Through the leadership of God and counseling with Pastor Keith Carnahan of Maranatha Baptist Church, Saint Roberts, Missouri and Ron Tennison of Holden Baptist Temple, Holden, Missouri we started Maranatha Baptist Church of Bolivar, Missouri. On 26 June, 1996 our church was started and I was called to the position of Pastor and later was ordained. Time passed and due to other commitments we called Ron Tennison to be our pastor on 17 November 2002, and I became the Assistant Pastor. Pastor Ron Tennison resigned and Pastor John Purselley was called to the position of Pastor on Feb 29th, 2004. Just prior to his illness and death, we called Pastor Eli Dowell as our pastor. Later he decided to leave and follow a career in the Military. After his departure I once again accepted the position of Pastor.

It has been my privilege to serve as Pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church and having the privilege to serve under these great men of God. I have learned so many things that will help me to pastor our church in the future with the help of Pastor Don Kessler. Our goal is to glorify God in every aspect of our ministry. We believe this goal can be accomplished through reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by enabling Christians to grow in their spiritual walk through Biblical teaching and preaching. We are grateful for the wonderful opportunities God has provided us to serve Him, and we look forward to meeting you.

God's Simple Plan of Salvation

  • Every person is a sinner. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
  • The wages of sin is death. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
  • Jesus died in your place. "But God commandeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
  • Repent and ask God to save you. "Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish." Luke 13:3
  • God's promise: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

AFTER YOU ARE SAVED: Pray-talk to God: Read your Bible-God talks with you: WITNESS: You talk for God. THEN BE BAPTISED AND UNITE WITH A CHURCH.

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