Jeff Walsh and I were at the Florida Conference this past weekend and enjoyed seeing the new facilities at the Advent Christian Village. It was also great to see a lot of old friends, former pastors, missionaries and leaders. The conference went great, and we had the opportunity to hear about ministries all over Florida.
On Sunday we went to New Life Community Church in Jacksonville, Florida, to participate in morning worship. At the conference, we had the opportunity to meet and hear about Rev. Atlas C.K. Rankin. He and many of his congregation have united with the church, and others are attending. He met with the Ministerial Committee and was accepted into the Florida Conference as an Ordained Minister. There will be a service at the church in the near future to recognize this.
Pastor Rankin gave a powerful message from Proverbs 13:22 challenging the believer to live a life trusting in God and being wise in how we live. It was a warm Florida day so we opened the windows, and the neighbors were able to hear the message. It was a service right out of the book of Acts. Please be in prayer for the church as they reach out into the community to touch lives with the message of Christ. Dr. Lee Welkley and Rev. Atlas Rankin will work together in leading the church as God continues to bless them.