Michael Pigg, pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia, is among those named by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page to serve on a 21-member Bivocational and Small Church Advisory Council to serve through 2017, SBC LIFE reported in its fall issue.
Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation.
For Mitch Englehart,* it's a beautiful sight that's taking place in some very dirty water. The South Carolina native watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a small village in the South Asian countryside. Dhanwan is one of them.
With 1.4 million members in Georgia, the Georgia Baptist Convention remains the state's largest faith group with about 15% of the population. But Georgia Baptists are more than a group that gathers on Sundays to worship; they are actively involved in bringing quality health care throughout the state to those who are uninsured or underinsured.
As a sophomore at Luella High School Rachel Stokes was a pretty, perky achiever. She was a straight A student who was also engaged in many extracurricular activities. She was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the chorus at Luella High, and a multitude of activities at Teamon Baptist Church, where her dad, William, served as pastor.
Almost three decades ago John Toegbaye was a young man who lived in Nimba, a county in the north-central portion of the west Africa nation of Liberia. Though underprivileged he longed to complete his high school education.