Paul Robinson with the Lord

Paul and Amy Robinson

Antioch, TN—Paul Wilton Robinson, pioneer missionary to Uruguay, entered his heavenly home around 11:00 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2018. Transported from his home in Smithville, Tennessee, to Vanderbilt Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, following a fall on Saturday, the 93-year-old died of cardiac arrest.

Appointed as missionaries to Uruguay in 1960, Paul and his wife Amy departed for language school in Costa Rica in August 1961. They teamed with Bill and Glenda Fulcher to plant churches along the border with Brazil. Working in rural areas outside the border-town of Rivera, the Robinsons also developed a camp for church members. A natural evangelist, Paul’s love for people translated into a desire to see them know His Savior. Paul, who never considered himself anything other than a layman, believed his status encouraged Uruguayan laymen to serve and be witnesses. The Robinsons retired from missionary service in 1992, after 32 years of service with IM. They continued ministering to Hispanics after they settled in Smithville.

Born (June 20, 1925) and raised in Tennessee, Paul served in the Navy from 1943-1946, participating in five invasions in that short span.

Paul Robinson 1968

Although 25 years old when he came to Christ, his conversion served to instill a burden for Latin America in his heart. Living in the Detroit area, he attended Highland Park Free Will Baptist Church (now Central Oaks Community Church) to hear Cuban pastor Benito Rodriguez preach. Benito, a product of Pop and Mom Willey’s ministry in Cuba, led this future missionary to Christ. Paul served Highland Park as a layman, met and married Amy (Lucaciu), studied at Detroit Bible Institute, and attended Berlitz School of Languages at night. While serving at Hyde Park, Paul constantly interacted with missionaries. Finally, he surrendered to overseas service and the family of three moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) for one year before heading to language school.

Paul leaves behind his wife Amy, son Ken and family, and daughter Rebecca (Parker) and family, as well as numerous children in the faith.

Read the funeral home obituary.

Welch College Accountant Opening in Business Office

GALLATIN, TN—Welch College has an opening for a full-time accounting employee in the Business Office according to Craig Mahler, vice president for financial affairs. The position requires intermediate computer and strong interpersonal skills, and ability to manage details well. Ideal candidates will have a background in higher education.

“This is an important hire for the college at this time,” Mr. Mahler said. “We’ve had some staffing adjustments the past few years due to retirements and other career moves. We’re taking a fresh look at the organization and staffing of the Business Office. The college needs a professional who loves God and strongly supports the mission of Welch College. The person who fills this key position will interact directly with Welch students on billing and other financial matters and assist the Business Office with accounting and other administrative tasks.”

The full-time salaried position is immediately available, with the intent to hire as soon as possible.

 General Requirements:

  • Have a clear Christian testimony and commitment to Welch College
  • Hold membership in good standing at a local church
  • Work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Manage time and task priorities well
  • Consider him/herself a detail person
  • Prioritize friendly and effective communication with campus stakeholders
  • Have intermediate-level skills in Microsoft Excel and exposure to accounting software such as QuickBooks
  • Hold a business-related bachelor’s degree
  • Preferably, with at least one year of accounting coursework
  • Some experience in task management and supervision
  • Demonstrate how past experience fits well with this role
  • Student billing: prepare and distribute student bills according to schedule set with campus stakeholder input
  • Maintain and reconcile student collections information, actively seeking collection of late payments
  • Apply financial aid to accounts at the direction of the Financial Aid Coordinator
  • Reconcile activity between Populi and Accounting office records monthly
  • Some task management and employee supervision responsibilities
  • Other accounting tasks as assigned
Skills/Proficiency testing may be required.

