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pastor portraitDr. Ricky R. Hurst is a native of Carroll County, Georgia, and has been an ordained Baptist Minister for over 30 years.  He has served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as the Director of Donor Relation for the Virginia Baptist Foundation.  

Ricky is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond.

He is dedicated to the Gospel Ministry, and to sharing the Presence of Christ through preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. He and his wife, Joy, have three sons: Nathan (wife, Vanessa), Samuel, and Jeremiah (wife, Allison). Ricky’s hobbies include creative writing, antique book and bottle collecting, nature, and gardening.




Upcoming Sermon Titles and Texts:  


           June 4, Pentecost Sunday


            “Blessed are the Filled!”


            (Acts 2:1-21 & John 20:19-23)




            June 11, Trinity Sunday


            “Blessed are the Creatures!”


            (Genesis 1:1-2:4a & Mark 16:15)




            June 18, Father's Day


            “Blessed are the Obedient!”


            (Genesis 18:1-15 & Matthew 9:35-10:23)




            June 25, Third Sunday after Pentecost


            “Blessed are the Sojourners!”


            (Genesis 21:8-21 & Matthew 10:24-39) 








 Note from Pastor Rick:


The Season of Spirit and Love




“They all joined together constantly in prayer …”


(Acts 1:14)




Pentecost Sunday is coming soon: June 4, 2017. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Church. The Book of Acts says that they all joined together constantly in prayer, meeting together in one place. And, suddenly the sound of a powerful wind swept down upon them, filling the house. They saw flaming tongues of fire resting upon each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they were empowered by the Spirit to speak in others languages the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus told them that they would receive the Holy Spirit and become his representatives to the entire world (Acts 1 & 2). This is our spiritual DNA. This is who we are as the Church. We are spiritual beings created and empowered by God’s Spirit and Love for a purpose.



Jesus said, “God is Spirit,” and John said, “God is Love.” Without question, these two definitions of God in the New Testament summarize who  we are and why we are here in this world. God’s Spirit and Love breathe new vitality into us, preparing us to speak and act with compassion. This is the Season of Spirit and Love. This is our chance to be used by God’s Spirit and Love. Our community in Emporia has many needs, which can only be addressed by the Spirit and Love of Jesus. How will God use us? Remember that Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 19 – 23. What an opportunity to be used to speak the new language of the Spirit and to Love children, youth, and parents with God’s Love!


The early church joined together constantly in prayer to prepare for God to fill them with Jesus’ Spirit and Love. I invite you come to church and pray together with us about the Season of Spirit and Love that is coming upon us. Come and pray with us every Sunday for Worship at 11:00 AM, and every Wednesday for Midweek Service at 7:00 PM. God’s Spirit and Love will fill us when we all join together constantly in prayer. This is a tremendous opportunity for renewal in our church, and to carry out Jesus’ mission. Those who gather together in prayer will be filled with God’s Spirit and Love. Don’t miss the opportunity. And besides, none of us can do it alone. We need each other. We can only do it together with God’s Spirit and Love. 



Grace, Peace, & Love,