MEXICO – Pastor Bob Peters and the congregation of Mexico First Baptist Church, 20 Roxbury Road, recently granted a license to preach to two local men at a Feb. 13 commissioning service held at the church. Anthony Rea and Matthew Peters received their licenses as ministers of the gospel, enabling them to conduct worship services, baptize, officiate at weddings and funerals and supervise communion.

The license to preach is the first step in pursuing ordination for the two men. Both are actively involved in ministry.

Rea is the First Baptist Worship Team leader at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service. He is also providing pastoral leadership at the Carthage Union Church 9 a.m. Sunday service.

Rea is taking courses for a master of divinity degree through a long-distance program at Liberty University Theological Seminary in Virginia. He is also a pharmacist at the Rumford Hannaford grocery store.

His wife, Karen, home-schools their children, Brittany and Evan, at their residence in Carthage.

Peters, eldest son of Pastor Bob and Joy Peters of Mexico, has recently left for South Korea, where he will serve as a youth pastor at a South Korean church. His duties will include developing and leading an English-speaking worship service for teens and young adults and teaching conversational English to students in an after-school program during the week.

In 2001 he received his master of arts in intercultural studies from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. While residing in Mexico, Peters played drums in the FBC Worship Team and worked with the teens and young adults. He also served as a family support worker for care and comfort, a social service agency based in Waterville.

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