HFBC is in transition and God is at work in our church. We’ve created this page to keep you updated on the latest happenings and to provide a way for you to pray and give input as we move forward. God is in control!
Our new transitional pastor, Dr. Mark Coppenger, will begin serving in our church on December 1st. Here’s his bio:
Dr. Coppenger is recently retired from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he served as Professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics. In addition to teaching at Southern Seminary, Coppenger served as managing editor of the online Kairos Journal. Before attending seminary, he taught at Wheaton and Vanderbilt, where he directed a project for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has authored, edited, or contributed to numerous books. His articles and reviews have appeared in Teaching Philosophy, Touchstone, American Spectator, Criswell Review, Reformation and Revival, USA Today, and Christian Scholar’s Review. Coppenger has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, El Dorado, Arkansas; executive director of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana; chairman of the SBC Resolutions Committee; president of Midwestern Seminary; and short-term mission volunteer to Brazil, Russia, Romania, Belgium, Egypt, and Sudan. He is also a retired infantry officer.
Dr. Coppenger resides in Nashville with his wife Sharon. They have two adult sons (both are involved in full-time ministry) and one adult daughter.
Phase I – Prayer and Listening
The most important work we’ll do during this transition is pray! On September 8th our pastor launched our “52-Days of Prayer,” challenging us to pray every day for the church family. We’ve created a daily prayer guide with Scripture references and prayer prompts. You can either download the prayer guide or pick one up in the church office.
We also want to be sure every member is heard! If you have a suggestion or comment that you would like to provide during this transition time, just fill in the helpful form at the bottom of the page.
Phase II – Pastor Search
Update November 5, 2019
Special Called Member’s Meeting—Wednesday, December 11 at 5:50 pm in the fellowship hall. Join us as we vote to affirm and pray for those you have nominated to serve on our Senior Pastor Search Committee. Those who have been nominated and will be voted on are:
John Newland, Jim Bryan, John Kloke, Nancy Evans, Robin Frickie, and Kathy Noblett. Nominated alternates are Erik Dalton and Nancy Brown.