WILLARD, Mo. — After a 16-month battle with brain cancer, Nick Brumfield gained his eternal reward Oct. 9.
But the 19-year-old son of Joe and Latina Brumfield lived long enough to see a dream come true.
“His greatest desire was to see the new church plant in Willard,” said Joe Bright, minister for the Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield. The new Jackson Street Church of Christ, in this community northwest of Springfield, was launched a few weeks before Brumfield’s death.
The Jackson Street congregation is the third church plant initiated by the Sunset church. Joe Brumfield is the minister for the new congregation.
In 2000, about 75 Sunset members left to start the Union Hill Church of Christ in Nixa, Mo., which has grown to Sunday morning attendance of about 450. Nixa is south of Springfield.
In 2005, Sunset planted a second new congregation in Brookline, Mo., west of Springfield, by sending out 150 of its members. The Brookline Church of Christ averages Sunday attendance of about 300.