Special Forces — Cordova, TN

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In the early 1970s a family came to my home church in Illinois. One of the young people in that family is now the pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Cordova, TN. We have been with him several times and appreciate the opportunity to minister here. We were grateful for the wonderful Gospel emphasis we were able to have. We … Read More

Special Forces – Woodbridge, VA

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In 1997 our team came to Heritage Baptist Church for the first time. We have had the privilege of returning many times and have watched the church grow numerically and in physical infrastructure. The staff has a low turnover and we have been privileged to get to know many of them and now count them as friends in the ministry. … Read More

Special Forces — Mt. Pleasant, PA

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Many years ago I headed to Bible college to study for the Lord’s work. In my prayer group my freshmen year was Rick Fox. Rick is now the pastor at Mt. Carmel and it was a blessing to see him faithfully serving the Lord. The Lord worked marvelously this week. The recruiting went well, but we did have some negative … Read More

Special Forces — West Seneca, NY

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Several years ago I worked with Pastor Cline in a Christian college dormitory. It was a blessing to work with him again as the pastor at First Baptist Church. This is the third time the team has had the privilege to come and we have been blessed each time! On Friday, many of students responded to the invitation and we … Read More

Special Forces — Sheridan, MI

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Over the years we have had some wonderful weeks here at Beth Haven Baptist Church. We thank God for Pastor Crowell and the people of BHBC. They love the Lord and love souls. It is always a blessing to labor with these folks. This year the week somehow seemed the best one yet! The week was amazing! First, there were … Read More

Special Forces — South Haven, IN

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

I always love being with Pastor John Allen in South Haven, IN. We have had the opportunity to be there several times over the years. They have built a wonderful new auditorium and we appreciated the spirit of God’s people there. On Sunday afternoon a young man was riding a bike. One of the co-captains on our team invited him … Read More

Special Forces — Green Bay, WI

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In the year 2000 I moved to Wisconsin and began the process of becoming a Wisconsinite. Although I am still a Bears fan (having grown up in Chicago), you find the Green Bay Packers are “huge” up here. This summer I went to Lambeau Field in Green Bay for the first time. A few weeks later I was at Bay … Read More

Special Forces Week #1 Land O’ Lakes, FL

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

I always love coming to First Baptist Church of Land O’ Lakes. They have a passion for the clarity of the Gospel.  I appreciate the pastoral staff.  They are a great group with which to work.  DJ Willis is a former team member (he was captain of the Navy Seals in 2011) and he is now the youth pastor here.  … Read More

Special Forces Week #10 Bonita Springs, FL

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

In April of 1989, a large youth event was cancelled in South Carolina where I was scheduled to preach. That night I was asked to preach at an evangelistic youth event at a local church.  During the invitation a young man named, Marty responded to the Gospel and was saved.  That Marty is the assistant pastor now at Gospel Baptist … Read More

Special Forces Week #9 Fort Walton Beach, FL

Jim Van GelderenSpecial Forces Updates

Minutemen Ministries loves Pastor Mark Stevens and Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach.  The team was with Pastor Stevens years ago in Keystone Heights, FL. There are many memories of great things the Lord did there in Keystone Heights! Several times we have been at Calvary Baptist in Fort Walton Beach since Pastor Stevens has come.  This is the … Read More