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Associational Pastor/Church Leadership & WMU Meeting Dates & Locations

Coryell Baptist Association

Sunday, January 16th @ 3:00 pm

FBC Oglesby

Hamilton Baptist Association

Sunday, January 23rd @ 3:00 pm

FBC Hico

Erath Baptist Association

Thursday, February 3rd @ 10:00 am

BSM Building, Tarleton University

Register HERE

Moving Forward Leadership Conference

for Sunday School/Discipleship Leaders in the

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Hosted by: First Baptist Church, Lampasas



12:00 p.m. - Lunch (provided by FBC Lampasas)

12:45 p.m. - Plenary Session

1:15 p.m. - Move to Breakouts

1:20 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (leaders allow for a break)

  • Preschool Leaders 
  • Elementary Leaders
  • Youth Leaders
  • Adult Leaders/Directors
  • Pastors

3:00 p.m. - Dismiss


Breakout Sessions

  • Plenary (possible a panel of our team) - Encouragement, trends/urgency, new metrics
  • Preschool - (Jennifer Howington will enlist) - appropriate for both Sunday School leaders and weekday preschool teachers
  • Children Jennifer Howington, Childhood Ministry Specialist - include segment on including special needs
  • Adults - David Adams, Director and Adult Specialist - organizing for discipling/community/mission, engaging people in Bible study, moving to a mindset of discipleship in Sunday School, metrics, co-teachers
  • Pastors - (pending, David will enlist) - equipping for disciple-making personally as well as leading church, metrics, reaching young families in rural churches
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Richard Ray – Director of Missions Weekly Update

I want to welcome John Latham and his family to Tri-Rivers Baptist Area and Lampasas Baptist Association as the new pastor of School Creek Baptist Church. I know you will keep him in your prayers as he starts his new ministry.

We also welcome new youth minister Matt McBrayer to FBC Gatesville and Coryell Baptist Association.

We have had several pastors, staff and their families dealing with Covid, please be in prayer for one another for health and healing. Continue to pray for those serving in the medical field and our first responders.

This past week also brought opportunities to serve our Area Churches in the areas of: Search Committe's, Pulpit Supply, BSM, Administrative Assistance, background checks and Ministry Resources, while also providing the daily ministry needs of our Churches and Ministry Partners.

This week, we will be attending the North Fort Hood Ministry Meeting, working with search committee's as they seek their next pastor, preparing the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for this weekend's retreat, attending the Latham Springs Encampment Board Meeting and on Sunday I will be attending the Coryell Baptist Association Meeting hosted by FBC Oglesby.

Please View this Newsletter or the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Website for all Upcoming Associational Meetings.

Please Register Early for the Upcoming

(More Information in this Newsletter)

Sunday School/Discipleship Leaders in the

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Hosted by: First Baptist Church, Lampasas

We continue to seek Local Church Missionaries to serve in our area Churches. If you feel led to serve in this area of need, or if your church would like to Request a Church Missionary, please view this newsletter or visit website HERE.

View the "Safe the Date" Ad in this Newsletter

Review the latest Classified Ad in this newsletter as we have churches in need of your talents, churches seeking pastors and various church staff.

I want to thank everyone who continues to give toward the Pay-Off of the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. Your contributions are making a difference.

Please take time to view your 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.

Until next week, “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


Register Today - HERE
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Ministry Assistant Report – Talon Keeney

I pray each of you have had a great week. I would like to welcome new youth minister Matt McBrayer to FBC Gatesville and Coryell Baptist Association. Matt is a Truett Seminary graduate and a Baylor Alumni. Make sure to give a warm welcome to John Latham and his family as the new pastor of School Creek Baptist Church. I ask that you would be in prayer for John and his family as they dive into this new season of ministry as part of Tri-Rivers Baptist Area and Lampasas Baptist Association. This past week I lead worship for First Baptist Church Gatesville.

This week, I will be in and out of the Area Office, the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center and fulfilling ministry needs around the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. Also, I will be attending the North Fort Hood Meeting. Sunday, I am leading worship at First Baptist Church Gatesville.

I am available to assist any of our area churches who need a guest worship leader or musician.

