Acts 1:8…

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (NKJV)

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I pray everyone had a very blessed Mother’s Day.  For many like me this is the first Mother’s Day I have experienced without my mother who now dwells in the House of the Lord.  I thank the Lord for my mother who never wavered in her love for us as a testimony of the Lord’s Love for all of us.  I am grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be the son of Rosalind Ray.  Happy Mother’s Day to all.


This past week, we assisted churches in the areas of sound and audio, construction needs, attended a minister meeting at True Vine Fellowship Church, led a Deacon Training at FBC Gustine, attended the Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment Board Meeting and the Erath Baptist Association Pastor and Leadership Meeting hosted at FBC Dublin. On Sunday (Mother’s Day), I was blessed to share and sing at Fairy Baptist Church with my wife Monica and our children and grandchildren. 


This week, I will be on vacation with my wife as we celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. Please forward all your ministry needs to Talon Keeney, Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Associate Director. 


It is our joy to serve all our area churches in meeting the various needs of the church and its leadership. We are honored to be serving each church as we together serve our Lord in sharing the message of Salvation to each community. Your faithful financial support allows every church to have their ministry needs met so they can be more effective in reaching their community for the Lord. We are all One Church located in over 100 Locations

serving and working Together in Ministry and in our Calling to deliver

the Message of Christ Love to all.  


Please reach out to us with your ministry needs as we are available to serve you 24/7. We are a “Brotherhood of Churches”.


Hello everyone, I pray you all had a blessed and safe week! Please take a moment to pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ as we fulfill the Great Commission together. It's all about Jesus! (Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-13)

This past Sunday, I led worship and sang special music for Fairy Baptist Church's Mother's Day Service as well as took photos for their church directory. Monday I attended the H-3 Leadership Meeting hosted by True Vine Fellowship. Thursday, I attended the Erath Baptist Association Leadership Meeting hosted by FBC Dublin.

This coming Sunday, I will be preaching and worshiping at Clairette Baptist Church. I will be in and out of the Area Office throughout the week. Friday, I will be running sound for an event at Coryell Health Hospital. Saturday, my wife and I will be hosting Hungry House Worship Night at our home.

 I am available to assist any of our area churches who need a guest preacher, worship leader, or musician, and I am available to give sound, video, and media consultations and assistance.

 If you or someone you know is a Musician, Worship Leader, or Local Church Missionary, we encourage you to serve in our area Churches. If you feel led to serve in this area, please contact your Area Office at or 432-202-1526.

I am here to serve you and your church and look forward to meeting you as my wife Josalyne and I travel around the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area.

Talon Keeney

Tri-Rivers Associate Director


Complete Church Women's Ministry Survey HERE
Email Donna Trusty (Tri-Rivers Women's/WMU Director) HERE

VBS Mission Ideas:

·      Buckner- collect shoes or offering for Shoes for orphans-

·      Pure Water Pure Love- provides water filters for missionaries who serve overseas.

·      Bounce- Mission trip for youth to engage in community development and church plants.

·      Texas Baptist Men-collect offering to help with the different ministries they serve in.

·      Birthday cards to Missionaries- can be a craft project in VBS, children’s church or Sunday School.

·      River Ministry- collect seeds, hyenine products, bibles or other items for the River Ministry.

·      Teach about and collect offering for the Mary Hill Davis Offering, Annie Armstrong Offering, Lottie Moon Mission Offering.

·      Invite a missionary to come speak and collect an offering to assist in their ministry work. Go to the website, fill out the form and they will assist you in finding a speaker.

·      Local Food Pantry- collect food or offering for the local food pantry in your area.

·      School Supplies – local low-income families or for a mission organization.

·      Make cards/crafts for the residents at your local nursing home.

·      Make thank you cards for your local police and fire stations.

·      Research for local non-profit organizations in your community and talk to them about how the VBS children can help their organization. 

Email Bob Evaul (Tri-Rivers Hispanic Ministry Consultant) HERE

This has been an exciting, fruitful and busy week for me. Most of all I saw the Lord work in blessed ways during this week. It started on Sunday the 28th where we had the joy of seeing the ordination of 4 Hispanic men called to the Gospel Ministry. This event happened at the Iglesia Hispana de Gatesville, during the quarterly Hispanic Churches of Tri-River’s Fellowship worship service. These men are Joel Solorzano who is revitalizing the Hispanic mission Hogar de Dios in Gatesville, Ezequiel Casas pastor of the Hispanic church of Gatesville, Edgardo Matos of the Hispanic church of Gatesville and José Mejía of the Iglesia Betel of Lometa. It was so emotional and such a blessing to see almost all of the 85 who attended the fellowship come forward and lay hands on these men and pray for them. This was a special blessing for these four men called to minister in our Association. Our DOM, Richard Ray gave the charge to these men and their churches which also was a blessing and encouragement to the newly ordained men and the churches that were present.

