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September 2021 Newsletter

PBA NETWORK NEWS                                                  SEPTEMBER 2021



Our Leadership Team met recently and decided that our Annual Meeting will be a one-evening Virtual event this year to be held on Monday, October 26th. Because of the uncertainty of the continuing Covid 19 Pandemic we decided that an online format will be much wiser. We are heeding the advice of Dr. Danny Avula, the Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments. Dr. Avula said in a recent interview with John Upton of the Baptist General Association of Virginia that the health departments are discouraging large meetings.

Our plan is to repeat the format we used for our Vision Night earlier this year. We will create a page on our website to stream the service for people to watch. Once we create this page, we will publish the web address for people to access the streaming service.

We will send out information to our churches regarding how to vote for our 2022 Officers and Budget. This will be done in a way like we did last year. Only elected messengers from each church may vote. We will ask each church to send us the results of their messengers’ votes on these two topics.

One additional feature for this meeting is that people who really want to attend in person will be allowed to do so. We will create seating areas in the church where we do the streaming. Though the meeting will be focused on the Virtual Stream, you are welcome to come and watch in person.

We will contact the churches soon with more details for the meeting and voting process.


Pastor Dale Miles


We learned over the weekend of the passing of Pastor Dale Miles of Temple of Faith Ministries in Hampton. We grieve the loss of our friend and brother. Viewing will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Cooke Brothers Funeral Chapel, 1601 27th Street Newport News.






The plans have come together for our first PBA supported Senior Adult Revival. Here are some detailed for the services:


Location: Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News 23605


Sunday, October 10th at 6 P.M. Jim Ailor will be the speaker, with music led by the Parkview Music Ministry.


Monday, October 11th at 6 P.M. Jay Lawson will be the speaker, with music led by Bob Crute.


Tuesday, October 12th at 6 P.M. Larry Biermann will be the speaker, with music led by Charlie and Sheryl Harris.


All three of these speakers are well known to long-time PBA members. They have each lived and served in our area. Bob Crute is a retired Music Minister who served with Jay Lawson at Warrenton Baptist Church. And Charlie and Sheryl Harris served at Emmaus Baptist Church before retirement.


Rusty Beck, pastor of Parkview Baptist Church, wants to invite anyone who would like to attend. We particularly encourage people to come at least one night if your church may be interested in having a Senior Adult Revival in the future. The PBA is ready to support revivals in other churches, including providing speakers and musicians.





Our friends at One Church have two very good small group studies for local church leaders and members. “Seeking Shalom” is video-based and “Dignity Serves” is a group learning experience. Both involve the discovery of biblical methods and the discussion of how to apply them in our unique circumstances. Together the local church and the larger church of the community will learn how to best adapt their ministry models to provide effective community services.


So, whether you are meeting virtually or in-person, you have choices for studies related to serving the community around your church. If you are interested, go to their website and scroll down where you will find both studies listed.

A Conversation on Radical Forgiveness with Dr. Fisher Humphreys


This is a Fanning the Flame events. These events are designed to provide a safe place where Christian leaders can have difficult conversations. Topics will focus on issues and topics that are relevant to ministry in our current cultural context. The meeting format involves a conversation/interview with a national leader who can effectively speak to a particular issue.


Dr. Humphreys has served his entire career as a professor of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Samford University. He is the author of Thinking About God: An Introduction to Christian Theology as well as other books.


Radical Forgiveness will be a Zoom event on Thursday, September 16, from 10:00-11:15 A.M. This event is free, but registration is required. Registration closes on September 15 at 12:00 P.M. (noon). You may register at For more information, contact Brian Williams (pastor of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church) at


As you may know, Doctor John Herbst is our Scholar-in-Residence for the PBA. John regularly posts Bible studies on our website. To read these, go to our website and click on the picture of John with the caption “Scholar-in-Residence”. John is also available to come to your church and lead a Bible study or deliver a message.




We provide this information to assist churches that are seeking a senior pastor. We can only provide information given to us by churches, so please keep us informed! You may also let us know about other open positions in your church if you would like us to publicize them. Churches without pastors:


Lee Hall Baptist Church

Peninsula Chinese Baptist Church

Orcutt Baptist Church

West Hampton Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church



The PBA Resource Center will be closed on Monday, September 6th in celebration of Labor Day.


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