Three men recognized in ordination service
OAK GROVE – On Oct. 21, New Liberty Baptist Church set apart three men in an ordination service.
Don Gerteisen and Ron Strange were ordained into the deacon ministry and will serve the body at New Liberty. Todd Talcott was ordained into the ministry of the Gospel. Todd is serving New Liberty as an associate pastor leading the student, worship and kingdom ministries. He is currently a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Tony Preston of Midwestern Seminary with Robert Collins, executive director of West Central Baptist Association and West Central’s Associate Director David Mifflin, participated with New Liberty’s deacons and staff in the ordination.
Blunt appoints Messer to child abuse board
JEFFERSON CITY– Kerry Messer, member of First Baptist Church, Festus-Crystal City, has been appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board.
“We must ensure that our children are protected from any alleged instances of abuse,” Blunt said. “I know that Kerry Messer shares my belief in the importance of protecting our children and will work to ensure the safety and security of Missouri’s youth.”
Messer, 48, is president of the Missouri Family Network. He has over 23 years of leadership experience in pro-life and pro-family policy. His appointment is subject to Missouri State Senate confirmation for a term ending April 7, 2010.
The board provides an independent review of child abuse and neglect determinations to give the person named as an alleged perpetrator the opportunity to present information which is significant to the finding of abuse or neglect made by the Children’s Division.
Hannibal – The Hannibal-LaGrange (HLG) Athletic Department will add men’s volleyball to its list of NAIA sports offerings, beginning the fall of 2008. It was approved by the HLG Trustee Board Sept. 14.
First Stockton licenses Spurgeon to ministry
STOCKTON – The First Southern Baptist Church here recently licensed Ken Spurgeon to the Gospel ministry.
Becky Wombwell, listed with a term expiring 2010 on the Missouri Baptist Convention Credentials Committee, is from Macon. She was incorrectly said to be from Lincoln.