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Ellis Orozco

by Rachel Moreno — October 20, 2014

When I was working as an engineer, God made it clear that I was in the wrong place; He wanted me to prepare myself to serve him for the rest of my life. I have never regretted it and have never looked back! -Ellis

Name: Ellis Orozco

Wife: Priscilla Ruth Orozco

Children: Gabriel Antonio Orozco (22); Michael Andrew Orozco (16); Celeste Iliana Orozco (15)

Church: First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas

Number of years: 5 and a half

Attendance: 1200

Where did you grow up?

Pasadena, Texas

How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that…

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Run:4Justice

by Rachel Moreno — October 20, 2014
As a church we committed to a partnership to curtail sex trafficking in Cambodia. Then, last year we also partnered with two other churches for an area-wide Choose Life 5k to raise funds for multiple crisis pregnancy centers in the Tarrant Country area. -Pastor Joe Sanchez

Church: 121 Community Church

Pastor: Ross Sawyers

Initiative: Run:4Justice

What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community?

Hosting and co-hosting fundraising runs for Justice and Life issues.

How did you recognize this need?

Our two Run:4Justice runs grew out of our study of Amos. As a church we…

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Bill Arnold

by Rachel Moreno — October 1, 2014

Name: Bill Arnold

Spouse: Margaret

Children: Meredith and Jonathan Grandchildren: Ryan, Mason, Jake, and Hank

Ministry: Providing financial resources for Texas missions

Position: President of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Number of years: 30

Where did you grow up? 

Memphis, Tennessee

How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? 

Eight years old at an RA camp on the Mississippi coast.

Where did you do your undergrad?

Mississippi College

If you did any post-graduate work, where did you attend and what degree did you earn? 

Southwestern Seminary, MA in Education, College for…

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

by Rachel Moreno — October 1, 2014

Department: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Staffers: Bill Arnold, President; Larry Thomas, Vice President; Bob Feather, Consultant; Marcy Strube, Donor Relations Coordinator; Rita Griffith, Administrative Assistant

Explain your ministry:

The Missions Foundation works with individuals that want to financially support missions in Texas and around the world. We do this by receiving cash and noncash gifts as well as by working with people who want to include missions in their estate plans.

What are the different aspects of the TBMF?

Working with the BGCT staff to determine the opportunities that need support…

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Vision 6000

by Rachel Moreno — September 17, 2014

Church: First Baptist Church of El Paso

Pastor: Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr.

Initiative: “Vision 6000”

What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community?

“Vision 6000” seeks to stir the imagination and dreams of our people to envision touching the lives of 1% of the population of El Paso with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This vision statement challenges us to maximize our effectiveness at our home base, but also to stimulate the desire to plant new churches and ministries across the region. If we don’t think and dream big we will probably settle for business as usual or simply adding to our church. FBC…

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Pastor Oscar Epps

by Rachel Moreno — September 17, 2014

Name: Oscar D. Epps, Sr.

Spouse: Belenthia

Children: Destany, Oscar Jr., Aderius

Church: Community Missionary Baptist Church, Desoto, TX

Number of Years: 21

Attendance: 3,000

Where did you grow up?

Dallas, Texas

How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time?

I was 10 years old and very eager to be baptized.

Where did you do your undergrad?

Dallas Baptist University

If you did any post-graduate work, where did you attend and what degree did you earn?

Honorary Doctorate and am currently enrolled in Dallas Baptist in pursuit of my…

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Becky Holt

by Rachel Moreno — September 3, 2014

Name: Becky Holt

Husband: I will be marrying Steven Barnes this weekend!

Children: None yet

Ministry: Collegiate

Position: Ministry Assistant

Number of years: 14

Where did you grow up? 

Dallas until I was 8 and then Garland

How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time?

I was 7 years old when I became a Christian. I was attending a GA Camp with my church at Mt Lebanon Baptist Camp. They had a puppet show and talked about sin and our need for a Savior. Although I had grown up in church, it finally clicked that I needed to be forgiven for my sins. When I got home I told my parents and…

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Collegiate Ministry

by Rachel Moreno — September 3, 2014

Department: Center for Collegiate Ministry, Go Now Missions and Texas BSM

Staffers: Bruce McGowan - State BSM Director; Joyce Ashcraft – Ministry and Regional Coordinator; Brenda Sanders – Missions Consultant; Robert Hooker – Evangelism Consultant; Ginger Bowman – Church Life Consultant; Katie Gravens – Leadership Consultant; Rick Spencer/Nick Howard/John Pearce - Regional Coordinators and Ministry Assistants: Peggy Moulden, Cindy Zoller and Becky Barnes

Mission: To engage the 1.5 million college students in Texas to follow Christ and transform the world. We support BSM’s on over 115 campuses in Texas prioritizing…

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Alliance Education Initiative

by Rand Jenkins — July 18, 2014

Church: Alliance Church, Lubbock

Pastor: Jesse Rincones

Initiative: Alliance Education Initiative

What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community?

We have been working to bring awareness to and address the educational challenges facing the Hispanic community, both inside and outside the church. This “one thing” is actually several different efforts that come under an umbrella that I call the Alliance Education Initiative.

Here are a few of facets that are part of this effort:

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Jay Abernathy

by Rand Jenkins — July 18, 2014

Name: Jay Abernathy 

Wife: Kelle (McHan) Abernathy of Abilene, TX 

Children: Hannah (married to Trevor Brown, youth pastor at FBC Round Rock), Hayley (a Master’s of Social Work student at Baylor), Caleb (a Freshman at Baylor)

Church: First Baptist Church of Palestine, TX 

Number of years: 14 

Attendance: 250

Where did you grow up?

I started in Richardson, TX (FBC Richardson), but some may debate if it’s a completed process yet.

How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time?

When I was 7 years old, my grandfather and I went on a walk. While…

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