Salary based on experience. Welch College offers a generous benefits package and provides tuition assistance for employees enrolling in on-campus coursework.
Interested persons may send their resumes to Mr. Craig Mahler at the address below, or e-send resumes and references to

Craig Mahler
Business Office
Welch College
1045 Bison Trail
Gallatin, TN  37066


Executive Committee Requests Recommendations

Executive Secretary Keith Burden

At the conclusion of his report to delegates at the 2018 national convention, Executive Secretary Keith Burden announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2019. Burden’s successor will be elected during the 2019 convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moderator Tim York announced the following procedure for selecting a new executive secretary:

  • The Executive Committee is charged with the responsibility of presenting a single candidate for the position of executive secretary to the General Board of the National Association of Free Will Baptists by July 2019.
  • The Executive Committee will receive candidate recommendations for executive secretary until October 30, 2018. A candidate profile form must accompany each recommendation. This form must be completed online and is available at
  • All pertinent information regarding this process will be dispersed to pastors, state leaders, General Board members, state papers, and printed in ONE Magazine.
  • The Executive Committee will recommend one candidate to the General Board.
  • The General Board will recommend one candidate to the National Association.
  • The executive secretary will be elected by majority vote of the National Association.
Moderator Tim York

The following information will be requested on the recommendation form:

  • Candidate’s name, address, phone, and email
  • Present position held and title
  • Personal information: age, date of conversion, marital status, spouse’s name, children’s names and ages, date called to preach, date of ordination, place of ordination
  • Denominational service: churches pastored (with dates); district, state, and denominational positions (with dates)
  • Does this person actively support denominational ministries through the Together Way Plan? (cooperative/designated)
  • Are there any denominational ministries this person cannot support? List and explain why.
  • Education: schools attended, dates, and degrees or diplomas earned
  • Other: awards received, books written, community service, etc.

Missionaries to Kenya Visit Texas Churches

by Kathy Halbrook
Fellowship WAC and Tomball WAC had the privilege of hearing Amanda Simmons share about their work with the Samburu people in Barsalinga, Kenya.
The Simmons are in the States for a short visit with family and were in the Tomball area visiting Eddy’s parents.
Fellowship WAC with Eddy and Amanda Simmons
We learned so much!
The Samburu are nomadic people, moving to find grass and water for their cattle and camel herds. They live in a hot dry climate, temperatures are in the 100’s year-round. Because of the heat, Eddy and Amanda sleep in hammocks outside.
The Samburu originated from Sudan hundreds of years ago and settled north of Mt. Kenya.  They still live very primitive lives.  Since they have no written language,  the gospel is shared through showing the Jesus movie (in their language), MP3 players with key New Testament stories, and by oral storytelling.
The church they are planting will be a Samburu church, so they have the Samburu Christians in leadership roles. Pray especially for Jackson and his wife and children and for Eunice, who is a widow with teenage children.  They are both mature Christians and have vital roles in sharing the gospel among the Samburu.
The Simmons have a missionary nurse working with them, Victoria Little. She and Amanda see patients every morning.  They have seen hundreds of patients! Some are the usual medical complaints but others are medical emergencies.
Amanda Simmons speaking at WAC meeting at Tomball FWB Church
What a blessing our time with Amanda was! We feel more burdened to pray for them and the Samburu but also more equipped to pray for them.
Some things to pray for:
  1. Physical strength and safety for Eddy, Amanda and Victoria.  During their time in the states, they have all had medical tests, etc.
  2. For them to have wisdom.  Many of the Samburu traditions and beliefs are based on superstition.  Many of them still see the witch doctor, even Christians.  Our Missionaries need God to lead them clearly in dealing with the hard things.
  3. Pray for Discipleship and spiritual growth among the new Christians.
  4. Pray for safety and protection from anyone wanting to harm our missionaries. They have guards around the clock. So pray also for the safety of the guards and for God to show them where to be alert.
Many thanks to Sandy Pierson, Tomball WAC Coordinator,  who planned our meeting.

Woodforest Church Thankful for a Great Summer

by Heath Ferguson

We are honored to be able to serve our Lord and to serve our community, and we want to share in this brief video all that your prayers and support have enabled us to do. Thank you for being a huge part of that process here in north Houston. Please remember to pray for God to continue to bless this ministry with souls and opportunites to serve.

Summer Newsletter Highlights:

  1. Vacation Bible School had record attendance
  2. Thank you Joe and Stacie Ange and the Union Chapel mission group
  3. New homeless ministry – learn more at the below link and read the blog by those involved in this ministry:
  4. Baptismal Service in August
  5. Pray for the restrictions to be lifted off of our property
  6. Decrease your giving to our ministry by 20% – thank you for your continued support
  7. We love you and appreciate you!

