Nothing is constant but change

Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church

The past three months have been some of the longest, yet most fruitful in the life of the Fries family. In a miraculous way, you might say, God spoke to me just over three months ago and shared with me that a specific church would be calling me. Within 3 days of that experience the church called and in the time since Tracy and I have prayed, sought counsel and finally concluded that God was moving us to a new ministry with this new church. As such, tonight during our church’s monthly business meeting, I announced that I will be resigning effective the end of the month as Pastor at Missouri Valley Baptist Church.

In almost 5 years at Missouri Valley Tracy and I made a commitment that we would not seek out a new position. We decided that we would not circulate a resume and we would not “candidate” for a new place of service. Our commitment was to serve at MVBC until God pursued us to go elsewhere. To be honest, we really didn’t expect to leave MVBC, at least not for a long time. God has pursued us in this experience, however, and this call is unmistakable and as such we are excited about the prospects that God has for us. We are also excited about what God is doing at Missouri Valley. We remain convinced that if God is leading us elsewhere, that He has tremendous plans in store for MVBC.

On October 1st I will assume my duties as the new Senior Pastor at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO. Our current church is considered a St. Joseph church as well, although the two churches are about 30 minutes apart. I preached at FBBC a week and a half ago and Tracy and I were overwhelmed with the hospitality and passion from the people at FBBC. They voted with over 97% in the affirmative to extend a call to us, and as I said, we have accepted.

Though we are very excited about this new ministry, this move will be a difficult one, as well. As I said, we had no plans to leave MVBC. We would not have done so if we were not absolutely certain that God was orchestrating the move. It does not, however, lessen our love for the people at MVBC and our passion for the ministry in that area. God is moving us to a new place of service, but our love for MVBC will continue to be strong. This unexpected separation from our friends at MVBC will not be the easiest of tasks. God is faithful, however, and we trust that His leadership is sufficient.

Additionally, if you would like to view the message I preached while I was there last Sunday morning, you can do so by clicking here. I would recommend, however, that you be prepared because it’s a sizable download.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

17 thoughts on “Nothing is constant but change

  1. As hard as it is knowing that I won’t be seeing you every Sunday (unless we decide to make that two minute trip over to Frederick for evening worship, that is!), and as uncertain as the future appears to be at MVBC right now (even knowing God’s in complete control), I’m really excited for you… God’s gonna do great things through your ministry at Frederick!

    Personally, I’m really glad God decided to keep you in St. Joe… your friendship and brotherhood mean a ton to me, and I’m glad that relationship won’t have to be from afar.

  2. Micah,

    Blessings on you as you change churches. Jim Hardwicke was a dear friend of mine back during our days together at UT-Austin. He was my action group leader in Campus Crusade for Christ my freshman year and I learned a lot about personal evangelism and discipleship from his mentoring. I trust that your ministry at Frederick Blvd. will be greatly blessed by the Lord.

  3. Thank you Gary. Believe it or not, this is an interesting time for us in that my wife was led to Christ at FBBC as a young teenager, and was baptized by Jim. Jim and FBBC have been special friends to our ministry for a while now and I’m looking forward to seeing what God does through our new partnership together.

  4. Micah,
    I praise God for his providential care in moving your family to this ministry. I am very excited to see how God will use you in the years ahead. Be humble, be faithful, and keep your eyes on Jesus.
    Love ya brother.

  5. Micah,
    Michelle and I are delighted that God has brought you and Tracy to lead and serve the people we have loved for so many years. We know that they and Frederick’s future will be in good hands. We are grateful to for Dr. Jones and his faithful shepherding of the flock during the interim. And we thank God for the rest of the church staff, the elders, and the pastor search committee who have carried a heavy load during the past year. Micah, we will pray for you and the church every day. And Gary Snowden, thanks for the kind words and your continued faithfulness to Jesus after all these years. I, too, have great memories of those UT-Austin days and our times together.
    Jim Hardwicke

  6. I anticipate God is going to do some amazing things at Frederick Blvd. I’m excited for you and your family, Micah. Frederick Blvd is blessed by God to have you and your family in their fellowship. My family’s prayers are with you! Blessings, Joe

  7. Kevin,

    No need to feel sorry for me and MVBC… we’ll be fine. God’s pretty clearly behind all of this, and I’m sure He’s got great plans for both churches.

    Prayers during the time of transition would be good, though. MVBC especially needs them in these pivotal early weeks as we’re selecting an interim pastor and a search committee, and Micah and FBBC will need them as they get to know each other and start discovering God’s plan for their church together.

  8. Kevin-

    Thanks man, I appreciate it.


    Thank you. Your excitement is contagious.

    We too believe God has big things in store. We’ll have to see what that means, though. It should be exciting to watch!

  9. Micah,

    Warm congratulations on the new ministry. If a church can be judged in any measure by the quality of its leaders, then I know FBBC is one blessed church–Jim Hardwicke, then Micah Fries. Best wishes with the transition.

    In Christ,

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