Purpose

To Serve God and the Military Members and Military Families at the Intersection of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

History

On June 28, 2009 over 65 BBC members met for a “Kick-off” Luncheon to establish the Bethel Baptist Church Military Ministry. BBC MilMin team members Morrie & Shirley Lawing, David & Jane Bates, Chuck & Anne Allison, Al & Jan Creal, Ken & Donna Hertzler and Jeff & Deb Augustin organized the luncheon to share information with BBC members on the new ministry and provide an opportunity for volunteers to sign up to support the BBC MilMin activities.

The crux of the message they shared was that the BBC family understands that military members and their families face unique challenges that test their faith and spiritual strength. These challenges include frequent reassignments, lengthy separations from loved ones, and overseas deployments in harm’s way. The challenges are eased by the love, fellowship, mentoring and caring provided by Christians that appreciate these unique issues.

Over the years, the BBC MilMin Team has remained true to the purpose established by the founding members. The activities and events coordinated by the team seek first to meet the spiritual needs of our military members and their families. The MilMin Team also facilitates opportunities for those military families that seek to serve and share their spiritual gifts with an openhearted congregation.

Our BBC family continues to be strengthened by the multitude of military families that choose to worship, serve, and grow in faith during their assignments to the local area. The military families that make BBC their spiritual home are encouraged by the Christian love of a congregation that understands and actively appreciates their sacrifice and service.