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Illinois church mission team suffers fatal car accident in Arizona

MCLEANSBORO, Ill. (BP) – A funeral is set for Friday (Nov. 17) in McLeansboro for Randy Stover, a retired contractor who was killed in a one-car crash Nov. 9 in Phoenix, Ariz., that involved a mission team from Ten Mile Church in McLeansboro. Three others were seriously injured and remain hospitalized in Arizona pending more surgeries.

Illinois church staff member dismissed during criminal investigation

MARION, Ill. (BP) -- The executive pastor of Cornerstone Church in Marion was dismissed after allegations of inappropriate behavior involving church members who were under age 18 at the time. The allegations were brought to the church leadership team late last week. After an investigation by the elders and the engagement of local law enforcement, Tivo McCrary was officially dismissed on Aug. 21.

Pastor de Illinois acusado de dos cargos de manipulación sexual de menores

MONTE. VERNON, Ill. (BP) – Un pastor de McLeansboro, Ill., fue arrestado el 5 de enero por dos cargos de manipulación sexual de menores con fines sexuales. Garrett Biggerstaff fue acusado luego de una investigación de cuatro meses que incluyó la incautación de sus dispositivos electrónicos y la recolección de evidencia en su casa. Un menor primero denunció los reclamos a la policía de Benton.

Illinois pastor charged with two counts of grooming 

MT. VERNON, Ill. (BP) – A pastor from McLeansboro, Ill., was arrested Jan. 5 on two counts of grooming minors for sexual purposes. Garrett Biggerstaff was charged after a four-month investigation that included the seizure of his electronic devices and collection of evidence at his home.

Illinois children’s home worker sentenced on sexual assault charges

Editor’s Note: In support of the sixth strategic action of Vision 2025 adopted by messengers to the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting, Baptist Press will continue to report every instance of sexual abuse related to Southern Baptist churches or leaders of which we are made aware. CARMI, Ill. (BP) – A former staff member of the Baptist Children’s […]

Pastor’s teen daughters, sister killed in collision

CARLYLE, Ill. (BP) – Two teenage daughters of an Illinois Baptist pastor and the pastor’s sister were killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer near Breckenmeyer in Clinton County on Friday. The girls, 17-year-old Savanna Grace Broughton and 15-year-old Brooke-Lynn Kay Broughton, are the daughters of Scott and Amanda Broughton. He is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Carlyle. Also killed was Pastor Broughton’s sister, Rhonda Evans, of Ackerman, Miss., the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Hannibal-LaGrange University faces severe budget shortfall

HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP) – Hannibal LaGrange University (HLGU) held a 10-hour prayer meeting March 10 to intercede for the university’s financial shortfall, which is reportedly between one-half million and $1 million.

Illinois churches ‘ReFocus’ for revitalized ministry

MARION, Ill. (BP) -- Across the country, the numbers are sobering. At least 80 percent of American churches are plateaued or declining, and many leaders are struggling to know what steps to take to revitalize flagging ministries. "We need a new wave of church revitalization to sweep across America," Rob Peters said at the Illinois Baptist State Association's Annual Meeting Nov. 7 in Marion. At the 113th annual gathering of Illinois Baptists, messengers adopted resolutions, elected new officers, and approved a 2020 budget.

History visits annual meeting of Ill. Baptists

MARYVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- The pioneering spirit of more than 200 churches was on display during the Illinois Baptist State Association's (IBSA) annual meeting Nov. 7-8. This year's meeting was held at First Baptist Church in Maryville. IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams helped lead a Wednesday evening service dedicated to the steps churches must take in order to reach Illinois' mission field with the Gospel. The vast spiritual need in Illinois, where at least 8 million people do not know Christ, was communicated most poignantly by the words of the state's most famous ...

350-plus baptized in ‘One GRAND Sunday’ in Illinois

STAUNTON, Ill. (BP) -- Volunteers carried a livestock feeding trough April 8 into the high school gymnasium where NET Community Church meets each Sunday. The trough had a lofty purpose as 11 people were baptized during morning worship, each wearing T-shirts with the words "going public." "Their life stories were all very different, but their life conversion was the same," said Derrick Taylor, pastor of NET Community. "It was so exciting to witness each one 'going public' with their new lives in Christ, thus declaring 'I'm not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ!'"