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Well-known Utah Baptist Leaves Legacy of ‘Pure Joy’

"A man like Rob . . . everybody knew he was a man of honor, a man of courage, a man who lived out his convictions until his death."

March for Jesus shifts to ‘PraiseWalk’ due to COVID-19

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- COVID-19 has forced a change in plans for the national March for Jesus slated for Saturday, May 30. But the pandemic has not derailed the day of praise and prayer. Now it will be called "PraiseWalk" in about 20 cities across the country.

FIRST-PERSON: ‘Do nothing’ and ‘do everything’ on social media

Don't buy the stereotypes, Art Toalston says. There is a sea of good people on social media -- with wholesome things to share. And you can be one of them.

SWBTS communications director an ‘accidental photographer’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- On his rollerblades, Adam Covington, then 14, performed as requested by a two-man video crew from the International Mission Board (IMB). They instructed the teenager how to operate their state-of-the-art camera to capture some of his rollerblading moves in the Russian city where his parents were missionaries.

COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: When missionaries cry

Missionaries' tears over people groups they love stir in Art Toalston a gratitude for the hearts of missionaries and for the Cooperative Program that helps them fulfill their calling.

Combatting abuse: Victims’ advocates save lives

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Domestic violence suffered by the wives of a police officer and a disc jockey became Beck Dunn's first foray into summoning churches for a response. At age 27, Dunn had taken a job to open the third domestic violence shelter certified by the state of Florida in 1981.

Amy Whitfield named EC’s associate communications VP

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amy Whitfield has been named as associate vice president for convention communications of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "I am so pleased to have Amy Whitfield joining our team at the SBC Executive Committee," said Ronnie Floyd, EC president and CEO.

When God pushed on Kaylen’s heart, the time was right

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- Kaylen Baker felt something unusual early this summer. "I felt like something was pushing on my heart in bed." She knew nothing was wrong physically but that God was beckoning.

Dakotas, W.Va. set exec. director search deadlines

NASHVILLE (BP) -- October deadlines have been set by Baptists in the Dakotas and West Virginia for executive director nominees. Oct. 9 is the deadline for individuals to submit their names or their nominations to the Dakota Baptist Convention, Oct. 31 for the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. Dakota Baptists, encompassing 83 churches in the two states, are seeking a successor for Garvon Golden, who retires Dec. 31, having led the convention since 2012. A job description can be requested by email to dakotabaptist@dakotabaptist.com.

Sweeping changes ahead for 8 state conventions

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (BP) -- Eight state Baptist conventions -- at their own initiative -- are moving toward sweeping changes. The conventions' goal: adding value to their churches. Colorado Baptists -- the first to launch a broad revisioning -- are now in the second year of a process facilitated by Will Mancini, a Houston-based church consultant/coach and author.