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Florida Fellowship News The Global Missions Issue A publication of The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida 4th Quarter Vol. 20 No. 4

CBF’s Offering for Global Missions: Connecting Our Passion with God’s Mission The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Offering for Global Missions has entered its peak season for receiving gifts toward the 2010-2011 goal of $5.5 million dollars. Although the Offering is collected year round, Advent and Christmas seasons have traditionally seen the greatest percentage of gifts. The Offering provides financial support for CBF field personnel around the world, including personnel who are serving in the United States. In fact, the Offering for Global Missions is the primary funding source for more than 150 of CBF’s field personnel. Each year, CBF focuses attention on work in two parts of the world, one in North America and the other beyond its shores. This year, the international focus is upon the work of Dianne and Shane McNary. The McNarys live in Košice, Slovakia, where they work among the Roma people, commonly referred to as the Gypsies. For more than 600 years the Roma people have been the subjects of intense, sometimes violent, oppression in Slovakia. As a people, the Roma are one of the world’s

When Dianne McNary, who spent much of her life working as a nurse, learned that many Roma children didn’t have access to healthcare, she created a program where basic health information is shared in a local Roma school.

“most marginalized” populations. The North American focus is upon Ronnie Adams. Ronnie has lived and worked in New York City since 1995. He ministers to a large HIV/ AIDS community. He also serves with two CBF congregations in New York City: the Metro Baptist Church in Hell’s Kitchen (Manhattan), and the Greater Restoration Baptist Church in Crown Heights (Brooklyn). Ronnie Adams (left) shares a laugh Ronnie recalls the story of with pastor Ken Bogan of Greater ResCresenki, a young woman toration Baptist Church in Brooklyn. diagnosed with AIDS who passed the disease on to her newborn daughter. Cresenki became a Christian a few years after her diagnosis and she began sharing her faith and hope with other HIV/AIDS patients. Although she eventually succumbed to the illness, Cresenki “became a beautiful story of the hope of Christ and what God’s love in someone’s life can do,” says Adams, who was asked to preach at her funeral. When churches and individuals give to CBF’s Offering for Global Missions, they link their own passion for God’s kingdom together with the passion of amazing field personnel in order to partner with God in the Creator’s mission to redeem the world. For more information on CBF field personnel, the Offering for Global Missions, or to donate to the Offering, visit the CBF website at

North Stuart’s Mike and Brenda Harwood Commissioned to Serve in Haiti Mike and Brenda Harwood were commissioned at their home church, North Stuart Baptist Church, on October 31 to serve as CBF field coordinators for mission teams and individuals working in Haiti. The service marked a significant place in the couple’s Christian pilgrimage. Mike and Brenda came to North Stuart by way of England, their home country, but in March Mike found himself unemployed. “Redundancy and some blind alleyways during the first part of 2010 had us both concerned with our future,” said Mike. “But God was always there guiding us. We learned to rely on prayer and our church family, Mike Harwood works with a young apprentice on who were supportive and helpful. It was their suggestion that we go to one of Grand Goâve’s construction projects. the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida Celebration in April.” It was at that meeting that three things came together to direct Mike and Brenda to full-time service in Haiti as CBF field personnel. First, Mike shared with the assembly on Friday evening concerning his trip to Haiti with a mission team from North Stuart. Second, they heard Rob Nash, CBF’s coordinator for global missions, preach. Third, they took time to express their desire to Nash in their words, “to do something, in missions, somewhere.” For a while after that they heard nothing. Then Mike explains, “Things exploded. By early June Brenda and I had committed to a three month assignment to Haiti as the Coordinators for the CBF response to the Haitian earthquake. In late September, we made our long-term commitment to Haiti.” The Harwoods are now based out of Grand Goâve, southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. They work alongside Tori Wentz and Jenny Jenkins, two nurses who have established monthly clinics in several nearby communities. Mike, a Brenda Harwood spends quality time former business analyst, and Brenda, a nurse, coordinate not only medical ministry with young girls impacted by January’s Haitian earthquake. teams, but teams that assist with construction projects (rebuilding a local school and houses), and teams that assist in developing sustainable, clean water supplies. Your gifts to CBF’s Offering for Global Missions help underwrite the Harwoods’ ministry, as well as the work of other CBF field personnel in Haiti. For more information on the Harwoods and CBF’s Offering for Global Missions, see the October/November 2010 issue of CBF Fellowship! or go online to docs/2010october.november.

