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October-November 2023

Forging Ahead


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Free Will Baptist North American Ministries (NAM) is dedicated to planting churches across America as well as Canada, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Chaplains minister to thousands of men and women in the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, and Reserve forces. And cross cultural church planting specialists connect with people who have come to America from all over the world. Learn more about our ministry:

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NAM Approves New Church Planters to Oklahoma and Florida

North American Ministries is happy to announce the approval of two new church planting families: Cody and Tori Matlock and David and Lindsey Mitchener.



Cody and Tori Matlock will join the Ardmore, Oklahoma, team working to revitalize Hilltop FWB Church in a joint project with First Oklahoma District, Oklahoma Executive Office, and Bob Thomas Ministries. The Matlocks join lead planters Matt and Becky Hanshaw and associates Luke and Dalanee Sherman. Cody and Tori are currently making the transition from Pensacola, Florida, to Ardmore, Oklahoma. Once established at Hilltop, they will serve in various roles including youth and children’s ministry, finance, and music.

David and Lindsey Mitchener are new associate church planters at Connect FWB Church in The Villages, Florida, where they will work alongside lead planters Frank and Debbie Webster. The Mitcheners previously lived in Missouri where they served extensively in the areas of worship ministry, discipleship, and marriage enrichment. They have three sons: Silas, Wesley, and Kole. The Villages, Summerfield, and the surrounding areas have large populations, and most residents do not have strong religious ties. This region is a vast, unique mission field desperately in need of true gospel transformation.



Hispanic Ministry Launching in Sevierville, Tennessee

The 24/7 Church in Kodak, Tennessee, is happy to announce Julio and Marisol Jimenez, along with their sons Samuel and Santiago, will begin a new Hispanic ministry: 24/7 Español. The Jimenez family moved to the U.S. from Colombia this past year with nothing but their suitcases and a passion to reach lost Hispanics for Christ.



Julio will be traveling the next several months to raise support. Please consider supporting this worthy family. For more information, or to schedule them for a service, contact Chad Kivette: (865) 765-5580.



Chaplaincy Update

North American Ministries is proud to serve as the endorsing agency for ministers pursuing chaplain ministry. Whether through the military, in Veterans’ Affairs, or as first responders, our chaplains serve across the country in many unique places.

Military chaplains serve as pastors to the military, ministering to personnel from all over the world through Bible classes and church services. They also serve families and fellow soldiers in times of sickness, celebration, war, and tragedy.

NAM currently has 12 chaplains and one chaplain candidate who faithfully serve our nation. Please pray for these chaplains and their families as they share the gospel with other men and women in uniform.

  • Captain Amir Ashoori – U.S. Army Reserve, Selma, CA

  • Captain Michael Beatty – U.S. Army, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

  • 1st Lieutenant Elliott Deilus – U.S. Army Reserve, Chester, VA

  • Captain David Dodson – U.S. Army, Niceville, FL

  • Chaplain Chris Dotson – Secret Service

  • Major Lee Frye – U.S. Army, Savannah, GA

  • Colonel Brad Hanna – Army National Guard, Edmond, OK

  • Captain Shaun Hembree – U.S. Army, Fort Campbell, KY

  • Lieutenant Hal Jones – U.S. Navy, Imperial Beach, CA

  • Lieutenant Colonel Tracy Kerr – U.S. Army, Fort Liberty, NC

  • Lieutenant Commander Mark McCraney – U.S. Navy, Jacksonville, NC

  • Major Kevin Trimble – U.S. Army, Fort Jackson, SC

  • Lieutenant Jonathan Truett (Chaplain Candidate) – U.S. Army Reserve, Clayton, NC

Are you interested in becoming a Free Will Baptist military chaplain? Chaplains must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 120 hours of undergraduate study in a college or university ending in a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree, or some other qualified degree.

  • Complete at least 72 hours of graduate credit at an accredited seminary ending in a Bachelor of Divinity or a Master of Divinity program.

  • Be an ordained Free Will Baptist minister in good standing with the denomination, with two years professional experience at a Free Will Baptist church.

  • Submit the proper applications to North American Ministries and the desired branch of service.

  • Be under 46 years of age, have the ecclesiastical endorsement of the denomination, and pass a physical examination.

If you are interested in learning more about the chaplaincy, please contact Chaplain Support Officer Terry Austin ( for more information.


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