THE LOCAL CHURCH
"The Pillar and Ground of the Truth"
The Midwest Independent Baptist Pastor’s Fellowship Annual Preaching Conference will be held at Ravenswood Baptist Church of Chicago, IL.
Dr. Phil Stringer will be the host pastor. Information regarding the address of the church can be found at their web site below.
The Conference will be held Monday August 12th through Tuesday August 13th.
Ravenswood Baptist Church will be providing the evening meals free of charge and .
Please register out of courtesy to Ravenswood Baptist Church so can plan for the numbers attending.
There is no registration fee, but a free will offering will be received each evening to help cover some of the costs.
Please send your name, your local church, city, state and the number attending with you to the email address below:
If you have questions, you can use the above email or contact Dr. Lance Ketchum at the cell phone number below:(612) 750-5515
The Purpose Statement and Doctrinal Statement of the M.I.B.P.F. can be downloaded in PDF at the link:
Midwest Independent Baptist Pastors' Fellowship Purpose Statement and Doctrinal Statement.
Midwest Independent Baptist Pastors' Fellowship Purpose Statement and Doctrinal Statement.
Monday-August 12th, 2013
Dr. Bruce Love: MIBPF Executive Committee Member at Large
“We Are On The Winning Team” (Matthew 16:18)
Dr. Love was born to church planting missionaries to northeast Brazil where he spent the majority of his pre-college years. Ken and Jan Love believed in involving their children in the ministry and by the age of eleven Bruce had preached his first message and by the age of fifteen was preaching every Sunday in one of his father’s churches. He returned to the States in ’65 for formal training and after being an assistant pastor for several years, Bruce began pastoring in ’73. Since then he has pastored four churches and is currently pastoring the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Co. He has served on a number of boards, taught as an adjunct teacher at several Bible colleges here and abroad. He is a counselor with the Christian Consultation Center and has written Biblical remediation protocols for several severe emotional disturbances. Bruce has a burden for pastors and families and for Fundamentalism here and abroad. His heart’s desire is to join with other men to strengthen our churches by strengthening our pastors and the men who currently are preparing for the ministry.
Pastor John Allen: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Valparaiso, IN
“Is the Church still Relevant” (I Timothy 3:15)
Pastor John C Allen received his bachelor’s degree from Hyles-Anderson College in 1986 and a Master of Ministry degree from Bob Jones University in 2000. In 1992, he was called to be the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church of South Haven. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 50 people to an average attendance of 300. The church has added property, expanded and increased its ministries, and founded Emmanuel Baptist Academy in 2000. He has served on the board of the Indiana Association of Christian Schools since 2009.
Dr. David Carr: Midwestern Baptist College and Shalom Baptist Church
“They Without Us” Hebrews 11:32-12:2
Dr. David Carr was born in southern Illinois on April 17, 1962 to Dr. & Mrs. Harry Carr. David’s dad and grandfather (Rev. J. Roy Carr) are also preachers. Saved at the age of 7, David went on to graduate high school from Rochester Hills Christian School in 1980. He completed his B.R.E. degree from Midwestern Baptist College in 1984 and began teaching at the school in the fall of 1986. On June 29, 1985 David married Miss Lisa Baldwin. Since that time God has blessed them with four children, Candace, Courtney, Cayla, and David Jr. Dr. Carr went on staff at the Shalom Baptist Church in 1984 and has served with his father there since that time. Dr. Carr has gone on to complete his M.R.E. (Theology) degree from Midwestern in 1994, a MA (Educational Administration) from Louisiana Baptist University in 1995, and a ThD (Doctor of Theology) from Louisiana Baptist University in 1999. He has received an honorary doctorate from Midwestern in 1995 as well. Dr. Carr served as the principal of Shalom Baptist School from 1984 until 2009. In 2005, Dr. Tom Malone Sr. selected Dr. David Carr to follow his as the president of Midwestern Baptist College. Presently he serves as the co-pastor of Shalom Baptist Church and continues as the president of Midwestern.
Tuesday-August 13th, 2013
Dr. Randy King - Wyldewood Baptist Church, Oskosh, WI
“Why I Love the Church” (Ephesians 5:21-32)
Pastor Randy King was born and raised in the Oshkosh area on a dairy farm. When he was 17 years old he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time at a small Baptist church in Oshkosh called Southside Baptist Church. At the age of 18, in December of 1969, he trusted Christ and was baptized at Southside Baptist Church. Under the leadership of Pastor Howard Nelson he became the youth director in 1971 and served in that capacity until 1988. when Pastor King was chosen as the new pastor, and the church has continued to grow under his leadership. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Religious Education and he has the Master of Ministry degree from Northland Baptist Bible College in Pembine, Wisconsin. He is presently enrolled in the Doctoral program there. He has travelled extensively in the United States and to several foreign countries ministering the gospel. Pastor King serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools and Independent Baptist Missions for Asians. He also oversees each of the various ministries of Wyldewood Baptist church, including the Omega Ministry, First Light Baptist Mission, Wyldewood Christian School, the Bible publishing ministries, and Wings as Eagles. He and his wife Lori have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.