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CBF Florida partners to respond to Caribbean disaster Cooperative Baptists in Florida were called upon to assist a sister Baptist congregation on the tiny Caribbean island of St. Lucia, following the island-wide destruction caused by Hurricane Tomas during the last weekend of October. The storm, which left at least 14 dead, devastated large portions of the island. By Friday, Nov. 5, CBF FL had sent $2,000 to Rev. Benedict Jn Baptiste, known by his congregation as Pastor Ben, to assist his congregation, Redemption Ministries, in the purchase and distribution of water and other emergency supplies that had to be obtained from Grenada. Three members of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship community partnered together to respond to the crisis in St. Lucia. Rev. Preston Cooper, pastor of St. Cleveland Baptist Church (a new CBF FL church) in Freetown, Grand Bahama, called Ray Johnson early during the week of Nov. 1 to alert the Lakeland office to the need in St. Lucia. Tommy Deal, the Disaster Response coordinator for CBF FL, immediately contacted David Harding, CBF national’s international disaster response coordinator, to determine the best ways to respond. After contacting Rev. Baptiste in St. Lucia, Deal worked with Harding to secure and send the $2,000, which comprised $1,500 from CBF national and $500 from CBF Florida’s disaster response fund. Rev. Baptiste responded after receiving the gift that the support “helped eased the challenge of our plight . . . and a measure of relief has come our way because of you. . . . Rest assured your efforts will not only help relieve our plight , but will provide an opportunity for long lasting brotherly love and fellowship.” Page 2

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October’s Representative Assembly adds 6th district, collects offering, approves 2011 budget


John Pelham and the First Baptist CBF Florida’s Representative Assembly (RA) met October 29-30 in Lakeland for its second meeting of the year. The RA tackled several significant items, including a vote to Church of Palatka add a sixth district, a review of the organization’s strategic plan, and approval of the 2011 ruined me . . . for the better. Thirty-five CBF Florida budget. Moderated by David Holladay, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, the years ago, Brother RA heard a devotional message on Friday afternoon from Rev. Preston Cooper, the John invited me to go pastor of St. Cleveland Baptist Church in Freetown, Grand Bahama. Rev. Cooper’s on the church’s summer youth congregation, along with six others, mission trip – a couple of weeks voted in September to form the on a church bus, performances Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of each night on the way to and from the Bahamas, and they petitioned CBF Florida for membership. Rutland, Vermont, backyard Bible Later that afternoon, the RA clubs, and revival services each voted unanimously and night in Vermont. We sold bags of enthusiastically to add a sixth district to the existing five districts of potatoes from Spuds and Hastings to pay for our way there. CBF Florida. The sixth district Ray Johnson (4th from right) meets with pastors from 7 comprises the islands of the It was during that trip that Bahamian churches. New officers of CBF of the Bahamas Caribbean. Currently, nine Brother John came into my room include Preston Cooper (far left), Chief Administrator, churches in the Caribbean (seven in and said boldly that he and the and John McIntosh (5th from right), Coordinator. the Bahamas and two in Puerto deacons of the church had been Rico) are aligned with and praying for me and they believed supporting CBF Florida. Following the vote, the members of the RA rose spontaneously that God was calling me into to their feet and burst into applause at the historic vote. ministry. It was during that trip Bill Marr, one of three Florida representatives on CBF’s National Coordinating Council, brought a report to the RA from the NCC. Following his report, he challenged the RA to that amazingly I discovered that contribute to the State Missions Offering, even as the members of the NCC were God worked in me and through challenged to give to CBF”s Offering for me to reach a small part of his Global Missions. By the conclusion of creation for Jesus. And like I said, I the Saturday morning’s session, the was ruined . . . for the better. members of the RA had contributed Missions will do that. Missions more than $3,000 to the State Missions Offering. (For an update on the offering, will change the direction of lives, see page 6.) for those who give and those who Throughout the weekend, the more receive. Missions will cast the than thirty members of the RA broke Spirit of God into such bold relief into smaller work/discussion groups to that the contours of grace can be examine and renew CBF Florida’s Rev. Evania Castillo, pastor of Iglesia Bautista seen and touched. Missions will strategic plan, Blueprint 2010, which Sion, a CBF Florida church in Puerto Rico, poses concludes this year. As a part of the make friends of strangers and with Ray Johnson. review, members evaluated the quicken the bond of the family of organization’s mission statement, “to motivate and equip believers to be the presence of Christ. Christ for the glory of God.” After much discussion and reflection, the RA amended the This issue of the Florida mission statement to be: “The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida’s mission is to Fellowship News is devoted to serve and connect churches and individuals in their calling to be the presence of Christ.” missions. You’ll read stories of In the midst of the rest of the weekend’s work, the RA heard exciting and challenging reports from Susan Rogers on the new church start in Jacksonville, from Ben Collins on God’s redemptive work around the work of CBF Florida with the college ministry at Stetson University (see page 4), as the world; you’ll see how fellow well as the mission connections in South Florida (Open House and Touching Miami with Floridians are hearing God’s call Love), the Bahamas, and New York City. and responding, and you’ll find The culmination of the weekend’s work was the final approval of the 2011 operating that God’s mission is now in our budget. The RA, recognizing the ongoing struggles with the economy, approved a total, own backyard. So, I invite you to balanced budget for 2011 in the amount of $452,382, compared with a 2010 budget of $451,000. Sixty-thousand dollars were allocated to the ministries in South Florida; join us on this missional journey. $30,000 was allocated for Jacksonville’s new church start, and more than $17,000 was And I invite you to get ruined . . . given to clergy development and investment in young Baptist leaders. for the better. As the RA concluded its weekend with prayer, they celebrated a weekend filled with excitement over the work that God is accomplishing through Fellowship Baptists in Florida. To God be the glory! Florida Fellowship News

