A few pictures of College Days.
This year's Preaching Conference was a very special time of Biblical preaching and sincere fellowship among many pastors, missionaries, and laymen. Traditional, powerful music complimented the convicting messages brought by Herb Hutchinson, Ron Royalty, Ernest Gambrell, Courtney Lewis, and Randy Starr.
It was wonderful to see many alumni here. For more pictures of the Alumni Breakfast click here. We are already making plans for next year, which will be the 40th anniversary of Fairhaven Baptist College. Please make plans to join us April 23-27, 2017.
What a blessing to see so many alumni and hear of how God is working in their lives and ministries.
Each year Fairhaven Baptist College hosts a Sustainers' Club Banquet. Financial supporters of the college, pastors and laymen alike, enjoy Christian fellowship, a wonderful meal, student testimonies, special music, and a challenging message. This evening opens our Annual Preaching Conference.
We pray that this letter finds you all prospering in every way in Jesus Christ. 2015 is winding down, and like previous years, the time just seems to fly away rapidly. Here's what's going on in our lives:
CHURCH: If I am the pastor of Liberty Baptist in January, 2016, I will have completed 24 years at the helm. My how time flies! I thank God that He put me into the ministry. I am so blessed to have the privilege of knowing Him, serving Him, studying His Word, and proclaiming His Name. It is a wonderful life.
FAMILY: Steve--besides pastoring the church--I am working for the USPS. I have almost 11 years now as a part-time rural carrier substitute. I learned 18 routes and worked in a 9 different cities. It is a good job, and one that helps provide for our family. I enjoy meeting all the folks. Since we witness door to door in town, this job gives me the opportunity to meet many of the folks that live in the countryside that I might not have had the opportunity to meet. It is a great job for the ministry, and has resulted in many opportunities to witness and invite folks to church.
Christy is homeschooling our children. Micah, 6, is in first grade, while Matthew, 9, is in 4th grade. Joshua is in 8th grade, and John is a sophomore in high school. And of course she is an excellent pastor's wife. She has a meek and quiet spirit, is always upbeat and smiling, and loves to help her husband in any way she can. She keeps a clean testimony and a clean house, and she has been a great wife and helper to me in every way. She is a wonderful teammate and my best friend.
Heather, 22, will graduate from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor's in Nursing in Spring, 2016. We are not exactly sure what will come next, only that she'll be looking for a nursing job.
Caleb, 20, is taller than his dad now, and for me, it's embarrassing. LOL He has done well in college. He is studying to be an electrical engineer at Northern Illinois University. He graduated from Highland Community College this past spring Summa Cum Laude with an associates degree in Electrical Engineering. He landed a job working for Jo-Carroll Energies, an electrical and natural gas provider in Northern Illinois. He had a blast all summer long working for them. Every day was something new and exciting. From monitoring the electrical grid to ensure that the system did not overload and cause blackouts, to moving 68,000 lbs transformers, to working with the natural gas system, he gained lots of new experiences.
Melissa, 18, has just started her college career at Highland Community College. She is studying to be a High School Math teacher, and is currently taking physics and calculus and English and Speech. She is doing well in her studies, and she enjoys the college experience. Our home is filled with her friends that are girls and boys that come around. There is a lot of laughter around our home at nights. Melissa worked all summer in a bakery, and is quite a good cook. Ask her sometime to make you some of "Melissa's Memphis Bar-be-que."
John, 16, is working for a nearby farmer. He will be taking a welding course with his father starting in January. It should be a great time. John helps his father work on cars, and the various other projects that we have to do. Every night the boys come down to sit with dad as we look on Craig's List for the next car or truck that we want to buy. We had had a blast all summer buying vehicles for Melissa to drive to college. I'd buy one, and as soon as the title came back, Joshua, 13, would say, "Dad, can I put it on Craig's List to see if I can sell it?" Melissa had a van, a Buick LeSabre, a hot shot Grand Prix, and a pickup truck in her first five weeks of college. As soon as I would buy one, Joshua would sell it and I'd have to buy another one. He loves cars and trucks, and I have to say that it is a great joy for me to be laying underneath a car, working on it, and there are five boys laying under it as well, trying to learn how to fix a car. Matthew, 9, like his brothers, is trying to learn as well. Every boy has his own 7' high tool box, and they are collecting their tools to fill up their boxes. Matthew says, "Dad, all I want for Christmas is some tools. I don't want anything else." Micah, 6, is trying to keep up with the rest of his siblings. He has his tool box, and helps with the cars and trucks, and is working to learn his school lessons.
One final word: stay faithful to Jesus Christ. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know, your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Co. 15:58) "But thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place" (2 Co. 2:14).
This past month of March has been busy for our church and personal lives. The beginning of the month included our quarterly youth rally that we host at our church. Last year our youth pastor had the burden to start a regional youth rally. The first one included 6 different churches with about 50 teens in attendance. This last one in March had about 5 different churches attend with 45 total teens. It has been a blessing to see good teens from different churches of like faith here in our area come together for preaching and games.
March is also Spring Break for our Christian school. This year our family drove to Mississippi to see my wife’s sister and her family with their new baby. We enjoyed the time away and being able to see family.
Every month we take one of our regular Saturday soul winning times and call it “Super Saturday”. We design postcards to advertise for a special day in our church or to highlight a ministry. We order 1,000 of them and blitz a neighborhood on that Saturday. This past Saturday was an invitation to our Easter service. We had 35 members come out to distribute the postcards.
Throughout this year, the Lord has steadily brought visitors through our doors. Some have been from our city, and others just traveling or vacationing, but it is always good to see guests in church and to know that our church can be found.
April always brings with it our Spring Campaign as it does with many churches.
This year we are focusing on building up our two bus routes and having activities
or a promotion every week for the kids. The first week we are taking the bus
through Sonic drivethru for ice cream cones!
Our annual faith promise missions conference is scheduled for the end of May
when our church is challenged to commit, by faith, an amount that they will give
to missions throughout the year. God has greatly blessed our missions program
over the last 9 years. The church currently supports 35 missionaries at $100 per
month and we are the sending of church of one family in the jungles of the
Amazon Basin. It is our desire to constantly keep the burden of Christ before
our people and to do every thing we can to fulfill the Great Commission in our
The Nordgren family has sought to hold fast to the Word and the training received during our time in college.
After graduation it has been our honor to serve the Lord in many areas of ministry since 2002, when Anchor Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, UT made us full time youth Pastor. We served under the authority of Anchor until June of 2014.
Most recently I am serving as Associate to the Pastor at Harvest Valley Baptist Church in Riverton, UT. At the same time we are also doing missionary work in a very needy area south of our church. This mission work could potentially become a church if God permits. Aside from all this I work a job. Needless to say we are busy busy!
In recent days God has been gracious to save several drug addicts who are now living for Christ and faithfully attending our church. Last month, myself and 6 of these new believers went downtown Salt Lake City sharing the Gospel with homeless and drug addicts. What a blessing to see lives transformed. What a blessing it is to serve the Lord!
Our family is made up of 6 beautiful children: Karis (13), Micah (11), Brenton and Benaiah (9), Luke (6), and Ambri (4).
B. J. and Tammy Nordgren
I John 5:4-5
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Our traveling ensembles enjoyed a couple weeks of ministry recently. They visited several churches as well as some of the sites in Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, and Alabama.
Over 90 hours of continuous volleyball -- Volleyball Marathon is a tradition unique to Fairhaven Baptist College. It keeps the tuition down and the excitement up!