Month: October 2017

FBC of Monroe Launches Bible Institute

First Baptist Church of Monroe has launched its new FBC Bible Institute For Building A Christian Worldview! Each Sunday evening, from 6-7, Pastor Jeriah Shank will be lecturing on various areas of theology, Bible survey, church history, philosophy, apologetics, and counseling. This is a 2 ½ year education for non-Bible college students aimed at the Bible college level to equip Christians to think seriously, deeply, and practically about how our beliefs impact our lives. Each night includes a 50-minute lecture and brief assigned readings from the Moody Handbook of Theology (2014).

To aid as a resource for both those in the class and for our sister churches, each lecture is being filmed and posted to the church YouTube account (First Baptist Church of Monroe, IA), to the church facebook page (, and to Pastor Jeriah’s personal website ( These talks are free and can be used for Bible Studies, small groups, Sunday School classes, and more. If these videos can be a blessings to your church, please feel free to use them and let the church know if you have any questions!

The first video in the series can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of this article.

LeClaire Baptist Church Calls Nick Oliver

In September, LeClaire Baptist Church called Nick Oliver to be their senior pastor.  Pastor Oliver candidated August 11-13 and was called by unanimous vote!  The Oliver’s were excited about their move to LeClaire on September 29 and 30 and Pastor Oliver’s first Sunday preaching was October 8th.  We are looking forward to seeing God work through the Oliver’s in LeClaire.  Congratulations!




Community Baptist Church Groundbreaking

In September, Community Baptist Church (CBC) in Ankeny, Iowa, held their much-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for their new church building, which will be located on the north edge of Ankeny. Since the church was planted in October 2006, CBC has been meeting in a local elementary school. In April 2013, Pastor Shon Lundberg was called to be the first full-time pastor of Community Baptist Church. Congratulations to CBC and praise the Lord for his provision! 











Micah Hartwig Update

The following is an update on Micah from Pastor Ben. Please be in prayer for their family.


On October 9th, we found out that our 10 year old son Micah’s cancer had returned. A small tumor is growing in the same location around his left eye. We really thought that this cancer was behind us, but now we have to face this for the third time. Life hadn’t quite returned to normal from the last two years.
What strengthens us is resting the sovereignty of God. We, and so many other believers, have prayed for Micah’s healing. God has chosen to answer no for now. As incredibly hard this is for us right now, we have to accept His answer of no and trust Him in this. He is worthy of our trust.
On Wednesday, October 18, Micah will have surgery to remove what is possible of the tumor. This is very delicate surgery around his eye with the risk of permanent damage to his eye. Please pray with us for the protection of his vision and that the doctor will be able to remove much of the tumor. After the tumor is tested, we will hear what treatments are available for him.
To say that this has been hard for Micah is an understatement and we need wisdom from God on how to guide him spiritually and physically through this. Please pray for for guidance as we parent Micah and our other children, as they all are affected. Pray that our marriage will be strengthened through this, as we face a lot of different pressures.
We are very thankful for our church family who has been very supportive and encouraging to us. Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church of Greene, as we walk through this, that we would serve, love, and learn what God wants us to learn through this.
Thank you so much for praying for us!
In Christ,
Pastor Ben, Stacy, Micah and Hartwig family

Ordination for Pastor Chris Humburg

An Ordination Council for Pastor Chris Humburg will be held on October 14th, beginning at 9:00 AM, at Altoona Regular Baptist Church. Should the candidate pass the examination, a service is planned for Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, at the church. Pastor Bob Fields and Pastor Gary Gonerman will be speaking, and a meal will follow. Guests are welcome to attend. Please help us prepare by contacting us at 515-967-2434 or

Seminary Food Shower

Dear Pastor,

Greetings from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary where another academic year has started!

Once again, we are preparing for the annual Thanksgiving food shower for our seminary students.  Many churches have participated in past years, and our students were blessed by the generous donations of food and grocery store gift cards.

We would like to invite your church to participate this year. This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage our students and help provide for their needs, especially around the holidays. Our seminary students and their families make great sacrifices in order to train for ministry, and they are very grateful for the tangible way you show your love and support through participation in the food giveaway.

The Faith Women’s Fellowship (FWF), led by Mary Jo Brown, spearheads this event. FWF meets regularly during the school year for fellowship, training, and prayer. It is designed to be an encouragement to the spouses of seminarians and ladies attending seminary. Please let us know if your church will help. We need your church to bring non-perishable food items (or gift cards) to the new seminary building, Shipp Hall, by November 14. We will give the items away to our students on November 16, after the Faith Women’s Fellowship meeting. We would love to have you partner with us in this endeavor!

Please contact our administrative assistant, Joan Tillotson, (  515-964-0601 ext. 278) if you can participate in the Thanksgiving food shower or if you have any questions.

In Christ,

Douglas Brown

Dean of FBTS