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A Covenant of Service Installation Bro.   Steve   Skaggs   was   installed   as   the   new   pastor   of   Muldraugh   Hill   Baptist   Church during   the   Morning   Worship   Service   on   May   5,   2013.   David   England   referenced   the passage   of   scripture   (Matthew   11:28-30)   used   by   Bro.   Vic   Stansbury   in   his   last   sermon on   July   29,   2012.   David   specifically   noted   how   “Take   My   Yoke   Upon   You…”   is   a   challenge, ordained   by   God,   that   has   been   passed   from   Bro.   Vic   to   Bro.   Steve   to   lead   the   church forward   in   its   service   of   God   as   it   shares   the   message   of   God   and   continues   to   be   a lighthouse for the community. Avery    and    Laurel    Cochran    performed    special    music,    “Live    Like    That”    prior    to    the message   given   by   Bro.   Steve   called,   “Experiencing   God”.   Bro.   Steve’s   daughterin-law, Melissa    Skaggs,    sang,    “Take    My    Life    and    Let    It    Be”    after    the    Covenant    of    Service Installation was completed.
Bro. Steve served as pastor of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church for 4 ½ years. Among the many events or changes that took place during his term as Interim Pastor and Pastor were: The 1st Annual “Back to School Bash” was started (August, 2012) The rededication and renaming of the fellowship hall to “The Rev. Victor J. Stansbury Fellowship Hall” (February, 2013) A MHBC Facebook presence was started with McKenzie Hardin as administrator (May, 2013) The two existing air conditioning units were replaced and two more added to fullfill the needs of the church (July, 2013) “At the Break of Day” messages done daily by Bro. Steve, posted on the MHBC Facebook page and the Home Page of the church website (July, 2013) Two deacons were ordained: Steve Morris and Josh Veatch (August, 2013) A “Baptism in the River” was performed upon the Profession of Faith Decision of Taylor Nelson (August, 2013) The First Annual Men’s Skeet Shoot was started (August, 2013) The First Annual Women’s Luncheon was started (September, 2013) A new church directory was published (April, 2014) A Senior Adult Trip was taken in Pennsylvania (May, 2014) Initiating of “Servant Keeper” software to keep track of church members and other data of the church (August, 2014) A Fall Renewal Weekend Revival was held (October, 2014) The 140th Anniversary Celebration was held (November 9, 2014) The Western Recorder was made available, one copy per family, with the back page  devoted one time per month to publishing the news of MHBC (November, 2014) The 1st Annual Marriage Retreat was held (February, 2015) The elevator installation was completed (April, 2015) The parking lot was re-blacktopped and expanded (September, 2015) The Constitution and By-Laws were reviewed and ammended (March, 2016) A “Education Revitalization Focus Group (EARF)” was formed to plan for and proceed with renovation of the old fellowship hall (June, 2016) Participated in the state-wide “Operation, In As Much-Kentucky” (September, 2016) Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church hosted the Central Association of Kentucky Baptists Annual Fall Meeting (October, 2016) The parsonage remodeling was completed (October, 2016) The “Mountain Movers” Opening Assembly was started (February, 2017) Two children, Maddie Hardin and Jacklyn Farmer, participated in the KBC All State Chorus (April, 2017) One deacon was ordained: Trent Pyles (August, 2017) Bro. Steve Skagges presented his resignation as pastor of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church to the Chairman of the Deacons, Mark Carney, and to the congregation at the conclusion of the Morning Worship Service on September 3, 2017.  A potluck meal was given in honor of his service on his last day as our pastor, September 24, 2017. On Sunday, September 24, 2017, Bro. Steve Skaggs gave his last sermon as pastor of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church. It was Divine Intervention that he returned to serve as our Interim Pastor upon the sudden death of our previous pastor of 32 years. It was Bro. Steve who guided us through the transition and helped us all through the shock and grieving process. He later answered the call to be the Pastor of MHBC and was installed on  May 5, 2013. So many things have taken place in that time! A lot of new ideas and carry over of old ones. We at MHBC are so thankful for his part in all the activities and especially thankful for his compassionate presence while helping us through ups and downs, surgeries, births, weddings, deaths and other life events; and patiently sitting with us in the waiting rooms all those times. Today we had a reception/meal in honor of Bro. Steve and Shirley to thank them for their service the last 5 years. We presented them with a love offering and two Cracker Barrel rocking chairs with their names and the church name engraved in them and placement of a UK Wildcat emblem, Bro. Steve's team. We wish them well in their retirement and transition into the next chapter of their lives as they continue to serve God in a different capacity. They will be missed greatly!

