Church Development & Pastoral Services

by Rev. John J. Pethtel Director of Church Development & Pastoral Services Multiply Conference Thirty-three SDBs from across the United States and Canada descended upon beautiful Colorado Springs for the 2nd Annual MULTIPLY Church Development Conference from October 20 to 22. The main theme for the conference was “Engaging in Hard Conversations.” On Thursday evening, we met at a local coffee shop to have a panel discussion with authors Alan Briggs, Deb Hirsch, and D.A. Horton on the topics of ethnicity and sexuality. On Friday, we heard from these authors and other practitioners in main sessions and breakouts concerning these topics and sharing our faith in our communities. On Saturday, we met together as SDBs to process the conversations and to do a little more learning as it relates to church development. This was a wonderful time for those interested in personal and church renewal, church planting, and pastoral care. We look forward to breaking our record attendance at next year’s 3rd annual MULTIPLY Church Development Conference (October 19-21, 2017). Make your plans to attend now!   COSAR Over the course of 2016, the Committee on Support and Retirement and the General Conference have highlighted the 10 current retirees in our Old Pastors Retirement Plan, formerly called P.R.O.P. (Pastors Retirement Offering Project) to bring awareness to our continued need to meet the obligations set forth by the terms of these plans in honor of their service to Seventh Day Baptists. If you wish to contribute to honoring the service of these individuals, you can make a donation by giving online with a mention towards COSAR at easytithe.com/sdb or by mailing a check to: COSAR PO Box 1678 Janesville, WI 53547 THANK YOU for your generous support! Our current recipients include Bill McAllister, Cynthia Brissey, Joyce Burdick, Leroy Bass, Leland Davis, Edgar Wheeler, Victor Skaggs, Don Richards, Kenneth Van Horn, and Joyce Conrod. David Pearson and Rex Burdick passed away earlier this year. DWELL The DWELL Online Learning Cohort is a six-month commitment with a coach who has previously gone through the DWELL process and is intended to give you a tool to disciple/mentor/coach others in your congregation and/or life. We are currently running our...

Palmiter Ordination

Palmiter Ordination

Jun 2, 2015

Palmiter Ordination by John J. Pethtel, Director of Pastoral Services The First SDB Church of Genesee (Little Genesee, NY) celebrated the ordination of Pastor Kevin Palmiter to the gospel ministry on May 2, 2015, at 3:30 pm during the spring meeting of the Allegheny Association of SDBs hosted by the church in Little Genesee. Pastor Kevin’s ordination council was held on March 28, 2015, with representatives from eight different SDB churches and the Council on Ministry in attendance. Pastor Kevin presented his Christian testimony along with papers representing his reflections on the SDB Statement of Belief and his ministry experience. Pastor Kevin answered questions for around 90 minutes to the satisfaction of the council. The ordination council voted to recommend to the First SDB Church of Genesee that Pastor Kevin be ordained to the gospel ministry. The council also voted that Pastor Kevin’s beliefs were in accord with the SDB Statement of Belief. The ordination service was led by Dr. Tim Bancroft (Little Genesee).     Included in the service were: Dr. Rick Cudahy and Rev. Pat Bancroft (Little Genesee) giving an affirmation of the candidate; Rev. John J. Pethtel (Director of Pastoral Services) preaching the ordination sermon titled “Stewards of the Mysteries of God” based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Dr. Bancroft presenting a charge to the candidate; Pastor JoAnne Kandel (Little Genesee) presenting a charge to the church; and Rev. Andrew Camenga (Little Genesee) leading the consecrating prayer over Pastor Kevin. The newly ordained Rev. Palmiter gave the benediction. Dinner was held at the host church’s newly built community center where many friends, family and church members were in attendance to help celebrate. Pastor Kevin and his wife, Patti, have been serving the First SDB Church of Genesee since May 2005. Pastor Kevin is a graduate of the Summer Institutes on Sabbath Theology, SDB History, and SDB Polity. He enjoys fishing, taking pictures of barns, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone he...

Denman Installed as Pastor

Denman Installed as Pastor

Jun 2, 2015

Denman Installed as Pastor by John Pethtel, Director of Pastoral Services On May 2, 2015, Glenn Denman was installed as the new pastor of the Central Washington SDB Church in Yakima, WA. Levi Bond, President of the NW Association, from the Portland Area SDB Church preached the sermon, titled “Faith through the Ages”, from Hebrews 11. Previous pastor Stan Fox led the installation service which finished with prayer and laying hands on Pastor Glenn. After the installation, family, friends, and church members enjoyed a pot luck dinner in honor of Pastor Glenn and his wife Karen. Glenn was saved at the 1983 Billy Graham Crusade in Tacoma, WA. He became an active member of the Ahtanum Community Church in Yakima. He was very supportive of the church going from Sunday worship to Sabbath worship in 1997 and eventually becoming a part of the Seventh Day Baptist Conference in 2007. The church became the Central WA SDB Church when it built a new facility. Glenn has served the church in many ways over the years: Sabbath School teacher, Trustee, Church Chairman of the Board, and also pianist. He surrendered to the call into the ministry some years ago and has preached on many occasions and filled in for the pastor when needed. He also served as the Assistant Pastor for years. Glenn had been ordained some years ago but more recently by the CWSDB Church. He has a real commitment to Jesus Christ and a love for His Word. He has been with the church over 30 years and has a great love for the people. Glenn is originally from Tacoma, WA. He is married to Karen (Fox) and has a daughter and a son and three grandchildren. He also is a full-time employee of the city of Yakima, WA, as the Certified Building...

Biennial SDB Pastors Conference 2015

Biennial SDB Pastors Conference 2015

Jun 2, 2015

Biennial SDB Pastors Conference 2015 Rev. John J. Pethtel, Director of Church Development & Pastoral Services jpethtel@seventhdaybaptist.org The biennial SDB Pastors Conference took place from April 21-24, 2015, and was hosted by the Boulder SDB Church and the pastors from the Mid-Continent Association of SDBs. The theme for this year’s event was “Pastor as Leader.” Fifty-three pastors and leaders registered with fifty-one in attendance for at least part of the time.     Worship was led each morning with music by Dustin Mackintosh and devotionals by Chris Galarneau, JoAnne Kandel, Clyde Thompson, and JR Shick. Our presenters included Andrew Samuels on “Leading in Missions,” Nathan Crandall on “Leading in Prayer,” Rod Henry on “Leading through Discouragement,” Dustin Mackintosh on “Leading through Preaching,” Matthew Olson on “Leading other Leaders,” and John Pethtel on “Leading through Revitalization.” On Wednesday we were blessed by our special guest presenter, Dr. Gordon MacDonald, who challenged us on leading through change and by example. The hospitality from the Boulder SDB Church was first class. Even though there was snow on the ground at Camp Paul Hummel, the guests really enjoyed the accommodations and the scenic views. The cooks also did an amazing job feeding us.   There were many opportunities for fellowship and informal sharing between class sessions. Many pastors were able to spend this time with God and with colleagues being refreshed, renewed, and recharged for service to our churches. We ended our time together Friday morning by praying for one another and for our churches. If your pastor attended, thank you for allowing this experience for him. If he was not able to attend this time, don’t forget to plan for 2017. If your church might be interested in hosting our Pastors Conference, please do not hesitate to contact...