About THE MISSION OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI REGION
The UMR is a regional partnership of churches committed to loving one another for the sake of the world's redemption.
Through this regional partnership, we endeavor to strengthen the witness of each congregation and provide a greater testimony of God's work in the world.
The Authority of God's word
Believing that the Scriptures are the inspired truth of God and direct our beliefs, commitments and activities.
THE PRIMACY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
The local church is at the center of God's plan to bring redemption to the world through faith in Jesus Christ.
sharing in the mission of god
Every member of every church is a sent one and is intended to participate in God's mission through a life of discipleship.
Churches, Pastors and laity strategically working together to maximizing kingdom impact, locally, regionally, and globally
Empowering corporate and individual initiatives to intentionally increase ministry health, growth, and multiplication
REGIONAL MINISTER DR. JIM RENKE
I'm a native of Sacramento, California. Kris and I have been married for 30+ awesome years. And we are blessed with 4 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 2 granddaughters and a grandson!
I've had opportunity to serve in several different church settings, from Iowa to California and now live in suburban Chicago. I've served as a solo pastor, church planter/pastor and in multi-staff ministries. I also taught several years as an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute, my alma mater.
I graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.
FAVORITE MINISTRY ACTIVITY
Sharing a vision for the new life God gives in Christ and motivating people to pursue it by faith.
Joshua 1:6-7. All about standing strong!
Romans 8:38-39. All about why we can stand strong - His love endures.
Taking a long ride on the motorcycle. My longest trip so far is 4934 miles, from Illinois to California and back. I also enjoy doing odds and ends with Kris around the house. And traveling is always fun. Maui is a favorite place.
I love food differently now. It's become my source of health. So no more junk. But that being said, my wife makes an awesome rice and curry dish.
FAVORITE BOOKS (Besides The Bible)
- Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
- Center Church by Tim Keller
MY HOPE FOR THE UPPER-MISSISSIPPI REGION
To see our partnership truly live out the love Christ called us to (love for one another) in order to invigorate and authenticate our witness in the world.
Regional Leadership Team
- David Steinhart - Forest Park Baptist, Forest Park, IL
- Orville Erickson - Greenhill Baptist, Cedar Falls, IA
- Debby Huisinga - Aplington Baptist, Aplington, IA
- Bill Gould - Apple Valley, MN
- Jen Woyke - Faith Baptist - Minneapolis, MN
- Lynn Newlun - Grace Church, Racine, WI
- Kent Palmer - Ridgewood Bapitst - Brookfield, WI
- Don Amundson - Grace Church, Racine, WI
- Jen Woyke - President
- Lynn Newlun - Treasurer
- Orville Erickson - Secretary