Acts 1:8…

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (NKJV)

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“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”—James 4:14

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to God. Nothing takes God by surprise. Everything is moving according to a plan, and God wants you in that plan. Billy Graham once wrote, “that God has a plan and the devil has a plan, and you will have to decide which plan you are going to fit into.” He continued to write “that God allows us 70 years and some beyond. The first 15 are spent in childhood and early adolescence. Twenty years are spent in bed, and in the last five, physical limitations start to curtail our activities. That gives us about 30 years in which to live as adults. We take time out for eating, and for figuring our taxes, and we are down to perhaps 15 years. Now suppose we spend seven of those years watching television. That cuts us down to seven or eight years. Our time is short! The time we can invest for God, in creative things, in reaching our fellowmen for Christ, is short!” Just a reminder that we all need to use the most precious gift God has given us “TIME”, time to serve and to share His love with others.

This past weekend, the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center hosted a Youth Retreat from FBC Burnet. Prior to this Retreat I was able to complete some minor maintenance issues at the Retreat Center including installing a new industrial stove, repairing a washing machine, and repairing a broken water line. 

On Saturday, I was blessed to attend the Burnet/Llano Baptist Association Men’s Breakfast hosted by FBC Marble Falls with guest speaker Jerry Hall from Texas Baptist Men. It was a wonderful time of information and fellowship. That same day I also attended two funeral services in Waco and Plano. On Sunday, I was blessed to sing a special at Fairy Baptist Church


This week, I will be attending a Fairy Cemetery Board Meeting, Hico Ministerial Alliance Meeting, Erath Association Homelessness Meeting, having lunch with a new pastor in our area, attending and

participating in the Accelerate Texas Gathering hosted by Kevin Miles at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center and on Saturday, Talon and I will be leading a Church Vision Conference at FBC Oglesby.  On Sunday, Talon and I will be leading worship and preaching at Calvary Baptist Church in Stephenville followed by singing at their church valentine banquet. 


Each week brings new opportunities to serve all our area churches in meeting the various needs of the church and its leadership. We are honored to be serving each church as we together serve our Lord in sharing the message of Salvation to each community. Your faithful financial support allows every church to have their ministry needs met so they can be more effective in reaching their community for the Lord. We are all One Church located in over 100 Locations serving and working Together in Ministry and in our Calling to deliver the Message of Christ Love to all. 


Please reach out to us with your ministry needs as we are available to serve you 24/7. We are a “Brotherhood of Churches”.

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Hello everyone, I pray you all had an amazing week blessed by the Lord! God has been showing me the need for unity in the body of Christ. I hope you will take a moment to pray for a fellow church or family as we fulfill the Great Commission together.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-13)

This past Sunday, I preached and sang special music at School Creek Baptist Church. On Wednesday, I lead a bible study at Fairy Baptist Church.

This coming Sunday, I will be leading worship at Calvary Baptist Church and singing with DOM Richard Ray at their Valentine Banquet. On Monday, I will be attending the H-3 Meeting hosted by True Vine Fellowship. On Wednesday, I will be leading a bible study at Fairy Baptist Church. Thursday and Friday I will be leading worship for the Accelerate Texas Youth Leader Training hosted at your Tri-Rivers Retreat Center by Kevin Miles, your new Youth Ministry Consultant. Saturday, DOM Richard and I will be leading a In-House Church Retreat at FBC Oglesby.

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

 If you or someone you know is a Musician, Worship Leader, or Local Church Missionary, we encourage you to serve in our area Churches. If you feel led to serve in this area, please contact your Area Office at [email protected] or 254-865-1299.

I am here to serve you and your church and hope to meet you as my wife Josalyne and I travel around the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area.

Talon Keeney

Tri-Rivers Associate Director


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The Tri-Rivers Hispanic Church Fellowship had their quarterly gathering on Sunday the 28th. There were a total of 54 people who attended, representing 8 churches. Attendance was low because of the cold/flu bug going around and many could not be there because of that. I was there representing Tri-Rivers Association. It was a wonderful service and the joy of being there together worshipping the Lord was heartwarming. If you have never been to one of these quarterly fellowships, I would encourage you to attend one and even if you don't understand Spanish, you will be blessed. It truly is a time of Christian fellowship.

