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CSBC’s newly elected president, Victor Chayasirisobhon, was featured in the Baptist Press as praising one of our convention’s greatest assets, our diversity. Reflecting on his personal life experiences growing up in an ethnically rich environment, as well as some refining missteps in his youth, Victor shares how the Lord used those experiences and influences to…

By Terry Barone CLOVIS, Calif. (BP)— After a 24-month hiatus due to COVID-19, messengers to the 80th meeting of California Southern Baptist Convention were exhorted to “RE-ENGAGE” with communities, church members, and the state convention, approved a motion to look into sexual abuse among California Southern Baptists, passed a resolution on race and racial reconciliation…

By Scott Barkley FRESNO, Calif. (BP) – As the Hispanic population continues to grow nationwide and in the Southern Baptist Convention, its impact will be observed not only culturally but in strengthening the SBC’s efforts to fulfill the Great Commission, said a California denominational leader. Pete Ramirez, associate executive director for the California Southern Baptist…

By Grace Thornton When God called Rob Bline into full-time ministry, he left a 16-year career in the rental equipment industry.  “I remember telling my wife that I felt like I wasted all that time … that I had all this experience with nothing to do with it,” Bline, former associate pastor at Glory Bound…

By Terry Barone FRESNO—A proposed budget of $6.7 million and hiring three staff members to serve the churches of California Southern Baptist Convention topped the agenda of the Executive Board when it met, Sept. 15-17. The budget, $6,717,620 includes a Cooperative Program objective of $6 million which is based on 2020 CP receipts, the last…

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…