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June/July/August 2014

Jason & Kimberly Merritt Little Rock AG, Waynesboro

Mississippi District Council Assemblies of God

Eric & Katie Crews Calvary AG, Columbus

Richard & Michelle Kinsey Faith AG, Kiln

Ordination Class of 2014

Yvette & Boyd Smith Northside AG, Biloxi

Becky & Warren Selman Northside AG, Biloxi

Inside this Issue: Campmeeting 2014 District Council Updates Chi Alpha News Tucker Banquet Highlights Summer Camp WM Fall Breakaway Men’s Retreat Disaster Response Updates

Derald & Moon Johnson Korean AG, Huntsville, AL

Jose’ & Lisa Green Northside AG, Biloxi

Office of the Superintendent District Council 2014 and Mississippi’s Centennial Celebration is now history. Our speaker, Dr. Bryan Jarrett connected with ministers of every age and background. From the workshops he conducted on Tuesday afternoon to the final message on Thursday night, the ministry of the Word was with a passion and depth that touched people in a profound way. Bob & Sharon Wilburn Superintendent

More and more this annual gathering of ministers and laity is being planned and structured to resource, encourage and strengthen those who attend. Although the business is important and will always be necessary, it is not the only reason or the main reason we attend District Council. Add to this the dynamic of fellowship and District Council becomes a “must attend” event. As we look to the future, we all would understand that the challenges are many. Yet, we must not allow the obstacles to blind us to the amazing opportunities that we have to reach and win the lost. By God’s grace and through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, the best days for God’s Church are before us. For The Harvest, Bob Wilburn

The 2014 Mississippi Healthy Church Network Retreat 1 March 13-14, 2014 with Mike Clarensau


Magnolia Springs Hurley, MS

For more information visit the church website at or call 228.588.6454

SAVE THE DATE! July 20-24

Derek Youngblood Secretary-Treasurer

CREDENTIAL CHANGES Transferred In: Skip Alexander (O) Guy Howell, Jr. (O) Brian Jackson (O) Transferred Out: Randy Henry (O) – LA Newly Credentialed: Justin Bumpus (C) Keith Burney (L) Staci Cook (C) Matthew Dunn (C) Amber Huffman (C) Chris Huffman (C) Camron Lambert (C) Bruce Pepper (C) Rebekah Pino (C) Kristie Rodgers (C) Mark Upton (L) Upgrades: Eric Crews – (O) Ryan Farmer – (O) Jose’ Greene – (O) Jerry Jackson – (L) Derald Johnson – (O) Moon Johnson – (O) Richard Kinsey – (O) Kevin Luker – (L) Jason Merritt – (O) Rebecca Selman – (O) Yvette Smith – (O) Lapsed/Dismissed/Resigned: Matthew Kite (O) – Lapsed Aaron Lee (L) – Lapsed Casey Price (C) – Lapsed Robin Swords (C) – Lapsed Reinstated: Andre Thornton (C) Deceased: John Griffith (O) Richard Proffitt (L)

This issue is a new venture into the cyber world of communication! The 2014 Council approved a resolution to end the printed version of the Advocate. I trust you will find it as satisfying as the hardcopy. This will be sent to our ministers and anyone else who requests to be included. All that is necessary to receive this e-version of the District periodical is to send the request along with a valid email address to or In other business the District: • Elected Rev. Lorri Smith and Rev. Jody Gurley to represent Ordained Females and Under 40 Ministers respectively on the General Presbytery from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. This is the first time Mississippi has been called on to fill these positions as this will rotate annually among the eight districts that make up the Gulf Region of the Assemblies of God. Other Regions will do likewise adding some 20 to 40 members or so to the General Presbytery from these two categories. • Amended our Constitution to allow churches with less than 20 members to maintain sovereignty with District approval. • Amended Bylaws to provide for present and future increases in minister’s dues to General Council. • Amended the Bylaws in how Non-Resident Executive Presbytery Nominees are selected. The Superintendent by virtue of office will serve as one nominee and another ordained minister will be elected to serve as the other nominee. • Amended the Bylaws to provide income for Men’s Ministry from minister’s tithe. We honor and recognize those who were Ordained at the 2014 District Council: Eric Crews, Ryan Farmer, Jose` Green, Derald Johnson, Moon Johnson, Richard Kinsey, Jason Merritt, Rebecca Selman and Yvette Smith. 50 year Honorees—Two ministers were honored on Tuesday evening during Council for 50 Years of Ordained Ministry in the Assemblies of God, Rev. Nathan Fitch and Rev. P. T. Palmer. We honor their dedicated and faithful service to the fellowship and to the Mississippi District.

Mississippi U.S. Missions

New Location for USM Chi Alpha 110 S. 23rd Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Bob Wilburn U.S. Mission Director

USM Chi Alpha moved to their new location on May 1st. They are still in need of monthly financial support and furniture donations (specifically tables & chairs). Details can be found here:

Happy Birthday!

