Coy Wilkerson, retired pastor and church planter, dies

May 30, 2023

Coy Wilkerson, Arizona Southern Baptist pastor, interim pastor and church planter, died March 21, 2023. He was 87. “Coy was always thinking about sharing Christ and where to start the…

Adams sees GuideStone’s Mission:Dignity from the inside

May 30, 2023

For eight years, Dennis Adams has served retired ministry workers as a trustee on the board for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. A retired pastor himself, Adams…

Six graduate from Gateway Arizona

May 30, 2023

The class of 2023 at the Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary graduated on May 13. Six students graduated in the commencement ceremony led by David Johnson, executive director of the…

Sharky Baker, treasured layman, dies

May 30, 2023

LaVern “Sharky” Baker, devoted Arizona Southern Baptist leader, died March 24, 2023. He was 96. “Sharky Baker was an innovator for his time,” Steve Bass, former executive director of the…

18 good things about being Southern Baptist

May 30, 2023

Recently, I was asked to speak at a gathering of pastors in an association in our state. As most denominational leaders know, these meetings can sometimes turn into a discussion…

Heart of Mesa: Reaching people through Celebrate Recovery

May 19, 2023

For years, 12-step programs have served people stuck in destructive habits. Celebrate Recovery, a ministry offered by Heart of Mesa Church, rescued a family from hopelessness and repurposed their lives…

First Person: Touching hearts, reaching people and changing lives through prayer

May 19, 2023

We live in a culture where many people are simply not interested in attending church. Though not motivated to walk into a church building, they still have needs. In fact,…

Feeding people, helping hurting souls

May 19, 2023

Ensuring no one goes hungry is a core value of Helping Hands Food Pantry, a ministry of First Southern Baptist Church of Kingman. Last fall, Pastor John Ramos asked church…

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