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    'Jesus is worth it,' Greear tells W.Va. Baptists

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (BP) -- Obeying Jesus' command to spread the Gospel is worth the changes His mission often entails in our lives, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told West Virginia Baptists at the group's 2018 annual meeting.

    "If you're really serious about following Jesus, obedience to him is going to take you 180 degrees opposite of the direction you want to go," Greear said, "and in that moment the only thing that will compel you forward is the belief that Jesus is worth it!"

    Greear, a West Virginia native and current pastor of The Summit Church in ... Read More

  • Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

    by Ken Walker, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (BP) -- Soon after West Virginia Baptists passed a resolution last November urging churches to get involved in addressing the opioid crisis, the state's Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association started preliminary planning for a Celebrate Recovery group.

    After five months of leader training, an interdenominational group of churches in the Moundsville area hosted their first Celebrate Recovery meeting in early September. Read More

  • W.Va. Baptists 'all in,' tackle opioid crisis

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (one year ago)

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    FAIRLEA, W.Va. (BP) -- During their annual meeting, West Virginia Baptists were urged to be "all in" through seeking to grow as a convention united in generosity in response to the Gospel. Messengers also pledged to battle the state's drug epidemic during the convention's 47th annual meeting.

    During the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) annual meeting -- held Nov. 2-3 at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, W.Va. -- 173 messengers and 41 guests marked a continued increase in total attendance over previous WVCSB annual meetings. Read More

  • W.Va. state convention pres. Ron McCoy dies

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WHEELING, W.Va. (BP) -- Ron McCoy, the second-term president of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists who urged his state's Baptists last month to be catalysts for revival, died Dec. 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 78.

    Associational missionary for the Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association in Wheeling, W.Va., since 2014, McCoy was elected WVCSB president in 2015 and again last month.

    Addressing attendees at the WVCSB annual meeting Nov. 3-4 in Triadelphia, ... Read More

  • W.Va. Baptists set goals for 2020

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Monday, November 21, 2016 (one year ago)

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    TRIDELPHIA, W.Va. (BP) -- Gathering around the theme "a new day," West Virginia Southern Baptists were introduced to three new convention strategists and presented with four-year goals for church planting and baptisms.

    Meeting Nov. 3-4 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Wheeling Triadelphia at The Highlands in Triadelphia, W.Va., 155 messengers and 48 guests marked a 120 percent increase in total attendance over last year's West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists annual meeting. Read More

  • Rescue of 18 from flood: 'doing what I had to do'

    by Laura Sikes, posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    RAINELLE, W.Va. (BP) -- Rob Bowen had a decision to make. Flee rising floodwaters or help others find safety. The night of the historic flooding in West Virginia, Bowen and his wife Terri decided they would aid their neighbors.

    The couple quickly took action. Strapping a light to his forehead, Bowen, a former coal miner, said he found himself out in the darkness in his kayak with a friend searching for neighbors in his hometown of Rainelle, like 86-year-old Joan Burns.

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    "I had to go and check on my neighbor to see if she was okay," Bowen said.

    Burns, who lives alone next to the Bowens' hardware store, Redstar Home Supply, pointed her flashlight through her window to signal the men, who then managed to move her to safety. Southern Baptists Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers are now helping Burns return to her home. Read More

  • After W.Va. flooding, Baptist DR aiding recovery

    by Josie Rabbitt & Jacob Brooks, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. (BP) -- Blue and "yellow" hard hats can be seen along eight West Virginia counties' roads and streets -- hats worn by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Engaged in recovery assessment, the SBDR response teams are making their way through communities that were under water just days ago, answering calls for help from numerous West Virginians left without power, vehicles and even homes.

    On June 23, torrential rains hit West Virginia, causing flooding that claimed at least 24 lives and more than 100 homes. More than 30,000 homes and businesses lost power. Read More

  • W.Va. flooding prompts Southern Baptist response

    by Mike Ebert and Joe Conway, posted Monday, June 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GREENBRIAR COUNTY, W.Va. (BP) -- Heavy rains on June 23 brought historic flooding to West Va., claiming at least 24 lives and 100 homes. Search and rescue continued on Sunday (June 26), where state and federal officials declared disaster areas.

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) leaders and volunteers have been working in the wake of the storm to aid survivors and comfort those facing the loss of family and loved ones. Several state SBDR units were mobilized Saturday (June 25). Read More

  • W.Va. increases CP, decries Planned Parenthood

    by Staff/Baptist Press & West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, posted Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (2 years ago)

    CEREDO, W.Va. (BP) -- Messengers to the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists called for an end to public funding of Planned Parenthood and increased the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they will forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes. Read More

  • W.Va. elects new exec

    by West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists staff, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (BP) -- William D. 'Bill' Henard, III has been elected as the new executive director-treasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. With a unanimous vote, the WVCSB Executive Board elected Henard during a Sept. 12th meeting at the Baptist building in Scott Depot.

    Henard will assume his new role in October. He has served as the senior pastor of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., since 1999 and as a professor of ... Read More