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TRAVIS VALENZUELA: A new Christian awaiting baptism

Travis Valenzuela accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior following the Easter Sunday celebration. Welcome to the family of God, Travis!

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THE POLK FAMILY: Serving Christ in China

Jon Jamison Polk, former Stonegate Associate pastor who now lives in Hong Kong, just completed a two-week session of “Walk Through the Old Bible otLIVE”  March 4, 2018, and March 11, 2018, at St. Andrews. This live event is specifically created to help a congregation understand the big picture of the Bible. The otLIVE is a “new” version of the classic “Walk Through the Old Testament” event.

Jon, his wife Shelly and daughter Janae left Stonegate in 2016 to move to Hong Kong where Shelley is an educator and superintendent of schools. Jon is working with Chinese churches. 

In August 2010, the elders called Jon as Stonegate Community Church’s part-time associate pastor. Jon is a native Texan and a graduate of Truett Seminary. His responsibilities were to lead Wednesday night Bible study and peach when Pastor Dick Wooten was out. In addition to his pulpit responsibilities, Jon also taught adult Sunday School. The elders ordained Jon in early 2016.

While at Stonegate, Jon put his interest in drama to good use in sermons and Bible studies. He presented “Walk Through the Old Testament” and “Walk Through the New Testament” at Stonegate and other churches. “Walk Thru the Bible” is a live event specifically created to help the audience understand the big picture of the Old and New Testaments.

With Stonegate as their home base, the Polks went to China in the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014 as short-duration missionaries: Jon managed Vacation Bible Schools, and Shelley taught English to Chinese teachers.

In addition to his duties at Stonegate, Jon worked for the Waco Baptist Association and Truett Seminary at Baylor University. While at Truett, he managed “The Truett Pulpit,” a sermon background blog of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching. The Kyle Lake Center provides academically informed and ecclesiastically rich reflections on biblical texts that can jump-start weekly sermon preparation.

Shelley, a Midway ISD administrator and principal of the largest elementary school in the district, was on the praise team at Stonegate and Vacation Bible School superintendent. In Hong Kong, Shelley is a principal and the district superintendent, and Jon works with pastors from several large Chinese churches.

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TRAVIS VALENZUELA: Eagle Court of Honor, Prayer Garden

Travis Valenzuela was honored with an Eagle Court of Honor Jan. 6, 2018. More than 80 people attended the ceremony including the Beverly Hills Chief of Police on behalf of his relative Doc Anderson. Ben and Melinda provided a lunch for those attending.

Travis also received a commendation from the Baptist Scouting Association. Travis has been a member of Stonegate for most of his young life. During his journey to Eagle Scout, Travis led his fellow scouts in building a prayer garden at Stonegate, which is available to members and neighbors as a quiet place for prayer or contemplation.

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