This was also going to be an ordination service for two pastors, but because of illness among some of the leading pastors preventing them from being there, we have postponed the ordination service to a later date. What was most encouraging to me was to see our church planters Joel and Lily Solorzano and

the impact they have made on the Hispanic Mission in Gatesville. The members of the Hogar de Dios church that were attending were so happy to have Joel and Lily leading that mission church and it was obvious on their participation in the fellowship and the joy on their faces as they worshipped together. Please be praying for Joel and Lily as they reach into the community

around the mission, that people will respond to the outreach of the church.


El Compañerismo de la Asociación Tres-Ríos tuvo su reunión trimestral el domingo 28. Asistieron un total de 54 personas, en representación de 8 iglesias. La asistencia fue baja debido al resfrio/gripe que circulaba y muchos no pudieron estar allí debido a eso. Estuve allí representando a la Asociación Tres-Ríos. Fue un servicio maravilloso y el gozo de estar juntos adorando al Señor fue reconfortante. Si nunca has asistido a una de estos servicios trimestrales, te animo a que asistas a una e incluso si no entiendes español, serás bendecido. Realmente es un tiempo de compañerismo cristiano.

Este también iba a ser un servicio de ordenación para dos pastores, pero debido a que la enfermedad de algunos de los pastores principales les impidió estar allí, postergamos el servicio de ordenación para una fecha posterior.

Lo que fue más alentador para mí fue ver a nuestros plantadores de iglesias Joel y Lily Solórzano y el impacto que han tenido en la Misión Hispana en Gatesville. Los miembros de la iglesia Hogar de Dios que asistieron estaban muy felices de tener a Joel y Lily liderando esa iglesia misionera y era obvio en su participación en el Compañerismo y la alegría en sus rostros mientras adoraban juntos. Por favor oren por Joel y Lily mientras llegan a la comunidad

alrededor de la misión, para que la gente responda al alcance de la iglesia.

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WMU Staff and Contact Information

TAMIKO JONES Executive Director-Treasurer

[email protected] (214) 828-5150

BETH CAMPBELL Communications Consultant/ Mary Hill Davis Offering Project Manager

[email protected] (214) 828-5155

BRANDI JONES Marketing Specialist

[email protected] (214) 828-5152

RUTH MENDOZA Hispanic Ministries Contractor

[email protected] (214) 828-5150

JOYCE PORTO Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Multicultural [email protected] 469.405.1638

CHRIS ROWLEY Christian Women’s & Men’s Job Corps State Consultant [email protected] (737) 280-8660

MARISOL SANDOVAL Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Preschool, Children, Youth, and Young Adults

[email protected] (214) 828-5158

TERI USSERY Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Adults

[email protected] (214) 828-5374

NAYELY VALLEJO Office Manager/Administrative Assistant [email protected] (214) 828-5150

ESTELA ESCOBAR Financial Assistant

[email protected] (214)828-5331

The WMU Office information:

10325 Brockwood Rd., Dallas, Texas 75238

Phone: (214) 828-5150 | Email: [email protected]

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Has your Church Scheduled a Revival for 2024?

Please let us know by emailing us the following information to [email protected] 


Name of Church 

Dates of Revival Services

Evangelist Name 

Worship Leaders Name


We will promote all Revival Dates in the Newsletter

CWJC of Highland Lakes - Burnet, TX (Click HERE to Learn More)
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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

Read Latest Newsletter from Kevin

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

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 * [email protected] 

Register HERE
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Start your training by enrolling in an online class below:

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. Click here to begin.

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. Click here to begin.

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. 

Click here to begin.

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. Click here to begin.

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. Click here to begin.

Rebuild Training

This course empowers you to rebuild homes after disasters. 

Click here to begin.

Service Projects for the Entire Church

First Step Kits

The journey out of the most difficult days of people's lives begins with taking a first step.

You can help people do that by putting together First Step Kits, hygiene bags that meet basic needs for struggling people who have lost everything in the wake of a tornado, hurricane or one of life's other disasters. Learn more ...

Messages of Hope

After a disaster, TBM Disaster Relief teams provide boxes and packing paper for people to use to pick up their belongings.

