Third Baptist Church in Owensboro was host for the 2013 KBF Spring Gathering. Fellowship Baptist from across Kentucky gathered for worship, networking, and fun. Jim Dant led a wonderful pastor's lunch and leadership workshop while former KBF Associate Coordinator Rhonda Abbott Blevins challenged and inspired KBF through her sermons focusing on the assets inherent in all of us. At the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky Banquet, FBC Corbin was recognized as the "Church of the Year" while Dick and Alice Mull were awarded the "Volunteers of the Year." During KBF's business sessions, Jeff Wood was recognized as the 2013-2014 KBF Scholarship Recipient. Additionally, KBF affirmed the CBF 2012 Task Force Report while also adopting a covenant with CBF formalizing the long standing partnership between KBF and CBF (copies of the covenant are available upon request).
Fellowship is always a key component of the Spring Gathering, and many did their part while in Owensboro. The KBF After Party (an annual meetup on Friday evening of Spring Gathering for all ages) was held at Buffalo Wild Wings for those who didn't want the night to end at 9PM after worship. On Saturday morning, the fellowship continued during the breakout sessions offered. Participants learned more about the KBF Asset Map, heard from Harry Rowland concerning CBF Field Personell, listened to a panel discussion about mission opportunities in the Owensboro area, and listened to pastors Roger Jasper & Micah Spicer preacher at the Kentucky Festival of Preachers.
KBF is grateful to the 2013 KBF Spring Gathering planning team of Tara Edwards, Alice Mull, Charlotte Benningfield, Valarie Shoulta, Beth Parker, and Jica Crafton for their hard work preparing for Owensboro. KBF is also thankful for Rev. James Byrd and the staff of Third Baptist Church for the hospitality they provided to KBF for the weekend.
Make plans now to attend the 2014 KBF Spring Gathering in Louisville at Broadway Baptist Church, April 25-26, 2014.