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Rev John Wongler and Rev Dave Matthews, Host Pastors
March 30-April 1, 2023
"Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead, forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives..." (Job 19:23)

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Thursday Night Service
March 30, 6:30pm

"The Centurion at the Foot of the Cross"
Matt 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47

Colonel Doug Dildy, USAF, Retired
Retired Airline Pilot for Federal Express
    Colonel Doug Dildy is a personal friend of Rev Dave Matthews. They served together at Vance AFB, OK in the late 1970s.
     Doug retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 1997 after having flown the T-38 and F-15, having ultimately served as a Vice Wing Commander. Doug graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1974. Over the years he has been a published author of many books, particularly in the area of Military History.
     After retirement from the Air Force, Doug flew around the world for FedEx. He is a prolific writer, artist and accomplished "teller of tales." Doug's latest avenue of research is in preparation for his book on "The Centurions of the New Testament." Listening to Doug describe his vision for this latest book, I knew that we would richly benefit by hearing his testimony, his experiences with writing and his findings from his research into this area of the Bible. Knowing that several of us have started our own foray into the world of writing, I knew that we would certainly benefit from his lessons learned and maybe apply some of them to our own experiences in writing.
Click on this link to see scores of books written by Col Dildy
"A Profession of Faith"
Romans 10:9-10
Rev Dave Matthews
Secretary, BMA
    Brother Dave and Doug will discuss the theme and verses historically introduced by Colonel Dildy to expose us to the Scriptural basis for what the Centurion was saying regarding faith and authority. Hatfield Bethel Church, Hatfield, IN
--> Friday March31, 9am
Session 1

Pastor Steve Schwambach
Pastor, 1on1 Church, Evansville, IN

"Our First Author"
    Rev Steve Schwambach is no doubt our most "published" author in the BMA. He and his wife Judy have been counseling married couples for decades now and Steve...never one to shy away from any perceived challenge no matter how difficult it might seem...has produced several books on Christian marital counseling. His latest self-appointed challenge is to try the Action Novel genre. It is very possible that we have among us the next Christian "Tom Clancy" writer with his latest novel, "Hi Cat." "Hi-Cat", An Action Thriller
Friday Session 2, 10am

JoAnn Durgin
Graceland Baptist Church

"Christian Romance Novels"
     JoAnn Durgin is a member of my Sunday School class at Graceland Baptist Church. She is a prolific writer in the Christian romance novel genre. Having written over 35 novels, she is the author of the beloved contemporary Christian romance series, The Lewis Legacy Series, including Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other novels include Catching Serenity, Heart's Design (the forerunner of Gentle Like the Rain), Love So Amazing and Love So Divine (The Wondrous Love Series, Books 1 and 2), Perchance to Dream, Echoes of Edinburgh, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series.
     My mom loved her novels. JoAnn does this for a living so she can bring a unique perspective to us about this approach to writing. She can answer many publishing questions that most of us have never thought to advertise your book, how to sell them online (the method she prefers), how the endeavor can be profitable and still, very much, a ministry. You will enjoy her perspective.
Look at all the books JoAnn has authored!
Friday Session 3, 11am

Rev Jerry VanRonk
Rev Jose Rodriguez
Col Doug Dildy

"Writer's Forum - Can I do This?"
    Many of us would like to push out there and "give it a go."
    I want Jerry, Jose and Doug in a forum discussing the frustrations of trying to do this, the troubles making time for this while pastoring a church or ministry, the fears of accomplishment and acceptance of what they are trying to do. I bet most of you didn't even know these guys were trying this. But their fearless examples might just prove to be an inspiration to all of us.
Friday Session 4, 1:30pm

"The Centurion at Capernaum"
Matt 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10

Colonel Doug Dildy, USAF, Retired
Retired Airline Pilot for Federal Express
    The second in our series of studies on centurions of the New Testament focuses on an uncommon act of faith by a heathen. Jesus said, "I haven't seen this kind of faith in all of Israel." Isn't that what we want Him to say about us?
Click on this link to see scores of books written by Col Dildy
Friday, 2:30-4:30
Meeting of the Board of Directors followed by BMA Membership Meeting
We plan to use this time to meet and discuss the upcoming plans for Youth Camp programs and October Fall Conference

5pm, Dinner
Friday Night, 6:30pm,

"A Soldier Who Changed A Life"
"She Is Mine"
Stephanie Merwin Fast
Destiny Ministry

Part 2
Second Half of Video of Stephanie Fast

Stephanie at 1on1 Church, Feb2, 2023

Stephanie at Reo Bethel Christian Center,
Sun Night, Feb2, 2023

    Stephanie Fast is the name she was given in America. She does not know her original name, birth date, or place of birth, other than that she is Korean. Because she is biracial, Stephanie Fast was abandoned, left in a strange place to fend for herself, likely to die of starvation, disease--or worse.
Stephanie has made it her life's work to try to help rescue every orphan out there--terrified, hungry, hurting, abused. If you believe that how we treat the most vulnerable among us determines our own humanity you will want to read Stephanie's book--you will want to get to know Stephanie's story.

