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On April 17, 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant forever changed the community of West, Texas. Richard Mangum, Texas Baptist church strategist for Central Texas, was in the town talking with local pastors and helping assess needs in the area within a few hours of the disaster. Full Story »


Texas Baptists have tapped Bruce Peterson to serve as congregational strategist in Southeast Texas, helping churches effectively reach people throughout the region with the gospel. He began serving Jan. 18.

Regional strategists across the state like Peterson assist congregations in strategic planning, confronting and overcoming ministry obstacles and finding ways to share the gospel in their respective communities.

Peterson served as pastor of South Park Baptist Church in Alvin from 1991-June 2009. Prior to that, he served as associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi from 1983-1991. He served as interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Dickinson from Nov. 2009-June 2010.

Peterson has served in numerous roles for the Gulf Coast Baptist Association and has ministered in a variety of ways through chaplaincy, including with the Alvin Police Department and following the 2005 Texas City BP explosion.

Primera Iglesia Bautista in Santa Maria

ROMA – Texas Baptists have sent more than four tons of aid to more than 400 people who were forced from their homes in the Mexico border city of Ciudad Mier and are now living nearby Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas in a Lion’s Club hall, city hall and in a plaza. Full Story »