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UBA Welcomes Victor Marte

Victor MarteUBA is pleased to welcome Victor Marte, pastor of Iglesia Bautista La Tierra Prometida,as a part-time UBA Church Consultant, effective May 15.

UBA se complace en dar la bienvenida al Pastor Victor Marte, Iglesia Bautista Tierra Prometida, como el nuevo consultante Hispano en tiempo parcial a partir de Mayo 15.

Bilingual in Spanish & English, Victor will serve primarily Spanish-speaking congregations and those who wish to reach a Spanish-speaking community.

Bilingue en Español e Ingles, Victor servirá principalmente a las congregaciones hispanas y a las congregaciones que desean alcanzar a la comunidad que habla Español.

Victor currently serves on the UBA Líderes Transformadores Leadership Team and has a long history as a leader in UBA. Church Consultant Campo Londoño and Gloria, UBA Administrative Assistant, will continue to serve UBA also on a part-time basis.

El pastor Marte en la actualidad esta colaborando con Lideres Transformadores en el equipo de UBA y ha sevido en el liderazgo en la ciudad por algunos años. El hermano Londoño, Consultante en UBA y la hermana Gloria, Asistente Administrativa, continuarán sirviendo en UBA tiempo parcial.

Margie Randall Retires from Loaves & Fishes

Margie Mom to the BhutaneseAfter nine years as a volunteer serving refugees in the city, Margie Randall is stepping down as the Director of Loaves & Fishes. Margie will never "retire" from loving others. She will continue through her life to demonstrate a heart for missions and a love for refugees. Thank you, Margie, for all that you have done to love and serve refugees in the name of Christ. 

The refugees came to you with holes in their souls and you put your hand over them and the love of Jesus filled those holes and made them whole again.

Thank you, Margie Mom, for your faithful service.

Read Margie's stories of ministry.

UBA Exec Announces Retirement Date

 Tom Billings, UBA Executive DirectorUBA regretfully announces the pending retirement of Executive Director, Tom Billings, who has served the churches of Union Baptist Association in several significant roles during the past 30 years. Following the resignation of Jim Herrington, Dr. Billings served as Interim Executive Director for a year and subsequently was called as the UBA Executive Director in November of 1999. March 2018 will mark nearly 30 years in service to UBA and will also mark his effective retirement date.

- Tom Billings, UBA Executive Director

Keelan Cook: The People's Next Door

The Necessity of Community
I recently traveled to North Carolina for my seminary graduation, and while there, I was able to spend time with friends from the church I was a member of while living there. We had a great community in Raleigh and are looking forward to growing our community here in Houston. Our church in North Carolina kept us accountable, provided for us, served us, and allowed themselves to be inconvenienced for us. And we did the same for them. We are made to be in community. On the flight home to Houston, I saw an ad for an app called “Mittcute” which…

Church Planting

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