Our packing paper includes handwritten and hand-drawn prayers, encouragement and inspiration from people like you. Learn how your church can write Messages of Hope ...

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

Read Righteous Roots Latest Newsletter HERE or Request a Speaker

Hello, I'd like to share about our ministry so that congregations will know what we do and where to send those who need our help. We serve Coryell, Hamilton, Bosque, Lampasas, Bell, & McLennan counties.   

I am willing to meet with pastors, elders, mission teams, or congregations. I can do a quick 5 minute spill or I can do an entire testimony. I'd also be willing to share a song or two if needed. I'm completely willing to accommodate whatever the churches needs are.

Melanie R. Webb

Founder/Executive Director

Mission Righteous Roots

904 E Main Street 

Gatesville, TX 76268

(254) 651-3600

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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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Job Title: Worship Leader

Location: First Baptist Church Gatesville, Texas

First Baptist Church of Gatesville is a 160+ year old body of believers with the vision of being a biblical, healthy, vibrant, and growing church. We are a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Mission-driven church looking for our next worship leader to lead a blended worship service that enables the congregation to worship biblically and experience God’s presence.

Job Type: Part-time

Job Description: In coordination with the Senior Pastor, the worship leader will select songs, scripture, and volunteers to help the church engage in worship as we gather together on a weekly basis. Lead the worship team in preparation for Sunday with a weekly rehearsal.

Key duties include:

·      Lead Sunday morning worship services as well as other special services (Christmas Eve Candlelight, Good Friday, etc.) and support youth/children worship events as needed.

·      Build the necessary team of musicians and vocalists to facilitate worship services and weekly rehearsals.

·      Create an environment of unity and prayer within the worship team.

·      Direct and conduct all of the weekly rehearsals and services in a timely manner.

·      Meet weekly with the Senior Pastor to plan worship services.

·      Introduce new worship music, periodically, that is theologically sound to expand our worship experience.

·      Minimum expected hours to perform duties will be between 10-15 hours per week (this includes preparation for and conducting worship services, recruiting, rehearsals, etc.).

Our Ideal candidate is someone who:

·      Demonstrates a real and mature relationship with Jesus Christ

·      Has a defined theology of worship.

·      Has the ability, under the direction of and in coordination with the Senior Pastor, to oversee and lead the music ministry at FBCG.

·      Has the ability to create, coordinate, and lead a worship team consisting of vocalists, instrumentalists, sound, and media with personal proficiency in voice and an instrument (piano or guitar is preferred).

·      Is comfortable working independently and without constant supervision.

·      Agrees with the doctrinal beliefs of FBCG and the Baptist Faith and Message.

·      Be open to change and the shifting of responsibilities as the church grows.

·      Is dependable – more reliable than spontaneous.

·      Is people-oriented and enjoys building relationships with believers and nonbelievers.

·      Will become an active member of FBCG with a heart for discipleship.

What is expected:

·      To serve as an advocate of the mission and vision of First Baptist Church Gatesville.

·      To assist in the overall leadership of the church, ensuring all aspects of the music ministry are executed with excellence.

·      To be ready and willing to serve and help in various areas within the church.

Additional preferences include:

·      Experience with Planning Center, Pro-Presenter, Click Tracks, as well as Sound and Media Equipment

·      Knowledge of CCLI and Song Select.

First Baptist Church of Hamilton, TX,

is seeking a part-time Minister of Music and Worship.

For more information please contact

Peter Elkins ([email protected]) or

Maria Weaver ([email protected]).

Click HERE to View the Minister of Worship Job Description
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Cross Bearer Baptist Church is in need of a piano player. For more information contact Bro. Fisher

[email protected]


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:

[email protected] or (254) 681-7397

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FBC Gustine 

Looking for a part-time youth minister

Contact Pastor Emmanuel Jimenez for more information


[email protected]

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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

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Office

950 CR 227

Hico, TX 76457

Monday: 9:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday:   9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday:  9:30am-3:30pm

Thursday:     9:30am-3:30pm

Friday: On Call

Sat-Sun: On Call

Contact/Schedule a Visit:

432-202-1526 - Richard Ray, Director of Missions

254-736-0410 - Talon Keeney, Associate Director

[email protected]

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

950 CR 227, Hico, TX | 432-202-1526

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