News & Events

Newsletters:      June 2023     April 2023

Richard Nations Resigns as Director of Missions

Richard Nations has resigned as the Director of Missions for the Thousand Hills Baptist Association.
The resignation is effective June 30.  He and Rachel are moving to White Hall, Illinois, where he will begin serving as the associational mission strategist for the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, Murrayville, Illinois.  

Ministry Celebration, July 27

AKA Executive Board Meeting will be at First Baptist Church Queen City on Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 pm.
The church is located on 6th and Washington Streets.

Newsletter Now Only E-mail Delivery

The Messenger is now delivered only by e-mail beginning. Budget cuts have forced this change. It costs about
$100 for each issue for printing and postage. And of course, an electronic issue delivered by email has no cost.
THBA is encouraging all the printed edition subscribers to send an e-mail address to the association office so they may
continue to receive the newsletter. 

For those without an e-mail account, is it possible their church could print a copy of the newsletter for them each
month? Send an e-mail address to to convert to an e-mail subscription.

Association Office Moved

The THBA office is now located at 802 W. Hamilton St., Kirksville. The Hamilton St. Baptist
Church is hosting the THBA office. It is located on the north wing of their education building.
It is preferable for visitors to use the north entrance of the church when coming to the office.
Mail should be directed to the new address:  802 W. Hamilton Street, Kirksville.
The phone number and e-mail address remain the same:
Phone: 660-342-7658: E-mail:
The association thanks the Fellowship Baptist Church, Kirksville for hosting the office for the past 7 years. 

Association Churches Urged to Give Used Literature to Love Packages

Love Packages is a ministry in Butler, IL which collects Christian literature and ships it to English-speaking countries around the world.  In 2020 they shipped 1,746  tons (3,492,000 pounds) of literature to countries like the Philippines, South Africa, and Ghana.  It is estimated that every piece of literature on the mission field will have an average of 20 reads.  We can help by collecting our used Sunday School literature, magazines, books (non-fiction), Bibles, tracts, devotionals, etc.  Giving Hope Ministries in Kirksville will come to your church and collect the materials that you collect.  Call Jim Maxey at 660-216-4183 for pickup.  This won’t cost you anything and is a great way to recycle materials for the Kingdom!  You can learn more about Love Packages at  

THBA Revitalization Report Accepted at Annual Meeting

The Revitalization Committee presented its report at the THBA Annual Meeting on September 11. 
It was accepted with work on development and implementation to begin.
Click here for a copy of the report.

Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly Strong Roots New Branches Campaign

Their Strong Roots New Branches campaign is to raise funds for the construction of a storm shelter and multipurpose building to replace the outdated Parker Hall. Pastor Rodney Dorr and Caleb Perkins are representing THBA on the fund raising committee.  They hope to raise $675,000.   For more information on Grand Oaks and the campaign go to 

Pastors, Alert your Students!  Missouri Baptist Heritage Scholarship 

Southwest Baptist University, Missouri Baptist University, and Hannibal-LaGrange University are cooperating with the Missouri Baptist Historical Commission to offer three $2,000 scholarships annually to students attending SBU, HLGU, or MBU.  Applicants must do research and write a paper on some aspect of Missouri Baptist history.  All papers must be submitted no later than April 1 for the fall semester of the same year.
Click here for more information and application form.

One of our own was a winner in 2021.  Ms. Delaney Sawyer, a member of FBC La Plata and sophomore at Southwest Baptist University won the scholarship with a paper on the Oath of Loyalty that was adopted as part of the revised Missouri state constitution in 1865.  The MBC Pathway noted that “she gave a strong legal and biblical defense as to why the Loyalty Oath was contradictory to the U.S. Constitution and was unbiblical in that believers should only swear their allegiance to God.  And the law was repealed thanks in much part to Missouri Baptist opposition.” 


Thousand Hills Baptist Association
802 W. Hamilton Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone: 660-342-7658
Office email: