Mission in 5

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September 14, 2021  

2021 Region Expo Guest Kelli Foreman

My Guest today is Kelli Foreman, the Assistant Executive Director of Kodiak Baptist Mission and American Baptist Home Missionary. She has a full and diverse set of responsibilities at Kodiak that include grant writing, directing the before and after school programming, overseeing the only grade-A goat dairy on the Island, and is a rather imaginative social media content creator. Her husband Stephen in addition to his work with Kodiak Baptist Mission is a counselor for the local school district. They are Nebraska natives with ties to Gibbon and Fremont, and met at the Moses Merrill Camp and Conference Center.


I really enjoyed my conversation with Kelli and look forward to hearing more from her and Stephen during our “Say Yes to the Call” Region Expo on October 1 and 2, 2021. Unfortunately, they cannot attend our event in person, but will be joining us through the magic of a live zoom call to learn more about their callings to serve at Kodiak Baptist Mission and in school counseling and how they invite others to “Say Yes to the Call” to follow Christ in their everyday lives and vocations. You can register for the Region Expo by visiting our website www.abcnebraska.com and click the Region Expo link at the top of the page.



Kodiak Baptist Mission: https://www.kodiakbaptistmission.org/heritage-farm-ranch/

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Kelli Foreman Facebook

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September 9, 2021  

2021 Region Expo Guests J.D. and Rhonda Reed

J.D. and Rhonda Reed are Global Servants for International Ministries to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

They work primarily with the House of Hope. Rhonda a nurse with multiple medical certifications, leads the House of Hope a ministry that provides a variety of health and development ministries in urban contexts. JD trains and equips missionaries, pastors, and leaders in his role as a regional consultant for theological education and partners with Palmer Seminary in the United States to provide masters degrees in Latin Studies in Spanish and Portuguese

We have invited JD and Rhonda to Mission in 5 because they are doing great ministry in Bolivia and because they will serve as special guests to our “Say Yes to the Call” Region Expo on October 1 and 2, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Fremont, NE. Sadly, they will not be able to join us in person, but we will host a live zoom call with them during the expo. So, whether you join us in person or online, you will get to see them and hear about why they “Say yes to the Call”.



International Ministries Bio Page: https://www.internationalministries.org/author/jr-reed/

Palmer Seminary MTS Latin Ministries: https://www.palmerseminary.edu/programs/mts-latinoa-ministries

House of Hope: https://www.hohbolivia.org/  (Page updates coming soon)

2021 CHC Region Expo info and registration: http://abcnebraska.com/wp/mission-expo/

June 15, 2021  

Church, Camp, and Foster Closet with Nolan and Amanda Hayes

My guests today are Nolan and Amanda Hayes of First Baptist Church, Beatrice, NE. Nolan is the senior pastor and Amanda is the director of the Foster Care Closet. While each are called individually to serve in their unique ministry roles, they are also a married couple who have found fun ways to minister together in Beatrice since 2017. Nolan and Amanda are the parents of four children. In addition to his role as pastor at FBC, Nolan serves as Camp Pastor to Junior Camp at Moses Merrill Camp and Conference Center. 


FBC Beatrice https://www.facebook.com/First-Baptist-Church-Beatrice-155628924578092/

Foster Care Closet of Nebraska https://fostercarecloset.org

Camp Moses Merrill http://campmerrill.com/



May 24, 2021  

The Nones, the Church, and Baseball with Ryan Burge

Rev. Dr. Ryan Burge is the Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. He is author of The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are GoingIn the book he details a comprehensive picture of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. I give readers a nuanced, accurate, and meaningful picture of the growing number of Americans who say that they have no religious affiliation. This book explains how this rise happened, who the nones are, and what they mean for the future of American religion.

Ryan is also the pastor of First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, IL, and ABC Congregation.

Learn more about Ryan at http://ryanburge.net/

Follow Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanburge


May 10, 2021  

Wrestling with a call with Blake Wilkes

Rev. Blake Wilkes is the Pastor of the only congregation in Arthur County, NE, the Arthur Baptist Church. Blake is loves outdoor activities like skiing, riding trails, camping, and water sports. He is also a humble and compassionate pastor who gets excited about discipleship. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Blake Wilkes.


Arthur Baptist Church: https://www.facebook.com/arthurbaptistchurch

Blake Wilkes: https://www.facebook.com/blake.wilkes.12

American Baptist Churches of Nebraska: http://abcnebraska.com/wp/

Table Life: https://table-life.org/


April 12, 2021  

Relationships, Identity, and Kingdom with Mark De Kluyver

Rev. Mark De Kluyver is the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in Kearney, NE. Mark is passionate about discipleship. This is a great conversation that is helpful for anyone curious about how to engage in discipleship in the local church as we continue to work our way out of COVID restrictions. 


FBC Kearney: https://kearneyfb.org/

Mark De Kluyver staff page: http://kearneyfb.org/about/#staff


April 5, 2021  

Grilling out with Clint Walker

Rev. Clint Walker is the pastor of FBC North Platte, NE. He shares his love of people, grilling, and local church ministry. We compare cooking skills to ministry of the future. 


FBC North Platte: https://www.fbcnorthplatte.org/

FBC NP Social: https://www.facebook.com/FirstbaptistchurchNP

ABC Nebraska: http://abcnebraska.com/





April 1, 2021  

Journalism and Talkin Sox with Curtis Ramsey-Lucas

Curtis Ramsey-Lucas is the editor of The Christian Citizen and commissioned missionary for the American Baptist Home Mission Society. He and I discuss journalism, art, books, and more. The Red Sox even make an appearance. 


The Christian Citizen https://christiancitizen.us/

In this Together: Ministry in Times of Crisis book: https://smile.amazon.com/InThisTogether-Ministry-Times-Crisis/dp/0817018239/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=curtis+ramsey+lucas&qid=1615415030&sr=8-1







March 29, 2021  

Midwest roots & Baptist heritage with Bill Prather

Bill Prather is the pastor of historic First Baptist Church in Omaha, NE. During our conversation we talk his Baptist heritage, Midwest roots, and the shifting ministry landscape for FBC Omaha and the American Church generally. 



http://www.omahafbc.org/wp/ First Baptist Church Omaha

http://campmerrill.com/ Moses Merrill Camp and Conference Center

https://table-life.org/ Table Life: An Invitation to Everyday Discipleship

http://abcnebraska.com/wp/ ABC Nebraska

March 22, 2021  

Spiritual Direction with Jeff Savage

Rev. Dr. Jeff Savage is a Spiritual Director and Pastor Emeritus of FBC Springfield, OR. He and his wife Janet are hosts of Sacred Space Vida, a spiritual retreat center in Oregon. Their home and retreat center were lost during the west coast wild fires in 2020. They are in the process of rebuilding. During our conversation we discuss the role of a spiritual director, the benefits of spiritual direction, and what to expect in such a relationship.


Jeff Savage Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.savage.583

Sacred Space Vida: https://www.sacredspacevida.com/


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