Dear Freshwater Church,
I wanted to take a moment to share with you what God has been doing in Jefferson City (JC) and to celebrate God’s faithfulness with you!
In 2009 we began to explore the possibility of starting a church in JC. There is a corner of the city in the JC/Wardsville area of 16,000 people with no evangelical churches! This is an area with several thousand more people than Bolivar without a single church preaching the gospel!
God led a family from JC to become covenant members of Freshwater Church (FC) and to begin a LifeGroup (LG) in their home. This LG began last September and quickly grew to 25+ people who were interested in joining us in planting a church in JC.
In January 2013 this group began meeting weekly for worship and word at Calvary Lutheran School which is right in the target area of JC/Wardsville. Calvary has let us and will continue to let us meet there for free every week!
This group has grown to around 40 people now! There have been 2 new followers of Jesus as well as another ready to be baptized!
Earlier this spring, the elders of FCbomo began questioning and interviewing a young man by the name of Joshua as a potential pastor/planter for FCjc.
Over the last few months God has led us to invite Joshua & Shasta Hartley to join the FC team as the Lead Pastor / Planter for FCjc!
The Hartleys will begin their new journey on June 1st!
One of the most amazing things about this is that God has blessed FCjc through their financial obedience and generosity and they will be providing the Hartley’s salary apart from FCbomo finances! This is just one more thing to celebrate God’s faithfulness over!
I want to share a brief bio with you about Joshua and also a prayer card. We would invite you to print this card off and hang it on your refrigerator to remind you to pray for Joshua and Shasta as they prepare to plant and pastor FCjc!
Praise God for his faithfulness to glorify himself and advance the gospel in Jefferson City!
Joshua is a native of the California, MO area and graduated from California High School in 2001. 4 years later he graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
Since being called into the ministry he has pastored 2 churches: Friendship Baptist Church of California, MO and Boone Creek Baptist Church of Licking, MO. Joshua is currently a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is due to graduate in May. His family includes his best friend and wife of 7 years, Shasta, as well as his three year old daughter, Laynee. Joshua enjoys spending his free time with his family and reading.