Big Changes Coming to the GRR Website!

Are you having difficulty finding the information you need? Do you get lost navigating through all of the valuable information available on the GRR site? Changes are coming that will help organize and streamline our website. Stay tuned for updates!

Baptist History and Polity Course

Are you a history buff, and want to know where American Baptists came from and how we got to be who we are today? Well, here is your best opportunity.

Are you interested in becoming a Baptist minister, and wonder where to start? Are you ordained from another church background and want to be recognized as an American Baptist minister? This course is required for transfer of credentials, or for graduation from the Alternative Ministerial Education program of the ABCGRR.

Dr. Adrian Lamkin, an expert in Baptist history and a retired history professor, who is now serving an Area III church, will lead this class in an exciting tour through our past, at the ABCGRR Resource Center in Springfield on August 16-17, 2019. The cost is $50, plus a book. You will need to provide your own meals and overnight lodging, if needed.

Date: Fri. August 16 – Sat. August 17, 2019
Time: Beginning Friday at 3:30 p.m. and finishing Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Place: American Baptist Resource Center 3940 Pintail Drive Springfield IL 62711
Instructor:   Dr Adrian Lamkin, Doctorate in Baptist History (Southern Baptist Seminary), Louisville KY
Fee: $50.00 plus textbook

Register today! (PDF) For questions about the class or about Alternative Ministerial Education, contact Paul Maitland at or (309) 691-3387.

Areas 1 & 3 Leadership Changes

The GRR has learned that some churches in Areas I and III had not heard of the transition that took place in the past few months. Rex Rogers retired early because of a need to move to a better climate for his wife. Rex's last day with us was the end of June. He and Connie have already moved to their new home in Tennessee. They are still trying to sell their home in Belvidere, so would appreciate prayers for that. We will miss him tremendously.

Please be in prayer for us as we seek to work through the transition. Keep in mind that the area assistants for these two areas, Dan Siems and John Kress, are wonderful people. If you have special needs please feel free to get in touch with them, or Paul Gibson. Read Paul's July 11 letter to Area's I & III (PDF)

GRR Calendar

Online Calendar – Need to have a GRR related date changed? Contact Nancy at the regional office.

Regional Meeting Cycle

2019 begins our New Regional Meeting Cycle. Note scheduled dates for your area's gathering

Mission Trips:  Costa Rica 2019–2020

John Grisham invites you to prayerfully consider joining our Costa Rican brothers and sisters as you discover their ministry and our partnership of mission with them. Read more...

ABC-USA Planning Calendar

Download the ABC-USA planning calendar.