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Ep. 19

"Church Security and Safety" with Guest Bob Ray III

Ep. 18

"National Network of Youth Ministries with Guest Kevin Miles"

Click HERE/Subscribe to the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area YouTube Channel or Listen on your Favorite Streaming Platform

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center

Supply Need Amazon Wish List

Help support your Tri-Rivers Retreat Center by purchasing supplies through our Amazon Wish List!

Click HERE

Washer and Dryer Need

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The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center is in need of

2 washers and 2 gas (propane) dryers


If you are interested in donating please

contact us at: or 432-202-1526

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Rev. Richard Ray – Director of Missions Weekly Update


Proverbs 4:25-27…

“Let your eyes look straight ahead;

    fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

     27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

keep your foot from evil."


Each week I am blessed to serve you the Church in moving forward. Regardless of the chaos, challenges, and the conduct from the world we live in, the church is called to keep their eyes looking straight ahead and fixed on the direction that God is leading us. We are to remain unwavering in all our ways and our steps are to remain pure as we present the Gospel to a world that needs Jesus Christ. It is my joy and honor to serve you the Church as we together deliver the light of Christ to this world that is full of sin and darkness. 


Let us find strength in one another, let us be encouraged by one another and let us remain steadfast together because we are one body serving the one true God.  




This past week, we resourced our area churches and associations in the areas of: website service, VBS, BSM, Churches seeking Pastor and Staff positions, Financial accounting, providing maintenance at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center as we continue to host ministry retreats throughout the summer. We also continue to provide the many daily ministry needs as we serve our area churches.


This past Sunday I was blessed to be worship and preach in both worship services at FBC Copperas Cove and that evening I assisted in cooking and serving steaks for the Fairy Baptist Church Father’s Day Fellowship DinnerThis week, we will continue to meet the many ministry needs of our area churches to include: pulpit supply scheduling, social media installation, Retreat Center lawncare and maintenance, visiting with area pastors and church leadership, while meeting with some of our ministry partners as we continue to gather information on ministry/missions opportunities to share with you. This Sunday, I am honored to worship and preach at Lake Victor Baptist Church of Lampasas Baptist Association.


Please review the latest Classified Ad in this newsletter as we have churches seeking church staff positions and other various ministry needs.


Please take time to view the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Newsletter to remain connected to ministry needs and resources and to view all upcoming Ministry, Training and Fellowship Opportunities. If you have a ministry need or request, please do not hesitate to call your Area Office as we are here to serve you 24/7.


“All the Believers were together and had everything in common.” - Acts 2:44


“We are a Brotherhood of Churches”


Rev Richard Ray, Director of Missions


Ministry Assistant Report – Talon Keeney

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 Hello, I hope you all have had a blessed week. Please pray for the people of Ukraine and support them in any way possible and all those affected by fires across Texas. Also, lift up a special prayer for all the families and loved ones who lost a student or teacher in the Uvalde School Shooting.

 This past Sunday I had a great time leading worship at Eastwood Baptist Church. This past week I was at the Retreat Center preparing for upcoming retreats and working out of the Tri-Rivers Office fulfilling church administrative needs.

 This coming Sunday I will be leading worship at Eastwood Baptist Church and recording the Tri-Rivers Podcast on Monday.

 I am available to assist any of our area churches who need a guest worship leader or musician, and I am available to give sound and video media consultations and assistance.

 We are in need of Musicians, Worship Leaders, and Local Church Missionaries to serve in our area Churches. If you feel led to serve in this area, please contact your Area Office at or 254-865-1299.

 I am here to serve you in all your ministry needs and it is my joy to do so. I look forward to meeting you as my wife Josalyne and I travel the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area visiting and worshiping with you on Sunday's.

Talon Keeney

Ministry Assistant


Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Water Well Repair

Expense Assistance

The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Water Well was repaired on May 6th, 2022, which included the replacement of all the downhole pipe, water pump and the control box. There were several holes in the down hole pipes and the water pump was 18 years old and beginning to wane, therefore the repair was necessary. The cost was just over $9,000.00 and as this expense was unexpected and out of the scope of our general maintenance budget, we are asking for any financial assistance in funding this expense. 

We are asking for donations of any amount to restore the Maintenance Fund that serves the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. All funds received over and above the invoice amount will be designated to the Retreat Center Maintenance Fund for future use.

