Aaron Blankenship

Connection Church Sturgis, South Dakota
Lead Church Planter
Sturgis South Dakota
Connection Church Sturgis
September 26

About My Family

My name is Aaron Blankenship. My wife, Renee, and I have served at Connection Church is Sturgis, S.D., for just over three years. I am originally from northeast Texas, and Renee is from Shreveport, La. We were married January 16, 2016, and moved to Sturgis in May 2016. We have a beautiful daughter named Cassidy Michelle, who was born April 13, 2019. We enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking, camping, fishing and riding ATVs. Loving people is our passion and a house full of friends is one of our greatest joys.

About My Church Plant

I have a heart for the unreached and the hurt. My passion is to find the ones who have never been introduced to the love and grace of Christ and to guide them to an understanding of who He is. My vision is that Connection Church Sturgis will become "the church in every neighborhood." We have been called to make disciples of Christ, and I believe that begins in our homes and then should go next door. We are encouraging this by hosting personal evangelism training as well as hands on practice through door-to-door ministry, block parties and loving local business employees.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at namb.net/send-me.


Pray that the Lord would raise up devoted disciples from within our city to take the gospel to the lost. Pray that the Lord would place a passion to see healing and restoration in our community in the hearts of our church members and an understanding that they are the ones to carry it out through His love and grace. We are in need of a worship leader. Please be in prayer that the Lord would reveal the individual that He has called to fill this role.


Connect as a Supporting Church with the Lord's work in Sturgis. Commit to long-term missions/financial support. Be involved in supporting missionaries and their families. Pray for devoted followers of Jesus.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit sendnetwork.com/PlanterFunding for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
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