The First Baptist Church of Kingsland will celebrate Pastor Bubba Stahl’s ten years of service next Sunday as he prepares to devote his full time to his Salt Block Ministries non-profit. A special service, beginning at 10 a.m. on February 11, will include “lots of singing,” a slide show and Pastor Stahl’s personal testimony, followed by a BBQ lunch. Everyone is invited.
Bubba Stahl grew up in San Antonio and met his wife, Beth, at Texas A&I in Kingsville. He was working on a ranch when they were married in 1972, and their first home was a cleaned-up bunkhouse. He continued to work as a cowboy for the next 10 years, for the King Ranch, the Texas Animal Health Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He and Beth were both active in Baptist churches wherever they lived, and Bubba was ordained as a deacon at the Kingsville church in the mid-70s. After he was transferred to a large ranch near Eagle Pass, they worked together at a mission church in El Indio. They had a mobile home and five acres where they planned to build their dreams; by then they had two young sons.
In 1982, Bubba felt a strong call from God to go into the ministry. Doors opened to allow him to attend Hardin-Simmons University and pastor Calvary Baptist Church in Rotan. His first mission trip was in 1983, to Santa Elena, Mexico.
After he graduated from Hardin-Simmons, Bubba began post-graduate work at Southwest Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, eventually earning a Doctor of Ministry in 2000. His doctoral project was training pastors in the east African nation of Uganda, where Christianity was spreading, but Bibles and formal training were rare. By then they were living in Boerne, but they made regular trips to Uganda through the years.
Big changes came again in 2008, when Pastor Stahl’s first book, “The Salt Block,” was published and Salt Block Ministries was founded to “equip indigenous Christian leaders in developing nations by partnering with them to help with their education and ministry expenses.” It was also the year that the Stahls came to Kingsland. God has blessed their work, in Uganda and several other countries as well as here in Kingsland. Pastor Stahl is especially gratified to note that Kingsland First Baptist now devotes more than half its resources to mission and ministry work, both in the community and around the world (and about half the use of the church buildings is by community organizations such as the new Kingsland Boys & Girls Club.
Pastor Stahl is not “retiring,” but he and his wife plan to move back to Boerne and devote their full time to Salt Block Ministries. He expects to make several overseas trips each year, spending more time in each place to train pastors in remote areas of countries where revivals are occurring but resources are limited. You’ll be able to follow his work at www.saltblock.org or on Facebook, and contributions may be mailed to P.O. Box 973 in Boerne (78006) if you’d like to help.
In the meantime, you are enthusiastically invited to attend the celebration on Sunday, February 11!