December 24th @ 6:00 pm


Pastor Keith Kilburn

Keith is a native of Pennsylvania, where he enlisted in the USAF after high school.  He spent 22 years in the Air Force, with his final assignment in NATO headquarters in Belgium. Of his 22 years, 12 of them were spent in Europe, where he met his wife Martina.Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 12.13.01 PM

While in the Air Force Keith came to know the Lord and immediately recognized a call on his life to serve the Lord as a preacher and teacher of  God’s word. He spent the next 20 years exercising his gifts by providing pulpit supply to churches in the US and Europe. He taught many sunday school classes, taught a bible class in the county jail for four years, and held an interim pastorate for 9 months.

Being called as pastor of Elim Baptist Church is the realization of God’s calling that began over 20 years ago.

Keith and Martina homeschool their five children.

What is the church?

When I was dating my wife, she asked me how I would be able to promise to love her forever, when I didn’t know what she would look like in 50 years. I had to think about the question to give an answer that wasn’t flip or pat. What I came up with was this, I love who she is inside, her soul or spirit, and that won’t change. The church is the body of Christ, and the Holy Spirit is our spirit. Christ is our head, or soul. Changes come in the body. Some of them are exciting, like the first steps of a toddler, or the first fuzz on a young man’s lip. Others are distressing or frightening, like an arthritic wrist or beginning to forget things. Do we love the church because of its soul and spirit, or were we just in love with its body? If the body seems to change, do we fall away?

In order to have a strong body, we need to love the health of the body more than we love our comfort. We need to look out for the special needs of each part of the body. What can you do this week to strengthen another member of the body of Christ?

The Lord of the Harvest

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
(Matthew 9:35-38 ESV)

Jesus told his disciples to pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest. He said this because he had compassion for the crowds. He wanted them to pray that laborers would be sent out into his harvest.

  1. Do you pray for the work of the church, that the Lord of the harvest would send out laborers into his harvest?
  2. Are you an answer to prayer, a laborer ready to be sent into the harvest field?

Consider how God would use you in his church today, and this week. On Wednesday evening we learned how the Apostle Paul called himself a δοῦλος, a slave in the service of the gospel. Are you living as a slave, or a volunteer, in Christ’s service?

Elder Examination 2013

Elim had the distinct pleasure of seeing two men aspire to the office of elder. After a period of prayer, much study, and directed interaction with the congregation, it was time for the public examination on Saturday, July 20th. The men were questioned in their doctrine, use of the Scriptures, and practice on how they will serve the local representation of the body of Christ at Elim Baptist Church. Many were in attendance, listening intently and asking follow-up questions of the elder candidates. After the lengthy time of examination, and seeking response and concerns from the attending congregation, it was recommended unanimously by our existing elder/deacons that the men be ordained as elders. We celebrated with food and fellowship, sharing in God’s goodness to provide godly leadership to our church. The ordination took place during our worship service on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Now, This is What You Call “Horse Sense”!

There was a cowboy who had come to faith in Christ, and though he was faithful in many areas of service, he was always a rather quiet man when it can to being in front of others. When he was asked about his apparent shyness, he put it very well when he answered with the following:

The Heart of What is Truly Important

Orville and Wilbur Wright had tried repeatedly to fly a heavier-than-air craft. Finally one December day, off the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they did what man had never done before. They actually flew! Elated, they wired their sister Katherine,

Awana Awards Night 2013

Our Awana Clubbers worked hard all year, memorizing God’s Word which will be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path (Psalm 119:105) all of their lives. Parents and clubbers enjoyed the festivities!

The TRUE Jesus!

When I first moved to Rockford, I went to a laundromat to do my laundry. I got to know the owners and some of the other regular customers during my visits to the laundromat. There was a husband and wife old enough to be my parents who were regulars at the laundromat, and we had several discussions on biblical topics. They claimed to be Christians and appeared to have beliefs that were biblical. Read more…

Awana Clubs at Elim!

Scenes from recent Awana nights at Elim Baptist Church: