Graduation

We were blessed with another wonderful graduation service. This year Dr. Rodger Bottrell (himself the father of five Fairhaven Baptist College graduates) was our commencement speaker. What a joy and privilege to see young people going out to serve the Lord!

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New CD Available for Purchase!

Fairhaven's newest music CD is complete and available for purchase. Lots of hard work went into the new CD, entitled Throw Out the Lifeline, features the Fairhaven men's groups and is a "must have" for your music library! You can purchase the CD online through our bookstore or download the digital version of the CD here.

 

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Jon (’88) and Marie (’87 Simpson) Hall

Fairhaven Graduates church planting in Australia

The Hall Family

Marie Simpson graduated in 1987 as the first girl to go all the way from kindergarten through college at Fairhaven.  She married Jon Hall, who graduated from Fairhaven Baptist College and was ordained in 1988.  After Jon’s graduation, the Halls left Fairhaven to join the staff at Heritage Baptist Church and Christian School in Woodbridge, Virginia where the LORD had earlier placed a burden in Jon’s heart to serve under Pastor Mike Edwards.

Jon taught in the school and assisted the pastoral staff while Marie played the piano at church and served as secretary to Pastor Mike Edwards.  The Halls also taught Sunday school, worked a bus route, helped lead the junior and senior teen youth groups, and worked with various music groups in the church and school.

During the six years Jon and Marie served at Heritage, the Halls were privileged to watch the LORD grow the church from about 300 to nearly 600.  They were also blessed to see their family grow as God gave them three beautiful daughters – Sara, Rachel, and Hannah.  The missionary emphasis at Heritage was also growing at this time; and in 1993 the LORD called the Halls to be missionaries in Australia.

After deputation, the Halls spent 4 years helping another missionary plant Shoalhaven Baptist Church in Nowra, New South Wales.  The LORD then led the Halls to Sydney to plant Northern Baptist Church.  While in Sydney the Halls taught at Sydney Bible Baptist College and were blessed with two more precious children – David and Daniel.

Australians are pastoring the churches the Halls started or helped start, and one of them is a graduate of the Bible college where the Halls taught.  During their previous term, Jon felt the LORD burdening his heart to help Aussies start churches.  They presently assist a Mauritian Australian in planting Living Hope Baptist Church in Taree, New South Wales.

Jon and Marie are thankful for the Bible college education and experience they received at Fairhaven.  They learned here to work hard at any job the LORD gives you, often as the first on site and last to leave; to look for opportunities to serve and help; and to be friendly, Gospel-proclaiming, Bible-based, conservative Christians emphasizing church planting and Christian education.

The Halls are currently at Living Hope Baptist Church in Taree, New South Wales.

Former students that are now pastoring.

The Hall family during early deputation.

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Preaching Conference and College Days 2017

This year's Preaching Conference was a very special time of Biblical preaching and sincere fellowship among many pastors, missionaries, and laymen. A special blessing this year was hearing a number of our own graduates preach. We thank the Lord for His working in our midst.

We are grateful for the young people who joined us for College Days this year also.


**The music on both of the slideshows is from our new CD, Throw out the Lifeline, by the men's groups of Fairhaven Baptist Church.

 

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Chris (’95) and Christine (’86 Walleck) Hilmer

I am Chris Hilmer (1995), and my wife is Christine Walleck (1986). We have been missionaries in the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada since 1999. Our first ministry was in the city of Drummondville where we studied the language, adjusted to a very different culture, and helped a French-Canadian family to plant a new church. After three years, we moved an hour south to the city of Sherbrooke where we have worked for fifteen years planting a church.

Although Quebec was traditionally a rural, Roman Catholic society, enormous changes began to take place in the 1960's that transformed it into a modern society with a secular outlook. Places that are similar would include Holland or the Scandinavian countries. Church planters here must be resilient, patient, and focused on the future.  Converts in Quebec are not won overnight, and discipleship is often a slow process.

Over the years we have passed out hundreds of thousands of tracts across our region, most of which have fallen on stony ground. We rejoice, though, that we have over the years seen dozens saved, baptized, and added to the church. We have also seen some of our young people head off to Bible College (including Caleb Rouillard), and a few are serving the Lord full-time. Our desire remains to train someone to take this work but materialism, reticence on the part of French-Canadians, the lack of a Biblical heritage, and other factors have militated against the realization of this goal.

We are thankful for the training that we received at Fairhaven, especially the myriad of opportunities to work in different ministries.  Five years of labor in the projects of Gary prepared us for our ministry here in ways that we could not begin to understand at the time.  I am also thankful for a faithful core of church workers and church members at Fairhaven who taught us many things about serving the Lord during our nearly seven years in Chesterton, I Cor. 15:58.

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Second Annual “Conquerors’ Challenge” Basketball and Volleyball Tournament

We were privileged to host the second annual Fairhaven Basketball and Volleyball Tournament - The Conquerors' Challenge. Teams from Cozaddale Baptist Academy in Goshen, Ohio; Prairie Christian Academy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; Beth Haven Baptist Academy in Sheridan, Michigan; and young people from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Chicago were all able to join the Fairhaven teams this year. Everyone had a great time. Congratulations to the Beth Haven volleyball team and the Cornerstone basketball team for their first place victories! We are already looking forward to next year's tournament March 15-16, 2018.

Click here or on the picture below to view photos from the tournament.

