"The Catalyst" 


January 2016    




Executive Director's Corner

We have recently had an interesting development in the Florence area. Two of our newer churches, the New Life Baptist Church and the Family of God Baptist Church, decided to merge. Bro. Jason Bruff, the New Life pastor, came up with the idea that a pastor who lives in the Florence area could be more effective in ministering at New Life. After conversations with Bro. Scotty Smith, it was decided that a merger of the two churches was the best solution to the situation. So now we have the New Life Baptist Church pastored by Bro. Scotty Smith, and the Family of God Baptist Church no longer exists. The combined congregations are off to a great start. Please join me in praying for God's blessings on this fine congregation.
The Association just hired Bro. Floyd Steverson as Facilities Manager for the Association. He will begin his new job in January. He will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the building and grounds. He will also assist with computer issues in the office when needed. Bro. Floyd already had an office here as our latest church planter, so we have seen first hand what an asset he can be to us.


In Christ,
Allen Stephens

Crossroads Counseling
Most people will begin 2016 by making resolutions about how to better themselves and their lives-not a bad thing to do. Yet, before you try changing who you are, start owning all your weaknesses, failures, scars, and wounds before a Savior that loves you unconditionally. As scary as that may be, there is no growing in godliness without owning the shackles that limit us. Lay them at his feet. It's okay, precious child, to not be okay. He knows. Our Jesus waits to accept all that you bring. He will not condemn your shortcomings in 2016. "Come as you are......"

Guitta Hogue                                                                             
Licensed professional counselor
Crossroads Counseling

Now available for you to check out at RCBA offices....

As traffickers narrow their target to lure younger and younger victims, America's youth find themselves engaged in a battle they never prepared for.  Learn the shocking true stories of two "All-American" teenage girls tricked into being trafficked.  This comprehensive video resource equips teens to recognize the warning signs of sex trafficking to protect themselves and their peers from being recruited for sex trafficking.

Metro Grace Inner City Ministry outreach

Thanksgiving Fellowship with members  

Eastside Pearl Youth Thanksgiving Trip

Pelahatchie Baptist

Priceless...  I always think of all the time and preparation that goes into one of the performances!!  Good job....
Park Place welcomes
Rev. Paul Lee


 Rev. Paul Lee is the new Minister to Senior Adults at Park Place. Paul and Deborah joined the Park Place family in July 2014 after their retirement and move from Corinth, MS.  Deborah retired after 29 years as a high school science teacher, and Paul was on staff at FBC Corinth.  We welcome you to the Rankin County Baptist Association!!
FBC Richland - Operation Shoebox Station
We had 5,918 shoeboxes come through the church this year and of those FBC, Richland had a total of 3,046 boxes for 2015.  We had a group of 16 people go to Atlanta on Tuesday, November 24th to work one of the shifts at the processing center.   

G. A.'s packing shoeboxes.....
Park Place Christian Academy
God is continuing to do amazing work at Park Place Christian Academy.  There were over 25 students in the academy that made professions of faith in the month of October.  Not only are they receiving an excellent, lifelong educational foundation, but they are gaining eternal salvation that will last long after this life is over.
RCBA and CCC Christmas

What a joyous time we had celebrating the growth of God's two ministries....RCBA and CCC.  Thank you to CCC for hosting this year. 
Seminary Classes
Life Christian Seminary 
6:30 PM RCBA building

January 5th and 12th - Proverbs - Dr. Ralph Henson
February 9th and 16th - Life and Teachings of Jesus - Dr. Sam Hughes
March 15th and 22nd - Developing a Christian World View - Dr. Rick Henson
April 5th and 12th - Amos and Hosea - Dr. Ralph Henson
May 10th and 17th - Life and Letters of Paul - Dr. Wayne Van Horn
Ministry Assistant Position
Rankin County Baptist Association will have an opening for a Ministry Assistant position beginning February 2016.

This position will be for 24 hours per week, 8 hours per day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  No benefits.

Responsibilities to include:  answering phones, assist DOM with resumes, Bible Drill coordination with churches, updating of webpage calendar, Associational minute books, Ministers' Conference breakfast each Monday, meeting reminders, church list updates, Facility Use Policy Guidelines, greeting cards to Pastors, ordering of all office supplies, Ministers' Conference schedule, and any other dutes required by DOM and Executive Assistant.
Requirements for position:  proficiency in Microsoft Word and all applications, experience in answering phones and greeting guests, organizational skills, relational person, and belief consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Resumes are being accepted at this time.  Please email to Diane Thompson, dthompson@rankinbaptists.org or mail to Diane at Rankin County Baptist Association, 200 Park Place Drive, Pearl, MS 39208
RCBA musicians flood the Hederman Cancer Center with joy
What a wonderful time spent at Baptist Hospital Cancer Center.  RCBA musicians, including pastors, sang Christmas carols to nurses, doctors, staff and patients.  Cookies were served and God's presence was made known throughout.