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Stetson’s Cooperative Collegiate Fellowship ministers at Hendricks Avenue Article by Ben Collins, director of Stetson CCF CBF Florida has recently assumed a leading roll in the dents are very familiar) playing games, pausing for times continuation of Stetson's historic Baptist ministry. The Co- of worship and study, and cultivating meaningful relationoperative Collegiate Fellowship (CCF) is under the new di- ships with the older college students. rection of CBF Church Planter, Ben Literature on college ministry often Collins. Part of the strategy for both laments that churches have given up funding and strengthening CBF neton college ministry, waiting until stuworks and partnerships led Collins and dents hit the married-with-children student leaders to revisit and breathe stage, and return to church. If we’ve new life into an age-old model. No underestimated what college students longer simply “Revival Teams,” the have to offer our churches and our students are now making themselves fellowship, CCF is leading the way in available to CBF churches to help with proclaiming clearly that college stuyouth events, run retreats, and make dents haven’t given up on the church! reports on CBF college ministry, as CCF will host THE HOPE EVENT well as hosting events at Stetson. youth weekend, January 28-30, at Collins and Hendricks Avenue BapStetson. The event is open first to CBF tist (HAB) pastor, Kyle Reese, meet churches. This event will immerse sturegularly as a part of a CBF Peer Learndents in conversation, worship, study, ing Group. When Reese heard what service, relationship and team buildCCF was doing, he jumped at the oping, as well as all the fun, games, and portunity. food expected at a college student Reese, a former youth minister, had event. scheduled a weekend Lock-In retreat HOPE EVENT material is already in on November 6th, and he had inheritthe mail, and should be in CBF churched the responsibility for pulling it off. es now. For more details on CCF, the Students and volunteers listen to a brief He asked the CCF to join him and run message during HAB’s November 6 youth HOPE EVENT, or to make a contributhe retreat. It was a huge success! tion to CCF, email CCF Director, Ben Lock-In. Students trickled into the HAB GymCollins at nasium after a Friday night football game. They then stayed awake all night (something with which college stu-

