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Live Oak Baptist Church - Gatesville Fire Damage

Take a moment and pray for this church as they recover from a fire that impacted multiple areas of the church. 

We will keep you updated.

Church Messengers & Guest Register HERE
Ministry Exhibitors Register HERE

Together we can accomplish a great deal for the Lord…Separate we can accomplish a little for the Lord. (1 John 3:17-18) I am asking each church member to promote “HOPE Sunday” on Sunday, October 2nd. This is an opportunity for church member to give directly to ministries that support their Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Churches.

Seeking $5.00 per church member in support of Tri-Rivers HOPE Ministries:

·      Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter

·      Disaster Relief within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area & Mobile Laundry Unit

·      Tri-Rivers Retreat Center – Free Use for Area Churches, Ministries and Congregations

·      Heal the Hurt Retreats – Free Retreats for those impacted by Hurts (abuse, additions, grief, etc.)

·      Churches Helping Churches – Assisting Churches in their time of need (Acts 2:42-47)

$5.00 dollars is an immaterial amount if it stands alone, but if it stands together with the 80 plus Churches and over 10,000 believers who worship the Lord on any given Sunday within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area it becomes a tool to strengthen God’s Church so that together, we can meet the needs of the Least of These (Matthew 25:40). 


I pray you will Participate and Promote HOPE SUNDAY. HOPE is an expectation of what God will do through His Church. Let’s HOPE Together.

In God’s Service,

Rev Richard Ray

Director of Missions

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


“We are a Brotherhood of Churches”


Let us Come Together to Worship & Fellowship on

Sunday, October 2nd for the Annual Meeting of Churches

hosted by FBC Stephenville.


Every Church Member, Pastor, Minister and Families are Encouraged to Attend this once a year Gathering to Celebrate, Fellowship, Worship, Remember, Pray and Learn how God is using His Church located in 80 plus locations within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Associations (Erath, Hamilton, Coryell and Lampasas) to Share the Message of Hope and Love.


I am inviting everyone to attend this year's Annual Meeting of Churches. Let us show our Commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission by Gathering Together as the scriptures call us to do.




This past week, I was with my parents as they had several doctor appointments, my father has surgery on Thursday and my mother has surgery on Monday, September 12th.  We also officially moved our Main Office to the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center.  Your church has received information on this move including our new mailing address.  This move will allow us to serve all our area churches more efficiently.  We also served in areas of website management, social media setup, along with hosting ministry retreats.

This week, I will be caring for my mother following her surgery for her pancreatic cancer.  This Sunday, I will be worshipping and preaching at Clear Creek Baptists Church.  

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 Resource/Training Opportunities 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 


Youth Ministry's National Day of Volunteer

Youth Ministry Training

is coming Saturday, September 24th.

The National Network of Youth Ministries is a host again this year and will be at Tri-Rivers Retreat Center.

Youth Pastors can come FREE or bring your ENTIRE team of volunteers for one low price — use promo code “iknowahost” for $20 off!

For details or to register your team, go to

If you want to come as a youth pastor for FREE,

sign up by emailing Kevin Miles at

Lunch will be provided. Training is 9am-noon.

Ministry Assistant Report – Talon Keeney

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  Hello all, continue to lift up Live Oak Baptist Church in prayer and comfort as they face fire damage throughout their church. Continue to pray for the people of Ukraine.

 This past Sunday I lead worship for 2 services at FBC Copperas Cove. This coming Sunday I will be visiting a Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Church, and Monday I will be at the Retreat Center fulfilling church administrative needs.

 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


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Join us in 40 days of prayer for Texas College Ministry! Starting Sunday, you will receive daily emails with specific ways to pray for our BSMs as they engage students in the first weeks of the semester. Sign up here:

First Baptist Church Evant Welcomes

New Youth Minister

Scotti Franklin!!

Scotti is a native of the Evant/Lampasas area and has several years of youth ministry related experience under her belt. She has hit the ground running and has already begun a new Sunday night Bible study for the youth, in addition to the regular scheduled Sunday school and Wednesday night classes.

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
Donate/Apply/Learn More HERE
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Tri-Rivers Podcast

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

1 washer and 1 gas (propane) dryers


If you are interested in donating please

contact us at: or 432-202-1526

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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

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 * 

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

The Legacy Grandparenting Conference

The Legacy Grand-parenting Summit is the only national conference focused on helping grandparents be a spiritual influence on their grandchildren. This year the conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 20-21, in Jacksonville, FL, but simulcast in over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Life Church will be the simulcast site for the Austin area. We are located on Hwy. 183A,, in the Leander/Cedar Park area.

Speakers include Anne Graham Lotz, Gordon McDonald, Crawford Loritts, Ken Canfield and many others. You can go to the website below to learn more about the speakers, schedule and other information, as well as to register for the simulcast at Life Church. The first 3,500 people to register using the promo code THANKYOU get an additional $14 discount.

For more information about the Summit visit: You can also contact us at


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 



Learn More/Report HERE
Complete ACP Online HERE
Print/Complete English ACP Booklet HERE (Return to Area Office)
Print/Complete Spanish ACP Booklet HERE (Return to Area Office)
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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 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 (Retreat Center Office)

Tuesday:   9:30am-3:30pm (Retreat Center Office)

Wednesday:  9:30am-3:30pm (Retreat Center Office)

Thursday:     9:30am-3:30pm (Retreat Center Office)

Friday: On Call

Sat-Sun: On Call

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

950 CR 227, Hico, TX | 254.865.1299