Month: November 2017

Ezra Ministries Launches

Beth and I are very excited to let you know that God continues to keep open the opportunity for us to pursue a church consultation\revitalization ministry in partnership with Continental Baptist Missions.

An ongoing need of church planting includes periods of time to evaluate the progress and spiritual health of ministry. These times of purposeful examination occur at every stage of life. A church many decades old can realize the need for just such an assessment. This ought not surprise us, for it is the Apostle Paul who penned; “Not that I have already attained or am already perfected, but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12  

In the coming months, I will detail why we use the title Ezra Ministries. I would ask permission to update you concerning the shift in ministry from pastoring one church to bringing multiple encouragements to God’s people and looking for Him to produce eternal fruit that remains unto His glory. We are praying for future opportunities to share this vision with local churches who will financially partner with us in this ministry of church revitalization.

If you desire, please contact me at

Security Training for Pastors

Date: November 27 at 6:30 PM
Place: Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, 244 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines
Description: “Sgt. Lance Ripperger of the DMPD will be sharing security protocols and insights that every pastor NEEDS to be considered in light of recent events. I hope you will join me for this important discussion!”

Walnut Park Baptist To Host Men’s Prayer Retreat

Walnut Park Baptist Church of Muscatine is hosting a men’s prayer retreat in January 2018. The details of the event can be found below. If you are interested in attending, a link to register can be found here.

Get refreshed and motivated in prayer!

Join us on January 26-27, 2018 at

Spring Valley Bible Camp   
2858 180th St, Muscatine, IA 52761

2018 Men’s Prayer Advance with Dr. Marty Von

Cost: $30 (includes lodging, Friday supper, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday pizza lunch)

Please sign up in advance by clicking the link below. Bring payment to the camp lodge check-in desk when you arrive.

Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018. Friday evening supper starts at 6:30 p.m.

We will be using the Spring Valley Lodge, a facility which includes a 2000 sq. ft. great room featuring a stone gas fireplace, an outdoor deck, a warming/staging kitchen, 3 private queen suites (sleep 2 each), and 8 cabin-style bunk bed rooms (sleep 12 each).  Outdoor recreational activities (weather permitting) includes the use of mini golf, bb guns, archery, low ropes course activities and campfires. The game room includes ping pong, fooseball, and air hockey tables. Bring your own towels and bedding.

For those who are interested, we will also host a skeet shoot and small arms firing range session Saturday afternoon after the conclusion of the retreat on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Marty Von

Sessions on Prayer

Friday evening 7:30 p.m.

Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


House For Rent

An IARBC missionary family will have a house available for rent September 1st. It has 3 bedrooms (with 2 “bonus” rooms that can be used as bedrooms), 3 and 1/2 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage. The house is located in Saylor Township.  The owners of the home would love to see a group of Faith students (up to 6) or a family make use of their house.  For further information, please contact Mark at 515-975-6539.

Pastor Don Michaelsen Interim at Center Street Baptist

Center Street Baptist Church in Marshalltown is pleased to have Pastor Don Michaelsen serving as their interim Pastor.  Pastor Michaelsen began his ministry late this summer.  He brings with him many years of pastoral ministry experience and has been joyfully received by the church family. Thank you, Pastor Michaelsen, for your service to Center Street Baptist Church!