news about the denomination
The following news items apply to (or affect) the Free Will Baptist denomination scattered across the nation and around the world.To read more about Free Will Baptists and the various departments that make up the national organization, visit www.nafwb.org.
The Together Way Trust Tops $100,000
Antioch, TN—In 1982, the Executive Office used a $100 check from Wilbur and Alma Worthington (parents of former Executive Secretary Melvin Worthington) to open the Worthington Trust at Free Will Baptist Foundation. The trust was eventually renamed The Together Way Trust, and their initial gift has earned interest for the denomination since and will remain in the trust until the Lord returns.
Endowment gifts can be given in various ways. They can be offerings over and above tithes. They can come from churches that want to give a lasting, high-impact gift. Or they can originate from something one chooses to give to the trust, such as real estate or some other type of property. The gifts do not have to be large. Bill Evans, previous director of the Foundation, notes “Endowments are a great way for even small gifts to make a big impact.”
Over the years, other donors have joined the Worthingtons, and January 1, 2022, the trust totaled more than $103,000. Recently, the Free Will Baptist directors set a new goal to reach $5 million in the trust, which means approximately $250,000 in interest will be available to national ministries each year.
This type of endowment giving, where the initial gift is never touched, can help Free Will Baptist national ministries avoid debt that could cripple outreach and take pressure from their budgets. Would you like to make a never-ending gift to Free Will Baptist ministry? Learn more at nafwb.org/TogetherWay.
Introducing 2022 Nominees for Standing Boards and Commissions
Antioch, TN—The 2021-22 Nominating Committee presented the following nominees to be considered for the 2022 convention election, according to Johnny Miller (AR), committee chairman. Please note: Board of Retirement, FWB Foundation, and North American Ministries do not elect board members in 2022.
Executive Committee 2025
David Taylor (AR)
Danny Williams (AL)
Mike Kilcrease (CA)*
Mike Kilcrease pastors The Lighthouse FWB Church in Hanford, California. Previously, he served as associate pastor at Harmony FWB Church in Fresno. Mike earned a B.S. in religion and a M.A. in pastoral counseling from Liberty University. He has filled various roles in the California State Association, where he currently serves as executive secretary of the state and plans the annual state men's retreat.
Welch College 2028 Term
Brad Ryan (IL)
Wayne Miracle (GA)
Rusty Campbell (TN)*
Rusty Campbell has served Pleasant View Christian School in Pleasant View, Tennessee, since 2012, first as assistant administrator (2012-2016) and currently as head of school. Previously, he worked at Welch College for more than a decade as a member of both the faculty and administration. He earned a B.S. in history and a M.A. in educational curriculum and instruction from Austin Peay State University and pursued doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction at Tennessee State University. In addition to his educational activities, Rusty teaches Sunday School at Bethel FWB Church and has coached various athletic teams. He and his wife Beth have one son, Barrett.
IM, Inc. 2028 Term
Will Harmon (AR)
Cameron Lane (AR)
Rodney Yerby (AL)
Randall House 2028 Term
Jay Baines (VA)
Tim York (NY)
Darren Gibbs (NC)
WNAC 2028 Term
Jonda Patton (KY)
Lee Ann Wilfong (MO)
Sharon Dickey (TX)*
Sharon Dickey has been a pastor's wife for 28 years. She and her husband Doug are currently serving Fellowship FWB Church in Bryan, Texas, where they have been since 2010. Previously, the couple served at Flatwoods FWB Church in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. A homeschooling mom of three, Sharon has been active in WNAC as local coordinator, district coordinator (8 years), state vice president (6 years), and state president (2 years). She attends every national convention, participating in WNAC events and the CTS Expo. She additionally works with local homeschooling groups and volunteers with volleyball and soccer teams in her community.
Theological Integrity 2027 - Kevin Hester (TN)
Historical 2027 - Willie Martin (GA)
Music 2027 - Doug Little (TN)
Media 2027 - Devon Dundee (AR)*
Devon Dundee is the creative media director at Cavanaugh FWB Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Devon began attending Cavanaugh as a teenager and joined the staff in 2016. He earned a B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology from Hendrix College in 2014. In 2017, he completed an M.Div. at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. Devon loves using media to create space for himself and others to worship God. He and his wife Katherine have been married since 2018.
*Biographical information is provided only for new board nominees.