By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
BLAINE — Attendance at Mouth of Richland Baptist Church in Blaine, one of the oldest churches in the Tennessee Baptist Convention and in Grainger County, had dwindled to under 20 people in the summer of 2018 and the congregation was searching for a pastor.
Meanwhile, Nick Wright and Brad Bales, two ministers and lifelong friends, were looking for a new place of service. Having grown up in the general area, the two “20-somethings” met with leadership at Mouth of Richland and suggested they consider hiring both of them, an idea that must have seemed impossible for such a small church.
But the church was looking for a pastor to lead them through some tough times, Wright recalled, adding that they told the church they were confident that they “could come together to revitalize the church.”
Bill Ramsey, a deacon at Mouth of Richland, was one of the deacons who interviewed the two friends. He acknowledged the church had not planned to hire two ministers. “It was a new experience for us,” he said. [Read more…]