John Setters was recently honored for 50 years of service as church clerk for Oak Grove Baptist in Tifton, where he has been a member since 1963. He participates in Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief and is a chaplain for Truck Stop Ministries. Setters will retire from his position as clerk but continue as a Sunday School teacher.
Ruth Hufstetler retired on Sept. 30 as church clerk of Tabernacle Baptist in Cartersville. She had served in the role for more than 30 years.
Beginning on Jan. 1, Keith Ivey will begin as a consultant in Community Missions and Disaster Response for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. For the last ten years he has served as director of Georgia Mountain Resort Ministries. Ivey will continue in that role while assisting Community Missions and Disaster Response when available.
Grace Baptist Church in LaGrange held Vision Sunday Aug. 7 with the intent of inviting prospects. The following Sunday members identified 63 unchurched “family units,” each consisting of 1-5 members. Pastor Donnie Benefield and others visited those identified prior to the church’s Sept. 11 revival with evangelist Steve Franz. Due to that effort 12-20 visitors attended each revival service. Since then, an average of five different families have been visiting each Sunday. The first baptism service since the revival was held Oct. 2.
Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church in Gainesville recently held its Annual Fall Crusade Sept. 18-21, this year with evangelist Jon Reed. The outdoor meetings brought 25o in nightly attendance with 29 decisions made on-campus and four more saved off-campus. Six were baptized in the outdoor baptistery with an additional seven baptized on the following Sunday. Darryl Womack is pastor of Montgomery Memorial.