Dr. David Brown: MIBPF Vice Chairman
Ancient Bible Display will be available
“The Leaven Permeating & Destroying Today’s Fundamental Baptist Churches” (I Corinthians 5:6-7)
David L. Brown holds a Masters Degree in Theology, and Ph.D. in History, specializing in the history of the English Bible. For the past 32 years he has been the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oak Creek, Wisconsin (an independent, fundamental, Baptist Church using the King James Bible & conservative music). Previous to that, he pastored an independent Baptist Church in Michigan for five years, was an assistant pastor for 4 years and he and his wife served as short term missionaries in Haiti.
Dr. Brown is the president of the King James Bible Research Council, an organization dedicated to promoting the King James Bible and its underlying texts and other traditional text translations around the world in a solid and sensible way. He is also the president of Logos Communication Consortium, Inc., a research organization that produces a large variety of materials warning Christians of present dangers in our culture.
Dr. Doug LaVesque - Immanuel Baptist Church of Coruna, Michigan
“The Last Church” (Revelation 3)
Dr. Douglas F. Levesque is the founding pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Corunna, MI. As the pastor for fifteen years, he has led the church to start a Christian school in 2000, and a national 21st century missions organization call the Bible Nation Society in 2005. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for eighteen years. They have five sons.
Dr. David Atkinson - Dyer Baptist Church of Dyer, Indiana
“It Didn’t Seem Like A Long Service” (Acts 20:6-12)
David M. Atkinson was born north of Toronto, Canada, and reared on a small farm by godly parents. He began to write poems and songs before he was ten years old and gave brief Bible lessons in his mid-teens. After planting two churches in Ontario and one in South Carolina, he and Jane were called to Dyer Baptist Church in Dyer, Indiana, in 1990. In his time with this ministry, the church campus has tripled in size and a school, Plum Creek Christian Academy, has been launched. One of his favorite mottoes is, “Naught have I gotten but what I received.”
Dr. Phil Stringer: MIBPF Illinois State Representative
Dr. Phil Stringer is the pastor of the Ravenswood Baptist Church in Chicago. He is a former Bible college president. He has spoken at over 390 churches, schools and camps. He has spoken in 46 states and 14 foreign countries. He is a visiting professor at Landmark Baptist College (Manila), Asia Baptist Bible Seminary (Manila), Westwood Baptist School of Missions (Winter Haven, Florida), Florida Baptist College (Tampa, Florida), and Dayspring Bible College (Lake Zurich, Illinois). He has taught courses at 19 colleges.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Baptist College Franklin, Indiana. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Bible College Educators for International Development. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Dayspring Bible College. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for the Study and Preservation of the Majority Text. He is the Vice President of The King James Bible Research Council. He is on the Advisory Boards of The Graceway Bible Society, The Bible Nation Society, First Light Baptist Mission, and Shalom Native Mission. He is the President of the William Carey Bible Society. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Dayspring Bible College in Lake Zurich, Illinois.
He has written 6 books, 16 booklets, 22 college curriculums, 5 high school curriculums and 1 elementary school curriculum. He has received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English Bible from Landmark Baptist College, a Doctor of Religious Education degree from American Bible College, an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Asia Baptist Bible College and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from American Bible College.
Dr. Lance Ketchum: MIBPF Executive Committee Chairman
Book Display will be available
“The Obligation of Discipleship in the Local Church” (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Dr. Ketchum was saved in 1969. He became director of evangelism in his local church in 1972. He started working as a church planter in 1980 and has been involved in starting or recovering seven different local churches. He was the pastor of First Baptist Church of New Lisbon, WI from 1992 to 2001. He served as the State Missionary of the Minnesota Baptist Association from 2001 to 2007. He has served on numerous boards of Christian ministries including missions, camps, Bible colleges, law enforcement chaplaincy training, and state fellowships of churches. He has preached around the USA and at numerous Bible Colleges. He has taught block courses at numerous Bible Institutes. He was also the editor of the North Star Baptist magazine for six years.
Dr. Ketchum is also the founder of Disciple Maker Ministries. He is the author of over 25 different books, numerous pamphlets, tracts, two blogs, and authors a weekly newsletter sent to thousands. His discipleship materials have been used around the world to disciple thousands. His Disciple Maker Ministries web site is visited by thousands each week.
He has been married to his wife PattyLou for 48 years. They have four children, fifteen grandchildren, and two great-children. Dr. Ketchum has been the pastor of Shepherd’s Fold Baptist Church of Hutchinson, MN since 2003. He has an A.B.S. from Trinity College of the Bible, a Th.B. and a Th.M. from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University.