack Brock led a Thanksgiving testimony service with the theme “Can You Praise God in Good Times and Bad?”
According to Brock, who has served as pastor since 1986, “God hit home” with the question after the fire. He said the congregation has now moved “beyond shock to blessing.”
Jan 24, 2014
STARKE (FBW)—For the past 17 years Kingsley Lake Baptist Church in Starke has raised money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering through an auction of items crafted and donated by church members. A Dec. 1 auction raised $11,800 for international missions, and another $10,000 was raised during the next two weeks.
Church Missions Coordinator Lucinda Stern, who has headed the auction since its inception, said the event’s success is a result of the church’s “heart for missions.”
Jan 6, 2014
BRANDON (FBW)—Tommy and John Green, III and IV respectively, say for them fatherhood and friendship intersect in the best way possible.
They also say that having a shared interest in ministry and in leadership is one of the best possible ways for them to deepen their familial bond.
Dec 23, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Hundreds of shoppers crowded into the multi-purpose building of Old Plank Baptist Church in Jacksonville Dec. 7 for the third annual Holiday Hearts Gift and Craft Fair. According to organizers of the event, the purpose of the event is more about welcoming their neighbors to the church than product sales.
“From the time people park their cars in the parking lot, they are actively welcomed. Our church members are not just shoppers—they are ambassadors for Christ and for the church. We want to expose everyone to the hospitality of Christ,” said Melanie Love, a member of the team who planned the fair.
Dec 5, 2013
APOPKA (FBW)–Churches and organizations across Florida shared traditional Thanksgiving meals with their communities these past few weeks as they thanked God for their own blessings. Whether a shared meal or a meal delivered to work places, menus of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings reminded recipients of the rich history of Thanksgiving in America.
Dec 2, 2013
A decade ago, Deep Creek Baptist changed its name and moved to the Liberty community with high hopes—but now only 12 homes stand among thousands of lots, while the Deep Creek community has flourished with 6,800 homes and approximately 10,000 residents. Now Liberty Community Church is sponsoring a new church back in the Deep Creek community where it began.
Nov 28, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Several Baptist organizations met for fellowship, education and business Nov. 11 prior to the first session of the Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting in Jacksonville.