Happy Thanksgiving!

ABC - USA's Ministry Team Takes Shape - Rev. Marsha Scipio and Rev. Dr. Kevin Walden start as Associate General Secretaries serving Missional Initiatives and Partnerships (Marsha), and Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness (Kevin).

Read Pastoral letter of the General Secretary of the ABC USA focuses on our response to outbreaks of violence in our country and elsewhere.


Latest on One Great Hour of Sharing helping victims of California Fires.

Rebuilding Puerto Rico.

Read Paul Gibson's update of concern for Puerto Rico

How to help? Pray! Give to One Great Hour of Sharing! 100% of your financial gift will go to those affected. The abc-usa.org site has more information and contact information. You may make an online donation by clicking on this direct link at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies site.

Our Missionaries Say Thank You

During the Mission and Ministry Banquet of our recent 50th Annual Gathering, Zophia Dripps from International Ministries, presented Thank You's from our Missionaries.

What prompted this special affirmation? Our Outrageous Generosity gifts to several mission efforts. Learn about these in a short video and also in the posted letters and emails from our Missionaries.

Face to Face: A Help for Churches and Pastors Searching

Search Committees of churches with full time, not bivocational, pastors and churches, pastors, and seminarians seeking to discern God's next steps for you: Look for information this next couple of months about this opportunity on this web site.

Host Church: Anderson, Indiana First Baptist Church
Dates: April 20 - 21, 2018
Who's Involved? The American Baptist Regions:

  • Indiana / Kentucky
  • Greater Indianapolis
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Great Rivers (Team Member: Muriel Johnson)

Get to know more about this opportunity.

Update on the Annual Gathering.

Now available: History of the ABCGRR by Adrian Lamkin

View pictures of some of our speakers and a summary of their presentations.
A note on the fast-paced 2 minute videos focusing on the GRR's 50 years of mission and ministry: These are available for viewing in a way you may pause and read/view what you may have missed the first time through. Click here for the complete listing.

Before the Assembly Program (7MB pdf) (booklet less reports, church highlights) was compiled, an invitation went out to all churches of the GRR to send in a paragraph and picture of highlights of their past 50 years. Many churches sent these in. Thank you. You can enjoy these by clicking here (11 MB, therefore not recommended for mobile connections). (They are book marked for Adobe PDF reader and searchable (Ctrl+F).)

Spitzer, Benson, Manso, and GibsonOn Friday evening of the GRR 50th Annual Assembly, Lee Spitzer (far left), ABC USA General Secretary, presents mission project grants to Antioch Baptist Church of St. Louis (Sr. Pastor Delano Benson, second from left, accepted on behalf of the church.) and Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana of Elgin (Benjamin and Susanna Manso, third and fourth from left, accepted on behalf of the church). GRR Regional Minister Paul Gibson (far right) shares a moment of celebration and congratulations with them,

3 GRR Churches Receive Matthew 25 Grants

Observes Paul Gibson, "All of them are doing a great job." Let it flow!

Read Paul Gibson's Latest in the Mainstream (mobile)

ABM Trailer

AB Men Assembling Relief Team to help victims of Hurricane Harvey:
From Van Peters:

"...we have the call to go to Lake Charles.  He would like for us to have a team down there on september the 24th.  Let's get the word out and see how many we have interested.  Once we see how many we have we will get the organization in place by the 21st.  It will be mostly mud out and some tree work.
Jack said there was probably 6 months of work down there!"

Our Executive Minister adds: "This is the latest from ABmen.  As you can see in the note from Van, they are working to put together a team, and they have been assigned Lake Charles.  We will share more as we hear more from both ABmen and ABC of the South.  Right now the best way to give is still through One Great Hour of Sharing, mentioning Hurricane Harvey.

And….keep Florida and the area in your prayers, Irma has just been made a category 5 hurricane (the most dangerous on the scale) and it is on target for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and so many other islands in that area.  We have missionaries and work in many of those areas."

Mission Church Planting Spotlight 7:

This spotlight on your Outrageous Generosity from Paul Gibson features Paul Rollet's and friends' work in Manila, The Philippines.

Outrageous Generosity is our Region's initiative to share resources that God has given us. Our Board of Ministries and Executive Minister have sought out God's counsel as to where these resources need to be shared. Rev. Paul Gibson has recently written a summary that can be quickly read to bring you up to date.

Your Outrageous Generosity Mission

Outrageous Generosity Planting Churches throughout the World Planting churches in Northeast India Planting Churches in the Dominican Planting Churches in the South Sudan Check out how the Great Rivers Region is helping to plant churches. Click on the red and white circle.

More on the GRR's Outrageous Generosity Mission.

Concerned About Online Security and Safety?

The internet has given us many tools that we can use to strengthen our faith and ministries. However, be safe and secure when you surf the web, use faceBook and other social media, e-mail, text, etc. In the first of a series of articles, Richard Ricks (web master for the sites of the ABC GRR) lists dangers "out there" that our users will encounter, if they have not yet done so. Follow up articles will be found on the "tech" section of this site.

Celebrating Church and Clergy Anniversaries

If you are viewing this page on your desktop or laptop, you may see a scrolling section at the top of the left menu column. Congratulations on these years of ministry! (If on a handheld, this can be seen by clicking on the menu icon just below the stories on this page.)

Also listed, but month by month, are clergy - serving and retired - ordination anniversaries and anniversaries of clergy tenure in the church each is presently serving. Clergy ordination anniversaries may be found on the home page of Pastor's Health section of this site. Clergy tenure anniversaries may be found on both desktop/laptop and mobile devices on the "search for serving pastor" page.

Your GRR Staff celebrate these anniversaries of tenure.

If information in these lists is incorrect, please contact the GRR office to have that information corrected.

The lists are compiled from information GRR churches send in annual reports and from churches' communications with GRR ministerial Staff. Thank you.

Watch this Mission Tour Flashback

1999, Oklahoma. You may find a yourself a bit different. You may see again those who have since been called home.

Try this out:

Discover your personal God-given style of evangelism.
(This questionaire and results are based upon Jeffrey Johnson's Got Style?)