Donations can be sent to the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Designated: Water Well Repair

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

502 E. Main Street

Gatesville, TX 76528

Or you may give Online by clicking the

"Donate HERE Button" Below

The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center which is owned by each church within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area and funded exclusively by donations received from churches, organizations and individuals allows us to never charge a fee to use this valuable ministry facility. This is truly a unique ministry tool unlike anything I have ever been a part of. This facility is used weekly to encourage and strengthen God’s Church, His Children, and our Ministry Partners in fulfilling the Great Commission while delivering the message of Salvation to those who are lost.

As of the date of this request the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center has hosted 15 ministry retreats with 393 people entering its gates to Encounter Christ without the concern of Expense. To date we have 38 confirmed reservations for 2022, including retreats from Texas WMU, Christian Women Job Corp, Christian Men’s Job Corp, Area Churches/Ministers, Domestic/Abuse Survivors, Preteen/Youth Camps, National Network of Youth Ministers and Families. (View full calendar at

I want to thank all those who have already provided funds and I want to thank you in advance for your assistance in this Unexpected but Necessary Repair Expense to allow your Retreat Center to continue to serve all those who enter its gates. 

Thank you for those who have already donated funds toward this expense. It is greatly appreciated: 

  • Huckabay Baptist Church
  • Jonesboro Baptist Church
  • Betty Rials
  • Turnersville Baptist Church
  • Duffau Baptist Church
  • Providence Baptist Church
  • White Hall Baptist Church

In God’s Service,

Rev Richard Ray

Director of Missions

Donate HERE

Community Baptist Church of Dublin

Welcomes New Pastor

Robert (Bob) Evaul

Pastor Bob Evaul has served as Pastor, State Association Zone Consultant, Catalytic Missionary, Prison/Jail Chaplain and Church Planter. 

He is married to Carol Evaul, M.A., L.P.C.  They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.  He has led several Mission Trips to Mexico and Bolivia, completed Disaster Relief Training, Volunteer Chaplain Training NAMB, Basic Training for Church Planters, Church Planter Mentor Training, and Training through the Federal Prisons for Religious Volunteers (with his wife) and has volunteered for Samaritans Purse.  

Click HERE to Order a Replacement Battery for your AED

Youth leaders, parents, pastors and mentors please join me and other national ministry leaders in praying toward the largest evangelistic training event in 50 years June 24-25.

Plan to be a part of this incredible event if possible and also spread the word to other groups. TOGETHER ’22 will bring together groups of leaders and students from the Millennial and Gen Z generations nation wide who will be inspired and trained to reach their cities with the hope of Jesus.


The event will take place on June 24-25, 2022 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas 50 years after Explo ’72. Led by Bill Bright and Billy Graham. This event energized and equipped 70,000 ‘Jesus People’ at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, sparking the biggest revival in modern-day America. Our prayer is that this venue will again become the epicenter for revival in our time, lighting a new fire and training up a new generation of Jesus People.

Click the Link Below to Learn More

Become a

Local Church Missionary

Serving Churches within the

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

Serve Short Term or Long Term

Assisting a Church in reaching their Community for Jesus Christ

To Learn More & To Complete Application


If Your Church is Interested in hosting a

Local Church Missionary

to Serve in your Church & Community

please complete the

Church Missionary Request Form

Local Church Missionary Request Form
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Each day, God is transforming lives through TBM ministries. Driven by their faith and responding to God's call to serve, TBM volunteers are meeting needs and sharing His love.

That's something to celebrate.

So on TBM Day, Aug. 21, let's do just that. Your church or Bible study can rejoice knowing all of the people they ministered to through TBM ministries.

How can you celebrate?

  • Show a TBM video before or during your Bible study or worship service.
  • Request a TBM speaker. We even have ordained ministers who can deliver the message that day.
  • Wear your TBM gear. Show others your love for TBM by wearing a TBM shirt to church. When someone asks you about it, tell them how God is working through the ministry.

Where can you get these resources? Download them at

Can we help you celebrate that day? Let me know. We're glad to help.

Mickey Lenamon

TBM Executive Director/CEO

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Has your Church Scheduled a Revival for 2022?

