Statement About Church Fire of Feb. 11, 2006

News of yet another church fire in west Alabama is something that should be a matter of intense prayer for all Christians. Our prayers are with the Beaverton Free Will Baptist Church in Lamar County as the congregation must now deal with the aftermath of the destruction of their facilities. We pray that the causes of all 10 fires this month will be quickly discovered and anyone responsible apprehended.

The State Board of Missions continues its efforts to assist congregations affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention. Also, over the course of several decades, our Convention has forged very positive relationships with predominantly African-American Baptist denominations in Alabama. Therefore we are partnering with several African-American congregations as they seek to rebuild and repair their fire-damaged facilities.

Our prayers are with the Alabama State Association of Free Will Baptists and the National Association of Free Will Baptists as they pray for and seek ways to minister to the Beaverton Free Will Baptist Church.

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, [email protected]

For questions about Dr. Lance's Facebook and Twitter accounts or his blog site, you may contact his social media assistant, Keith Hinson, at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 289 or (334) 613-2289, [email protected]