New Church in Kansas City, MO

North Pointe Baptist Chapel of Kansas City, MO, began its regular Lord’s Day meetings in September of 1996. The group first met in March of that year in the home of Don and Caffy Whitney. (Don is Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.) Through spring and summer there were occasional meetings on Sunday nights and weeknights for worship, fellowship, prayer, and discussion about the future of the group. When the body began meeting regularly, it worshipped in a large room on the campus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

On Reformation Sunday the church moved its meeting site to the home of Jim and Pam Elliff. (Jim is founder and president of Christian Communicators Worldwide, a publishing and itinerant preaching ministry, and Director of the Midwestern Center for Biblical Revival.) Currently about 40 people worship with the church each Lord’s Day. There are plans to move to a larger facility during the summer or fall.

This Southern Baptist church has adopted the 1689 Second London Confession and consciously attempts to apply the Regulative Principle to its worship. The church also expects to be supportive of the Founders Conference ministry as Don is on the national Founders Conference committee. Jim has attended that conference and spoken at the Founders Conference Midwest and some of the church members have attended the Birmingham conference.

For more information, write to Jim or Don in care of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 5001 N. Oak St., Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64118. Their number at the seminary is (816) 453-4600. Jim’s e-mail address is Don’s is

Specially Commissioned Founders Print

Prints of a specially designed oil painting by Robert Nettles, son of Founders Journal Assistant Editor Tom Nettles, are now on sale. This work was done as a final senior project in an art class at Mississippi College. The project, designed and executed by Robert, contains portraits of six Baptist leaders: J. P. Boyce, John Bunyan, John A. Broadus, William Carey, B. H. Carroll, Charles Spurgeon plus the Founders Logo. The logo contains the sword and trowel emblematic of the ministry of Spurgeon, the carpenter’s tools in the top third of the shield representing the incarnation of the Lord, the cobbler’s tools reminiscent of the plodding practicality of the great Baptist missionary William Carey, and the tinker’s anvil calling to mind the great soul of experiential Calvinism, John Bunyan.

A limited number of prints are available on 80 lb. pH balanced dulcet paper. The size is 18″ X 24″ and each print will be signed and numbered. The cost is $60.00 per print. Send payment with orders to Robert Nettles, 181 Puckett Street, Brandon, MS 39042. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support the Founders Press.

1997 Founders YOUTH Conference

Over 500 youth and counselors convened in Panama City Beach June 15-19 for the eleventh annual Founders YOUTH Conference. This conference has been owned of God in lives of young people and adults alike from its very first year of existence. Phil Newton, pastor of Southwoods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee and Paul Stith, associate pastor of Northside Baptist Church in North Ft. Myers, Florida, preached on the theme, “Knowing God.” Seminars were taught on abortion, peer pressure, alternate lifestyles, and drugs and alcohol. Tapes of all of the messages and seminars (along with information on next year’s conference) are available from Bill Ascol at (318) 798-7088.