Bro. Steve Skaggs

(Pastor of MHBC from April, 2013 - September, 2017)

Br o.   Steve   Skaggs,   originally   from   Buffalo,   Kentucky,   has   served   as   a minister    at    various    churches    in    Kentucky    for    over    30    years.    His pastoral   work   in   both   full-time   and   part-time   positions   has   included the   areas   of   music,   youth,   and   senior   adults   as   well   as   pastoral   care and   other   duties   with   the   congregations   he   has   served.   He   has   been active   in   home   and   international   missions   and   denominational   work through   the   churches   he   has   served,   local   Baptist   Associations,   the Kentucky   Baptist   Convention,   and   the   Southern   Baptist   Convention. Bro.   Steve   formerly   served   Muldraugh   Hill   as   Minister   of   Music   and Youth from 1988 until 1991. Rev.   Skaggs   was   ordained   by   Valley   View   Baptist   Church,   Vine   Grove,   Kentucky,   in   2001.   He holds    degrees    from    Campbellsville    University    and    The    Southern    Baptist    Theological Seminary. St eve   and   his   wife   Shirley   are   high   school   sweethearts who   celebrated   their   40th   anniversary   in   2013.   Their son   Matthew   and   his   wife   Melissa   have   one   daughter, Katie Beth, and reside in Lexington. Bro.   Steve   returned   to   Muldraugh   Hill   Baptist   Church several   times   over   the   years   since   serving   as   Minister of    Music    and    Youth.    He    was    here    to    entertain    the senior   adults   during   their   annual   meal   in   their   honor on   August   4,   2012   when   everyone   learned   of   the   sudden   death   of   Bro.   Vic   Stansbury,    pastor of   MHBC   for   almost   32   years.   Bro.   Vic   had   undergone   surgery   a   few   days   earlier   in   the   week and   had,   afterwards,   suffered   a   massive   heart   attack.   He   was   flown   to   Louisville.   He   died   at 5:47 p.m. on Saturday, the 4th of August. Bro.   Steve   was   very   close   to   the   Stansbury   family   and   to   the   church   family.   He   offered   to   be the interim pastor after Bro. Vic's death. He led the church during a very difficult time.   A   Pastor   Search   Committee   was   formed   in   January,   2013   and,   in   April,   Bro.   Steve   was   called to   serve   as   the   next   pastor   of   MHBC.   He   accepted   the   call   and   was   installed   as   the   new pastor   of   Muldraugh   Hill   Baptist   Church   during   the   Morning   Worship   Service   ( Covenant   of Service Installation ) on May 5, 2013. See more pictures .

History of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church

Pastors of MHBC 1875-1880 - Thomas Underwood 1880-1883 - E. H. Brookshire 1883-1884 - J. C. Wray 1885-1886 - Thomas Underwood 1886-1889 - V. E. Kirtley 1889-1890 - J. H. Riffe 1890-1893 - W. M. Stallings 1893-1903 - J. T. Hall 1903-1912 - J. W. Crawley 1912-1915 - T. E. Ennis 1915-1916 - No name in minutes 1916-1917 - T. E. Ennis 1917-1918 - A. R. Abarnathy 1918-1920 - No name in minutes 1920-1921 - W. C. Hundley 1921-1924 - No name in minutes 1924-1928 - W. C. Hundley 1928-1929 - C. L. Harmon 1929-1932 - W. C. Hundley 1932-1938 - L. E. Whitlow 1938-1940 - E. M. Gash 1940-1944 - G. E. Puckett 1944-1947 - John T. Pierce 1947-1950 - John M. Wall 1950-1954 - W. R. Beard 1954-1955 - W. R. Cook 1955-1958 - Kit Yeaste 1958-1961 - Richard Shields 1961-1963 - Harold Meers 1963-1968 - E. V. Carrier 1969-1974 - Bruce Hullette 1975-1980 - William Earl Pike 1980-2012 - Victor J. Stansbury 2013-2017 - Steven Skaggs
September 25, 2017 from Bro. Steve: “Shirley and I say thank you to everyone for your gift but especially for all your expressions of love yesterday.  We truly thank God every time we remember you!” Bro. Steve published his last “At The Break of Day” (ATBOD) message on September 30, 2017: September 30, 2017 -- “At the Break of Day” “At the break of day” has, from the beginning, meant to inspire you to have a daily devotional life. Prayer and scripture should always be the basis of our daily devotions. Paul wrote, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6). Perhaps his thoughts were inspired by Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” There are so many good devotional resources available today including posts like this one. And, while I use these myself, my personal preference is to have a book in my hands. Plus you know that I would tell you to not neglect the hymnal as a devotional resource. Looking at hymns as devotional poetry rather than between the lines of music can bring new insight to even the most well-known hymn. But you can have a devotional moment with just your Bible! We can, of course, pray and have devotional times any time during the day but I believe following Jesus’ example works best: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). He spent time with His Heavenly Father the very first thing and we should too before the busyness of our day becomes a distraction. This is the last day I will share my thoughts in this space. Thank you always for beginning your day here and for sharing these words with others. May you continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18) as you seek Him daily. Bro. Steve
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