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Author Terry Barone

By Terry Barone FRESNO—After a 24-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California Southern Baptist Convention is scheduled to meet October 26-27 at Clovis Hills Community Church in Clovis for fellowship, inspiration, and business. More information at csbc.com/annualmeeting. Stephen Jones, chairman of the Committee on Convention Operations and associate pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in…

By David Roach QUINCY—As pastor Daniel Hanna ministered to Northern California residents displaced by the Dixie Fire, he learned about a senior adult whose dentures had been lost in the blaze—which has burned nearly 700 homes. She hadn’t eaten solid food in days, so Hanna asked if he could help. One call to a local…

ANAHEIM (BP) – In terms of national influence and Gospel impact, the importance of Southern Baptist work in California cannot be overstated, agreed SBC leaders and pastors from the state gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center Aug. 17. “Southern Baptists are made up of a lot of different people and this room personifies that,” said…

By Anthony Beaird The three-week-old Dixie Fire engulfed the town of Greenville along with Greenville Southern Baptist Church’s fellowship hall and youth building on Aug. 5. The church had a small apartment in which a father and three daughters were living. All four were evacuated safely, but now face the loss of their home.  The…

By Anthony Beaird A sports camp sponsored by Church in the Valley in Ontario has led to new prospects for the Inland-Empire association congregation.  After sponsoring the camp June 21-25, Matt Sprankle, associate pastor, said more than 20 adults and children from the camp attended their church for the first time. Most were non-Christians or…

By Terry Barone SAN DIEGO—A California Southern Baptist pastor from the San Diego area has been tapped to serve on the search committee to find the next president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. A.B. Vines, the pastor of New Seasons Church in Spring Valley, is one of six ERLC trustees comprising…

By Timothy Cockes LOS ANGELES (BP) — Despite not meeting in person for over 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Chinese Baptist Church in Los Angeles has seen more than 100 professions of faith through a new group evangelism strategy. Benny Wong, senior pastor of the congregation, located in Chinatown, explained the church…

The United States Supreme Court ruled against the California attorney general requiring California-based charities to disclose specific information about their top donors. In the 6-3 decision July 1, the high court reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision by ruling the regulation is “facially unconstitutional.” The case first went to court when the California…

Reporting by Tyler Sanders, Director of Communications, for Gateway Seminary NASHVILLE—Gateway Seminary’s mission is exemplified in biblical diversity and by a significant graduation milestone, President Jeff Iorg told messengers during his report at the Southern Baptist Convention June 16. “Gateway is your daily demonstration of the power of the gospel to unify people from a…

NASHVILLE—Three California Southern Baptists were appointed by the International Mission Board, several were elected to serve on SBC boards and committees in the future and three were nominated, but defeated, to serve as elected officials for the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastors’ Conference during the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting June 15-16. Appointed to serve as…