CAROLYN NICHOLS
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Apr 23, 2014
First Baptist Church in Altoona celebrated its 130th anniversary in services April 6. According to Pastor Gary Robinson, the 135-member congregation is the definition of a “typical” Southern Baptist church.

“If you want to see what a typical Southern Baptist church is, we’re it. We’ve even had people say we are just too Baptist. We take that as a compliment,” he said.
Apr 11, 2014
GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Wayne Harvey, director of missions for the Santa Fe River Baptist Association, retired March 31 after 14 years serving the 157-year-old association. The former pastor said the work of a director of missions suited his passion for planting churches.

“I have church planting in my blood,” he said. “In every church I pastored, I tried to get them to start a church—with little success. In this ministry I got to do that.”
Apr 11, 2014
GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Gary Crawford, senior pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville, announced last month he will lead the church in its transition to a new pastor. His announcement to the church came one month after the church celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Apr 9, 2014
PANAMA CITY BEACH (FBW)—Dolly Holden Anderson, a member of West Bay Baptist Church near Panama City Beach, says she has been a writer all her life.

“Even when I was young, I was always writing something, keeping a record of things,” she said.
Apr 4, 2014
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Whether advising a business owner, praying with a hospice patient, or preaching at his Baptist church, T.A. “Tab” Bush of Tallahassee says his love for Jesus should be evident in all his roles.
Mar 25, 2014
MIAMI (FBW)—Terry Ryan, former contract worker for the Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief and Recovery Ministries Team, has served several months in his first pastorate at First Baptist Church of Cutler Ridge in Miami. The church campus was a hub of Disaster Relief ministries after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The new pastor’s first contact with the church was through Dan Chandler, a DR volunteer who asked him to come preach. As pastor, Ryan now hopes to highlight the work of Disaster Relief at First Baptist Church by hosting a DR training event in 2015.
Mar 18, 2014
OKALOOSA (FBW)—Children from Okaloosa Baptist Association churches worked together in the association’s second-annual Children’s Ministry Day Feb. 15. They joined with other children across the nation to minister to others in the national WMU-sponsored event.

Holly Garcia, who coordinated the day as Okaloosa association WMU director, said she enjoyed watching the kids work together.
Mar 12, 2014
FLEMING ISLAND (FBW)—During the past six years, Skeeter Ranch, a sprawling property south of Live Oak, has been the chosen February Saturday destination for hundreds of men in North Florida.

The Real Men’s Event Feb. 22 drew almost 1,000 men and boys for games and hunting demonstrations—and the Gospel.
Feb 28, 2014
MIAMI (FBW)—The name of a Christian radio station heard in South Florida, Call FM, reflects its mission and its philosophy, according to station manager Rob Robbins. Its “alternative Christian rock” genre may not attract many adult Christian listeners, but they are not the target audience.

“Like God calling for Adam in the Garden of Eden, we are called to reach the lost. We want lost people to know that they can call on the name of Lord. That’s why we were called to start this station,” he said.
Feb 27, 2014
HOLLYWOOD (FBW)—Gulf Stream Baptist Association, with offices in Hollywood, has called Don Minshew as director of missions. He and his son, Dennis, 16, moved to Hollywood from Wellborn, where Minshew served as pastor at Wellborn Baptist Church.

Minshew’s nine-year pastorate in rural Wellborn followed 15 years with the International Mission Board during which he served in Portugal, Angola, Kenya, and Namibia with his wife, Carol. The couple planted Lake Forest Baptist Church in Walls, Miss. in 1980, and he served as pastor there for 10 years.
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