Baptism at the River

One of our good friends who lives about an hour away called to talk about baptism a few months ago. She started going to a Baptist church but hasn’t joined because she hasn’t been baptized as an adult. She also really didn’t want to be baptized in a baptistry at a church. She always wanted to be baptized in a river, just as Jesus was. So she asked that I help. I was reminded of Acts 8, when the Ethiopian said “here is the water, what prevents me from being baptized now?” So our families met up last week at Foster Falls on the New River Trail State Park and we had a baptism service. All our kids sang Jesus Loves Me and after a few words, I baptized Stephanie in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I posted some pictures. It was a beautiful day with great weather. The kids were all able to observe someone following Christ, and it wasn’t even in a church. Awesome.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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