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Illinois pastor recognized for 60 years at one church

RAMSEY, Ill. (BP) – It’s not unusual to find pastors who have stayed in their churches for 15, maybe 20 years. And some longer than that, like maybe 25. But few have stayed 60 years. Edmund Hill, age 88, has been the pastor of Bayle City Baptist Church since 1963, more than 60 years. He […]

Missouri’s oldest associational leader dies at 95

BUFFALO, Mo. (BP) – Russell Adams, associational missions strategist for the Dallas County Association of Southern Baptists has died. He was 95, and until earlier this month, he was still serving in his role leading the association.

Iowa Baptists add partnership with Mo.

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) — Messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Iowa launched a four-year missions partnership with the Missouri Baptist Convention beginning in January. Rick Hedger, missions and evangelism team leader for the Missouri convention, explained opportunities the partnership would afford, including participation in joint international mission trips and assistance […]

Iowa’s Jimmy Barrentine to retire as exec

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)–Jimmy Barrentine announced his upcoming retirement as Baptist Convention of Iowa executive director-treasurer during the May 12-13 meetings of the convention’s Executive Board in Des Moines. The board received Barrentine’s retirement letter, setting Oct. 31 as the effective date, and appointed an executive director search committee. They board announced a search for […]

A Deluge of SBC Compassion in Iowa

Volunteers were mobilized from five Southern Baptist churches on Thursday, August 12, to assist with water distribution in the city of Ames, Iowa. Flooding caused major disruption in the city that has a population of about fifty thousand and is home of Iowa State University. Streets and businesses were flooded and a mobile home park […]

Post-flooding relief starts in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)--Two dozen Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were in Des Moines and surrounding Iowa communities the week of Sept. 7 for "mud-out" recovery work following mid-August flooding.

Iowa deluged, disaster relief teams ready

AMES, Iowa (BP)--Volunteers were mobilized from five Southern Baptist Churches on Thursday, August 12 to assist with water distribution in the City of Ames, Iowa. Flooding in the city caused a major disruption ...

Baptists welcome bicycle riders to town

WATERLOO, Iowa (BP)–A four-lane country road parallels the four-lane highway heading into Waterloo, Iowa, from Des Moines. The road was filled with bicyclists on a Thursday during the annual border-to-border ride sponsored by the Des Moines Register called RAGBRAI (“Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa”). In Waterloo, one of the overnight towns along the 472-mile […]

FIRST-PERSON: We need your help!

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)--I turned on the television set in the hotel room as I prepared to go to the convention center in Orlando, Fla., to attend the Southern Baptist Convention.

Iowa messengers approve sale of building

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP)–Messengers approved the sale of the Baptist Convention of Iowa building and paved the way for relocation to a new facility during their Nov. 6-7 annual meeting in Des Moines. The convention currently owns an office unit in a condo-business park in Urbandale in the Des Moines area. Space considerations prompted the […]