May God grant a special day to each of these senior ministers! June Ella White L.C. Cunningham N.E. Hartshorn Thadis Parker Charles Clary James Reynolds Ed Pruitt

6/16 6/17 6/18 6/23 6/23 6/28 6/29

July Harrell Cook James McCluskey Floyd Cuccia Donald Turner Charles Flippo Daniel Nguyen Harold Griffin James Lann Effie Hembree Holly Tennison Shelton Polk

7/03 7/05 7/05 7/07 7/11 7/15 7/18 7/21 7/24 7/26 7/28

August Ed Stewart William Lewis Hermes Broadhead Sam Balius William Frasier T.M. Wiginton Bobby Wright Norwood Seymour Carl McClain

8/02 8/03 8/08 8/13 8/13 8/15 8/28 8/29 8/30

June 27-30

For more information contact Jody Dyess

25 Counties without an AG Church 410,015 Mississippians wihout an AG church in their county

World Missions With over 140 pastors, district officials, and friends present, the Tucker’s were introduced to their retirement from Assemblies of God World Missions in a grand way. Faithfully serving the Lord and the African Continent for over 38 years, the Tucker’s enjoyed hearGene Emswiler ing from fellow missionaries, Dr. Greg Mundis, Executive Director of Asst.Superintendent AGWM and from Pastors. A sincere spirit of love and appreciation was evident during the meal time and the program that followed. Don and Deborah closed out the evening with words that were filled with deep emotion and much love for all the support that our Don & Deborah Tucker Mississippi District Assemblies of God fellowship showered on them during their missionary tenure. After a time of prayer for the Tucker’s, a great time of fellowship ensued.


The Dearmans want to bring you up to date on their activity. In December, Jim traveled to Thailand and Myanmar for the launch or presentation and dedication ceremonies for the Burmese FireBible. The country of Myanmar for many decades was ruled by the military and thus mission work was very limited but the church stayed the course and grew. When the government was finally returned to the people, the doors were opened to some degree for “friends” of the church to go in and thus we have been able to do the Burmese FireBible. In May, Jim will be back in Asia, first to the Philippines to help train translators who will work on the IIocano FireBible; then on to Bangkok for the launch of 2 more FireBibles the Lao and Khmer. We are so thankful for God’s blessings and many of those come directly through you; our faithful partners in prayer and financial support.


Praise the Lord! Our Speed the Light vehicle has arrived! Huge THANK YOU’s go out to all of the Mississippi youth who have sacrificed so much time and money to insure that the youth of Macedonia hear about the love of Christ! You guys rock! We have already taken the RAV4 on adventures along rocky mountain trails to villages otherwise inaccessible and plan on many more such trips into the vast unknown. After 6 months of intense culture learning, we have agreed to partner with our local church as their youth pastors. We are bursting with love for these youth and know that this is one of many steps to reaching the Macedonian youth for Christ! We are beyond thrilled to announce that Elle is pregnant! Due the last week of September, Little Bentley will be born in Thessaloniki, Greece. Pray for Elle and the baby that all will go well, also continue to pray for us as we minister to the youth of the Balkans.

Please PRAY for our Teen Camp June 23-27 David Maxwell Youth & CE Director

Special Guest Alan Griffin

Youth Leader Summit Date Change December 4-6, 2014

National Youth Convention July 28-August 1 Columbus, Ohio Special Guests: United Pursuit...Jason Frenn... Scoty Gibbons...Serge...The Maze

1914 = 300

2014 = 66 million 2114 = ? • Uncharted 100 year anniversary youth convention. • A once in a lifetime event that won’t happen again for 100 years. • Don’t let your students miss this life-changing event.

Cost: $40 + travel, lodging, food

Special Guests: Bryan Jarret, Charles Crabtree, Doug Clay

Summer Slam Please PRAY for Kids Camp July 6-9 & 9-12

It’s That Time of Year!

Raise the most money for BGMC from June - August

Ms-La Youthalive

Jody Dyess


MS.LA Youth Alive is at work and growing here in Mississippi. We recently finished up a series of assemblies in Wayne County where 124 students and parents got saved in the night event. We held school assemblies at Wayne County High School, Waynesboro Junior High, Clara Middle School, Buckatunna Middle School, and Beat 4 Middle School. We are excited to see the growth and interest in the program, but at the same time we need help. As a result, we have a new couple that has come on board as our missionary associates. Micah and Alicia Reynolds are no strangers to the MS District. Micah grew up in Wayne county and Alicia is our daughter. Prior to joining the Youth Alive team, Micah and Alicia were the Youth/Worship Pastors at Philadelphia First Assembly under Pastor Austin Bishop. Micah and Alicia are eager to get on the mission field, but like any other missionary, they have to raise their budget first. They have a budget of $3500 a month and are currently at 18%. I strongly encourage you to have them be a part of your missions team and contact them for a youth or church service. Micah, Alicia, and Asher Reynolds - 107 Sand Hill Cove - Brandon, MS 39047 601.701.4109 - AGUSM account# 2826329

Women’s Ministries How thankful we are for the blessings of the Lord in our Spring Conference. The ministry of Karen Wheaton was outstanding. The praise and worship was awesome with the worship team from Cornerstone in Southaven. Our workshop speakers were great. We praise the Lord for all that was accomplished in the spiritual tide of this conference. To God be the glory!