Then on Friday the 3rd I had the personal blessing of graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master's in theological studies. What made this very special for me was that my son Robert and Humberto Garcia a Hispanic pastor in our association also graduated with me along with 301 other graduates. It was a blessed event to see so many graduates from our seminary right here in Ft. Worth and then have the privilege of shaking hands with Bart Barber our SBC president. Humberto and I both are thankful to Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Association as we both had received a scholarship from the association which helped cover much of our tuition expenses.

The fact that I was graduating with my son with the same degree and from the same institution drew the attention of Fox news and they interviewed the two of us and then broadcast it on one of there news programs. Thank you for your prayers and support through the Tri-Rivers Association.


Esta ha sido una semana emocionante, fructífera y ocupada para mí. Sobre todo, vi al Señor obrar de manera bendita durante esta semana. Comenzó el domingo 28 donde tuvimos la alegría de ver la ordenación de 4 hombres hispanos llamados al Ministerio del Evangelio. Este evento ocurrió en la Iglesia Hispana de Gatesville, durante el servicio de compañerismo y adoración trimestral de las Iglesias Hispanas de Tri-River's Fellowship. Estos hombres son Joel Solórzano quien está revitalizando la misión hispana Hogar de Dios en Gatesville, Ezequiel Casas pastor de la iglesia hispana de Gatesville, Edgardo Matos de la iglesia hispana de Gatesville y José Mejía de la Iglesia Betel de Lometa. Fue muy emotivo y una gran bendición ver a casi todos los 85 que asistieron al compañerismo acercarse e imponer manos sobre estos hombres y orar por ellos. Esta fue una bendición especial para estos cuatro hombres llamados a ministrar en nuestra Asociación. Nuestro DOM, Richard Ray, dio el cargo a estos hombres y sus iglesias, lo que también fue una bendición y aliento para los hombres recién ordenados y las iglesias que estuvieron presentes.

Luego, el viernes 3 tuve la bendición personal de graduarme del Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern con una Maestría en Estudios Teológicos. Lo que hizo que esto fuera muy especial para mí fue que mi hijo Robert y Humberto García, un pastor hispano de nuestra asociación, también se graduaron conmigo junto con otros 301 graduados. Fue un evento bendito ver a tantos graduados de nuestro seminario aquí en Ft. Worth y luego tener el privilegio de darle la mano a Bart Barber, nuestro presidente de la SBC. Humberto y yo estamos agradecidos a la Asociación del Área Bautista de Tri-Rivers ya que ambos recibimos una beca de la asociación que ayudó a cubrir gran parte de nuestros gastos de matrícula.

El hecho de que me estaba graduando con mi hijo en el mismo título y en la misma institución llamó la atención de Fox News y nos entrevistaron a los dos y luego lo transmitieron en uno de sus noticieros.

Gracias por sus oraciones y apoyo por medio de la Asociación Tri-Rivers. 

First Baptist Church Gatesville

912 E. Main St.

Gatesville, TX 76528

Learn More HERE:  KOZ MISSION STATEMENT To Train Men in Churches to Mentor Boys Using Outdoor Adventure.
Email Tommy HERE for More Information
Learn More/Print Brochure HERE
View Training Video HERE
Take Training Quiz HERE

Free Upright Piano.

Contact Joy Pierson at if interested

Spring Creek Baptist Church would like to donate a Free Organ

Constant Area Office if Interested.

Live Oak Baptist Church

The Church is looking for church/school that might have gently used playground equipment they are looking to sell or donate.

Contact: Matthew Hamilton -

School Creek Baptist Church

Would like to donate this beautiful Conference Table (5' wide X 12' long X 33" high) to a church or ministry organization.

Contact School Creek Baptist Church if Interested.


Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment

Donating the items in above picture.

If Interested contact Rhonda Roberts at

School Creek Baptist Church has VBS literature from Sparks Studios theme 2022 to give to a church who can use it!

If Interested Contact Church at

Donate/Apply/Learn More HERE
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WMU Staff and Contact Information

TAMIKO JONES Executive Director-Treasurer (214) 828-5150

BETH CAMPBELL Communications Consultant/ Mary Hill Davis Offering Project Manager (214) 828-5155

BRANDI JONES Marketing Specialist (214) 828-5152

JOYCE PORTO Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Multicultural

(469) 405-1638

CHRIS ROWLEY Christian Women’s & Men’s Job Corps State Consultant (737) 280-8660

MARISOL SANDOVAL Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Preschool, Children, Youth, and Young Adults (214) 828-5158

TERI USSERY Missional Lifestyle Strategist for Adults and Young Adults (214) 828-5374

NAYELY VALLEJO Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

(214) 828-5150

ESTELA ESCOBAR Financial Assistant (214)828-5331

BENNYE BRYANT Sisters Who Care (214)356-3458

VICKIE LEE Ministry Assistant (214) 828-5396

VANESSA LERMA WMU of TX Missionary, Border Ministries

(956) 279-5515

The WMU Office information:

10325 Brockwood Rd., Dallas, Texas 75238

Phone: (214) 828-5150 | Email:

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Please let us know by emailing us the following information to 


Name of Church 

Dates of Revival Services

Evangelist Name 

Worship Leaders Name


We will promote all Revival Dates in the Newsletter

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Better Together

Networking means leveraging efforts - working together.