Stetson Pastors’ School provides continuing education and fellowship Stetson University’s 26th Annual Florida Winter Pastors’ School will be held February 1-4 on the campus of Stetson in DeLand, Florida. The Pastors’ School, a continuing education opportunity for all clergy, is renowned for its quality of guest speakers, In 2011, four guest speakers will headline the four day event. Thomas Troeger, the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication at Yale University, will present on the topic “First Things First: Preaching that Embodies the Two Greatest Commandments.” Rev. Peter Marty will explore the topic “Re-imagining the Pastoral Life.” Marty, who pastors the 3,200 member St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA, is also author of several books, including The Anatomy of Grace. Jody Magness, author of the award-winning The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, will speak on “Recent Archaeological Findings and the Bible.” Dr. Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. M. Eugene Boring will bring the fourth set of lectures on “Preaching from the Gospel of Mark.” Dr. Boring co-authored with Fred Craddock The People’s New Testament Commentary. Dr. Bill O’Connor, Stetson’s director of continuing education, has indicated that those CBF Florida pastors who register for the Pastors’ School can claim the early bird registration fee of $345. To register, either go to the online registration page ( or call Stetson University’s Department of Continuing Education at (386) 822-7500. Page 4

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Missions and Music: A conversation with composer Sarah Moore Living Water, flood my soul Fill me till I overflow. Living Water, flow through me To a thirsty world in need of Living Water. Sarah Moore is a member and deacon of College Park Baptist Church in Orlando and she happens to be a prolific composer. One of her recent songs, Living Water, has recently been published by Lorenz Music Publishing. (The sheet music can be ordered at The song has been used by College Park as its missions theme song. It was also performed at the 2007 General Assembly in Washington, D.C.




What led you to create this song? Several years ago, College Park Baptist was developing a stewardship emphasis that tied together the church’s ministry in its community and around the world. The church has many connections to CBF field personnel David Harding and Sam Harrell. We have helped them to build and provide water wells in Ethiopia and Kenya. Together with the church’s main goal of telling people about Jesus, who is the Living Water, we began to use this for the theme. Susan FFN: Deal, Minister of Music, asked me to compose a chorus. As I considered this, the pictures in my head SM: were those from mission presentations of people in Africa, hot and dirty from traveling long dusty roads. I also thought of myself and all of us who are filthy and lost until we receive the Living Water. How may a church consider using this song? It has been a joy to see it used with multiple genera- FFN: tions with a wide variety of singers, instrumentalists and dancers. It can be as simple as a solo, or as intricate as to include children, youth, adults and multiethnic groups. It has a straight-forward message about the power of Jesus to cleanse and renew us which can be used in any worship service with any theme, using any genre. How long have you been composing? How did you get started? I’ve been a singer and piano player for as long as I remember. The first song I wrote was after a breakup with a boyfriend. (We made up and just celebrated 30 years of marriage!) In addition to singing in my church and writing songs, I am a studio vocalist, vocal contractor and producer. For example, past and present clients/projects include “Barney and Friends” (vocal contractor/leader), the Disney Com-

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pany (vocals/contracting/leader/songwriter), Allegra’s Window (Music Supervisor), back ground vocalist (Gloria Estevan, 4 Him, etc.), Kingsley’s Meadow (songwriter), Sea World (songwriter/singer) and many others. Through a variety of Christian publishers, I have written and published over 500 songs, many of which are children’s praise songs, anthems and VBS songs. Last summer, I wrote and produced the songs for PASSPORTKids camps. How may someone hear and consider “Living Water” for their church or ministry? Mary McDonald, a well-known Christian music arranger collaborated with me to score it for publication. It is available from Lorenz Music Publishing or your local church music distributor. You can also view a full production video at http:// Thank you, Sarah. Keep making music!

Sarah Moore (L) and Mary McDonald (R) at premier of “Living Water” during Kempke’s Church Music Explosion in Daytona Beach.

