News at Faith
Ray Taylor with the Lord
Ray Taylor, longtime board member at Faith and former Iowa state senator, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 24. Senator Taylor, as we always called him, joined the Faith board in 1974 and served with distinction for 41 years, at times serving as chair and vice chair of the board. Several years ago he was honored with emeritus status on the Faith board.
Ray served six terms in the Iowa senate from 1973 to 1995. He was a champion for issues that are important to Christians. Ray's wife, Mary, went to be wtih the Lord in 2007 after 64 years of marriage. Senator Taylor was an important part of the development of Faith. In recognition of his important role, the men's dormitory is called Taylor Hall. You will find a full obituary here with visitation and funeral information.
Basketball Teams Excel Athletically and Spiritually
The Faith men's basketball team has distinguished itself this season in basketball and in spiritual character. We'll let Brian Fincham, the head men's basketball coach and AD tell you about it.
"Our men's basketball team was blessed with winning both the regular season and conference tournament championships. This is the first time since 1998 that the men have won the conference tournament championship, and the first time since 1977 that the men's team has won the conference regular season championship. It is the first time since 1977 that the men's team has won both the conference regular season and tournament championship in the same year. The team also set a new school win streak of 12 and is currently tied for the all time mark for wins in a season at 21. If we win any games in the next two weeks, we'll break that mark as well.
Both our men's and women's basketball teams placed players on the all-conference teams and were selected by the other conference teams as the recipients of the sportsmanship award. This is the second year in a row for both teams to receive that recognition from the conference."
Our congratulations to our men's and women's basketball teams and their coaches. We are happy for their successes in the games, but we are even more impressed with the spiritual character they have shown by receiving the sportsmanship recognitions. Coach Fincham continues to lead our athletic program with a clear philosophy of making athletics a ministry at Faith.
Gene Matlock with the Lord
Gene Matlock, Faith's vice president for advancement and church relations, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 7, after a short battle with cancer. The funeral service was held at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, on Saturday, October 11. Dr. Ernie Schmidt and Don Anderson represented Faith. Faith held a memorial service for Gene on October 29. Click here to read the story about Gene's life and ministry and to view a recording of the memorial service at Faith.
Faith Pulpit DayMarch 30
This year's Faith Pulpit Day will focus on exposition in theology, preaching, and counseling.
Faith Missions ConferenceMarch 30-April 3
Finish My Work is the theme of this year's Missions Conference.
Spring Instrumental ConcertApril 10
Join us for a concert of sacred and classical music presented by the Faith Community Orchestra and Handbells.
Student Leadership SummitApril 16-18
Evangelist Will Galkin and Dr. Paul Hartog will help teens confront their culture rather than conform to it.
Chorale Concert at IRBCApril 18
The Chorale will present a special concert at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for people in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.
Commencement WeekendMay 7, 8
Find a full schedule of the 2015 commencement weekend events.