"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

Who We Are

American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region is a resource for challenging, empowering, assisting and representing the American Baptist faith communities in Illinois (excluding Cook, DuPage and Lake counties) and Missouri as we live out our ministry together. Mission and Ministry is our purpose and nature.

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News of Ministry & Mission

A Brief Word from Our Executive Ministry Team

A word from Executive Minister, Rev. Patty King Bilyeu

Benefits of Long-Term Pastorates May 2024In an age where rapid change and short-term commitments are increasingly the norm,the value of a long-term pastorate stands out as a beacon of stability and depth in thereligious community. Currently across all denominations, the average pastorate is only3.5 years. However, across the Great Rivers

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Missionary News

GRR Means Mission Our vision is healthy churches engaged in effective Christian ministry locally and globally. We urge churches to connect with global mission efforts in ways consistent with their passion. The easiest way to support all American Baptist mission work is to contribute to United Mission. 65% of UM

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Grants & Scholarships

Great Rivers Region makes available a limited amount of grants and scholarships to member churches and clergy.
Note the application deadlines for each opportunity.

Scholarship information for 2025-2026 will be posted in January 2025.