The Missouri Baptist Foundation Board of Trustees established the Fellowship of Christian Stewards in 2001. The trustees wanted to present examples of Christian stewardship. Individuals who exhibit transformed lives through whole-life stewardship (talents, time and treasures) are nominated as models to challenge the Christian community. Those selected for the Fellowship of Christian Stewards encourage others to follow their example. The Apostle Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Stewardship is a sign of Christian obedience and maturity. Christians need to honor and obey God through giving their talents, time, energy and finances. Giving is part of the whole-life transformation of a person to reflect Christ. Christians are encouraged when they see fellow believers honor God with their lives.
Core Qualities for Each Model Nominee:
- Follower of Jesus Christ
- Whole-life Stewardship (time, talents, and treasures)
- Servant Heart
- Humble Spirit
- Sacrificial Attitude
- Nelson Fellow: A faithful, mature individual that exhibits whole-life stewardship through many years of Christian service.
- Charitable Giving: An individual or couple that consistently models generous, sacrificial giving from the treasures God has entrusted – whether great or small.
- Estate Stewardship: An individual or couple that plan wisely to provide for missions and ministry through estate gifts (such as, wills, trusts, charitable gift annuities and other forms of legacy gifts).
- Vocational Achievement: An individual honoring God through significant contributions in his/her vocational career.
- Ministry Achievement: Individual(s) that identify community or mission needs and actively responds to meet those needs through the gifts of their talents, time and/or treasures.
- Emerging Leader: Next generation young adult (ages 18-29) modeling whole-life stewardship through missions or ministry.
- Junior Achievement: An elementary, middle or high school child(ren) modeling whole-life stewardship through missions or ministry.
Nominations for the 2017 class of Fellowship of Christian Stewards are closed. You are welcome to make a nomination online for the 2018 class by clicking the link above.
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The 2017 Fellowship of Christian Stewards:
Dr. Joe Privott grew up in a North Carolina Baptist church where his first understanding of missions came through the Royal Ambassadors mission program. Today, Joe continues his love of missions through his participation and leadership to support the work of the Ukraine Baptist Theological Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine. After a successful career as an entrepreneur, Joe has translated what he has learned as a business leader into ways to serve the Lord through an organization he started called the Ukraine Partnership Foundation (UPF). Through UPF, Joe has challenged people to contribute talent, time and treasures to strengthening the academic status of the seminary and develop Christian leaders to grow healthy churches in the former Soviet Union, where the church was once persecuted and oppressed.
Janie Houf is an active member of Parkade Baptist Church, Columbia. Janie is very missions-minded. She served as a missionary in Japan for ten years through the International Mission Board. She currently serves on the church’s mission team and has participated with the church’s mission trips to the Ukraine. After a major event in her life, Janie took time to review her estate planning needs with the Missouri Baptist Foundation. As a result, she honors God with resources entrusted to her and her late husband, Tom, to support family and ministry.
Don and Jody Laramore are active members of Potosi Southern Baptist Church, Potosi. Don serves as a Sunday School teacher and deacon and is currently chairing the Pastor Search Committee. Jody is the church financial secretary, a women’s Bible study leader and helps to organize an area-wide women’s retreat. In addition to their active church membership, Don and Jody are generous supporters of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home where Don serves on the board of trustees.
Dr. David Pelletier served Hannibal-LaGrange University for nearly 30 years as professor of Christian Education and Vice President for Academic Administration. Dr. Pelletier played a role in the addition of the ADVANCE program, online program, dual enrollment programs and master’s degree programs. Before coming to HLGU, Dr. Pelletier served as a church planting mission pastor in Pennsylvania through North American Mission Board, as well as, a public school educator.
Cory Casey is the founder and director of Camp P82 (www.campp82ministries.com) in Rocky Mount, MO. The camp is based on Psalms 82:3-4 – “Provide Justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and destitute. Rescue the poor and needy: save them from the hand of the wicked.” Camp P82 is designed and dedicated to providing children and youth who come from difficult circumstances an opportunity to hear about the life changing message of Jesus Christ. It is free of charge to campers and supported through personal, church and corporate donations. Camp P82 works in partnership with Sports Crusaders, a non-profit sports evangelism ministry. Campers are placed in a structured environment using sports, camping and outdoor recreation to instill Christian character. It emphasizes evangelism, scripture memorization and Bible study as primary elements of the camp. In addition to directing Camp P82, Cory is also the pastor of Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church, Lake Ozark.
Carmen Cowles is a nine-year-old from Troy, MO and is a member of the First Baptist Church, Troy. Carmen recorded a CD of Christmas music and sold it to church members, door-to-door in her neighborhood and long distance via her grandfather as he worked as a pipeline inspector in Florida. As a result of her service and efforts, Carmen raised over $1,400! She donated the proceeds through her church to the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Global Hunger Relief fund.
Austen Malley is an active member of First Baptist Church – California, MO and has a passion for social justice ministry. In 2016, she raised awareness in FBC about numerous social injustices through an event she helped to organize called “Journey to Justice”. The journey took participants through rooms in the church in which information was shared by teams of youth presenters. The ten injustices covered were: bullying, labor trafficking, poverty, homelessness and others. At the end of the journey, specific opportunities for helping combat these types of oppression were shared with the participants. In addition to her social justice passion, Austen teaches a young adult Bible study class and is an active leader in her church’s youth ministry where her husband, Casey, serves as Associate Pastor of Youth and Family.