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

We are still seeking Musicians and Worship Leaders to serve in our area Churches on Sunday. If you feel led to serve in this area of need, 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.

"1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident."

Psalms 27:1-3

Talon Keeney

Ministry Assistant


Register HERE
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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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Register/Learn More HERE
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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

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

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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.

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is seeking a Volunteer to add a propane gas line (approximately 8 feet) to our outside laundry unit at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. If interested please contact your Director of Missions Richard Ray at 432-202-1526.

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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 



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 Newsletter, Summer 2021                            July 19, 2021


      Usually in the newsletter I focus on the activities at Restoration Place. Providing safe shelter for women in unsafe homes is important, but that is not all we do. 


             We work with other agencies in the area to fight against domestic abuse and to promote healthy relationships. We give presentations to civic groups of all kinds to help the community gain knowledge about the problem of abuse, the need for help in our area, and the resources we provide.


             Last year I responded to a request on Facebook from a woman who needed furniture. I found that she had fled an abuser and had been living with her parents. She rented a place of her own but had no furnishings. My husband and I met her at the RA storage building which contains donations we have not needed at the shelter and loaded our pickup and her car with furniture and kitchen supplies and took everything to her new home.


             When we get all from a woman in need of help, we pay for a motel for one or two nights as we listen to her story, discuss her options, and tell her about Restoration Place. Sometimes during that time, the abuser promises to make changes and a woman will decide to go back to her home to try to reconcile. We determine to never judge and are clear that we will support her in every way we can. This service has been valuable. As one woman put it, "This cooling off period has been a God send for me. I can't thank you guys enough for coming thru for me. It means the world when you feel like you have nobody. Thank you for all you are doing! I truly cannot express that enough." She headed back home with the assurance that we are available if she needs us again.


             We have phone calls from women who are not ready to leave an abusive situation but want to get information and we are happy to help out in that way. Some have questions about the process and resources that are available to them. Many have questions about their legal rights. We are careful to not advise beyond our knowledge or ability, but we can give the women basic information such as the fact that their children will not be taken from them if they leave, or that they will not lose everything if they walk out. A few months ago, I had a call from a woman who said, "I know I need to leave my husband, but I don't know how." We discussed her options and I helped her devise a plan. She was working but did not have control of finances. With permission from her husband, she began to put aside cash to save "for a family vacation," which she kept in a safe place. She applied for and was hired at a new job without her husband's knowledge. She hired a lawyer. She rented a house and and was able to take her children and, with some help moved into her new home. 


             The hardest question to hear is, "Will God forgive me if I divorce my husband?" My answer comes quickly and without reservation, "God forgives you for everything. BUT leaving your abusive husband is not something that requires forgiveness." The understanding of these women is that God declared marriage to be permanent and commanded his people to not divorce except in cases of adultery. People sometimes quote a verse in the Bible, Malachi 2:16, "God hates divorce." But that is not the entire verse. This is what God says in that verse. "I hate divorce. I hate the person who covers himself with violence...Be careful not to be unfaithful." God is speaking very specifically to men who were unfaithful to their wives, then sent them away by divorce. His purpose in speaking about divorce was to protect women who were being abandoned without any means of support. God does not want any of his daughters to live in violence, under threat, being controlled and demeaned. Does God value marriage? Yes, absolutely. God does not value marriage more than women, more than children. God desires that every woman be valued and cherished. Restoration Advocates agrees that women are of great value and should live in freedom and safety and that is why we are here. Thank you for partnering with us in that mission.


             Since we opened Restoration Place last year, we have provided shelter for thirteen women and eleven children. Thank you for your support. Your donations have made possible everything we do.


Jeannette Maxwell

Executive Director

Donate through Paypal, Venmo, or Zelle to Restoration Advocates

or mail a check to P.O. Box 961, Stephenville TX, 76401

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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 Hico, Texas

is seeking a

Worship Pastor

Please Submit Resumes or Questions to

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 by December 31, 2021

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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. 

For questions, e-mail Pastor Judy

or call 254-979-1944

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 at our website:


 (254) 865-1299 

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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

Tuesday     9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday  9:30am-3:30pm

Thursday     9:30am-3:30pm


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

502 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX | 254.865.1299