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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 leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.