Nursing Home Ministry Banquet


We praise God for the success of the NHM Fall Banquet.  The food, fun and fellowship was wonderful.  We thank Jesus especially for those volunteers who stood as Paul Early led our commissioning service.   Dr. Billy Thomas
CPC Training
Dear friends,
We are in daily contact with one of the largest "people-groups" in America. Statistics indicate one out of three women will have experienced abortion before the age of forty-five. Add to this the fathers, grandparents, and friends affected by the decision.  The numbers are staggering. Abortion grief is one of the most misunderstood dynamics we might encounter.  Many do not self-disclose a past choice decision.  This unprocessed grief could contribute to other emotional, spiritual and relational issues.  New research is emerging that reveals how to meet the specific and specialized needs of this group.
Trudy Johnson, LMFT, founder of MissingPieces.Org, will share from her years of experience working in the area of abortion recovery with professionals.
Please mark Friday, January 22, 2016 as an in-service training for yourself and your staff. Additionally, 6 CEUs may be available to professional therapists. 
Registration opens on December 28, 2015. Please CLICK HERE to find out more information on this great opportunity.
Serving Him with gladness,
Barbara Beavers

Florence Middle School
Brother Terry Fant shares Christmas with these kids.....giving back!!

Information for Newsletter:
If your church has an event or has had a special event you would like to share in The Catalyst, please email to dthompson@rankinbaptists.org.  One or two pictures only in jpg format can be accepted. 
Also, if you like our newsletter and know someone that would also enjoy the information, at the end of the newsletter is a link you can use to forward to a friend.  Please share our GOOD NEWS!  
Upcoming Events: 
December 30th - 7:00 p.m. - Pelahatchie Baptist presents Spoken 4 Quartet
January 4th - Ministers' Conference at Park Place - 10:30 a.m.; guest speaker will be Michael Lee, Pastor and Leadership Development, MBCB; please RSVP for lunch
January 16th - 6:00 p.m. - Pelahatchie Baptist presents Greater Vision 

RCBA welcomes new Committee members

Strategy Committee
Jess Knight - Briar Hill 
Terry Fant - Hickory Ridge 
Scott Ross - Crossgates

Administrative Committee 
Rev. Floyd Steverson - Metro Grace 
Doug Palmer - FBC Brandon 
Charles Roe - Park Place

Finance Committee 
Gene Theriot - Meadow Grove
Gary Glass - Star

Rev. Don Williams - Moderator 

Hickory Ridge Baptist Church

Can't get much cuter!!

The church provided fruit baskets to the community and filled duffel bags for the homeless....outside those walls!!
Meadow Grove Christmas Program
McLaurin Heights feeds county employees and families

The November project at McLaurin Heights was focused on the city employees and their families.  On November 22nd they met at the Pearl Community Room and the church provided meat, dressing, green beans, sweet potato casseroles, and desserts.  We fed over 60 city employees and family members.  The leftover food was taken to the police department and 3 fire stations.  Great project!

It was a night of Celebration for participants, families and friends. "All families need a stable foundation" was the theme for the Hands UP Outreach (CWJC & CMJC) Graduation/Celebration at FBC Richland. Dr. Tammy Anderson, MBCB Missions Consultant, was the speaker for the event. Six women graduated from the Christian Women's Job Corps and two men graduated from the Christian Men's Job Corps program under the Hands UP Outreach ministry. Each of these women and men had mentors/coaches to encourage and disciple them. Twenty-four other participants received Certificates of Accomplishments during the Celebration time. Hands UP Outreach (CWJC & CMJC) is a ministry of Rankin Baptists.


FBC Brandon
FBC Brandon's Grace Tree, Adopt a Family to bless for Christmas is wrapping up, we've helped over 50 families and we have 3-4 families who still need help with Christmas. If your family, friends, neighbors work place OR church would like to assist one of these Brandon area families, please inbox me. The vision of this outreach is beyond helping families with Christmas. At least one of the people we've shown God's Grace to through this ministry has trusted Christ as Savior so far!
Clear Branch Harvest Festival pictures

FBC Fannin - Encouargement Bags

Thank you, FBC Fannin for the beautiful bags.  And, they are bringing some of their youth back to help at Hederman Center on the 18th so the kids that decorated these bags will understand the connection between what they did and for whom they did if!!

Also, Park Place did 150 bags that were delivered to Wisteria Gardens Rehab Center and Baptist......sorry, no pictures. 
Lottie Moon
Meadow Grove 
Meadow Grove sold over 700 cinnamon rolls to church members for Lottie Moon offering, at $1 per roll.  What a great and creative way to serve!!
Cross Roads Operation Christmas Child

Big Ole Honking Garage Sale for Missions
FBC Brandon 

February 12 -13
Preview Sale for $5 is Friday from 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. with free admission starting at 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m..  Saturday will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mary and Roy Callahan
Celebrate Recovery Christmas Party
What a sweet testimonial! 
I want to thank Mary Vest Callahan and Roy Callahan for being such obedient servants to God!! I truly don't have words enough to thank y'all for going above and beyond for our Celebrate Recovery at The Pointe Church.  For 2 years now, you have worked hard to make sure our students and children have something special for Christmas. Please thank everyone who helped y'all pull this together!! It was all greatly appreciated!! Much love to you!!
Debbie Pritchen

If you or your church are looking for a Ministry where you can help, look no further....Mary and Roy Callahan and Hands Up Outreach is that ministry...call 601-826-0442 to volunteer or to donate.....they need both and are reaching people for Christ!!

Metro Grace Community Church


Our Website and Facebook page are up and running: (www.metrograce.church)

 (www.facebook.com/metrogracems) Check us out.

Meet with us on Sundays at 10:30 at the Holiday Inn, Trustmark Park....all are welcome!!


Pastor Floyd Steverson

Metro Grace Community Church

John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.