TWAC Highlights

by Mitzi Burks

As the summer winds down, we want to share some things that have happened as well as something exciting that is coming up soon!

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  • TWAC expresses our appreciation to Pine Prairie Free Will Baptist Church & Brother Michael Hunt for being such a gracious host for our State Meeting, for the wonderful meal provided, and use of their fellowship hall for the Meat & Greet! We had a great time of worship, fellowship and rejoicing with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • There were 22 registered, 14 members, 8 non-members.
  • In our business session, the WNAC Provision Closet was adopted as the 2019 TWAC State project, encouraging women to give a minimum of $2.00 per member per month.
  • In January, TWAC committed to support 20 non-believing women to attend the Panamanian Retreat and we praise the Lord for meeting this goal with an end result of 13 salvations!
  • Financial support was provided for 5 Texas Youth participating in mission trips, E-Team, and Truth & Peace, and we were blessed to  hear from Ashton Hood on her missionary trip to France. Mission news was also shared from Robert Bryan, IM, Amanda Schmidt, Church planter to Albuquerque, NM, Janice Banks, Clearview team, and Ana Yacobian, McAllen. And we were blessed by little Emma Flores special ‘God’s Word Will Stand’. So good to have the youth and young adults participating in our services!
  • We were honored to have Elizabeth Hodges, WNAC Executive Director, speaking on Psalm 105:16-19, and weaving in God’s wondrous works in Cuba, Panama, Africa, Central Asia, Uruguay, and Bulgaria, because women who have a heart for the Lord gave. We were reminded to beware of America’s conditioning to ‘excess’, and to focus on God’s bigger plan, representing and sharing Christ.
  • Coming up, all women are invited to “Girls Time”, September 21 & 22, 2018, at Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church, Bryan, Texas. Dr. Janice Banks will be speaking on ‘Storms of Life’, Isaiah 43:2.

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State Meeting Concludes Friday

We had a wonderful second day of our 104th State Meeting! Sadly, all good things must come to end. The conference will conclude Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at Pine Prairie Church. During this business session, the state offices, boards, and committees will give their reports. If you are representing your church or district as a delegate, you will definitely want to be there.

It has been great seeing everyone this week, and we wish we didn’t have to wait so long for the next one!

What was your favorite part of the conference? Leave a comment below!

State Meeting Continues!

The 104th Annual Meeting of the Texas State Association of Free Will Baptists is officially under way! We had a great first day, and Tuesday looks to be even better!

We trust you have made your way to Huntsville by now, so we want you to be aware of what is on the schedule for Day 2

The registration table will open again at 8:00 a.m. at Pine Prairie Church.

Denominational Seminar

At 8:30, Pastor and laymen will meet in the church fellowship hall where Dr. Eddie Moody will continue the theme of “First Aid for a Hurting World” with two sessions.

Session 1 will be “The Tools of the Helper and Session 2 will be “The Character and Techniques of the Helper.”


TWAC Conference

Meanwhile, Texas Women Active for Christ (TWAC) will meet in the church auditorium. TWAC registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and TWAC business will begin at 9:00. At 10:00 they will hear updates from the mission field. Ashton Hood will be sharing about her mission trip to France. Ashton is from Lakehills Church, and will be a senior at Randall University this fall. She is involved in the traveling drama team, student government, as well as working at the library and as an RA. Ashton is majoring in Psychology and planning to get her Master’s in Library Science, as well as taking some
missions classes.


Missions Conference

A Missions Conference, sponsored by TWAC begins at 10:45. Elizabeth Hodges , WNAC Executive Director, will be speaking, with the theme of “Until the Time”, Psalm 105:19. Elizabeth’s wealth of experience as a Pastor’s wife, Mother, Grandmother, WAC leader, educator and school principal assists her in this administrative role.


Lunch Provided

At noon, everyone is invited to stay for a lunch provided by Pine Prairie Church.

Business Session

Afternoon business session begins at 2:00 p.m. Here we will receive important updates from the National Ministries and Boards. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the men and women who minister to serve our churches on behalf of these agencies. Many of them have information tables in the foyer. Make sure you stop by and introduce yourself.

