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Fort Worth church supports and connects local students in robotics competition


In 2004, Oscar Vazquez was an undocumented immigrant at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona. A young boy looking for a way to move ahead in life he desired to serve his country in the military, but because of his undocumented status he was barred from any military service.

Then a chance, or not so chance, discovery of a Marine Underwater Robotics Competition spun Oscar’s life into an entirely new direction. He and his team went on to win the national competition held in Santa Barbara, California,... [continue]

Texas Baptists welcome new church starter for North East Texas


DALLAS - Clay Jacobson has joined the Texas Baptists Church Starting staff as a new church starter for Area 4, covering North East Texas region from Dallas to Texarkana.

“I am very excited to have Clay join our team,” said Paul Atkinson, director of Church Starting. “He adds a dimension we need in perspective, training and passion for being a part of a church starting movement. I believe we will be able to push back the lostness of Texas with men like Clay on our team.”

Jacobson brings a well-rounded set of experiences,... [continue]

For God and Country


On May 20-22, three churches will hear the stories and testimonies of those that have served our state and country through a special event "For God and Country." Highlighting a different speaker for each day, this free event focuses on encouragement and the redemptive power of Jesus' blood. Hardened criminals, war-touched veterans, relatives killed in bombings; these are just some of the tragedies which struck these three speakers.

Max Gunn, the speaker for May 20, served the Texas Department of Public Safety for 37 years and retired as a Senior Corporal. During... [continue]

Church Starting Profile: Jair Campos


Jair Campos is the Church Starter for Area 3 which includes Beaumont, Galveston and Houston. Jair has worked for Texas Baptists for seven years, beginning in August of 2008. He began his relationship with Texas Baptists when he planted a church, and worked as a contract worker with the Intercultural Department. He was then hired on as a Church Starter.

As a member of the Church Starting team, Jair assists new church plants. In doing that, he works with the seven local Baptist associations as they also assist the churches.

If you'd like to get in touch with Jair, feel free to email him at .

Church Starting Profile: Mateo Rendon


Today, meet Mateo Rendon! Church Starter for Area 5.

Mateo has ministered with Texas Baptists for thirteen years! Before he came on with Texas Baptists, Mateo was the pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Corpus Christi. "I felt that God had something else for me to do and resigned." Mateo was right. At that time, Texas Baptists' Hispanic ministry wanted to promote a preaching conference at Truett Seminary in Waco, TX and needed someone to take that on. Mateo was the man for the job. He helped within North Texas, which then evolved into the... [continue]

Church Starting Profile: Marty Mosher


Today, please welcome Church Starter for Area 6, Marty Mosher!

Marty has been a Church Starter with Texas Baptists for a little over a decade. He started ten years ago on September 1. When asked to tell the story of how he was hired, Marty says, "It was clearly a God thing. I was in my third year as the planting pastor of The Fellowship at Plum Creek, and called the Texas Baptists Church Starter for my area about land loans and discovered he had retired and there was no one in the position." Marty then talked with the Director about what Texas... [continue]

Church Starting Profile: Meagan Stewart


Today, meet Meagan Stewart! Ministry Assistant for Areas 2 and 5.

Meagan has worked for Texas Baptists since March of 2014, after she met Paul Atkinson when he preached one Sunday at her church. "In his sermon he mentioned a people group from Burma called the Karen people. I was doing an internship with the International Rescue Committee at the time, and I worked with Karen refugees. So I went up to him after the service to talk to him about his sermon. He talked about what he does at the Texas Baptists, and my mom asked if he had any paid... [continue]

Church Starting Profile: Melody Rich


Today, please welcome Melody Rich to the blog! Melody is the Ministry Assistant for Areas 4 and 6.

Melody has been working for Texas Baptists since July 8, 2015. For over twelve years, Melody has dreamed of moving to Dallas. "After applying for dozens of jobs in the retail and fashion field, God showed me this. I was unfamiliar with Texas Baptists, though I'd grown up in a Baptist church. My mom and sister, who attends Truett Seminary, a Baptist institution, suggested I try there. I applied and a week later came in for computer testing. I had... [continue]

Church Starting Profile: Terry Lynch


Please welcome to the blog today, Terry Lynch! Terry has been with Texas Baptists for nine years. Before Terry started here, she worked for a church. A co-worker mentioned an open position with Texas Baptists and the rest is history! She serves as the Assistant to the Director of Church Starting, Paul Atkinson. She also assists the Church Starters in areas 1 and 3; John Silva and Jair Campos respectively.

If you'd like to get in contact with Terry, feel free to email her at terry.lynch [at] texasbaptists.org, or visit our page.

Church Starting Profile: Paul Atkinson


Paul Atkinson is the Director of Church Starting. He has been with Texas Baptists for over 16 years! Before Paul began his career with Texas Baptists, he was Director of Missions at Golden Triangle Baptist Association in Beaumont, TX. There he worked with Bernie Spooner in the Sunday School department developing a training program called "Jesus Cares 2000". Each year, their team trained 1,500 leaders on Sunday School, deacons, evangelism, prayer and missions. During his work there with Bernie Spooner, Paul learned of an opportunity for a... [continue]

Reaching Christians in a new method


BROOKSHIRE --- In winter of 2010, after two suicides and 20 drug overdoses from students at Royal High School, Pastor Bobby "Tre9" Herring was asked by the assistant principal of Royal High School and a local missionary if there was anything he could do to reach the youth of Brookshire.

With numerous prayers and support, Herring began with an in-school hip hop assembly motivating and encouraging students to be themselves and make positive choices. That evening he and his wife, Amanda, led an outreach concert in the school auditorium with over 100... [continue]