By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
Talk about the best-laid plans of mice and men going awry (to paraphrase poet Robert Burns).
Phyllis Bates, a 43-plus year member of the staff of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (formerly Executive Board) retired on Feb. 28. My plan was to write an extensive feature story and a column.
My feature story idea disappeared quickly after a short interview with Phyllis. It would be easier pulling a tooth from a grizzly bear than it is getting Phyllis to talk about herself. [Read more…]