She is Mine!
Saturday, 9am, Join us on the grounds at Bethel Youth Camp and Conference Center for
"BYC Camp Vision Casting"
Join us in the All Weather Dorm for Coffee and Donuts while we "cast the vision" for Bethel Youth Camp and Conference Center.
Stay after breakfast to tour the grounds and see the work ahead: Work Projects at Camp: Sweep floors, clean mattresses, wash windows, paint buildings, Paint posts on tabernacle, clean kitchen, clean all bathrooms, benches in tabernacle

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Books written by BMA Authors

Newly published book
by missionary Ron Bishop

The Elisha Factor:
Living the Double-Portion Life
by Rev Kevin Horath

The Foolishness of God
by Rev Nola Warren

World Missions Are They Worth the Investment? by Rev Nola Warren

History of the BMA
by Rev David Matthews

The Way Up
by Rev Jose Rodriguez

The Pharoh Factor:
Living with a Hardened Heart
by Rev Kevin Horath

Tough Talk to a Stubborn Spouse
by Rev Steve Schwambach

Devotion Explosion
by Rev Steve Schwambach

For Lovers Only
by Rev Steve Schwambach

Why Did I Say I Do?
by Rev Steve Schwambach

Hey God, There's a Bug in My Pew!
by Rev Jerry Van Ronk

Living a Life Used by God
by Rev Kevin Horath

Daniel y el Factor Burrito
by Rev Kevin Horath

Hi-Cat, A 1on1 Thriller
by Rev Steve Schwambach

Building the House Which Stands After Any Storm
by Rev Jerry VanRonk

The Morality Problem
by Rev Eugene Holder

The Rapture of the Church
by Rev Steve Owens

Bread from Heaven
by Rev Oscar Owens

The Winner's Circle
by Rev Frank Warren

The Forgottten Powers
by Rev Daniel Marshall

A Little Farm House in North Mississippi
by Lorene Holder

The Voice of the Pioneers
by Rev Eugene Holder

Do All Speak With Tongues?
by Rev Eugene Holder

She is Mine
by Stephanie Fast
This year's BMA Spring Conference looks to be one of the most unique, interesting and maybe inspirational conferences we have ever had. At first glance, I'm sure you can tell that this conference is about writing. (Yes, I know I spelled "writing" wrong up above...that is one of the central issues of this art, speling correctly. You absolutely must catch words spelled incorrectly! My attempt to insert a little levity into the discussion.) This conference might go over big, and it might not. As with all our conferences, however, it is our hope to honor and glorify the Lord first. Come help us do that, please.

The central thought of the conference is an attempt to emphasize what we do every week as ministers...communicate. Most of you have used your skills in preaching, teaching and testifying for years, even decades. We learned how to do it by going to school, by learning our skills from others before us, and frankly, by doing it over and over again. The years and years of doing this have made most of us very skilled communicators. Our hope in this conference is to introduce to you ways to translate those communication skills into writing about them. Many among us have done so, and I think the rest of us can learn from them.

Each of our evening meetings will begin with praise and worship to our Lord. We want to follow this with a session led by a very close friend of mine, Retired Air Force Colonel Doug Dildy, who is an accomplished author. His primary efforts have been in writing about military history. However, when he described to me his latest research for his next literary work, the topic of the Centurions of the New Testament, I felt a real leading from the Lord to feature him in a conference where he could share his skills and probably inspire each of us as ministers. Doug's testimony will touch you. His communication skills will inspire you. His stories as he tells them will give you pause to consider the lessons the New Testament teaches us about these soldiers' lives.

After each of Doug's evening introductions to each different story of these soldier's connection with Jesus, we will feature one of our own BMA ministers to take the story and apply Biblical doctrine and teaching from their lives to ours. I think you might be truly blessed by each of these sessions.

Each morning, we will feature those among us who have already launched out into this sometimes-intimidating branch of ministry. We will feature Pastor Steve Schwambach, our own published author among us, who has truly experienced the complete success of not only coming up with things to write about, but put them on paper to completion, promoted the product and seen it through to professional publishing. I have asked a lady from my Sunday School class in New Albany to speak to us on her approach to writing Christian Romance Novels. I suspect that her abilities and experience may show us some things we have never seen about writing and ministry. JoAnn Durgin does this for a living...she makes a living writing, promoting and publishing her stories. She will inspire many of us trying to do the same thing. Rev Jose Rodriguez is actively involved in full time ministry but still found time to come up with his first novel. I suspect that he will represent the "I can do this" approach that many of us think cannot exist in our own lives. Rev Kevin Horath has taken his teachings at Hillside Bethel Tabernacle and incorporated them into teaching books. He is the best example of what I feel all of us can become. I know Kevin will inspire you to follow his example. Lastly, Rev Keenan Smith is our "celebrity" pastor who is in the process. He is in the process of putting together so much of his testimony and translating it into printed words. We want him to share with us how that is happening, what some of the joys and sorrows of the experience are and what he sees as the future of this endevor. I know his testimony will again inspire you.

Friday afternoon will feature our board meeting after lunch and membership meeting after that. Friday evening we will be honored to hear Bethel's own Stephanie Merwin Fast speak to us about her testimony. An orphan, adopted by our own David and Judy Merwin, missionaries to South Korea in the 1950s and 1960s, Stephanie now has an international ministry speaking to thousands and reaching them with the Gospel and the truth about "the most vulnerable among us" around the world. I know you will enjoy her message and enthusiastic spirit as well as "welcome her back home."

Saturday, we hope to join together on the Bethel Camp grounds for some "vision casting" about Bethel Youth Camp and Conference Center. We have two power-packed weeks of Youth Conferences planned for our kids and teens in June and July that need to be prepared for. (There's that preposition you never end your sentence with.) We have always believed and applied the Scripture that whatever our hand finds to do, we will do it with all of our might. There is LOTS of work to do in preparation for our Conference season. We hope you join us for coffee and donuts at camp, see if you can catch the vision for what needs to be done and certainly feel welcome to stay here with us and help us work on the grounds as well. However much you can join us, we know that this conference has the potential to change your life. We hope you will pray about it, come join us and see what comes to pass for you!

God bless and see you there.
Rev Dave Matthews

Click here after April to see photos from the conference

For last year's conference at the Conference Center, take a look at 2022 Spring Conference