Ebenezer Baptist Church has had a rich and fascinating history dating all the way back to April 20, 1849. Since P.C. Chambers was called as the first pastor the church has had a total of 33 pastors, with Andy Childs having assumed that role in November of 2003.
The Great Commission Resurgence that arose within the Southern Baptist Convention last year is being embraced by many state conventions as they restructure for greater efficiency and provide increased funding of missions and church planting efforts in North America and around the world.
Reflecting the economic downturn, 24 of Southern Baptist state conventions reduced their budgets, oftentimes reducing allocations to convention-related entities such as colleges, children's and retirement homes and foundations in order to keep expenses in line with CP receipts from local churches.
Andrew Ryzhkov, pastor of Calvary Russian Baptist Church here, reported to The Index that his attendance exceeds his membership very much like the Russian Baptist church in Sacramento. Ryzhkov's church is smaller, but he also contends that repentance is a major emphasis in his church.
Passages is a 23,000-square-foot, multimedia exhibition that provides an interactive experience and tells the dramatic story of the most-banned, most-debated, best-selling book of all time - the Bible.
Here we stand on the threshold of another year. Charles Lamb said, "New Year's Day is every man's birthday." Benjamin Franklin stated, "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published December 29, 2011
As we enter a brand new year, I recall from my reading an author who referred to entering the New Year as a dreadful thing. He suggested that it is like launching out into the deep on a starless, dark night.