KANSAS CITY – Eddie Bumpers, senior pastor of Crossway Baptist Church, Springfield, will deliver the convention sermon during the annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), Oct. 29 at 11:35 a.m.
As the annual meeting approaches, Bumpers prays that God will use his sermon to encourage pastors “to be dedicated to where God has put them and to overcome the difficulties, the obstacles, and the discouragement that might come.”
“The heart of my message, for myself as well as for them, is the desire to be anointed by the Holy Spirit afresh—with the power of God—to do the ministry that God has given us to do,” he said. “In this world, we need the love and the power of God like never before.”
Bumpers added that he is honored to present the convention sermon and excited to hear from the other preachers slated to speak during the pastors’ conference and annual meeting.
Although Bumpers has served Missouri Baptists for more than a decade, he was born in Alabama and spent much of his childhood in Florida. After becoming a Christian in 1981 and surrendering to ministry in 1982, he served for 12 years as a student minister and associate pastor in his home church. Then he served as the pastor to churches in Mississippi and North Carolina. In 2000, Bumpers moved to Springfieldto become senior pastor of Broadway Baptist Church, which soon outgrew its facilities, relocated and changed its name to Crossway Baptist Church.
Bumpers was awarded his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in 2013. Previously, he earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Luther Rice. Bumpers and his wife, Tess, have been married for 31 years and have three children, Jared, Jordan and Bethany.