NWBC Messengers Set 2023 Ministry Agenda

By Cameron Crabtree

November 22, 2022

Joseph Mhlanga reads scripture as his mother, Judith, prepares to pray during NWBC annual meeting.

Messengers attending the Northwest Baptist Convention’s 75th annual meeting welcomed 14 churches into the three-state network, adopted a $3,900,000 budget for 2023, approved a $150,000 goal for next year’s Northwest Impact Mission Offering and adopted revisions to the NWBC constitution and bylaws.

 

Convening Nov. 14-16 at the Great Wolf Lodge near Centralia, WA, 297 registered messengers also re-elected its current slate of officers to additional one-year terms: Dan Panter of McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, president; Bryan Bernard of Redemption Church, Corvallis, OR, first vice president; and Chad Harms of Creekside Bible Church, second vice president.

 

The president chairs the NWBC Executive Board and serves alongside fellow officers on the board’s executive committee.

 

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Church prioritizes community care

November 23, 2022

By Sheila Allen

Members of Baptist Church on Homedale ready meals for families in need.

In an effort to bless their community of Klamath Falls, OR, members of Baptist Church on Homedale continues making strides to meet the needs of those hurting around them. Vern Bland, the church’s executive pastor, is helping lead the charge for community involvement.

 

“I grew up in Klamath Falls and First Baptist Church, which merged with Suburban Heights Baptist Church to form Baptist Church on Homedale,” said Bland. “I spent years deferring a call to ministry and served over 20 years serving in the military.”

 

Although he was a regular church attender, life began crashing down around him in 2016 when his marriage began to disintegrate. Bland began interacting with a military chaplain who believed his purpose was to help him.

 

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