As a church on mission, Winter Park Baptist seeks to equip people to serve God wherever they are called. God’s calling can take many forms and can lead people to all sorts of places. However, one common thread is true for us all- we are called to “love God and love our neighbors” wherever God leads us. Winter Park is proud to be in ministry with the following partnerships providing support through encouragement, finances, and volunteers. To learn more about these partnerships please visit the websites below or feel free to contact these partners directly.
Cecelia ministers as an outreach worker in a struggling neighborhood in Shelby, NC. Called the “Northeast Shelby Weed and Seed” area, the neighborhood has been identified by the U.S. Department of Justice as a community in need of revitalization. By “weeding” out violence and other unhealthy problems, the hope is that the community can be “seeded” to allow for a healthier and more hopeful future.
Currently Cecelia is serving as a full-time chaplain with a local hospice center as she coordinates initial ministry initiatives in the community. First Baptist Church of Shelby is leading a remodeling project on a home in the Weed and Seed community which Cecelia will move into once it is brought up to code. We are excited to support and serve Cecelia as she serves her neighbors in Shelby, NC.
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Jay and Cokie Westfall
For the last three years Jay and Cokie Westfall have served as affiliate field personnel in Bangalore, India through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Through partnerships with local Christian non-government organizations (NGO’s) such as ProVisionAsia, Urban India Ministries, and Humanitarian India Mission, they provide ongoing medical camps, follow up care from those camps and health education to those living in urban slum villages in Bangalore and to the children living in children’s homes in Kothanur, India.
Cokie has undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, is a licensed RN in NC and has a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in missions from Campbell University Divinity School. Jay has an undergraduate degree in Medical Technology and has completed graduate work in Public Health. He is an independent regulatory compliance auditor for the pharmaceutical industry and primarily works in India although he does work in the US when they are stateside.
After completing their affiliate assignment in June of 2010 with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, they will continue their ongoing medical ministry to the slum villages and children’s homes through the support of not only their home church of the last 13 years, Winter Park Baptist but with the support of First Baptist Church-Mt Olive, NC; The Vine Church of Wilmington and First Baptist Church-Wilmington.
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Kevin and Faydra Stratton
In 2005 Kevin sensed God calling him into missions aviation. After changing careers and attending LeTourneau University in Longview, TX he earned the required skills and certification to serve missionaries through aviation support. He and Faydra now live in South Florida with their three sons Kaden, Blue and Toby.
Kevin is on staff as a pilot and mechanic with Missionary Flights International (www.missionaryflights.org) - an organization flying DC-3's out of South Florida down to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to support the Christian missionaries and organizations living in those two countries.
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