September 21-22, 2009 was the annual meeting of the WFBC at First Baptist Church in West Bend. Close to 200 people attended the meeting, including pastors, pastor’s wives, church members, as well as Christian workers in various local church support ministries. Dr. Fred Moritz did an outstanding job of challenging those present along the theme of “Stand for the Faith.” His three preached sessions set the stage for a wonderful time of spiritual challenge.
Various workshops were provided for the benefit of those attending. Dr. Larry Oats, head of Maranatha Baptist Seminary gave a session on the Rapture and its doctrinal implications for the church. Other workshops included: Mrs. Judy Moritz speaking on “Ministering to your Missionaries,” Pastor Dave West on “Developing Church Leadership in the Underdeveloped Church,” Attorney Matt Davis on “Key Legal Issues for the Ministry,” and Dr. Leon Leeds and Pastor Richard Chromy split a session teaching respectively on “Ministry to Seniors” and “Ministry in the Rural Community.”
Annual business transacted at the meeting included election of officers–President, John Terpstra and Treasurer, Don Hawkins. Also West area representatives were elected–North West, Marlon Mielke, West Central, Ray Anderson and South West, Jerry Marsden. Also Larry Gross was elected in the North East for a one-year term to replace Scott Jones who had moved to another area. Additional business included adoption of an annual budget, passing of resolutions (check those out on the website “WFBC Info” page), and the giving of reports of our mission pastors.
The staff and people of First Baptist Church of West Bend, headed up by their pastor, Bruce Dunford, did an outstanding job of hosting the meeting. The building was perfect for the various venues, and the food and fellowship provided by area churches was a great hit as well.
We are now in our 60th year of ministry as a fellowship of independent Baptist churches. Next year’s meeting will be held September 20-21, 2010 at First Baptist Church in New Lisbon. The first annual meeting in 1950 was held at New Lisbon as well. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend.