The third weekend in September holds a special place in the heart of the Creamer family. Pam and I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin on the third weekend in September 1986. We had spent 10 weeks that summer in Wilmar, Minnesota with a program through our convention and seminary called Church Planting Praxis. That program was designed to introduce seminary students to church planting. We spent those weeks gathering information and looking for an opportunity to plant a church in that city.
Just after returning to Fort Worth to complete my last semester of seminary, we were contacted by Bobby Graham, the Director of Missions of the Central Baptist Association in Madison about considering two small congregations in Fort Atkinson and Milton, Wisconsin. Pursuing that opportunity took us to those southeastern Wisconsin locations on that September weekend in 1986.
After serving in that area for several years, we were then contacted by Valley Baptist Church about the possibility of serving here. It was the third weekend of September 2000 when we came to meet with the church and received and accepted the call to serve at Valley.