Pastors break away for ‘Off-the-Grid’ trip on Appalachian Trail
By David Dawson
NEWPORT — Several days of hiking on the Appalachian Trail would leave many individuals feeling exhausted.
Marty Shadoan said it had the opposite effect for him and the other pastors who recently hiked part of the trail while participating in the “Off the Grid” ministry sponsored by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board’s conference centers.
“Off the Grid is a unique opportunity for pastors to rejuvenate, both body and soul,” said Shadoan, pastor of First Baptist Church, Rockwood. “There is nothing like spending three days on the trail with one’s fellow pastors. We hike with one another, share with one another, learn from one another and encourage one another.”
The “Off the Grid” ministry — which officially launched in 2020 — was developed by Kevin Perrigan, camp manager at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center. Perrigan said he wanted to have a ministry that would enable pastors to find an outlet to get away from the pressures of ministry while also forming new friendships with other pastors from around the state. [Read more…]