• Jul2022

    The Search Task Force unanimously and enthusiastically recommends that St. John’s Baptist Church call Haley Blackwell as its new Minister for Youth and Young Adults. Haley is currently the Associate Campus Pastor of Formation at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. If called by the church, she and her husband, Austin,...

  • Jun2022

    by Dennis W. Foust, Senior Minister Freedom is always fragile; for women, freedom has been shattered again, and it is maddening. More than a century ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes, an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902-1932 wrote: “Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled...

  • If you have not yet had a chance to view them, the 1950’s exhibits in the hallway will be on display for several more weeks. A few more notes about the 1950’s— Training Union on Sunday nights was a BIG event, for adults, old and young, and older children. There...

  • From the Heritage Room: A couple of additional comments about the buildings— The elevator was installed in the early 1950’s. When the Educational Building (Chapel Building) was built, the third floors of the original sanctuary building and the Educational Building were not connected. The upper floors were not connected until...

  • From the Heritage Room— Information about St. John’s in the 1950’s is now on display in the hallway. The 1950’s was a decade of growth–in membership and attendance, in church staff, and in additional space. Due to the increased membership, the church was quickly outgrowing its building. The Sunday School...

  • by Dennis Foust Recently, a person said to me, “I have no desire to be religious but I enjoy being spiritual.” This person was shocked when I affirmed them by saying, “I wish every person was spiritual.” Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? Whether you answer ‘yes’...

  • by Ken Sanford The 1950’s opened at St. John’s with a burst of activity, and the congregation knew they had chosen wisely in calling Dr. Claude U. Broach to the pulpit. Although a young man, he was known widely across the South. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he...

  • As we come to the end of our emphasis on the 1940s, the following is a biographical sketch of the life of Dr. Claude Upshaw Broach who came to St. John’s in 1944 and served as Senior Minister for the next thirty years. He was born on August 16, 1913,...

  • May2022

    WORSHIP THIS SUMMER There is a great deal of unnecessary confusion over the Book of Revelation. This book at the end of Christian scriptures was written as a public pastoral letter to scattered disciples amidst religious and political transformation. We have this in common with those disciples of the first...

  • Apr2022

    From the Heritage Room The arrival of the decade of the 1940s was eventful with continued debt reduction, which by July, 1942, was paid in full after 20 years of building, growth and faithful stewardship. Yet, St. John’s could not escape the dark clouds of World War II. John Brock,...