Friday, March 28, 2008

Missionary Spotlight ~ Glenn and Frances Camenisch, Portugal

Glenn and Frances have served with MTW in Lisbon since 1979. They are from Kentucky and Tennessee respectively, but were raised in Brazil where their parents were missionaries. In Brazil, the Lord brought them to faith in Jesus. Although they grew up together, they re-met after college and married in 1973.

While attending King College, where Glenn received a B.A. in psychology, he felt a call to the ministry. He then continued his training at Reformed Theological Seminary. Frances graduated from Belhaven College with a Bible major.

Upon graduation from seminary in 1976, the Camenisches served the Collinsville Presbyterian Chapel of First Church in Gadsden, Alabama. But having felt called to missions during seminary, they began preparations to go with MTW’s Brazil team to Rio. However, the Lord closed that door and led them to Europe.

In Portugal a small Presbyterian Denomination founded on the inerrancy of Scripture has since been established. Glenn and Frances work with this church through pastoring, preaching, teaching, music, outreach, and counseling.

The Camenisches have three grown children: Joel, Andrew, and Sara.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Men of the Covenant Luncheon

Men, mark your calendars for our third Men of the Covenant Luncheon this semester! We are privileged to have our own Dr. William Harper speak to us on Thursday, April 3, 2008. Dr. Harper has served in numerous leadership positions throughout the church and community and is an elder here at First Presbyterian Church. A graduate of the University of MS Medical School, Dr. Harper served in the US Army Medical Corps, is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, and serves as the current President of Hinds Cardiology Clinic. He has also served as a staff cardiologist for CMMC, St. Dominic, and MBMC which included service as the former Chief of Staff of CMMC. He and his wife Lou Ann have four daughters. We hope you can join us for this time of fellowship and encouragement!

Reservations are not required and the cost of lunch is $5.00. The luncheon will be held in Miller Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Shaw, Discipleship Ministry Assistant, at 601-973-9128 or

Missionary Spotlight ~ Bruce and Barbara Wannemacher, South Africa

Bruce and Barbara grew up in northern Illinois and met in elementary school. They both became Christians through a campus ministry at college and married before their senior year. After graduation Bruce attended graduate school, earning a master’s degree. He then served as a U.S. Army officer in the Medical Service Corps.

Desiring to serve in cross-cultural missions after military service, Bruce and Barbara pursued Bible training at Covenant Theological Seminary. They both graduated in 1998; Bruce with an M. Div. degree and Barbara with an M.A. in general theological studies. During their seminary years, God confirmed their desire to serve cross-culturally through short-term missionary opportunities in England, Jordan, and Africa.

Bruce is on staff at the Bible Institute of South Africa in Cape Town, teaching and discipling African students and pastors throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Barbara is actively involved with discipling Bible college women and works off-campus teaching Bible at a local primary school.

Bruce and Barbara have two grown children.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Missionary Spotlight ~ Wayne & Amy Newsome, Japan

Wayne is originally from Chattanooga, TN, and Amy is from Enterprise, AL. After serving with MTW in Japan since 1990, the Newsomes are more encouraged than ever before about what God is doing. Their team has been involved in planting four churches and is moving into a new phase of ministry.
With “Equipping Japanese to Reach the World” as the motto, the Nagoya Church-planting Team’s new vision encompasses a variety of ministries. The Newsomes work to expand church-planting ministries by partnering with Japanese co-workers to target new locations for church plants. The team is also involved in beginning a seminary to enable Japanese Christians to identify their gifts and receive training for ministry. The International Christian Academy of Nagoya, which the team stared in 1999, meets the educational needs of many children in central Japan. Team members and Japanese co-workers are preparing for a counseling ministry with a desire to help local churches develop lay counseling programs to serve and assist their communities. Also, with 50,000 university students in the area, the student ministry continues to be a high priority for the team.

Wayne and Amy have five children: Katelyn, Samuel, Mary Grace, Sarah, and Joshua.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Funeral Sermons at the FPCJ website

The Reverend Doug McCullough, our Learning Resource Center Director, has put together a collection of funeral sermons at the church website.

We have received permission from the families to post these messages. We hope they will be helpful to grieving Christians and the ministers who preach God's word to them.

See them here.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Missionary Spotlight ~ Al & Wini Baker - Hartford, Connecticut

Al and Wini Baker moved to Hartford, CT in September, 2003 after serving the Golden Isles Presbyterian Church, St. Simons Island, GA, for over ten years. Al sensed God’s call to a challenging field, and answered the call of the Southern New England Presbytery to plant a church in West Hartford. Starting with a core group of eight families, Christ Community Presbyterian Church was particularized in June, 2006 and now has sixty families attending. The plans include a multi-site expansion in the spring of 2008 with hopes of planting several more churches in Connecticut in the next several years.

Prayer Requests:
(1) Please pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to convert the lost and to bless the preaching and evangelistic ministry of Christ Community Presbyterian Church.

(2) Please pray for God’s direction and provision for a new location for our original church, since the building in which we have been meeting for four years will soon be unavailable.

(3) Please pray for God’s direction and blessing on expanding our church planting efforts in Connecticut.