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Halsted Road Baptist Church Timeline
Building Paid Off
The church building was finally paid off. The note that had long held the church to interest payments to the bank was completely paid off. A celebration was held at the monthly “pot-luck” at the church and a note was “deleted” since we only had electronic versions of the “debt.” The future of the church is in building up the next generation. Emphasis on youth and Christian education leadership of the church. This season is marked by higher than average attendance to men’s and women’s Bible study as well as an active Youth Group once again connecting through the church.
Pastor Jeremiah and Tancy Griffin
In 2016 God brought Pastor Jeremiah and his wife Tancy Griffin to our church. Pastor Jeremiah accepted the interim position and began to preach regularly in the church. In January 2017, Pastor Jeremiah accepted the call to be Pastor of Halsted Road Baptist church and continues to be it’s pastor to this day.
Pastor K Ross Newland
Pastor Keith Ross Newland was a minister within the church and with the exit of Pastor DeMond stepped into the gap to lead. Pastor Ross took care of the building maintenance and planted the flowers in the front beds of the church. Pastor Ross was a flamboyant well dressed bachelor and loved to pray, preach and fellowship. Pastor Ross resigned the church in July of 2016 and took a missions pastorate in Atlanta Georgia.
Pastor Jerry DeMond
Pastor Jerry and Pat DeMond were called to be pastor in October 2002. Splitting from a Church of God background, Pastor Jerry held the Baptist belief of Eternal Security of the Believer. Pastor Jerry’s exodus from the Church of God brought other members to be baptized and receive membership at the church. Pastor Jerry left in 2014.
Pastor Elmer and Bonnie Woodruff
“Woody” was a tri-vocational pastor working at the Church, the Rockford Rescue Mission and teaching at the Lutheran School in downtown Rockford. Pastor Woody had a stroke in 2001 and ended up having to resign the church in December of 2002 because his speech had deteriorated to that point.
Pastor Tom Yandel
Almost immediately from within the church, God raised up Tom Yandell to the ministry. Pastor Tom was a computer expert and found a way to contact everyone near the church. Not only and address but also a phone number. Pastor Tom called every person on that list! Emphasis switched from Sunday School to Vacation Bible School and until May 1999 when he retired. Pastor Tom called everyone that he could in the city of Rockford to make sure they were invited to church. No one would have an excuse.
Reverend Ken Finnis
In April 1995 Pastor Ken and his wife Diane came to be the pastor of Halsted Road Baptist. Son of a Southern Baptist Convention church planter, Ken Finnis was ordained at the church. Ken continued to study and found work on his Master’s Degree from Trinity Evangelical Seminary. Pastor Finnis was also bi-vocational and worked for Kinko’s. Pastor Ken resigned the church in 1998 to return to upper New York and take care of his ill father.
Pastor Mike and Jill King
the 9th pastor of Halsted Road Baptist church, Mike King and his wife Jill came from Baltimore and with the blessing of Brother Clyde began again the ministry of the Word. Jill was an accomplished pianist and filled the church with melodies praising God at every opportunity. Missions became a primary emphasis for the church and Pastor King led the church to pray for missionaries around the world.
Resignation and fire
Pastor Scott resigned as pastor in January 1990. The parsonage had been struck by lightening and was severely damaged by the fire. Brother Scott was known for his sacrificial living and caring for the people of Rockford, Illinois.
in June 1988 Gordon Logan became director of missions for Blackhawk Association.
Pastor Harvey Scott
Pastor Harvey and his wife Marty came to Halsted Road Baptist in October 1987. Pastor Harvey was a recent graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. The focus of the church shifted to Sunday School.
Pastor Elmore Clyde
In January 1984, pastor Elmore Clyde and his wife came out of retirement to help the work at Halsted Road. Gentle in nature and excellent preaching brought many to Christ and to join with the mission of the church. In 1986 it was apparent that Pastor Clyde would have to retire again. Mary Clyde stayed at the church and nursed Pastor Clyde until he went home to be with the Lord.
Reverend Russel Miller
Russel Miller came in December 1979 as pastor. Pastor Miller’s name was known as the “visiting pastor” and he majored in evangelism of his own life and teaching other’s to evangelize as well. Pastor Miller, as a bi-vocational pastor, worked as a guard at Rockford Memorial Hospital (now Mercy Health). Pastor Miller’s wife Sherry and their three little children were loved deeply by the congregation. The ministry suffered a blow when Pastor Miller resigned in 1983.
Pastor Robert “Bob” Garris
Pastor “Bob” came to the church in the fall of 1977 from a church in Kansas City, Missouri. Pastor Bob was musically inclined and lead the association’s choir. Pastor Garris also was employed as an X Ray Technician by Rockford Memorial Hospital (now Mercy Health). Pastor Garris resigned in the summer of 1979.
Pastor William Ward
Reverend William Ward became the fourth pastor in 1975 following Pastor Dann’s resignation. Pastor Ward remained until the summer of 1977.