Lone Star Scoop • July 2023

Kinkeade retires from FBC Springtown after 30 years

SPRINGTOWN  Pastor Hal Kinkeade retired from First Baptist Church Springtown in May after serving 30 years at the church. In his final sermon on May 7, Kinkeade preached on Isaiah 41:10, 14 and John 3:16, reminding the congregation of God’s faithfulness and love.

The church honored Kinkeade, who was called by the church in 1993, during the morning service, including the presentation of a plaque following remarks by deacon Robert Burtnett.

“He’s served the Lord all his life, and he’s going to continue to serve the Lord,” Burtnett said. “When you were in need, he was there. When you were hurting, he hurt with you.”

“We’ve been together through some horrible times … some great times,” Kinkeade said. “God honored me by bringing me here 30 years ago.”

—Jane Rodgers 

Signups for next round of Regenesis underway

GRAPEVINE  Applications are being accepted for churches interested in participating in the next round of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Regenesis church health process. 

The SBTC offers coaching and consultation through the Regenesis process, helping churches identify barriers to growth, ministry struggles, and other issues. Regenesis trainers lead cohorts of eight to 10 churches from the same region through an eight-month process of evaluation and coaching, helping churches discover where they are and where God is calling them in the future. 

The inaugural Regenesis cohorts completed their eighth and final meeting in May. “This session challenged the churches to realize their unique disciple-making vision for the next three years,” said Anthony Svajda, pastoral ministries associate for the SBTC’s Church Health & Leadership department. 

For more information, or to apply, visit sbtexas.com/regenesis.

—Texan staff

Vindication set for September return

BURLESON The producers of the PureFlix original series Vindication announced that season three, consisting of eight episodes, will begin airing this September on the subscription streaming service.

Vindication, a production of FlyRock Media and Retta Vision, is a ministry of Burleson’s Retta Baptist Church, whose members are involved as volunteers and extras, complementing the professional cast and crew. Vindication is a procedural drama highlighting the professional, personal, and spiritual journey of Sgt. Gary Travis, his family, and colleagues in fictional East Bank, Texas. Since its premiere in 2019, the series has garnered more than 1 million views on streaming platforms nationally and internationally.

Seasons one and two are available on PureFlix and Redeem TV, a donation-based streaming service. Plans are in the works for season four.

—Jane Rodgers

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