Sent on behalf of Elaine Bolen, Board President, Great Rivers Region:

Dear Great Rivers Region Churches:

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce to you the hiring of two new Area Ministers who will begin serving in their new positions on July 1. This accomplishment could not have happened without the devotion and effort of the members of the Staff Relations Committee of the Regional Ministry Board. That committee is chaired by Jerry Phillips and he and his committee are to be commended for doing such a thorough job of searching for the best candidates for these positions.

Based upon the recommendation from the Staff Relations Committee, an electronic vote was conducted among the members of the Regional Ministry Board. I believe a resounding vote of confidence was evidenced by the unanimous approval from the Regional Ministry Board.

Areas I and III

Rev. Rex Rogers will assume this position. Rex currently serves at Judson College and will continue his involvement with Judson on a volunteer basis while making his position as Area Minister his primary commitment.

Areas II and IV

Rev. Patricia Bilyeu, will assume this position. Patty has been serving as the assistant Area Minister under Muriel Johnson in Area V.

I have attached resumes for both Rex and Patty so that you can see the level of expertise they bring to these positions. Please hold both of these dedicated American Baptist ministers up in prayer. They are assuming large tasks but do so knowing that they have the full confidence of the Regional Ministry Board and the Regional Staff.

In His service,

Rev. Elaine Bolen
President, ABCGRR