TBCH PARTNERS WITH TENNESSEE FOSTER CARE

By David Roach
Baptist Press

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state’s foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes.

Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. [Read more…]

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C-N, TBCH ENJOY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIP

Carson-Newman University junior Caty Scarce, a member of  Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, helps a resident of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home with his homework while freshman Sarah White, of Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, reads to another TBCH resident during a recent spring break missions trip.

Carson-Newman University junior Caty Scarce, a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, helps a resident of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home with his homework while freshman Sarah White, of Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, reads to another TBCH resident during a recent spring break missions trip.

By Mark Brown
Carson-Newman News Office

JEFFERSON CITY — A ministerial partnership between Carson-Newman University and Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes goes back for more than a quarter century. And yet, officials of both entities say, the relationship deepens and blossoms each spring.

“We couldn’t function without the volunteers, the group that comes from Carson-Newman (and others),” said TBCH vice-president Patrick Addison, who directs residential care for the Chattanooga and Oakdale campuses. “Whether they’re painting, weeding flower beds, cleaning for us, or doing whatever, it’s saving our staff from having to do something, or potentially paying someone to do something, and that allows us to invest into our children.”  [Read more…]

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THE INTERSECTION OF PASSION AND NEED

Chad Morris
Assoc. Dir., Campus Ministries, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City

man, carrying, cross, mission, trip, journey, determination, dark, silhouette, struggle, burdenIt happened in a group from Carson-Newman University when a student, who was determined to party and to “get away from it all,” found Jesus.

It happened while students hiked into the hills of Guatemala to give clean drinking water access to a mother of nine.

It took place while providing medical care and praying with individuals in small remote villages of Haiti who had put their faith in voodoo. [Read more…]

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FORMER TBCH PRESIDENT GERALD STOW DIES

Baptist and Reflector

Gerald Stow stands outside the main offices of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes in Brentwood in 2014. The retired president of TBCH celebrated 30 years of ministry with the institution in 2014. Stow died Jan. 29 at the age of 82.

Gerald Stow stands outside the main offices of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes in Brentwood in 2014. The retired president of TBCH celebrated 30 years of ministry with the institution in 2014. Stow died Jan. 29 at the age of 82.

BRENTWOOD – Gerald Stow, retired president of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, died Jan. 29 after a lengthy illness. He was 82.

Stow led the Brentwood-based TBCH from 1984-99. After his retirement he continued to serve as an “ambassador” for the Tennessee Baptist Convention institution. He was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church.

A native of Dresden County, Stow served two Tennessee Baptist churches as pastor before becoming president of TBCH – South Fulton Baptist Church, South Fulton, and First Baptist Church, Cookeville. [Read more…]

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THE TENNESSEE BAPTIST CONVENTION – A YEAR IN REVIEW

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

fiveobjectivesBRENTWOOD — A highlight for Tennessee Baptists in 2015 was the news that baptisms increased in Tennessee Baptist Convention churches for the second year in a row. In 2014, 2,603 TBC churches reported 23,499 baptisms, the largest number of baptisms recorded since 2010. In 2013 churches reported 21,979 baptisms.

The year saw leadership changes with TBC entities. Vickie Anderson began serving Jan. 1 as the executive director/treasurer of Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union. She was installed later in the year to that position during WMU’s annual meeting. Mark Anderson was elected in December to succeed Kenny Cooper as president of Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes. Cooper will retire Dec. 31 after 20 years in the role while Anderson, a longtime staff member, will assume his new role on Jan. 1. Bryant Millsaps will retire Dec. 31 as president of Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes and will be succeeded by Greg McCoy who served throughout 2015 as president-elect. Several changes occurred on the TBC Executive Board staff, including the retirement of Bobby Welch as associate executive director. Welch, who served since 2011, was instrumental in helping to initiate the 1-5-1 Harvest Plants initiative geared toward sharing the gospel, starting churches, and discipling people. [Read more…]

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TBCH Elects McCoy President

By Charlie Wetherington
TBCH Coordinator of Communications

Greg McCoy, right, pastor, First Baptist Church, Portland, has been elected president/treasurer of Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes. He stands with Bryant Millsaps, retiring president/ treasurer.

Greg McCoy, right, pastor, First Baptist Church, Portland, has been elected president/treasurer of Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes. He stands with Bryant Millsaps, retiring president/treasurer.

BRENTWOOD — Greg McCoy, pastor of First Baptist Church, Portland, has been elected to be the seventh president/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes in its 124-year history.

McCoy, 51, was the unanimous recommendation of the TBCH’s presidential search advisory committee. The committee’s recommendation was presented to a called meeting of the full board of trustees on Sept. 16 which unanimously approved the selection.

McCoy will begin his 14-month tenure as president/treasurer elect on Nov. 1 of this year. Millsaps will continue to serve as president/treasurer of TBCH through Dec. 31, 2015, at which time he will retire and McCoy will assume the full responsibilities of leading the ministry to children and families in crisis. [Read more…]

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