Collegiate Ministry on the Rise

By Cameron Crabtree

January 27, 2019

After losing personnel funding ten years ago following a Northwest Baptist Convention staff reorganization and change in ministry priorities, leaders of Northwest Collegiate Ministries have been regaining ground in campus-based evangelism and discipleship, according to NCM director Ken Harmon.


Throughout a significant part of the Northwest Baptist Convention’s history, ministry to students on college and university campuses played an important part in overall evangelism, discipleship and leadership development ministries. At one point, more than 50 full-time and part-time leaders worked with campus-based ministries across the Northwest, Harmon noted.


Today, a cadre of young men and women has been rebuilding the scope of the ministry and are reaching students on about a dozen Northwest campuses. The work is largely located in the greater Portland metro area, but it also includes other areas in central Washington.


The leaders raise personal financial support for their ministry efforts and work other jobs in order to stay engaged with their respective ministries. “The mission and the call is important enough to keep doing it,” said Harmon.


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Heart for Missions Drives Pastor

By Sheila Allen

January 27, 2019

A mission team from Hope Fellowship in Mapel Valley, WA, makes an annual trip to East Asia to minister among college students.

At his core, Ben Davis has championed missions for 25 years -- offering his time, resources and now his family for Christ’s cause around the world.


As a young adult director at a former church, Davis first took a group to Asia for three months to study the language and tutor local students.


“I spent time with two or three students to build relationships and share the gospel,” Davis recalled. “I was stunned when they said in lowered voices that they wanted to learn English from the Bible. I was then able to lead both of them to faith in Christ.”


Davis has spent time in Bangledesh, Malawi and other countries. Now, as pastor of Hope Fellowship in Maple Valley, WA, for the last 11 years, Davis has continued to seek out overseas opportunities.


“I talked with David Gass of the Northwest Baptist Convention about getting connected with personnel in East Asia after a bad experience of supporting missions directly,” Davis stated. “I was looking for a good thing to get our church involved with in a hands-on way. I kept seeing good things happening but nothing that was a fit for our people.”


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Filipino Ministries Thrive Under Onggao Leadership

By Vince Inzerillo

January 27, 2019

Editor’s Note: The Northwest Baptist Historical Society recently recognized the late Lemuel Onggao, a longtime pastor and church planting missionary in the Northwest, as a recipient of its 2018 Heritage Award. Following is the society’s summary of his life and ministry.


Lemuel Onggao was literally a “Christmas gift” -- born to Vicente and Angeles Onggao on December 25, 1947, in Davao City, Philippines.


The fourth of five children, he was talented and purposeful even as young child. Lemuel learned how to repair things with a sewing machine, and created toys out of seemingly useless items that were available.


Because of his parents’ commitment to Jesus Christ and to missions, Lemuel and his siblings became followers of Christ at early ages. All of the siblings continue to serve in mission work here in the Northwest and overseas, simultaneously.


Lemuel’s wife, Ina Onggao, currently serves as a Bible school director in the Philippines.


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Bivocational Couple Advance Gospel in the Northwest

By Mike Kuykendall

January 27, 2019

Editor’s Note: The Northwest Baptist Historical Society recently recognized the late Andy and Doris Seago, a longtime ministry couple in the Northwest, as recipients of its 2018 Heritage Award. Following is the society’s summary of their life and ministry.


More than 50 years ago, Andy and Doris Seago loaded three small children and everything they hadn’t sold or given away into a U–Haul truck and left the plains of Texas for the trees and mountains of the Northwest. But it wasn’t the scenery that attracted them – rather, it was the call of God and a burden for the lost of the Northwest.


They both were born and raised in Texas, each coming from vibrant Christian homes. Both professed faith Christ at 9 years old. They met one another at East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, began dating one another and found they shared a lot in common.


Both sensed a call to missions and were involved in various mission projects. Andy pastored two half–time churches during college, driving two hours each way to preach at one church on the first and third Sunday and the other on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.


Doris completed her studies and graduated on May 27, 1947, with a bachelor’s degree. It was also the couple’s wedding day. Doris began teaching math and English at the college. Andy graduated soon after and enrolled in Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, where he earned a bachelor of divinity in 1951.


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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

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Financial Manager Set to Retire

By Sheila Allen

January 27, 2019

Steve Brock

With his thorough knowledge of trust accounting, taxes and auditing, Steve Brock has led the financial helm of the Northwest Baptist Foundation for 15 years. With him retiring in March, a future NWBF chief financial officer has big shoes to fill.


“After graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University with degrees in mathematics and accounting, I earned my certified public accounting license at a small firm in Portland, OR,” said Brock, who grew up attending Parkrose Baptist Church in Portland. He met his future wife, Pamela, at OBU and they settled in the Northwest.


An eventual move to work for a foundation took Brock to Arizona for 10 years, where he first used his financial acumen in trust accounting. But eventually the call of the Northwest drew the family back where Brock worked at a CPA firm in metropolitan Portland.


“I first worked as an auditor for the Northwest Baptist Convention and the Foundation while at the CPA firm,” Brock said. He was eventually hired to join the NWBF staff, which then managed $20 million in assets. Now those assets have grown to over $50 million, and with that growth led to more complex work, including new technology and cyber security issues. 


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College Students Engaged in Relief

By Brandon Elrod

January 27, 2019

The calendar has turned to a New Year, but hundreds of people in the Southeast continue picking up the pieces following the massive storms that hit the region in 2018.


"It's January, and there are still areas that look like a tornado hit yesterday," said Delton Beall, the Florida Baptist Convention’s disaster relief director.


A Northwest Baptist Disaster Relief recovery team comprising students from the Resonate Church network based in Pullman, WA, aided North Carolina storm victims last November.


The Resonate team assisted homeowners whose houses were destroyed by Hurricane Florence. The work included removing debris and demolition on house interiors.


“We were fortunate enough to work at five homes during the week and meet most of the homeowners,” said Cailin O’Malley, the team’s administrator, in a follow up report. “It was amazing to listen to the stories of those we were assisting and be with them as comfort in the difficult circumstances.”


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