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Reaching the Nations in the City

Monday, March 27, 2023 | Guest: Jim Bickel and Matt Recker |

Why should a person consider ministry in an urban area? In this episode of RE: CHURCH Marshall Fant discusses this topic with two pastors ministering in NYC. After planting a church in Connecticut, Jim Bickel moved his family to Brooklyn, NY, to plant Bethel Baptist Fellowship. In 2024, he will have pastored that church for 25 years. Matt Recker, a native New Yorker, committed his life to the Lord after the Lord saved him while at college at Clemson University in South Carolina. He has planted three churches in NYC and currently pastors Heritage Baptist Church in Manhattan.

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant is focused on strengthening the American church through church consulting and revitalization, the interim pastor ministry, and church planting. Dr. Fant has 21 years of experience as a pastor and 20 years of experience as a business owner. Dr. Fant earned a D.Min. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Bob Jones University, and a B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University. He is certified as a church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. He is available to meet with pastors and church leadership at their church or by phone. Marshall and Gretchen have been married since 1981 and have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.