Chang­ing, charg­ing Mans­field

Mans­field Bap­tist Church cel­e­brates fall, new cam­pus

The Covington News - - Religion -

Es­tab­lished in 1911, Mans­field Bap­tist Church is a fel­low­ship of be­liev­ers who strive to be a bless­ing to the com­mu­nity by shar­ing the un­con­di­tional love of Christ. In 2006, they moved from their for­mer lo­ca­tion at the cor­ner of Main Street and 3rd Av­enue to a 21-acre cam­pus at 101 Wood­lawn Road in Mans­field. Within months, the land was debt free and they com­pleted phase one of their four-phase build­ing plan. The new fa­cil­ity houses a 340-seat sanc­tu­ary, of­fice suites and wings ded­i­cated to chil­dren and preschool, adults and youth.

“We don’t want to be a church that is solely looking in­wardly,” said Dr. Jef­frey Perkins, pas­tor of Mans­field Bap­tist Church. “We want to let the com­mu­nity know that Je­sus loves them and show them what that love looks like. Not only are they wel­come here, but we want to go where they are and help out.”

A na­tive of Dal­las, Perkins grew up in a Chris­tian home and ac­cepted Christ at age 9. At 17, he felt God’s di­rec­tion as he pre­pared for the min­istry. He earned a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ok­la­homa Bap­tist Uni­ver­sity, a Mas­ter of Divin­ity and a Doc­tor of Min­istry from New Orleans Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Dal­ton and Davis.

Perkins served as a sum­mer in­tern at First Bap­tist at New­nan and moved to Colum­bus to an­swer the call as youth min­is­ter at Britt David Bap­tist Church in Colum­bus. There, he met his wife, who worked with the youth. In 1996, Perkins re­lo­cated his fam­ily to Mans­field and ac­cepted the po­si­tion as se­nior pas­tor of MBC.

The church is pre­par­ing for their fall fes­ti­val, a free com­mu­nity-wide fam­ily event, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. A safe, fam­ily-friendly al­ter­na­tive to walk­ing the streets on Hal­loween, there will be games for the chil­dren, prizes, candy, hot­dogs and chili and mu­sic.

A mis­sion-minded church, MBC is gear­ing up for their first church-wide in­ter­na­tional mis­sion trip to Mex­ico. They will send 12 to 15 peo­ple to work with the churches by reach­ing out with the gospel of Christ and of­fer­ing events for chil­dren. Pre­vi­ously, a small group went to New Orleans for Op­er­a­tion Noah.

Last year, the church de­vel­oped a lo­cal mis­sion pro­gram called Mans­field Chang­ers. The pur­pose was to al­low mem­bers to go and min­is­ter in the com­mu­nity.

“We painted houses and cleaned up yards,” said Perkins as he re­called how every­one pitched in to help se­nior adults in need. “We wanted to let them know that we loved them and Je­sus loved them. Our goal is to be out­wardly fo­cused and make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.”

Mans­field Bap­tist Church of­fers a men’s Bi­ble study at 8 a.m. and Sun­day school for all ages at 9:45 a.m. A blended morn­ing wor­ship ser­vice is held at 11 a.m. and fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to wor­ship to­gether with their chil­dren. A tra­di­tional evening ser­vice fol­lows at 6 p.m. and Kid’s Time meets sep­a­rately. Adult prayer meet­ing, mis­sion friends, RAs and GAs and youth meet on Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m.

The Rev. W. Thomas Barker has served as the min­is­ter of mu­sic and ed­u­ca­tion since 2002. He has a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ge­or­gia State Uni­ver­sity and a Mas­ter of Arts in Chris­tian Ed­u­ca­tion from New Orleans Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary.

The Rev. Michael Evans has served as the min­is­ter to stu­dents since 2006. He earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts from North Greenville Col­lege. He cur­rently at­tends New Orleans Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary and is work­ing on his mas­ter’s de­gree.

Dye Gal­loway was re­cently added as the di­rec­tor of chil­dren’s and preschool min­istry. She has a Bach­e­lor of Arts from Mercer Uni­ver­sity and a Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia.

Perkins be­gan a new ser­mon se­ries on “Weath­er­ing the Storms of Life” that will chal­lenge the church to trust God and will pre­pare the church to be sen­si­tive to the needs of the com­mu­nity.

“We want to be the place where peo­ple come when they are hurt­ing,” Perkins said. “We will in­tro­duce them to the one that loves them even more than we do and can change their eter­nity. We want to help them grow in love and grace of the Lord Je­sus Christ.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Mans­field Bap­tist Church, lo­cated at 101 Wood­lawn Road in Mans­field, call (770) 787-0723 or visit www.mans­field­bap­tistchurch. com.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Mans­field Bap­tist Church Se­nior Pas­tor Dr. Jeff Perkins stands in front of the church’s new fa­cil­ity in Mans­field which houses a 340 seat sanc­tu­ary, of­fice suites, and wings ded­i­cated to chil­dren, adults and youth.

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