Hi there! We're Tres and Betty Cummins. We both come from small towns in Texas (Tres from Sinton, Betty from Rotan) so we're comfortable being in churches where we get to know people better than in "mega-churches". For about 40 years, we were very involved members of another Baptist church in San Antonio and late 2019, we decided to make a change and visited BBC. After attending worship services and several Sunday Schools classes (all of them were super), we decided to join BBC and after attending Bulverde Basics class with Pastor Paul, we officially joined in 2020.
Of course, COVID hit right after that so getting to know people became more challenging. But through that experience, God worked throughout BBC to help us remain engaged with our Sunday School class and bonding with people.
We have experienced tons of bonding opportunities at BBC from Wednesday night activities, Sunday School, Sunday morning worship and other scheduled events. Betty is the church Treasurer and I'm a member of the Security Team.
We're excited for what God has in store for BBC as He has equipped our church with a staff that loves God and loves this congregation!
Bob and I finally made it to Texas in 2013! Soon after, we started our search to find our home church. The first church we visited, we attended a few months and it just was not a good fit for us. After a good amount of time, we were still pretty unrecognized by anyone we ran into at church. The next church we tried, we attended for eight months. Although we liked the church, we really never felt like we belonged to the community. One of our neighbors, who we like to call our church recruiter, invited us to her church, Bulverde Baptist. From the first time we attended, we were greeted by a group in the foyer who made us feel extremely welcome. We decided to give it a second try and were shocked when we walked in and they called us by name. Eight years have passed and we love our church, we are strongly committed to our church body, and love learning about our Savior Jesus Christ. We thank God for our church and our church family.
Becky and I joined Bulverde Baptist Church way back in 1994 and Becky’s sister was the director of the GA’s (Girl’s in Action) and had asked her to volunteer. We felt that this was the place God wanted us to join and raise our kids (2 met their spouse at BBC and all are believers and amazing adults). We immediately got connected and BBC became family.
Through the years we have had the opportunity to serve with many Godly people in many different capacities from leading choirs, coaching Upwards, serving numerous committees, teaching adults, youth and children and to go as sponsors on youth retreats, youth and children’s camp and mission trips. We have seen many changes through the years, have been blessed and stretched, but the one thing that doesn’t change is God’s faithfulness.
Bulverde Baptist has been a great place to raise a family and develop long lasting friendships as we continue to enjoy meeting new friends and serving alongside members of our BBC family.
We are a military family that moved approximately 5 times over a 10-year span prior to returning to San Antonio. As per our typical routine, we started attending the surrounding community churches; including a large church we attended the last time we were stationed here. We enjoyed all the churches we visited, but never felt a true connection to the church community.
After a few weeks, our neighbors invited our kids to attend His Kids and I decided to attend the Wednesday night classes as well. I was impressed by the sense of community at the church and the commitment to building a Christ-centered foundation for the children. My wife and I started attending Sunday services shortly afterward, and both of us felt a calling to become more involved in our new church community. I was able to volunteer with the church safety team. My wife had the opportunity to work in the nursery and eventually within the weekly Mother’s Day Out program.
By becoming involved in the church community, we have been able to develop a circle of influence that continues to positively shape our lives and our walk with Christ. We have developed long-lasting friendships that we lean on for advice and comfort during life’s struggles. Most importantly, our children have found a circle of influence that has supported their decisions to follow Christ.
After may years of traveling, it has truly been a blessing to find a church where we feel like we belong, have the ability to grow, and the opportunity to invest in others as we continue this journey.
Phyllis and I were visiting area churches in the summer of 2019 to find a place we thought we could fit-in with the congregation, a place that we felt we could contribute by serving with what abilities we had and where we understood what the church based its doctrine on.
On one of our earliest visits to BBC, a church member approached Phyllis and said she had overheard her talk of one of our children’s strained relationship with his family and our inability to see our grandchildren. The lady was bold enough to share with Phyllis her own familial relationship burden and an immediate bond was developed and offers of prayers for healing of our emotional problems were offered.
Needless to say, this was an impactful occurrence that helped us to continue visiting and believing that this was the Church God was leading us to. Someone’s boldness to share and comfort was the gift that keeps on giving.
That was 3 years ago. But, more recently God has put us in what we think is one of the most friendly, caring and spiritually tuned small groups that we’ve ever been in. The talented teachers in this group provide us with lessons that guide and encourage us to seek God in everything we do. And of course, In our class/small group we share concerns which usually revolve around health challenges, family relations and keeping one another informed on what help is needed in the Church and elsewhere. The tools we utilize to help resolve these concerns are the abilities and resources God has blessed each of us with, but our most effective tool is prayer!
Over the past month we have seen God’s gracious and miraculous response to our prayers. It is encouraging to see families who trust in God and who support one another in the trials of life. It is also exciting to feel so assured of God’s presence and power in this place.
We are so thankful that we were led to BBC and look forward to serving God through our participation in our Church.
Jerri and I moved to Spring Branch in January 2004. At the time we were long time members of a Baptist Church inside of 1604. Even though we had to travel an hour each Sunday to and from Church, we did not want to leave our great friends. We were also involved in many committees, missions, and the music ministry for many years and hated to give all of that up.
In 2019 we finally decided to make a change and started looking for a Southern Baptist Church closer to our home in Spring Branch. In early 2020, after visiting Bulverde Baptist Church, we invited Pastor Paul to our home to discuss the beliefs of Bulverde Baptist. We were very excited to hear that this Church believed what we believed! We joined BBC in early 2020 and went through the new member class taught by Pastor Paul. The class solidified our belief that this was truly a Southern Baptist Church.
The Church made it through Covid and is coming back. God is working in our lives and we could not be more excited about what is happening at BBC. The entire staff seems to be genuinely interested in being God-centered. Pastor Paul and his wife are great Christians and serve God together through this church. The people we have met at BBC are caring people that always jump in to help in any situation. Our Sunday School class is the best! Jerri is currently on the Decorating Committee and works as a Greeter on Sunday mornings. I was on the Search Committee for our new Associate Pastor and also am a member of the Security Team.
We both love BBC and know that we all live in a mission field. There are unchurched people all around us. We could not be more excited about the future of BBC in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!
In Genesis chapter 18, we read about the GREAT Mercies of God, but in Psalm 145:9 we read about the Tender Mercies of God - “Truly, the Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works”.
Tender Mercies? those little acts of kindness received by other believers. Well Sharon and I have truly experienced so many tender mercies this past year as members of BBC. The tender mercies we receive from those in our Anchor Sunday School, as they lift us up in Sharon’s walk with cancer. Oh, how we love our church, as it provides to us not only the opportunities to serve our Savior but provides us with sound and doctrinal preaching and gifted teachers that help us grow in the Lord. Praise His Name
God has my 6 from the bottom of the valley; now along my way back up the mountain top. The Lord has been with me the entire trip. My provider and protector when I needed him the most. And now I'm blessed with the opportunity to protect and serve for The Lord and his Flock at Bulverde Baptist Church.
A year ago today, on August 31st 2021 I found myself in the deepest part of the valley when my wife Tina Waddell passed away after battling Covid over a month. Covid swept through and devastated our household and almost took me as well. Tina was my everything, my life, truly a gift from God, the perfect wife. On days when I worked double shifts and Monroe State Penitentiary in Monroe, Washington, and was too tired to go to church.......Tina made sure I got up and went. And I was glad I did.
After Tina's passing, my entire world was broken. I never lost faith in The Lord through this challenging year, but it's been hard. By far the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my life. During this time, I was not yet plugged in with a church in San Antonio. I tried out another one, but it just wasn't the same. Recently I felt it was time to get up and try again, to find a place that welcomed me, a place where I could serve and be part of Fellowship.
Thinking back, shortly before Tina's battle with Covid, when we moved to Texas, Tina found Bulverde Baptist Church and we attended to check it out. I thought this would be a great place to start. After coming back a few weeks ago, I felt this was the place. I love the people and feel The Lord has led me on this journey to Bulverde Baptist Church. I have a 30 year background in the Military and Corrections. I feel led, and am looking forward to being a part of the Safety Team here at Bulverde Baptist Church.
From the low of the valley, back on my way up to the mountaintop; The Lord has led me the entire way. The Lord has led me to Bulverde Baptist Church. I am blessed and looking forward to serving the church in any way I can.
For a time, I had slacked off from posting the daily scripture. Since joining BBC, I restarted the daily posting. I frequently use my own pics or those I find. Because my husband and I have a lot of non-believing friends (including him), I pray some scripture impacts just one of them. Occasionally, I see a “like” or “amen” from some of them. Then, I received this message from a colleague from my old job in Mass:
”Hi my friend!! I’m in NC until Sept 23. I was going thru a depression bc I’m in search for a job bc I took early retirement to move closer to my brother. My moms last wish in her chapter of life was to move here. My brother took me to a service - I asked him to help me understand the Bible and become closer to The Lord. I want to thank you for all your posts on FB on verses from the Bible. You are helping my spirit. I love you.”
To quote a friend, ““I love what God does!”