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New ministers gather for fellowship, orientation


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Sondra and Glen Howe, left and center, enjoy lunch with New Church Development Ministries Specialist Butch Butcher, right. Glen Howe is entering his ninth month as director of missions for South Metro Baptist Association near Atlanta. The couple moved to Atlanta earlier this year from Texas where Glen Howe was pastor of Martindale Baptist Church, located between Austin and San Antonio.

Pastors and spouses new to the Georgia Baptist Convention gathered at the Missions and Ministry Center on September 24 for a day of fellowship, orientation, and brainstorming new ways of reaching their communities for Christ.

The longstanding tradition of orienting new ministers to the state convention was attended by 44 pastors, 32 spouses, and an associational missionary and his wife. Eight children were entertained by the disaster relief childcare unit staffed by volunteers across the state.

The ministers attended conferences such as “The Top Ten Tax Mistakes Ministers and Churches Make,” “Sustainable Ministry: Church Giving Matters,” and an update on the Across Georgia 2010 evangelistic outreach emphasis.

Paul Darnal, pastor of Nepali Baptist Church, won a mission trip to one of the state convention’s partnerships (California, New York, and Appalachia). His congregation is a church plant of North Pinetree Baptist Church in Doraville.

Winning the international mission trip was Joel Thomas, pastor of Pinetree Park Baptist Church in Riverdale. Thomas will choose between locations where the state convention is partnering with Western Canada or the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Misty Mayes, spouse of Middle River Baptist Church, Carnesville, youth pastor Joshua Mayes, won a lifetime subscription to The Christian Index.


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Jon Duncan, Music and Worship Ministries specialist, leads the new ministers and spouses in song during an afternoon worship service and introduction to the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center.

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Lorelia Sprinkel, age 2, is entertained by disaster relief child care volunteers Doug Allison, center, and Nancy Mutchler, right, during the New Ministers Orientation. Sprinkel attends First Baptist Church of Hinesville with her parents, Robert and Suzette Sprinkel. Allison is a member of Midway Baptist Church in Villa Rica while Mutchler is a member of First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald.

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Benjamin Holcombe, age 5, right, with his father’s hand on his head, watches the registration process as his parents complete child care paperwork. At left his mother, Jennifer, holds sister Abigail, 23 months, while his father, Paul, looks on. Paul Holcombe is youth minister at Olivet Baptist Church in Dublin.