About THE MISSION OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI REGION

Mission

The UMR is a regional partnership of churches committed to loving one another for the sake of the world's redemption.

Vision

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.

Values

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.

Ministry Networks

Churches, Pastors and laity strategically working together to maximizing kingdom impact, locally, regionally, and globally

Empowered Leadership

Empowering corporate and individual initiatives to intentionally increase ministry health, growth, and multiplication


REGIONAL MINISTER DR. JIM RENKE

  JIM & KRIS RENKE at lake louise, AB, CANADA.

JIM & KRIS RENKE at lake louise, AB, CANADA.

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.

FAVORITE VERSES

Joshua 1:6-7. All about standing strong!
Romans 8:38-39. All about why we can stand strong - His love endures.

FAVORITE PAST-TIMES

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. 

FAVORITE FOOD

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

Illinois

  • Philip Gardner - Immanuel Baptist, Kankakee, IL

Iowa

  • Harrison Lippert - Steamboat Rock Baptist, Steamboat Rock, IA
  • Debby Huisinga - Aplington Baptist, Aplington, IA

Minnesota

  • Bill Gould - Apple Valley Baptist, Apple Valley, MN
  • Jen Woyke -  Faith Baptist, Minneapolis, MN

Wisconsin

  • Lynn Newlun - Grace Church, Racine, WI
  • Kent Palmer - Ridgewood Bapitst - Brookfield, WI
  • Don Amundson - Grace Church, Racine, WI

RLT Officers

  • Jen Woyke - President
  • Lynn Newlun - Treasurer
  • Harrison Lippert - Secretary