Please let us know by emailing us the following information to 


Name of Church 

Dates of Revival Services

Evangelist Name 

Worship Leaders Name


We are promoting all Revival Dates in the Newsletter an on the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Website

Better Together

Networking means leveraging efforts - working together.

And "together" means all of us - youth workers, teenage leaders, teachers, parents, other adults - everyone who loves kids.

We want to equip you to step out and work alongside youth leaders and other caring adults locally - empowered by national connections to reach and equip young people for Jesus Christ.


Or you can Email Kevin Miles

South Central Regional Coordinator

Email Kevin Here

We are excited to share that our latest resource is our online learning system featuring Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry which introduces learners to six essential characteristics emulating Jesus’ ministry:

  • Go deeper in intimacy with Christ
  • Pray with passion for God’s presence and power
  • Build leaders for in-depth and long-term ministry
  • Disciple students to move toward maturity in Christ
  • Penetrate the culture through relationships
  • Create outreach opportunities to reach students for Christ

While we still offer in-person training forums, we believe the addition of individualized online training will put this invaluable resource into the hands of many more people. Because we offer the training in English, Spanish, Russian, and Swahili, it will exponentially increase our reach. 


We are building on our past to influence the future. And we are giving JFYMO away free to youth leaders during our introductory period. You can learn more by visiting

Want to train your Youth Ministry Volunteers?

Mark your calendars and come be a part of

Download Youth Ministries' National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training that we are hosting at the

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center

Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Email me for more info or Register your whole team of volunteers online

Pastors Join Today

This private Facebook group is created for those serving as Pastors only within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. This private group is a safe place for Pastors to share prayer concerns, victories and resources with fellow Pastors. On the 10th day of each month, we are asking each pastor to pray for one another.

This Pastors Only Facebook Page was created by

Pastors for Pastors.

We are a Brotherhood of Pastors.

Join Us Today


Church Registration for On-Site Active Shooter Response Class 


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will offer free Certified On-Site Active Shooter Response Class. Bob Ray III is Texas DPS Certified in Active Shooter Response. He is available through your Tri-Rivers Area Office to educate your church safety/security team and congregation. There is no cost to your church.


Register your church for the Active Shooter Response Class opportunity by calling your Area Office or Register On-line Below

 (254) 865-1299 * 

Register HERE
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Disaster Relief Orientation

This is where TBM Disaster Relief training begins. All TBM Disaster Relief volunteers must complete this training as well as a background check in order to serve. This class provides the fundamentals for serving in the wake of disasters. 

Specialty Trainings: All participants must have first taken the orientation class.

Food Handling Training

A warm meal warms the soul after a disaster. You can provide that critical meal through TBM feeding teams.

Fire and Flood Recovery Training

Fires and floods can ruin everything a person owns in a few short hours. Learn how you can deliver help, hope and healing after these disasters. 

Box Unit Training

When people lose everything in a disaster, they will begin the painful process of trying to salvage their items. Through TBM box ministry, you can walk alongside them in that process. 

Shower/Laundry Training

After a disaster, a hot shower and clean laundry are an immense blessing. You can provide that through TBM shower/laundry teams. 

Rebuild Training

This course empowers you to rebuild homes after disasters.

Learn More/Start Your Will HERE

To view the list of Bible Studies Available at your Area Office, go to our website or click Here

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is partnering with Restoration Advocates, Inc. as we continue to minister to victims of Domestic Violence. 

Restoration Advocates exists to provide the care and support necessary for women, and their dependent children, who are victims of domestic violence and other dangers that place them at risk of life or physical harm and/or deprive them of their overall safety and sense of well-being. Our mission is for every woman in an unsafe home to have the confidence, as well as the resources, to independently support herself and her children.  


To that end, we have established a safe haven called Restoration Place, where survivors of family violence can live in safety as they restore their lives to health and happiness. Restoration Place provides emergency housing for women and children in crisis and we also offer transitional housing for a period of up to two years if that is needed for the family to be fully independent and self-supporting. Learn More HERE 






First Baptist Church Copperas Cove needs a new home for the current pews in their sanctuary. These church pews range in size from 16ft to 18ft with a few being shorter.

All pews are FREE!

