DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS REPORT 2016
Rather than report chronologically about what has happened over the past year, I would rather express many thanksgivings. The Potomac Baptist Association is an association of churches on mission for the great commission. We willingly cooperate together in a common mission for our Lord Jesus, offering the gospel to everyone in our communities and world. I am deeply grateful for the spirit of cooperation among our pastors and church members that make possible what we accomplish for the kingdom. I’m thankful for our Team Council, Priority Teams, as well as all of our teams and workers in the PBA. In this book of reports you will read of their labors.
I’m thankful for the privilege of having served as Interim Pastor of Lexington Park Baptist Church. It was a joy to serve such a great church! I’m grateful that my time there ended in March, and God led LPBC to call Pastor Chris McCombs as their Senior Pastor. God is powerfully at work under Chris’ leadership at Lexington Park and I rejoice with what is happening in that congregation.
I’m thankful that God is guiding the Pastor Search Committee of Dunkirk Baptist Church. They will conduct the first round of interviews with the top 5 remaining candidates under consideration and are moving ever closer to finding the one whom God has already chosen to be the next Senior Pastor at Dunkirk Baptist Church. Pastor Fred Dyer has been serving as Interim Pastor of DBC and doing a great job! We also rejoice with Trinity Baptist in the calling of Associate Pastor Bob Maher, and Redeeming Grace Baptist Church in the recent calling of their new Associate Pastor, Jeremy Rhoton. Please pray for Pastor Roberto Torrez, newly called pastor of Iglesia Bautista De Waldorf, as he is attempting to fully transition his entire family from Mexico to the United States.
I’m thankful that the Lord provided a buyer for our PBA facilities in Hughesville. It happened just when we were not expecting it. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Thanks to our PBA Trustees who oversaw the sale and our PBA Team Council who helped enable us to move quickly. Thank you Team Council for allowing us to hire a moving company. You saved my knees and back. Thank you Kay Caudle, PBA Administrator, for going far beyond the call of duty in your day to day tasks to assist the PBA Trustees in determining the necessary needs in facilitating the office move to La Plata. Over the past two years Kay coordinated and managed the necessary building repairs, and worked directly with contractors in preparing the PBA building for sale. Kay facilitated working with our trustees, our real estate agent and the moving company to insure a problem free move to La Plata. She worked many long hours coordinating, packing and overseeing the move. This was an enormous accomplishment and required much overtime, going the extra mile. We should also express our gratitude to Ron Cooper, during his service to the PBA as a trustee, for his many efforts and dedication in preparing the building for sale.
I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving to Pastor Wendell Stokes and the First Baptist Church of La Plata in providing office space for the PBA staff on their church property, free of charge! Their generosity and helpfulness has been amazing. They are great neighbors! Because of their bigheartedness we are able to rebuild financial resources toward our priority ministries such as Church Planting, Missions and Church Support. Thank you First Baptist Church of La Plata!
I’m thankful for our Constitution/Bylaws Team for their many hours of work in preparing the newly revised document that will be presented this evening. Originally the team consisted of Wayne Kempson and David Keyser, and then it eventually consisted of Dan Moore, David Keyser and Doug White. They have worked over two years together on this project. It has been an enjoyable journey together, but I think it’s safe to say none of us want to do it again anytime soon. Now it is up to the body of messengers to vote on the proposed revisions.
I’m thankful for the privilege of serving alongside the many Directors of Missions of our eleven associations in the BCMD. It has been a special treat for me over the past year to work with Rick Hancock while he served as Director of Missions of the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association. I am delighted that God has led Rick and Lisa back to our Association. He has been called as the new Pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministry at Emmanuel Church. Welcome back Rick!
Throughout the past year I have had the privilege of serving on our BCMD Search Team for our new Executive Director. With the prayers of God’s people and the wise leadership of Pastor Victor Kirk, the team was clearly led to call Dr. Kevin Smith as the new Executive Director of our State Convention. I am confident that with his leadership our convention is headed for great days in the future. We are blessed to have Dr. Smith with us this evening to preach our annual sermon from God’s word.
Our association is supported by the commitment, prayers and financial gifts by its member churches. We deeply appreciate all the financial gifts that you generously give. As we depend upon God to guide us, He will provide resources. Let us continually focus together on the advancement of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (2 Cor. 9:15)
By His Grace,