Centerpointe Baptist Church
Heston Blake worked in a 4-star restaurant in downtown Greenville, SC, during college. He built a relationship with the head chef, and after many months of witnessing and praying, the chef came to know the Lord. Because of this experience, Heston decided to serve in full-time ministry, sharing God's Word and reaching others for Him. Heston decided attended Bob Jones University Seminary and completed an MA in Biblical Counseling in 2007 before going on to finish an MDiv in 2010.
Heston’s wife, Rebekah, has had many opportunities to participate in church planting. Her parents began a church when she was in junior high school, and she has had many ministry responsibilities such as serving in the nursery and in Kids for Truth. Rebekah previously coached junior varsity girls’ basketball at a local public high school. She plays a behind-the-scenes role helping Heston in many ministries that he is involved with at Centerpointe.
Cross View Church
God cultivated and increased the Marinos’ heart for ministry while they attended Palmetto Baptist Church. John and Kristin are thrilled to have PBC as their sending church as they fulfill the mission of the church of making disciples and, by extension, planting churches.
Since arriving in Orrville, the Marinos have had numerous opportunities to engage the community with the gospel. They disciple through weekly Bible studies with church members, community college students, and many other contacts. John is on a rotation to minister at the local hospital, they are involved with the local children’s home, and they also intentionally reach out to new homeowners in the area. The Marinos have reached out through radio and plan on conducting television ads in the near future. As a church, Cross View’s purpose is to glorify God by exalting Christ and magnifying the gospel for the joy of all nations. It is the Marinos’ desire to see people place their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and to grow in their walk with Him as a result of this church plant.
They ask for prayer specifically for wisdom as John preaches God’s Word and as they point people to the Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray for souls to come to Christ as they minister in an environment that has embraced a brand of cultural Christianity which has no apparent knowledge of the gospel. Pray for God to be glorified.