And "together" means all of us - youth workers, teenage leaders, teachers, parents, other adults - everyone who loves kids.

We want to equip you to step out and work alongside youth leaders and other caring adults locally - empowered by national connections to reach and equip young people for Jesus Christ.


Or you can Email Kevin Miles

South Central Regional Coordinator

Email Kevin Here

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Pastors Join Today

This private Facebook group is created for those serving as Pastors only within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. This private group is a safe place for Pastors to share prayer concerns, victories and resources with fellow Pastors. On the 10th day of each month, we are asking each pastor to pray for one another.

This Pastors Only Facebook Page was created by

Pastors for Pastors.

We are a Brotherhood of Pastors.

Join Us Today


Church Registration for On-Site Active Shooter Response Class 


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will offer free Certified On-Site Active Shooter Response Class. Bob Ray III is Texas DPS Certified in Active Shooter Response. He is available through your Tri-Rivers Area Office to educate your church safety/security team and congregation. There is no cost to your church.


Register your church for the Active Shooter Response Class opportunity by calling your Area Office or Register On-line Below

 (254) 865-1299 * 

Register HERE
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Start your training by enrolling in an online class below:

Disaster Relief Orientation

This is where TBM Disaster Relief training begins. All TBM Disaster Relief volunteers must complete this training as well as a background check in order to serve. This class provides the fundamentals for serving in the wake of disasters. Click here to begin.

All participants must have first taken the orientation class.

Food Handling Training

A warm meal warms the soul after a disaster. You can provide that critical meal through TBM feeding teams. Click here to begin.

Fire and Flood Recovery Training

Fires and floods can ruin everything a person owns in a few short hours. Learn how you can deliver help, hope and healing after these disasters. 

Click here to begin.

Box Unit Training

When people lose everything in a disaster, they will begin the painful process of trying to salvage their items. Through TBM box ministry, you can walk alongside them in that process. Click here to begin.

Shower/Laundry Training

After a disaster, a hot shower and clean laundry are an immense blessing. You can provide that through TBM shower/laundry teams. Click here to begin.

Rebuild Training

This course empowers you to rebuild homes after disasters. 

Click here to begin.

Learn More/Start Your Will HERE

To view the list of Bible Studies Available at your Area Office, go to our website or click Here

Read Righteous Roots Latest Newsletter HERE or Request a Speaker

Hello, I'd like to share about our ministry so that congregations will know what we do and where to send those who need our help. We serve Coryell, Hamilton, Bosque, Lampasas, Bell, & McLennan counties.   

I am willing to meet with pastors, elders, mission teams, or congregations. I can do a quick 5 minute spill or I can do an entire testimony. I'd also be willing to share a song or two if needed. I'm completely willing to accommodate whatever the churches needs are.

Melanie R. Webb

Founder/Executive Director

Mission Righteous Roots

904 E Main Street 

Gatesville, TX 76268

(254) 651-3600

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Churches


Surrounding Area Churches

Seeking Pastors & Ministry Staff

View Church Profile and Submit Resume


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First Baptist Church of Hamilton, TX,

is seeking a part-time Minister of Music and Worship.

For more information please contact

Peter Elkins ( or

Maria Weaver (

Click HERE to View the Minister of Worship Job Description
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Cross Bearers Baptist Church is in need of a piano player. For more information contact Bro. Fisher


Oakalla Baptist Church is looking for a pianist for their Sunday Services.

They are willing to pay a honorarium.

If you are interested please contact Bro. Clay Cole: or (254) 681-7397

First Baptist Church - Evant is in need of a piano player.

For more information contact Pastor Dane Barron


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FBC Gustine 

Looking for a part-time youth minister

Contact Pastor Emmanuel Jimenez for more information


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Selden Baptist Church has a 1960s Hammond Organ available. 

It has a single locking base and full keyboard. 

Contact Milton at 254-386-7966

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Office

950 CR 227

Hico, TX 76457

Monday: 9:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday:   9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday:  9:30am-3:30pm

Thursday:     9:30am-3:30pm

Friday: On Call

Sat-Sun: On Call

Contact/Schedule a Visit:

432-202-1526 - Richard Ray, Director of Missions

254-736-0410 - Talon Keeney, Associate Director

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

950 CR 227, Hico, TX | 432-202-1526