 

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2017 PC Trivia – Round 8

The conference is now less than three weeks away -- time for Round 8 of the PC Trivia Contest!

Read carefully as instructions for entering this week's contest have changed. The first person to comment on the original post, located at fairhavenbaptist.org, wins. Go ahead and give it a try, and don't assume the previous comments are correct!

The winner will receive $150 toward travel expenses to come to the 2017 Preaching Conference. This prize is brought to you by the Adult Sunday School Class of Fairhaven Baptist Church.

Question: The multi-purpose building on campus was completed in what year?

Don't forget to register on the Preaching Conference Registration Page!

Congratulations to our previous winners:

Round 1 - Bill Smith - Traverse City, Michigan

Round 2 - Esther (Castro) Stock - Dayton, Tennessee

Round 3 - Michelle (Kelso) Birney - Skowhegan, Maine

Round 4 - Geoff Gaus (Macungie, PA); Matt Furse (Custer, SD); Josh Hughes (Barnesville, PA); Amy Porozynski (Cockeysville, MD); Jason Atwood (Corpus Christi, TX); Daniel Kelso (Vallejo, CA); Andy Almanza (Lancaster, PA); Randy Love (Murray, Utah); Michelle Birney (Skowhegan, ME); Gary Zdziarski (Payson, Illinois)

Round 5 - Dan Bottrell (Berea, Kentucky)

Round 6 - Stacey Burke (Goshen, Ohio) and Karis Potter (Pleasantville, Iowa)

Round 7 - Jennifer Wright, Diana Gonzalez, and Jeff Voegtlin (These winners got the date correct due in part to being entrenched day and night in work parties getting the dorm ready!)

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2017 Volleyball Marathon

Volleyball Marathon is a tradition unique to Fairhaven Baptist College. It keeps the tuition down and the excitement up!

There's still time to support the college and help a student reach their goal. Donate here!
2017 Volleyball Marathon

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2017 PC Trivia Contest – Round 6

The conference is now less than seven weeks away, and it's time for Round 6 of the PC Trivia Contest! (To those who were wondering what the answer was to the Round 5 question, the correct answer was Dr. Roy Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio.)

The first two people to email the correct answer to 2017PC@fairhavenbaptist.org win. The winners will each receive a $25 Olive Garden gift card.

Question: What did the current Fairhaven Baptist College chapel used to be?

Don't forget to register on the Preaching Conference Registration Page!

Congratulations to our previous winners:

Round 1 - Bill Smith - Traverse City, Michigan

Round 2 - Esther (Castro) Stock - Dayton, Tennessee

Round 3 - Michelle (Kelso) Birney - Skowhegan, Maine

Round 4 - Geoff Gaus (Macungie, PA); Matt Furse (Custer, SD); Josh Hughes (Barnesville, PA); Amy Porozynski (Cockeysville, MD); Jason Atwood (Corpus Christi, TX); Daniel Kelso (Vallejo, CA); Andy Almanza (Lancaster, PA); Randy Love (Murray, Utah); Michelle Birney (Skowhegan, ME); Gary Zdziarski (Payson, Illinois)

Round 5 - Dan Bottrell (Berea, Kentucky)

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Clint (’04) and Grace (’03 Porozynski) Ammann

Grace and I have been serving at Anchor Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah since August of 2006.  It’s been more than ten years since we have come to Utah. God has been good each step of the way as we have seen Him bring us through difficult circumstances and bless time after time.  Serving in Utah is comparable to being on the mission field in many countries.

God has wondrously blessed in giving us two boys.  You may recall Quincy being born in 2012 while Grace was visiting family in Indiana.  Our youngest, Abel, was born in January of this year.

When we first came to Utah we understood that we would be working as teachers in Anchor Christian Academy.  Now more than ten years later, we could not have imagined all the ways in which we would be involved in the ministries of Anchor Baptist Church.  As people have come and gone, as they do at churches, God has allowed us to be used in an increasingly greater capacity.

Currently, Grace tends to our church office as our secretary and keeps the financial books for the church as well as the Academy, while also trying to maintain the church website.  She performs in a number of other capacities including teaching Sunday School and playing various instruments in the church services.

My duties in the classroom all day and the responsibility of being the principal of Anchor Christian Academy keep my life interesting and busy.  Teaching adult Sunday School has been one of the most enjoyable experiences while at Anchor.  I have been able to direct and participate in a number of ministries here including coaching, summer camp, VBS, and the nursing home.  I am also responsible for the music ministry at Anchor.  From time to time I get to fill the pulpit while Pr. Love is away.  Who could have guessed that God would use us in any of these capacities?  We have learned that being available and willing are two key ingredients to success in ministry.

It has been a particular blessing to see two of our recent graduates of Anchor Christian Academy finish Bible college and continue serving the Lord.  One of our students just returned from college and has begun teaching school in a fourth grade classroom.  Another of our graduates was voted in last year as the pastor of Park City Baptist Church right here in Utah.

There is a tremendous shortage of pastors, workers, and faithful Christians in the inter-mountain west. Please pray for us while we minister in Salt Lake City. Stop in and see us if you are in the area. We are looking forward to bringing our entire staff out to visit with you all during the upcoming Preaching Conference.

May your ministry, giving, and hard work along with God’s power be reflected in us.

In Christ,

Clint, Grace, Quincy, and Abel Ammann

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