Friday, December 26, 2008

meet krystal

Krystal Strawderman will be helping at Two Rivers Church starting in January. Krystal is a senior at Roanoke Bible College and has agreed to come down on the weekends until she graduates in May. In May Krystal will move to New Bern to work with Two Rivers. We are so glad to have a quality person like Krystal to be a part of this new work. Krystal will oversee our children's ministry and will be such a great influence on our kids. Krystal has already spent a year in Thailand doing mission work and she will add much to the ministry of Two Rivers Church.

Monday, November 24, 2008

launch team information meeting

Tonight was an important night in the history of Two Rivers Church. Tonight we held our first official get together. We invited all the people we had met since we have been here to an information meeting at our house. (and some of them actually showed up!) It was a great meeting. Four families plus our family and kids met and talked about the dream of a new church in Craven County. After months of praying and planning and fundraising tonight was the first actual gathering of Two Rivers Church. My hope is that from this group will form the beginning of a movement of God in this city.

Thanks to all who prayed for this night and for me.


Friday, November 14, 2008

prayer partner

I would like to thank everyone who has visited this site because of the Prayer Partner emails that go out weekly. Keep checking back here for videos and updates. Also, thanks to Wayne Wagner for making the Prayer Partner email happen weekly.

If this is your first time looking at this blog, read through the posts and comment so we will know that you have been here.

May God bless you as you seek Him in your life.


Monday, November 3, 2008


Bonnie and the girls and I went to Plymouth last night to share our work with the people of Plymouth Church of Christ. The people there were really kind to us. We are hoping that this will start a partnership between Two Rivers and Plymouth churches.

On a side note our girls went to a kids class which ended up being a practice for the children's Christmas program. The girls had a great time and even got to play in their bell choir.

Plymouth seems like a great church, they were certainly great to us.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Church planting statistics reveal that a church that begins with a group of at least 41 workers has a much greater chance of making it to self-sufficiency. Those churches who have started with 40 or less have a more difficult time. We have begun the process of meeting people and inviting them to join our team. This will be one of my tasks over the next few weeks to try and build a 'Launch Team' of people to help make Two Rivers Church a reality.

If you know someone in this area who might be looking for a place to jump in and help, please let me know and I will contact them.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

children's ministry input

A few months ago Bonnie and I attended the National New Church Conference in Orlando, FL. It was a good week of learning and growing and expanding our minds and hearts to what God wanted us to do in New Bern. At that conference we won a start-up package from a design company which included our logo design, all of our start-up stuff like letterhead, business cards, web design, etc. All of the stuff you might have seen has been designed by Brown Cow Design out of Charlotte, NC.

One of the things that we get with this package of design is a children's ministry logo design. The question is what are we going to call this part of our ministry? We could use any input you might have. The children's ministry will start with a children's church program on Sunday mornings and then a few events throughout the year. If you have any ideas that would tie in with the rest of the church, please let me know. You can post it here, or send an email to



Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Today is the day that the Community College will meet to review its policies concerning the rental of their facility. Please pray that this meeting would not result in any changes to their rental policy.

Once again God has been working on our behalf. Yesterday, after being gone for a week I checked the church mail and found the contracts for the Community College signed by the President. I quickly signed the paperwork and returned it to the college business office. My hope is that even if they decide to change their policies, we would be locked in with a signed contract for at least one year and hopefully two.


Monday, October 20, 2008

from north carolina to st. louis, missouri

Last week I spent the week traveling from North Carolina to Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana and back. It was a long hard road, but fun. I was able to meet with two mission committees, seven preachers, a couple Bible college students and pumped about 50 gallons of gas. This was the first time I had ever been to St. Louis that I remember. I liked it. I was meeting with a potential staff member about five blocks from where the arch is. The gateway to the west, I think. My prayer is that Two Rivers Church will be the gateway to salvation to many people in eastern North Carolina.