Worship Service

Day two will culminate in another time worship, and Dr. Moody will conclude his series with the message “Preparing for Bad Days.”

Books for Sale

We have several copies of Dr. Moody’s books for sale in the foyer of the church. There are convenient self-checkout cards to make the purchase quick and easy. Complete the card and give to Mark Headrick or Marcus Brewer.



State Meeting Begins!

It’s finally here, the 104 Annual Meeting of the Texas State Association of Free Will Baptists!

This year we are in Huntsville, where the Pastor Michael Hunt and the good folks at Pine Prairie Church are our gracious hosts.

General Board Meeting

Things get started Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the General Board Meeting. This will be held in the meeting room at the Hampton Inn & Suites.


Emergency Preparedness Seminar

If you are already in town, make plans to attend the ETC Seminar at Pine Prairie at 1:30. The theme of this year’s seminar is Emergency Preparedness, led by Eric Henderson. Eric is supervisor of the Crime Scene Unit at the Bryan Police Department and member of Fellowship Church in Bryan.  He will share, based on his experience in his career in law enforcement, information that churches can use to improve their ability to prevent some incidents from taking place or, when an incident does occur, to reduce its potential severity.  Some of the topics to be covered in this workshop include: building security, protection of children, appropriate methods for observing suspicious behavior, and developing an action plan for incidents and assigning responsibilities.


Hamburger Supper

Don’t worry about supper plans because TWAC is providing a hamburger supper at Pine Prairie. They are calling it “Meat and Greet,” and it promises to be a great time of food and fellowship. That willl begin at 5:00 p.m.


The registration table opens at 6:00 p.m., and the convention offically begins with the 7:00 p.m. worship service.

Worship Service

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Eddie Moody, pastor of Tippet’s Chapel in Clayton, North Carolina. He is a counselor, professor, and author of First Aid for Emotional Hurts and Surviving Culture.

The theme of this year’s conference is “First Aid for a Hurting World.”

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This past year has seen a lot of tragedy in the form of violent acts and natural disasters. The country has mourned together after the horrible Las Vegas massacre and the Parkland school shooting. Sadly, churches have not been immune, as we have seen congregations endure shootings in Tennessee and here in Texas. Additionally, the Houston area was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, and fires have destroyed so much in California.


Dr. Moody’s experience as a pastor and counselor will guide us through the Scriptures to help us be strong and effective helpers to our neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you in Huntsville!

Register for ALIVE Youth Conference


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Alive! Lone Star Youth Conference

June 13-16, 2018

Fee: $119 per person

Location: Collin Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Plano, Texas


Real in Relationships (in Christ)

Real in Ethos (moral nature and guiding beliefs in culture)

Real in Ability (purpose, how one is used by God, being the person God created you to be)

Real in Love (for God and people, and loving yourself, knowing the love of God and embracing it)



6:00pm-7:00pm – Registration

7:00pm -Conference Launch

(games and Conference Challenge)

Challenge – Heath Ferguson

8:15pm – Service #2 – Ron Davis

Snack after service – Nachos


9:30am – Games

10:00am – Service #3 – Ron Davis

11:00am – Six Flags – lunch to go

8:30pm – optional movie at the church with snacks


9:00am – Service #4

– Teens (Auditorium) with Heath Ferguson

– Sponsors (somewhere else) with Ron Davis

10:15am Service #5 with Stephen Kimbrell

11:30am – PinStack – lunch included

6:00pm – Dinner at the church

7:00pm – Games

7:45 – Service #6 – Stephen Kimbrell


9:00am Service #7

– Teens (Auditorium) with Heath Ferguson

– Sponsors (somewhere else) with Stephen Kimbrell

10:15am Service #8 – Stephen Kimbrell

Lunch to go – Chick-Fil-A bags to go

Hotel Information


Phone: 972.578.2243 – Request FWB Youth Conference

Online promo code “fwb”

Cut-Off: May 29, 2018


Book your group rate online.

Cut-Off: May 13, 2018

Sponsored by: Texas State Christian Education Board

Questions? Contact Heath Ferguson


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