The flowers were in full bloom in Northwest Arkansas for the spring meeting of the Ozark Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Heritage Baptist Church, Bella Vista, Arkansas, hosted the conference, which began Monday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. and wrapped up the next day just after lunch.
Ron Hemsworth opened the conference with a message. Hemsworth was a pastor for 26 years in Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota. In 2014 he and his wife, Joy, joined the team of Missionary Acres in Silva, Missouri, a ministry of Baptist Mid-Missions that houses retired pastors and missionaries.
Everyone enjoyed a break until dinner at 5:00 p.m. Then Ken Moon gave a testimonial of Camp Hosanna, sharing that the camp needs to raise funds for insurance coverage. Without the funds, the camp will not be able to open, and camping season is right around the corner. Ken says the camp is trusting the Lord to provide this need.
Michael Nolan, director of Regular Baptist Builders Club, greeted everyone and spoke about current issues facing the church, such as health care, bathroom policies, and housing allowance. In addition to his role with Regular Baptist Builders Club, Nolan is also CFO and director of strategic ministry growth for Regular Baptist Ministries. He expressed the desire of leaders at the Regular Baptist Ministries Resource Center to be just that—a resource to each of Regular Baptist Ministries’ churches. Help and council for churches are at your fingertips.
On Tuesday, attendees arrived as 9:00 a.m. and gathered for prayer with Max Bowlin, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Attendees learned about business matters of the Ozark association, and then the conference ended as it began: with Ron Hemsworth sharing a message from God’s Word.