welcome rev. dr. kilbourn

The ABC Dakotas has called Rev. Dr. Aaron Kilbourn to be their next Region Executive Minister.  Rev. Dr. Kilbourn's term of service as Region Executive Minister will begin June 1, 2023. 

Rev. Dr. Aaron Kilbourn is an MDiv graduate from Sioux Falls Seminary and has a PhD in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity. He has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Parker, SD for 21 years. In recent years, he has helped develop and teach certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs at Colorado Christian University’s Lee Strobel Center. He has also served as a faculty mentor for Kairos University in Sioux Falls, SD and has enjoyed serving on the ABC of the Dakotas Region Policy Board.

Rev. Dr. Kilbourn has great joy in seeing men and women come to understand their God-given gifts and become equipped to serve their community and ministry context for the glory of God and the going out of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loves the Scripture from Jude 3, “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”

He is married to Michelle, and they have a daughter and son, Aubrey and Zack. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis and trying to avoid getting beat at basketball by Zack and trying new lunch spots with Aubrey.

church of hope visit

On December 10-11, 2022 a few members of the Church of Hope Steering Committee had an opportunity to worship with Church of Hope congregants at the South Dakota Women's Prison.   This was a great encouragement to both the congregation and visitors. 

Picture shows steering committee members, friends of Church of Hope and ABC Dakotas staff members, who also worshipped at FBC Pierre. 

Church of Hope Steering Committee & Friends

Camp Judson Capital Campaign

Camp Judson is currently in a Capital Funds Campaign to construct a new Roger Williams Hall.  To date pledges of $1.7 million has been pledged and given toward a goal of $4 million.  The campaign steering committee continues to look for persons who will make leadership gifts toward this project, and welcomes all gifts from individuals and congregations.  Watch the video above for a description of the need for this new facility.  Click here for more information on how to give.  

FBC Bell Fourche
FBC Huron

churches of the region

In this section of our Region News we will feature photos of some of our ABC Dakotas churches that have been recently
visited by a member of the Region Staff.  Watch this space as your congregation may appear soon. 

(Picture above left to right: FBC Bell Fourche, FBC of Huron, and FBC Pierre.

welcome pastor Chris Gromis

The First Baptist Church in Watertown, SD, installed their new pastor, Chris Gromis, on Sunday, October 16, 2022.  We welcome Chris his wife, Karen, and their three children to the ABC Dakotas, and pray God will bless their family and ministry!

welcoming a new member church into our fellowship! 

The Karen Baptist Church of Aberdeen was officially welcomed into the fellowship of ABC Dakotas on May 20, 2020.  Pastor Nu Pay and his congregation have been meeting at First Baptist Aberdeen for several years, but still wanted to officially become a part of the ABC Dakotas family.  The small group pictured recently worked to help the church become incorporated in the State of South Dakota.

We welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ of the Karen Baptist Church of Aberdeen!