Judy Warren We are believing for a fantastic year in LoveLink giving. We are raising money for our F.R.E.E. Mississippi Director campaign for 2015. A large part of this campaign will be training women and girls to recognize the signs of

Human Trafficking and how they can help fight against it! Thank you, ladies, for joining us in this battle to free trafficked children and women. Thank you so much for the money you helped raise last year. In 2014, we have transitioned from our Heartline Room to supplying our missionaries with GIFT CARDS! In this way, our missionaries can purchase specific items that they need. You have always been so gracious in bringing items for the Heartline room. Now that we have changed to giving gift cards, I know that you will step up and help me by sending your gift cards to the office so that we can continue to minister to our missionaries needs. I hope you will make every effort to be with us at our Fall Breakaway this October. You will love the speaker, Melanie Griffin, Women’s Director for the South Texas District. She is an anointed speaker with a passionate heart. You will enjoy Twin Lakes with all its beautiful scenery. We hope to see you there ! My heart is full when I reflect back on our Spring Conference and look ahead to Fall Breakaway. My heart is also full when I reflect on our wonderful women and all you do for the Kingdom! Thank you, ladies. I am honored to serve with you. God bless you and keep you!

Sponsored by the Mississippi District Women’s Ministries Department

Renada Richardson GM Coordinator

Purity Ring Ceremony for ages 6th grade and up. Any girl that would like to make a commitment to purity can visit ______for details.

Saturday October 18

Girl’s Ministries

Girls Ministries Celebration 1:00 for all Honors and Graduates

Royal Rangers July 14-18 will be a great time of Frontiersman Camping Fellowship fun. The 2014 National Rendezvous will be held at Camp Eagle Rock, MO. This will be the most exciting and colorful FCF event ever. You won’t want to miss this special brand of fellowship, camaraderie, and competition with your FCF brethren from across the country. You will have the opportunity to hear from some great speakers and join in an amazing time of worship. Be a part of the undaunted brotherhood of the FCF. The theme will come from Psalm 29:8, “The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness”. Bruce Pepper Royal Ranger Commander

August 9 will be the Super Splash Fun Day at Ranger Trails Camp. All of the Royal Ranger age groups are invited for a fun day of swimming activities. On August 22-23 we will hold a Ranger Essentials training class for adult Royal Ranger leaders at Ranger Trails Camp. If you have adult leaders who need training, they won’t want to miss out on this great class. It is an excellent class for Pastors, Youth Pastors, and Children’s Pastors.

C.A. Farmer Director

What a year this has shaped up to be! With all the responsibilities of being a Pastor, Men’s Director, Papaw, and husband, this is shaping up to be a very busy year! However, I like it that way. Here we are with the District Council only a few days behind us. I hope that we are finally seeing the extreme need of men in the step in and fill the role that God has for us. In the near future, we will be meeting at RTC for a Men’s Retreat. Our progress has been slower than we had hoped it would be, however we are making some headway in the laying of the foundation for our future. We have had to dig and then dig again but as I see it we are better off in the long run to carefully set the future, before we launch. Several of you have come on board to support financially and we do ask that all of you pray and ask the Lord to continue to bless this ministry. Thank you for your continued prayer and support. Peace and blessings to all of you.

Men’s Ministry is on Facebook

September 26-27 RANGER TRAILS CAMP

$50 per person (includes lodging & meals)

For more information e-mail

Guest Speaker Lee McBride

Events include: Archery Shoot - Handgun Shoot - Skeet Shoot. Fishing and golf on Friday if you want to come early. Free Thursday night “Steak Out” for all senior pastors and Men’s Ministry leaders.

