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Hometown couples among 113 commissioned by NAMB


TAYLORS, S.C. (BP) — For Chris Barnes and wife Susan, the Feb. 24 North American Mission Board missionary commissioning service at Taylors First Baptist Church in South Carolina held very special meaning. Taylors, pastored by Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page, is the Barnes’ home church and Chris served as an associational church planter in nearby Greenville.

The Barneses were among 113 people commissioned by the North American Mission Board Feb. 24 to fill dozens of different roles, such as church planters, casino chaplains, campus missionaries, and crisis pregnancy center directors.

The new missionaries join more than 5,000 workers already serving in North America. More than 2,800 Southern Baptist chaplains have been endorsed by the North American Mission Board for service throughout North America and in the military.

The Barneses served for four years as International Mission Board missionaries in North Africa and the Middle East and now are serving as church planter strategists in South Dakota, jointly funded by the Dakota Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board.

Chaplain David Blanton and wife Melissa also call Taylors First their church home and were among the newly commissioned as well.