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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“All the Believers were together and had everything in common.”

Acts 2:44


“We are a Brotherhood of Churches.” 

Please take a moment and continue to Pray for Israel during this time of war. 

Colossians 4:2-4... "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak."

I pray that each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving with our family and loved ones. Let us all be mindful to vigilant in giving Thanks to our Lord.

This past week, along with caring for the needs of my mother, I met with several of our ministry partners as we look ahead to 2024. I also hosting the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Board Meeting and this weekend the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center hosted True Vine Fellowship Church and on Sunday I was honored to worship and preach at Fairy Baptist Church.

This week, we will be working remotely Tuesday - Friday as we spend time with our family during the Thanksgiving Holiday. On Monday, I will be working in the Area Office and meeting with a minister. On Sunday, I am blessed to worship and preach at Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville.


Each week, we continue to meet the needs of our area churches by providing the daily ministry needs of the church to include Ministry Resources, Counseling/Mentoring, Pulpit Supply Scheduling, Pastor & Staff Search Committee Assistance, Church Administration, Ministry/Evangelism Training while working with churches to improve their social media platforms and in-house sound systems along with resourcing evangelistic outreach opportunities and providing ministry guidance and assistance as needed. 


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 Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Office as we are here to serve you 24/7

View Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Brochure HERE

Hello everyone, I pray you all had a blessed week filled with the blessings of God empowered by the Holy Spirit!

This past Sunday, I lead worship and the Women's Bible Study at Fairy Baptist Church. Great fellowship and thanksgiving meal. Saturday, my wife Josalyne and I attended a preaching conference in Irving, TX with 8 thousand in attendance!

This coming Sunday, I will be preaching and leading worship at Community Baptist Church in Dublin, TX.

I hope and pray each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family!

 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.

 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

Tri-Rivers Associate Director


Through our local partners, TBM continues to provide thousands of meals a day as war continues Israel and Gaza. People are dying and suffering across the region, and you are bringing:

  • Help by providing food for thousands who have been cut off from regular nutrition.
  • Hope by reminding the people we serve that even in a war-ravaged situation there are Christians in the far-off United States who offer spiritual and material support.
  • Healing through a relationship with Christ.

You are part of the critical prayer network that is undergirding everything God is seeking to do through TBM in Israel. Our volunteers speak of feeling this prayer support. If you've ever been the recipient of committed prayer support, you know that feeling. It is hard to express, but Philippians 4:5-7 expresses it for us.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (NIV).

God promised His peace and provides it. God promised that in the midst of the world's travails, He will guard our hearts and minds in Christ.

Pray deeply. Pray often. And hold onto God's promises. This week, pray specifically for:

  • God to raise up and prepare TBM volunteers for the next team.
  • God to help TBM and its Israeli partners to know best how to expand capacity.
  • God to use these terrible circumstances to point people to Christ, the Redeemer.
  • God to move among the millions of Israelis and Palestinians to bring peace to the region.

In case you missed it last week: A lot of people have asked me what serving in Israel looks like. Let me invite you to watch this video to see it in action. Hopefully, it provides a glimpse of how this ministry works.

Thank you for continuing to lift up the Israeli and Palestinian people and TBM volunteers. God is working, and you are a vital part of His work.


Mickey Lenamon

TBM Executive Director/CEO

Email Donna Trusty (Tri-Rivers Women's/WMU Director) HERE

My name is Vitalii Filonov.

I’m 39 years old Ukrainian and my wife Marta is 36 Polish. I have a bachelor's degree in theology. We have three children - Natan (9), Kaleb (6) and Benjamin (4).  Our home church is Chojnice Baptist Church in Poland. For the last 15 years we’ve been serving together with our mission organization - International Messengers in various locations across the world including Uganda and Peru. For the two last years we’ve been serving in Turkey and Lebanon. Since the earthquake in Southeast of Turkey that happened in February 2023 and resulted in tenth of thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced, we concentrated on earthquake relief work in the cities Antioch and Samandag in the province of Hatay, Turkey. God is doing an amazing work here and we are glad and humbled to be a part of this work. 

We have just renewed our residency for another year and now we believe it’s a time to move from Istanbul where we’re lived for the past two years to the earthquake affected zone. Since we have started the work in Hatay, Turkey we were able to establish a very good relationships with the families there and now we want to move to live near them to be able to gather with them regularly.

To be able to move there and to serve there we need to buy a van. This is the reason that we plan to come to the US this coming November-December, to share about what’s happening in Turkey and to try to raise the money for the vehicle. We also need a lot of prayer support, so we hope to connect with the believers in the US and encourage them to pray for Turkey and our ministry here. 

They will in the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area the first two weeks of December and would love to connect with various pastors or churches in the area. You can reach Vitalii at +48 507 278 003.

Email Bob (Tri-Rivers Hispanic Ministry Consultant) HERE

Briggs Baptist Church

is seeking assistance in the installing of their donated playground equipment on their church property. If your church is seeking a mission project that will make an immediate impact, please consider donating your time in helping a Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Church in ministering to their community.

If Interested in Helping, please Email us HERE
Learn More HERE:  KOZ MISSION STATEMENT To Train Men in Churches to Mentor Boys Using Outdoor Adventure.
Email Tommy HERE for More Information
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Take Training Quiz HERE
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WMU Staff and Contact Information

TAMIKO JONES Executive Director-Treasurer (214) 828-5150

BETH CAMPBELL Communications Consultant/ Mary Hill Davis Offering Project Manager (214) 828-5155

BRANDI JONES Marketing Specialist (214) 828-5152

RUTH MENDOZA Hispanic Ministries Contractor (214) 828-5150

JOYCE PORTO Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Multicultural 469.405.1638

FRANKEYA RILEY-TUCKER Financial Assistant/Sisters Who Care Consultant (214) 828-5331

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

MARISOL SANDOVAL Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Preschool, Children, Youth, and Young Adults (214) 828-5158

TERI USSERY Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Adults

(214) 828-5374

NAYELY VALLEJO Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

The WMU Office Information:

10325 Brockwood Rd., Dallas, Texas 75238

Phone: (214) 828-5150 | Email:

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A Message from Kelly Shackelford for Pastors of First Liberty University "Restoring Faith in America" - Public Prayer

A Message from Kelly Shackelford for Pastors of First Liberty Institute "Restoring Faith in America"
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Adult Conference Center - Projected Opening Date: January 1, 2024

To achieve that we desperately need some volunteer help. 

We need help putting the bed box frames together, hanging towel racks, clothing racks, etc. We could use help with painting, touch up painting. "staging" the rooms.

If you happened to have anybody that is good at taping and floating, that would be helpful as well.

In HIM, Mike Wilson

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Has your Church Scheduled a Revival for 2023 - 2024?

Please let us know by emailing us the following information to 


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)
CWJC/CMJC of Dublin, TX (Click HERE to Learn More)

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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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.

Whether you want to go on a mission trip, serve at your church's Vacation Bible School or have your Bible study group do a service project, you can change a life this summer through TBM. 

Here are some ways to do that:

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/Start Your Will HERE

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

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Churches


Surrounding Area Churches

Seeking Pastors & Ministry Staff

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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.

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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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FBC Gustine 

Looking for a part-time youth minister

Contact Pastor Emmanuel Jimenez for more information


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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:

254-865-1299 - Office

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

254-736-0410 - Talon Keeney, Associate Director

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

950 CR 227, Hico, TX | 254.865.1299