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George Borders Retires CBF Florida celebrates a Legacy George Borders announced his plan to retire as the leave the Foundation of CBF Florida with more than $1 director of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation million in several different funds under the management of Florida during the board’s CBF National’s Foundation. biannual meeting on October 28 in The majority of those funds are Lakeland. invested in three accounts: the CBF Borders began serving as the Florida Endowment account, the Foundation’s director in 2002 after New Church Start account, and the serving as the President of the Lucy Smith Youth and Education Florida Baptist Convention’s endowment. Foundation for 21 years. Prior to Still, when asked what pleased him that, he was the President of Palm most about his tenure at CBF Beach Atlantic College. Florida’s Foundation, Borders did not The CBF Florida Foundation began point to the growth of the in 1993 as the vision of Pat endowments. “I have been most Anderson, who wanted to ensure pleased and appreciative of the that the operations of CBF Florida support and prayers that I received could be funded in perpetuity and from the Foundation and from CBF that gifts to CBF Florida could Florida.” He continued, “There are eventually be used solely to support truly no more gracious and called George Borders and Judy Henderson visit during the 2010 CBF Florida Spring the ministries and mission work of people than the good folks who Celebration at Bayshore Baptist Church in the organization. believe so deeply in the mission of Tampa. Under the leadership of Borders, CBF of Florida.” the strategy of developing Legacy Partnerships was Now with the prospect of retirement beginning January instituted. A Legacy Partner is anyone who has notified 1, Borders continues to celebrate his relationship with the CBF Florida or the Foundation of CBF Florida that they community that “came to my rescue some twenty years have made plans leave a portion of their estate to the ago.” Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida. Of Borders’s retirement, CBF Florida Coordinator Ray Borders has said of the Legacy Partnership that it “is the Johnson remarked, “I’ve known George since I was a key to the future endowment of CBF Florida. If many student at Stetson University. He has always represented others would follow the commitment of the 40 plus for me what it means to be a devoted Christian, a Legacy Partners we now have by making CBF Florida a part supporter of the local church and a free and faithful of their estate stewardship plan, it would insure the future Baptist. I will certainly miss his humor and leadership at of CBF Florida and its mission.” our biannual meetings. And, he will not escape our fold When Borders retires from his role as director, he will too easily.”

Thank you for your support! CBF FL Receipts vs. Budget Goal (Jan-Oct 2010) $350,000 $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0

$294,583 $253,188

$210,686 $229,583

$9,375 Receipts Goal (YTD)

Receipts Shortfall

$41,723 $64,000


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CBF FL State Missions Offering (Jan 1 Nov 15)




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Bulletin Board Student.Go has released their openings for 2011 summer mission internships for college and graduate students. Discover these opportunities by visiting the Student.Go website ( and clicking on the link to 2011 opportunities.

CBF Florida wants YOU! An open system for nominating members to serve on Florida CBF’s Representative Assembly (RA) is an important part of our DNA. If you would like to nominate anyone, please contact Tommy Deal at the Lakeland office. By email: By phone: 888-241-2233 or 863-682-6802 ChurchWorks Conference February 21-23, 2011 Decatur, Georgia Whether you serve in a traditional church setting or create aspects of church in non-traditional settings, come for a time of networking, renewal, fellowship and learning. The event is designed for young leaders and Christian educators of all ages. Join us for non-conventional training led by Allison Gilmore and DuMore Improv. Cost $90 ($40 for students at partner theological schools).

Thank you for helping us keep you informed about the CBF of Florida community, particularly if you relocate. If your email and phone numbers change, please contact Marti at: Call toll-free 888-241-2233 Or local 863-682-6802.

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Opportunities 

PASSPORT Mission Camp Registrations Open for 2011 PASSPORT mission camps has begun online registration for the 2011 summer camps. Visit PASSPORT’s website ( for more information and to register.

Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching February 2011 Churches are invited during the month of February 2011 to invite a woman to preach during worship on Sunday morning. Sponsored by Baptist Women in Ministry, the Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching promotes the opportunity for congregations to hear God’s Spirit through today’s Phoebes, Priscillas, and Junias. For more information, or for help securing a preacher for one of the Sundays of February, contact the Lakeland office of CBF Florida at 863-682-6802.

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George Borders announces retirement

Tommy Deal Associate Coordinator Ray Johnson Coordinator Staff

North Stuart Baptist Church commissions Mike and Brenda Harwood

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4th Quarter

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Florida Fellowship News 4th Quarter 2010  

The latest news from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida, December 2010