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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH

RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH
on 139 and 62 Shady Ln
Minford Ohio
We have a nice place to gather and have fellowship on Sunday

A view of the foyer

A view of the adult class and Wednesday Bible Study

A CHURCH: Rivers of Joy Baptist Church was started by Quentin King in 1992. I believe there were sixty folks who started coming to the church when Quentin came back to Portsmouth, from Friendship, Texas. Many of the people had already known the Kings, when he started Porstmouth Baptist Church back in 1959.

Too often the church body takes on the character of the pastor, and Rivers of Joy is no different. Quentin was the pastor of his time. I don't mean to write a bio of him, because am not sure of his history. But I do know he loved the Lord. He was a man on a mission, it seems. He would do what ever it took to get people to church and put up a building, with the money that was available.

It seemed in his day, that putting up a building was not as important as getting people to come to church. Just get the building up and get the people in.

When I went to Altoona, Kansas, this was the same mindset. Get up a building the best you can and get the people to come. The building was about as poorly build as any building I have been in. Just honest. Yet in spite of the outside of the building and poorly put together inside, we had a great group of people. And we slowly, very slowly made the building a bit better. I am glad now they have a very nice new building. And still have a great group of people.

Well back to Rivers of Joy. Some preachers are driven by a big building and will go in debt by the millions to build one. Others will go the other direction, and put up a poorly designed building. And its my experience that preachers are not good building builders, but think they are.

I guess that is the reason I was never motivated to get a building up in Altoona, I desired to, but I didn't want to go into debt or have a poorly buiding either.

Today we live in a culture that most folks have a nice home. We don't see many poorly buildings today. It is not that you can worship in any building.



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Charles E. Whisnant
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