Rogers, his wife, Melissa, and their four young children were in their minivan on their way home from a wedding when the unthinkable happened. A flash flood swept away the van -– and everyone in it perished except Robert.
“We and about seven other cars splashed into the middle of this ‘river’ in the middle of the freeway,” Rogers, 38, recalled, looking back at that dark, rainy night on the Kansas Turnpike in August 2003. They were on their way home, driving from Wichita, Kan., to Liberty, Mo. “The water was about 1,000 feet wide, and we could see the water rising and seeping into our van.”
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Carmen Coe paints the face of a youth at a community fall festival sponsored by Living Gospel Baptist Church, a congregation working to revitalize itself in Rutherford, N.J., a town of about 20,000. Photo by Stacey Hamby
Parascando is pastor of Crossroads Church, one of only three Southern Baptist churches on Staten Island, which accounts for half a million people amid a metro region of more than 21 million.
To extend its reach, Crossroads Church, with about 40 regular attendees, is partnering with other more established churches to help them spread the Gospel and grow.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees and administrators broke ground Oct. 21 for a "Walk of Honor" on the site of the former Farmland, Inc., property acquired adjacent to the Kansas City campus. The groundbreaking ceremony for the walkway with donor-purchased bricks capped off Midwestern trustees' Oct. 20-21 meeting and signaled the launch of Midwestern's $2.1 million capital campaign: "The Vision: Growing Disciples Today To Make Disciples Tomorrow."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected two new faculty members and approved the promotions of two others during their Oct. 20-21 meeting at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.
PHOENIX (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary named William Koehn and Martha Myers as honorary alumni of the year posthumously during its alumni luncheon June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix.
PHOENIX (BP)--Liz Curtis Higgs delivered her trademark humor to nearly 1,000 women at the Ministers' Wives Conference luncheon June 17 during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.
SAN DIEGO (BP)--Rick Warren welcomed more than 70 members of the Baptist Communicators Association April 24 during the group's opening session of its annual workshop in San Diego. Warren is pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the best-selling book, "The Purpose-Driven Life."
SALEM, Mo. (BP)--Southern gospel music fans may not know his name, but they know his songs. "I Believe" and "I'm Not What I Was" -- both performed by the award-winning Gold City Quartet -- finished in the No. 2 and No. 11 spots, respectively, for 2002, according to the Singing News Top 40 Chart, the official chart of Southern gospel music.
SALEM, Mo. (BP)--Like all songwriters, Mark Mathes can point to the times of inspiration that have sparked the Southern gospel music he has penned.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Admittedly, I'm not the stereotypical Southern gospel music fan. I don't remember a time when an entire community gathered at the local church for an all-day singing and dinner on the ground. I never heard the Statesmen or the Blackwood Brothers sing live on the radio. But I appreciate the legacy of Southern gospel music all the same.