Our History

Mitch Axsom

Building Tomorrow’s Mission (BTM) is the brainchild of Mitch Axsom (FBC, Clinton). In 2011 Mitch attended the Building Tomorrow’s Church (BTC) conference. Their website describes BTC as “a conference for Reformed Baptist Young Adults who desire to learn more about the importance of the local church and how to serve Christ through it.” Mitch was excited about the concept and left with the idea of doing something similar but focused on missions. Mitch has been driven for years by two concerns: (1) that the Great Commission must be the priority of the church, and (2) that the next generation of leaders in our churches tomorrow sit in our pews today as young adults. What followed is history.

Dave Hendrickx

Mitch contacted Dave Hendrickx (Santa Teresa Baptist Church) to float the idea of a BTM conference modeled after BTC. Santa Teresa Baptist Church was an ideal place for such a conference because of its proximity to the Mexican border. A key feature of the conference was to include hands-on ministry on foreign soil. During the next six months Mitch and Dave brainstormed the first BTM conference introduced in the summer of 2012. Vacation Bible School would be the vehicle for training young adults in gospel proclamation. BTM begins each year with a combined worship service in at STBC. We also wanted BTM to be a teaching conference. So it was decided to offer nightly thematic preaching by respected Reformed Baptist pastors emphasizing missions and evangelism.