Your 2016 Officer Nominees

After a thorough nominating and election process, we are pleased to announce your 2016 officer nominees:

For the position of Deacon:

Steve Donnolly

Zach Shepherd

Mark Tinnes

For the position of Clerk:

Mike York

For the position of Financial Secretary:

Steve Donnolly

For the position of Treasurer:

Duane Davis

For the position of Sunday School Superintendent:

Mark Tinnes

*Please Note: You will be voting on only one person for the position of deacon.

The Annual Election of Officers will be held on Sunday, December 6th, immediately following the Morning Worship Service. The vote will be held by secret ballot. All elected officers will then take office on January 1, 2016. Please be in prayer concerning the vote and for God’s will to be done!

My Second Year as Pastor


I have been the Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church for over two years now. In that time frame, I have been stretched in some unique ways and have gone through many growing pains. I have also learned some unique lessons along the way, and I would like to share some of those with you:

1) God uses sinful, busted, and broken people for His glory. Yes, I’m describing myself in this statement and not anyone else. In fact, the more and more time I spend in the ministry, the more amazed I am that God would put me into the ministry with all of my sins and shortcomings. I still struggle with doubt, fear, and self-pity issues; but God, for His own divine purposes, is still using me in the ministry. Truly my sufficiency does not come from me, but from God (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

2) People and circumstances reveal the lingering idols of our heart. I have learned that people and circumstances don’t make us do anything, they simply reveal what’s already resident in our hearts. Check out this list: the pull towards comfort and convenience, the need to be liked, the desire for increasing influence, and the longing for recognition. Yup. All idols of my heart that have been clearly revealed to me this past year; and God has used different people and circumstances to showcase these issues to me. I praise God for this uneasy grace in my life that makes me more like His Son – Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

3) The primary attribute of an effective pastor is patience. I am beginning to understand the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Thessalonian believers to be “patient with them all” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Quite simply and plainly, people demand patience. I have learned that when it comes to conflict in the church, sometimes it’s a knowledge issue…sometimes it’s a cultural issue…sometimes it’s a personality issue…sometimes it’s a sin issue…and sometimes it’s a combination of these things, but to decipher where the struggle is demands gobs and gobs of patience. Yes, I have prayed for patience this past year and God has answered this prayer of mine with a plethora of slowdowns and speed bumps. Take it from me, be careful with your prayer life! God just might answer your prayers 🙂  

4) My wife is still awesome. And I’m not just saying this to round out this list with a nice even number…I mean it. God has blessed me with an incredible wife and ministry partner. I have learned that the pastor’s wife (though not an official role or officer in the church) carries a tremendous amount of burden and stress. I thank God for giving to me a wife who is truly clothed with strength and honor (Proverbs 31:25). My wife continues to bless my life and ministry with encouragement, humor, and fun. Just last night she told me to “loosen up” and “just let it go”…and then we danced together…in the living room…most appropriately…but what an awesome wife I have.

Prairie Flower, it continues to be an honor to be your Pastor. I find it to be a most beautiful challenge and (at the end of the day) an incredible joy. Thank you for allowing me this incredible privilege. God bless you. I do love you guys. See you soon.


Timeline of Events for 2016

Plan Ahead #2

Below you will find some tentative items for the 2016 calendar year:

Sunday, January 3, 2016 – Mini-Series on the Mission and Vision of PFBC

Sunday, January 10, 2016 – Mission/Vision Q & A/ Potluck with Annual Member’s Meeting

Sunday, January 17, 2016 – Launching “Wisdom from James” Sermon Series/Name Tag Sunday/Communion Sunday/Relaunch of Growth Groups

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – Baby Dedication Service

Monday, February 15, 2016 – Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – Pastor Jon’s Vacation

Sunday, March 6, 2016 – Relaunch of Friendship Bible Study

Sunday, March 27, 2016 – Easter Breakfast (9 AM) and Easter Celebration Service (10 AM)

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Communion Sunday/Potluck with Quarterly Member’s Meeting

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Special Missionary Speaker

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – AWANA Grand Finale

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Special Missionary Speaker

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Launching “Wisdom from Ecclesiastes” Sermon Series/Baptism Sunday/Name Tag Sunday

Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Pastor Dave’s Vacation/Pastor Jon’s 3 Part Series on “Wisdom from Proverbs”

June 2016 – August 2016 – Break from Friendship Bible Study and Growth Groups…Relaunch of Summer Nights of Prayer/Growth Groups Training (Offered Twice in the Summer)/New Member’s Class (Offered Twice in the Summer)

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – Communion Sunday/Potluck with Quarterly Member’s Meeting

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – VBS (Pastor Jon is the Program Chair for this event)

Monday, August 1, 2016 – Saturday, August 6, 2016 – Pastor Dave at Camp Fairwood as Family Camp Speaker (Pastor Jon will be preaching on Sunday, August 7th)

Sunday, September 4, 2016 – Special Missionary Speaker – Luke Snell

Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Special Q & A On the Relationship Between Human Tragedy and the Goodness of God

Sunday, September 18, 2016 – November 13, 2016 – Launching “Wisdom Access: A Conversation on Prayer” Sermon Series/Name Tag Sunday/Relaunch of Friendship Bible Study/Relaunch of Growth Groups

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Communion Sunday/Potluck with Quarterly Member’s Meeting

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Nomination Process Begins for the Annual Election of Officers

Sunday, November 13, 2016 – January 8, 2017 – Break from Growth Groups

Sunday, November 20 and 27, 2016 – Thanksgiving Sermon Special

December 2016 – February 2017 – Break from Friendship Bible Study

Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Christmas Sermon Series Launch/Annual Election of Officers