First Southern Baptist Church slates revival

Thursday, February 9, 2012

First Southern Baptist Church, 1818 S. Main, Fort Scott, will hold a revival Feb. 15-19.

Wednesday evening's emphasis on children through grade 5. The church will serve a meal starting at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday services will emphasize youth. Following the Saturday service, the church will serve a meal.

Pastor Steven Porter has made a challenge to the youth grades six-12.

If at least 50 youngsters are at the service, he will shave off his moustache which he has never done before. If at least 100 kids are at the services, the youth will be allowed to throw cream pies in the faces of both Porter and Youth Director Gwen Skaggs.

Following the Sunday morning service, a covered dish dinner will be held.

Clarence Newman will be the speaker for the revival. Newman understands the needs of the people in this area, a news release said.

Born in northeast Oklahoma, Newman has lived in southeast Kansas and in southwest Missouri. As a former Fort Scott resident, he loves and cares for both the town and the people.

While living in Fort Scottt, he was a press operator at Ward/Kraft Business Forms. His two children are Fort Scott High School graduates.

Newman gave his life to Christ at a young age, the release said. He has served the Lord in various capacities throughout the years. As a high school student, he was actively involved in "Youth for Christ," helping to lead the weekly rallies and the daily student prayer meetings.

He has served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, choir director, youth leader and song leader.

Newman and his wife, June, served as foreign missionaries for seven and a half years where they had numerous responsibilities.

He spent part of his time teaching Bible lessons in a local village. Under God's leadership, Newman and his family returned to the States and settled in Fort Scott where he was an active member of the First Southern Baptist Church.

He is currently pastor of First Baptist Church, Chetopa, a small church in southeast Kansas where he has been preaching for almost 12 years.

The church has grown with numerous salvations and baptisms. He has led the church in local outreach ministries and on mission trips to help the homeless in Missouri and Texas.

The church also helped with disaster relief in Joplin, Mo. Newman has been a part of the Weir Baptist Camp doing everything from mowing the lawn to preaching for one of the youth camps. He has served for several years as a sponsor for various age groups and as one of the directors for the children's camp.

Newman has been actively involved in the Southeast Kansas Baptist Association, serving as vice moderator and moderator for the association and as chairman of the Joint Missions Development Council along with numerous other leadership roles.

He is currently on the executive board for the Kansas/Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptist.

One of the things Newman enjoys most is studying and teaching from the word of God. He loves to see the transforming power God's word can have in lives. His goal is to make the Scriptures understandable and practical for daily life.