Located in Maranatha Village
In affiliation with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
Our motto . . . "Honoring God and Helping Others"
Annual Winter Bible Conferences
January 12 - 15, 2020
Topic: Practical Theology-Remember the Basics
February 9 - 12, 2020
Les J. Ollila, B.A., L.L.D., D.D.,
Practical Theology, Bob Jones University
Topic: Attributes and Promises of God in the Psalms
Dr. Les Ollila received a B.A. and an L.L.D. honorary degree from Bob Jones University, a D.D. honorary degree from FaithWay Baptist College of Michigan, and a D.D. honorary degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MN. After pastoring in South Carolina, he served 10 years as associate pastor and director of youth ministries at Calvary Baptist Church of Roseville, Michigan. For five years Les and Charlene ministered alongside Life Action Revival Ministries. Besides directing Leadership Ministries, he also authored Manna, a devotional, and the Foundation for Youth Programs. He is a nationally recognized seminar and conference speaker in the areas of leadership training, Christian educators’ conferences, family-centered church meetings, summer camps, and Christian school ministries. He served as president of Northland Baptist Bible College from 1984-2002 and Chancellor of Northland from 2003 - 2013. He is now serving as the director of Building Great Leaders, a ministry emphasizing servant leadership to pastors, churches, colleges and other Christian ministries both in the U.S. and overseas. He and his wife, Charlene, have three children and ten grandchildren.
March 9 - 12, 2020
Topic: Hebrews 11 Heroes of the Faith
ANNUAL CONCERT SCHEDULE:
January 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Sherri & Jason Nicholson
Sherri Nicholson completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in piano performance from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. She earned a Masters of Arts from Bob Jones University in Piano Pedagogy. Her experience includes teaching at Musical Impressions, Northwestern Music Academy, and operating her own studio Discovery Piano Studio as a Nationally Certified Teacher.
Throughout her career, she has actively served as a musician in churches, conferences, and presented in her local Des Moines Piano Teacher chapter. She is an active adjudicator for Des Moines, The National Federation of Music Teachers, MAACS Fine Arts, St. Paul Piano Teachers, and MTNA. Her volunteer roles include Vice President of the St. Paul Piano Teachers and the editor for the Iowa Music Teachers Magazine.
She has studied piano with many distinguished pianists Dr. Kenon Renfrow, Dr. Paul Wirth, Dr. Alan Huckleberry, and Dr. Rene Lecuona.
Her hobbies include hiking, jogging, traveling, and spending time with her husband and four daughters.
Jason Nicholson completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in voice performance from Faith Baptist Bible College. He earned a Masters of Arts in Church Music from Bob Jones University. His experience includes teaching at South Union Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa and serving as an assistant pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
Throughout his career, he has actively served as a musician in churches, conferences, and presented in his local Des Moines Elementary Professional learning group. He is an active adjudicator for Des Moines and MAACS Fine Arts. His volunteer roles include Awana leader and song leader at Ankeny Baptist Church.
His hobbies include hiking, riding his motorcycle, traveling, and spending time with his family.
February 21, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Burt Kettinger’s rich bass baritone voice has been a source of much comfort and encouragement for many years. Having grown up at the piano, his keyboard stylings add to the versatility and beauty of his concerts. Burt often hears how his music relaxes people, but most importantly people frequently tell him how God has spoken to them through his ministry and how they sense the presence of Christ in his life. This is Burt’s main goal, that Jesus Christ be glorified.
Although he wants a concert to be a concert, Burt is also committed to giving people insight into the Word of God. He loves to sing songs that either have a biblical text or are based in the scriptures. He firmly believes that those are the only words which can bring life, hope and guaranteed results.
Burt has a master’s degree in vocal performance from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.
March 20, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Peter Wright & Family
Peter Wright is the director of communications at Maranatha Baptist University and conducts the university chorale. He was an assistant pastor in youth and music at Faith Baptist Church in Danville, Illinois for 21 years before coming to Maranatha. He currently leads the youth ministry at Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown, WI where he also serves as a deacon.
The Wright family enjoys ministering together for the glory of the Lord. Their presentation is filled with a variety of musical performances including vocal, piano, trumpet and violin. Peter, Debbie, Alyssa (22), Joshua (18), and Sarah (16).