By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
FAIRFIELD GLADE — In what could only be described as a divine appointment, two ministers were brought together by God and a partnership was formed that was a blessing to both churches.
Bruce Raley, senior associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, and Doug Elders, pastor of First Baptist Church, Fairfield Glade, were the arrangements committee for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this year. The two ministers had never met before, but they sat together and began a conversation about their respective ministries.
As they talked, Elders related that his congregation, which for many years had held a sports camp to minister to unreached children in the community, was unable to do so this year. FBC, Fairfield Glade, is a medium-sized and primarily senior adult congregation in a resort community near Crossville, Elders noted. In the past, the church had worked with a non-profit ministry to provide the camp, but that was not really an option this year, he said.
As he talked with Raley, the two men began to consider the possibility of a partnership. “Maybe that’s why God put us together,” Raley said. [Read more…]