This EBO story means a great deal to me personally because it is not about just any ministry, but one led by a young man ordained to the gospel ministry at my church, Clayvillage Baptist Church. It is also a story which began many years ago with a clothing ministry started by the Albright Baptist Women (now Women on Mission, and the group of which I am a member) at First Baptist Church, Shelbyville.
Eventually the clothing closet was located at Henderson House, a mission of First Baptist, Shelbyville. Henderson House operated a storefront ministry for many years, reaching people who live in downtown Shelbyville. Through hot meals, clothing, GED classes, and other ministries, the mission met needs and shared the gospel.
Several years ago the congregation of Henderson House constituted into Victory Baptist Church. In November 2012, they called Marc Webb as pastor. Marc is the son of Coy and Cathy Webb. You know Coy’s name as our state Disaster Relief Director. At Clayvillage we watched as Marc finished college, prayed for him through some health problems, and were proud of him when he surrendered to the ministry and began seminary.
After his call to Victory, Marc began leading the congregation to do more in missions. This year their Annie Armstrong Easter Offering goal was $200 and they gave $900! He also saw a need to be able to baptize people more readily than having to schedule a time with another church. Victory applied for an Eliza Broadus Offering grant to help them purchase a portable baptistry.
Victory received the portable baptistry in April and the congregation is excited about having their own baptistry. Thank you Kentucky Baptists, for helping a small congregation, extend their ministry, including the ability to baptize new believers!