Sep 20, 2014
The dining room light shined brightly in the predawn hours from the home on the main thoroughfare in Panacea, a small fishing village south of Tallahassee on Highway 98.
The home and adjoining antiquated cottages—a quintessential mom and pop motel from the 1950s—once served as a brief respite for tourists and fishermen to enjoy the sparking blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sep 20, 2014
Rick McClung heard the familiar clang of the prison door locking behind him. Stepping through security screens, he was patted down and sent down the hallway.
In the chapel of the Jackson Correctional Institution in Malone, the smartly-groomed McClung was greeted by nearly 60 prisoners, dressed alike in blue, Florida state-issued uniforms. The inmates listened intently to his Bible study from the “Most Excellent Way,” a faith-based program designed to help men and women who struggle with alcohol/ drug addiction.
Sep 19, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Two children stood on the side of a Jacksonville East Arlington road selling lemonade when Kourtney Burcroff and her fellow summer missionary first spotted them.
When the children were not there the next day, the two summer missionaries visited their home to buy lemonade and invite them to the backyard Bible club the students were working in conjunction with FaithBridge Church in Jacksonville.
Sep 19, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—After serving Florida Baptists as the executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for a quarter of a century, John Sullivan has announced his retirement from the post, effective Feb. 28, 2015.
Sullivan shared his plans with the State Board of Missions, the Convention’s governing body, during a worship service held at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center on Sept. 18 and then gave an official statement during the Sept. 19 meeting.
Sep 18, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Group, Florida Baptists started five new churches in July. The following is a listing of new churches by association:
Sep 17, 2014
Musician and actor Alan Powell is a preacher’s kid with Florida ties who is playing the lead role in the upcoming film “The Song,” which is being released on Sept. 26. His father is Richard Powell, lead pastor of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers. Florida Baptist Witness Executive Editor Kevin Bumgarner caught up with the younger Powell to talk with him about the film, his future and how God is working in his life.
Sep 16, 2014
In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Mo., the Florida Baptist Witness asked pastors in the Sunshine State about their views on race relations.
Most said much work remains, both inside and outside the church.
Sep 14, 2014
OCALA (FBW)—Highlands Baptist Church and Wellspring Church, located less than a mile from each other in the Central Florida town of Ocala, merged on Sept. 7.
Following a six-month-long “Church Unique” revitalization program, Highlands Pastor Chris Gilliam felt inspired to join forces with Wellspring in order to get back to what he felt was the church’s original calling. After unanimous votes by both churches, the merger was confirmed on Aug. 17 after the Highlands’ vote.
Sep 14, 2014
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, one of the largest African-American Baptist churches in Jacksonville, is in the process of partnering with the predominantly Anglo Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park.
If all goes according to plan, the two congregations will become one church with multiple locations sometime next year.
Sep 11, 2014
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