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  • Wildfire skirts CA church, pastor shares scary moments

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- When the massive Thomas wildfire rushed the boundaries of Springs of Life Baptist Church in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, pastor Doug Jones was onsite with firefighters and others working to save the church, nearby homes and livestock.

    Jones described the "terrifying" scene to Baptist Press today (Dec. 8). His church serves as a staging area for perhaps 60 Unified Command firefighters who manned 12 fire engines near the church in the quaint mountain community of Casitas Springs in Ventura. Read More

  • So. Calif. churches in wildfire path; DR on standby

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- With five wildfires burning in California, the latest in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby and several church facilities are unreachable, ministry leaders there told Baptist Press.

    The Thomas fire in Ventura, the largest, is threatening churches in the Gold Coast Baptist Association that are included in mandatory evacuation zones, Director of Missions Vern Hancock said. Springs of Life Church in the Casitas Springs community of Ventura was in imminent danger, but Hancock had been unable to contact its pastor Douglas Jones by BP's deadline today (Dec. 6). Read More

  • Calif. Baptists highlight 'The Power of One'

    by Terry Barone & Holly Smith, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (one year ago)

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    RIVERSIDE (BP) -- Messengers to the 2017 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting welcomed a new executive director, re-elected the convention president and approved a 2018 budget during their 77th session that highlighted "The Power of One," based on John 17:22.

    Held at Magnolia Church in Riverside Oct. 24-25, the Tuesday evening session featured Bill Agee, elected as CSBC executive director in May, who presented his vision for the convention as well as details about a restructure. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists elect Bill Agee executive director

    by Terry Barone, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Bill Agee has been elected as executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.

    The 64-year-old minister of church planting and revitalization at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected to the position today (May 11) by the board. His election culminated a yearlong search replacing Fermín A. Whittaker, who retired Feb. 28 after serving 22 years. Agee will begin his new duties June 1. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate Whittaker's 22-year tenure

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    WEST SACRAMENTO (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting celebrated the 22-year tenure of the CSBC executive director, elected a new slate of officers and approved a 2017 budget during their 76th session that celebrated "Generations Reaching Generations."

    Held at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26, the gathering featured a number of CSBC and Southern Baptist Convention entities recognizing Fermín A. Whittaker for his service. This was his last annual meeting as the state convention's leader; in May he set his retirement effective Feb. 28. Read More

  • Calif. leader Fermín Whittaker to retire

    by Terry Barone, posted Friday, May 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín A. Whittaker, executive director of California Southern Baptist Convention since 1995, announced May 13 he will retire next February upon completing 22 years of service.

    In his announcement to the CSBC Executive Board during its regular spring meeting, Whittaker said that since his early call to ministry "I have known the blessings of being a servant of God. I find it amazing that God could take a stuttering kid like me [to be] a pastor of His church." Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate 75 years, increase CP

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Tuesday, November 03, 2015 (2 years ago)

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- With the theme, "Until It's Finished," California Southern Baptists celebrated 75 years of ministry in the Golden State, adopted a budget with an increased percentage to the Southern Baptist Convention and re-elected their president during their annual meeting Oct. 27-28 at Valley Baptist Church.

    The California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Bakersfield, Calif., highlighted historical references to the ... Read More