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Associational Pastor/Church Leadership & WMU Meeting Dates & Locations

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

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 Committee'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 past week, we attended the North Fort Hood Ministry Meeting, worked with search committee's as they seek their next pastor, prepared the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for upcoming retreats, attended the Latham Springs Encampment Board Meeting and on Sunday I preached at FBC Gatesville followed by attending the Coryell Baptist Association Meeting hosted by FBC Oglesby.

This week, I will again be working with church search committees, meeting with area pastors and church leaderships, preparing for the upcoming ministry training opportunities and on Sunday, I will be blessed to preach at Littleville Baptist Church in Hamilton followed by attending the Hamilton Baptist Association Meeting hosted at FBC Hico.

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 Training

for Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Church Teachers/Leaders

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Noon - 3 pm

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 (scroll down) 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 hope each of you are safe and well. I would like to extend prayer over several of our pastors, staff, and their families as they face Covid. I lead worship for First Baptist Church Gatesville this past Sunday. I also, attended the Coryell Baptist Association meeting that was hosted by First Baptist Church Oglesby.

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. I will be leading worship this Sunday at First Baptist Church Gatesville followed by attending the Hamilton Baptist Association meeting hosted by First Baptist Church Hico.

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.

"38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 8:38-39

Talon Keeney

Ministry Assistant


Register HERE

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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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I hope that you each had a wonderful holiday season and that 2022 is starting off well! Our comms team is in the process of creating an official update for partners, which I believe will be in hand mid-week next week, but I wanted to send over a few things for you to review regarding the current state of Afghan arrivals:

  • Roughly 28,000 Afghans were resettled in the US in November and December alone... compared to the 11,410 refugees received during the entirety of FY21
  • By the end of December, World Relief had resettled 2,355 Afghans. PRM (aka branch of the State Department) is pushing for roughly 3,700 departures a week -- meaning our teams efforts will only pick up these next few weeks! 
  • As of December 20, around 22,650 Afghans remained at military bases, and just under 62,000 individuals have already departed the bases... not all through resettlement agencies. 
  • We also have been informed that there are only about 2,000 individuals left on lilypads overseas, as many were brought to the US bases in the past month.

Our 18 offices across the country have not only been diligently working to provide services for clients, but also with mobilizing churches and equipping volunteers! 

I've attached the North Texas Impact Report so you can see a few highlights for our region.  

These truly have been, and continue to be, unprecedented times... but FAITHFUL IS HE who goes before us and THANK YOU for the role you each have played in helping to welcome these precious Afghans! 



Strategic Partnership Director – World Relief

516.425.7947 |

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

First Baptist Church Hico

January 23 - 26

Sunday: 10:30 am & 6:00 pm

Mon - Wed: 6:00 pm Meal & 7:00 pm Worship

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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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