NAMB appoints missionaries with Missouri connections
November 1, 2005
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Five missionaries with ties to Missouri have been appointed by the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
Rick and Julie Biesiadecki will serve in St. Louis, where Rick has been named a church planting missionary. He received his bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., and his master of divinity degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C. He also attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Prior to coming to Missouri, he served as pastor and planter at NewRock Church in Covington, Ga., and as a church planting assistant for the Georgia Baptist Convention in Atlanta.
Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in human resources at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
Andrew Mann, a Poplar Bluff native, has been appointed ministry evangelism consultant in New York City, specializing in the Bronx.
A graduate of Wheaton (Ill.) College with a bachelor of music education degree, Mann served three stints as a NAMB summer missionary at East 7th Street Baptist Church, New York City.
Also, Marty and Karen McCord are serving in Altamont, Kan., where Marty is an associational missionary for Tri-County Baptist Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., and served as pastor for over 30 years for churches in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. His Missouri church service included a time at Minden Baptist Church.
The North American Mission Board, located near Atlanta, Ga., is the Southern Baptist Convention home missions agency which assists SBC churches in reaching the United States, Canada and the United States Territories with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The five missionaries with Missouri ties were among 102 commissioned Oct. 2 by NAMB.
In a special 90-minute service at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Ga., NAMB commissioned 48 married couples and six individuals. The new missionaries will serve in 27 states and five Canada locations – Alberta, Toronto, Ontario, British Columbia and Montreal. Another eight hold “national” assignments.
Following a processional, all the new missionaries and chaplains – accompanied by flags representing their new states or provinces – introduced themselves to the 2,000-person congregation while several shared their testimonies.
In his charge to the new missionaries, Chuck Allen, NAMB’s executive vice president, told the missionaries and congregation that “we make God’s simplistic plan of salvation complicated when it’s really not.