MS District School of Ministry Derek Youngblood Director

NEW for the 2014-15 school year!! In the Fall of 2014, MS-SOM will be switching to a ONE DAY format. All classes will be held on Saturday from 9:00 - 4:00. Checkout our website at Look under Resourses/School of Ministry. A powerful spring storm system brought a multi-day severe weather outbreak across a large portion of our country during April 27-30. This outbreak started across the Central Plains on the 27th and slowly migrated eastward over the following two days. A large tornado outbreak occurred across the Lower MS River & TN River Valleys on the 28th. Across MS, the tornado outbreak on the 28th was the main event. Multiple supercell thunderstorms developed during the afternoon Robert Bingham and produced many instances of damaging wind and large hail along Director with multiple tornadoes. The most devastating tornado was the EF-4 which tore a path across NE Leake, the corners of Attala/Neshoba counties, and through the heart of Winston County where the city of Louisville was especially hard hit. This tornado was on the ground for 34.3 miles and resulted in 10 fatalities. The Tupelo tornado was on the ground for 32 miles and was rated an EF-3. Lowndes, Rankin, Hinds, Scott, Newton, Montgomery, Warren and Jones all experienced tornados and damaging winds as well. Overall, 22 tornadoes have been confirmed, 3 were rated EF-4, 1 rated an EF-3, 3 rated EF-2, 12 rated EF1 and 2 rated EF-0.

Our team has spent the last three weeks on the ground responding. We have tarped many roofs, removed debris, distributed food and cleaning supplies, provided chaplain support, handed out water and powerade, (thanks to Convoy of Hope) as well as ministering to first responders. All in all, some 200 volunteers have given their time to minister to the victims of these deadly storms. Remember your finances and your time helped us to accomplish all that was done.

The Assemblies of God ADVOCATE is the official quarterly publication of the Mississippi District Council of the Assemblies of God Derek Youngblood, Editor

2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS JUNE 6-8 District Pow-Wow “Wildlife” Ranger Trails Camp 23-27 Collide Teen Camp JULY 4 District Office closed for Independence Day 6-9 Quest Kids Camp 1 9-12 Quest Kids Camp 2 14-18 National Rendezvous Camp Eagle Rock – Eagle Rock, MO 15 Executive Presbytery Meeting 17-24 AIM Trip to Nicaragua 18-21 YMI (Young Minister’s Institute) 26 District Advisory Council Ranger Trails Camp 28-Aug 1 National Fine Arts Festival – Columbus, OH AUGUST 7-10 General Council 100th Year Celebration 9 District Ranger Kids / Super Splash Fun Day – Ranger Trails Camp 15-16 MS-SOM 19 Credential Committee Meeting 22-23 Adult Training (Ranger Essentials) – RTC 22-23 Youth Leader’s Summit SEPTEMBER 1 District Office closed for Labor Day 8 LFTL Tour Section 9 – Grace Pointe, Laurel 9 LFTL Tour Section 10 – Little Rock, Waynesboro

11 12 13 19-20 20 22 23 26-27

LFTL Tour Section 6 – Southside, Jackson LFTL Tour Section 1 – Solid Rock, Senatobia District Derby Day – RTC MS-SOM Honor Bound Men’s Ministry Archery Tournament – Faith AG, Quitman Executive Presbytery Meeting Presbytery Meeting Fall Men’s Retreat – Ranger Trails Camp

OCTOBER 3-4 WM’ Fall Retreat 3-4 Work Days – Ranger Trails Camp 3-5 Uncharted (100 Year Anni versary Youth Convention) Hot Springs, AR 17-18 MS-SOM 24-26 FCF Fall Trace – Ranger Trails Camp NOVEMBER 7-8 MISSION 5:11 7-8 2014 Commanders Confer ence – Ranger Trails Camp 14-15 MS-SOM 27-28 District Office closed for Thanksgiving DECEMBER 5 Honorbound Men’s Awards Night – District Office 24-26 District Office closed for Christmas Holidays 31 Credential Renewal Deadline

DISTRICT OFFICE 5360 I-55 South P.O. Box 720309 Byram, MS 39272 Phone 601.373.1943 Fax 601.371.0486 Website EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Bob Wilburn - District Superintendent Gene Emswiler - Assistant Superintendent Derek Youngblood - Secretary-Treasurer EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERS Bob Wilburn, Gene Emswiler, Derek Youngblood, Greg Davis, Murphy Matheny GENERAL PRESBYTERS Bob Wilburn, Gene Emswiler, Derek Youngblood SECTIONAL PRESBYTERS Sec. 1 Southaven..........Virgil Scherff Sec. 2 Tupelo................Mike Price Sec. 3 Water Valley.......Tommy Darby Sec. 4 Columbus...........Ron Delgado Sec. 5 Greenville...........Steve Burton Sec 6 Jackson................David Warren Sec. 7 Meridian.............C.A. Farmer Sec. 8 McComb.............James Dalton Sec. 9 Hattisburg..........Scott Davis Sec. 10 Waynesboro.....Tamber Proctor Sec. 11 Biloxi.................Jeff Fillmore Sec. 12 Pascagoula........Rodney Coleman DEPARTMENT OFFICERS BOB WILBURN C.A. FARMER U.S. MISSIONS DIRECTOR










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