Volume 9 | September 30, 2021

Released: Thursday, September 30, 2021

VAIB | Virginia Voice

Volume 9 | September 30, 2021

ONE Voice for Liberties Conference – New Location – New Blessings!

Having the ONE Voice for Liberties Conference on just one day and moving the conference outside of Richmond this year was a success! Each service was well attended and had a fantastic spirit. Time and again attendees expressed their appreciation for Pastor Heath Spivey and Crossroads Baptist Church in Fishersville, who were wonderful hosts. Volunteers from the church worked tirelessly to meet every need and provided wonderful meals for lunch and dinner.

Each session was a blessing:

  • Tim Barton of WallBuilders provided much needed background and understanding of our Constitution and its connection to the Bible.
  • David Gibbs III of the NCLL spoke to religious liberty issues being faced by churches and individual Christians.
  • Moderator Paul Mitchell started the afternoon with a passionate message “Old Paths for a New Generation.”
  • Dr. Rudy Holland provided an analysis of current events in light of the book of Ezekiel.

Many in attendance expressed how encouraged they were. I’m so thankful to our speakers and those who provided music for our conference. A special thanks to Mark Houser for again leading the music and providing a moving solo in the evening service. Next year, Pastor Carl Goodman has agreed to host the conference at Lakeside Baptist Church in Salem. It will again be a one-day format and is scheduled for Thursday, September 22. Stay tuned for more information!

Elections are November 2 – “I voted!”

Voters will cast their votes for Virginia House of Delegates, Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General; and many localities will vote on various local offices. My wife and I, like many others, voted early. While November 2 is scheduled for in-person voting, you can still vote early. If you’re registered to vote, go to your local registrar’s office with an acceptable form of ID and VOTE.

Pastor, you likely have church members who need to register and are questioning whether or not to vote. I urge you to hold voter registrations over the next several Sundays, explain the importance of voting, and offer to help folks go vote, especially older folks who may be afraid due to the coronavirus. Every vote is crucial in this election.

You can go online at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation to:

  • Register to vote
  • Check your registration status
  • Find your polling place, if you want to vote in person
  • Apply to vote absentee by mail

Thank You, Steering Committee!

I want to express my deepest thanks to the pastors who serve on the VAIB Steering Committee, especially to the outgoing moderator Paul Mitchell. Thank you for your heart and passion for Christ!

These men volunteer their service and have done an admirable job in overseeing all aspects of this ministry, as well as encouraging me in the face of challenges. Let them know you’re praying for them as they help me in the coming year:

  • Moderator Ray Haskett of Calvary Baptist Church, Colonial Heights
  • Vice Moderator John Hester of Calvary Baptist Church, Bedford
  • Secretary-Treasurer Erik Hastings of Truth Baptist Church, Mechanicsville
  • David Carroll of Sharon Baptist Church, Hampton
  • Greg Corcoran of Battlefield Baptist Church, Warrenton
  • Carl Goodman of Lakeside Baptist Church, Salem
  • Frank Hall of Valley Baptist Church, Stuarts Draft
  • Jeff Hill of Vision Baptist Church, Ruther Glen
  • Brent Hockema of Smith Creek Baptist Church, New Market
  • Deron Jackson of Heritage Baptist Church, Chesterfield
  • Tim Kyser of Open Bible Baptist Church, Chatham
  • Paul Mitchell of Wayside Baptist Church, Chesapeake
  • Heath Spivey of Crossroads Baptist Church, Fishersville
  • Ralph VanNess of Calvary Baptist Church, Ordinary

With your help and the help of these men, I know VAIB will continue to find great success in the days ahead fulfilling its mission for the churches of the Commonwealth.

God bless!

Rev. Eddy Aliff
Executive Director

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