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Ben and Cindy Bannister are the new pastors at the Stites Baptist Church.
As of Tuesday, June 30, 2015
STITES — Stites Baptist Church recently welcomed a new pastor.
Ben Bannister, a Louisiana native, and his wife, Cindy, a native of Ohio, came to Stites from Wyoming where they have spent the last four years.
“We’re looking forward to seeing God do only what he can do,” Pastor Bannister said. “We want to see this church revitalized and we want to see this community reached with the love of Christ.”
Bannister said the church will be involved in a variety of activities this summer, including having a float in the Stites Days parade, a free yard sale, vacation Bible school, a barbecue on Labor Day weekend and food distribution to those in need (the third Thursday of every month, 11 a.m.). He also said the church has resumed its worship services Sunday mornings, 11 a.m., and will continue Sunday evening services, 6 p.m.
“We believe that God wants us to minister to those in our community,” Bannister remarked. “And it should be done in such a way that the church will be missed if it disappears. That’s the most meaningful way to let people know that Jesus loves them.”
Bannister said the church has a YouTube channel and a Facebook page so the community can keep track of what is going on at Stites Baptist.
“We want people to hear that Jesus died for them so they can have a relationship with God,” he said. “We also want them to know what’s going on so they can be a part of it.”
Banister asked that everyone consider where they might be involved.
“God said those who believe in Jesus are a part of the body of believers,” he said. “And that means they all have a role to play in God’s work in this world and in our community. That’s why I am asking people in the Stites and Kooskia areas to come out and see where God would like for them to be involved. Don’t just coast through life. Leave a godly legacy for those whom you know and a better world awash with the gospel for future generations.”