If your church is interested please contact the church at: (254) 547-3717 or

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Churches


Surrounding Area Churches

Seeking Pastors & Ministry Staff

View Church Profile and Submit Resume


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First Baptist Church of Evant, Texas

is seeking a

Worship Pastor

Youth Pastor

Please Submit Resumes or Questions to 

Pastor Dane Barron

First Baptist Church of Gatesville, TX

is seeking a

Worship Minister

First Baptist Church of Gatesville, Tx. is prayerfully seeking a part-time Worship Minister to lead the music ministry of our church. Our congregation is a diverse family that enjoys both traditional hymns as well as contemporary music during our worship services. We are seeking a godly individual who is called to lead in this capacity, who is energetic and willing to engage in the life of the church. This individual will be responsible for the planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluation of the music ministry in cooperation with the Pastor as well as the oversight, and coordination of musical, artistic, and technical elements of the weekly worship services.  


Interested candidates please email your resume to

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 Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville is seeking a part-time

Children's Ministry Director. 

           If you believe that God is calling you to apply for this Ministry Position please contact the Church at or 

Chairperson Faye Nichols at

You can also call the church at (254) 865-5681 for a complete job description. 

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is also posting this Ministry Position HERE


First Baptist Church Kempner is in need of a piano player. 

For more information contact Don Casper

(512) 932-3195 

Cross Bearer Baptist Church is in need of a piano player. For more information contact Bro. Fisher


Oakalla Baptist Church is looking for a pianist for their Sunday Services.

They are willing to pay a honorarium.

If you are interested please contact Bro. Clay Cole: or (254) 681-7397

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Church youth director with experience needed

(Salary position - $800 a month) to lead children on Wednesday nights. 

Will need to recruit children. Person hired must become a member of our church, attend Sunday morning services, and be willing to teach

Sunday School. 

If interested, call Community Baptist Church, Dublin,

for an application 254-445-4479.

Background check required. 

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Selden Baptist Church has a 1960s Hammond Organ available. 

It has a single locking base and full keyboard. 

Contact Milton at 254-386-7966

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Tri-Rivers Ministry Fund Supporting Churches

The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Strategic Plan for 2021

(Strategic Ministries, Free Student Summer Retreats, Domestic Violence Emergency Safehouse/Hotline, Etc.)

Carlton Baptist Church | Clairette Baptist Church

Coryell Community Church | Cottonwood Baptist Church

Cross Bearers Baptist Church | Cross Community Baptist Church

Eagle Springs Baptist Church | Eastwood Baptist Church

Edna Hill Baptist Church | Fairy Baptist Church

FBC Copperas Cove | FBC Evant

FBC Hamilton | FBC Kempner

FBC Lampasas | FBC Lometa

St. John Baptist Church | Littleville Baptist Church

Live Oak Baptist Church | Morgan Mill Baptist Church

Northside Baptist Church | Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

PIB Catedral de Alabanza | Primera Iglesia Bautista

Providence Baptist Church | Purmela Baptist Church

Purves Baptist Church | Robertson Ave. Baptist Church

Selden Baptist Church | Sweet Home Baptist Church

Trinity Baptist Church | True Vine Fellowship

Turnersville Baptist Church | Valley Grove Baptist Church

If your church would like to participate contact your director of missions, Richard Ray:


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Tri-Rivers Retreat Fund Supporting Churches

The following churches support the

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for 2021

Calvary Baptist Church | Carlton Baptist Church

Clairette Baptist Church | Clear Creek Baptist Church

Cottonwood Baptist Church | Cross Bearers Baptist Church

Eastwood Baptist Church | Fairy Baptist Church

FBC Evant | FBC Gatesville | FBC Hico

FBC Kempner | FBC Lampasas | FBC Stephenville

St. John Baptist Church | Jonesboro Baptist Church

Northside Baptist Church | Pidcoke Baptist Church

Primera Iglesia Bautista | Providence Baptist Church

Purmela Baptist Church | School Creek Baptist Church

Trinity Baptist Church | White Hall Baptist Church

White Mound Baptist Church

If your church would like to participate contact your director of missions, Richard Ray:


Office Hours:

Monday: 9:30am-3:30pm (On-Site Tri-Rivers Retreat Center)

Tuesday:   9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday:  9:30am-3:30pm

Thursday:     9:30am-3:30pm

Friday: On Call

Sat-Sun: On Call

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

502 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX | 254.865.1299