Charlie Harkleroad, pastor of Leadvale Baptist Church, White Pine, retired Dec. 31 after 22 years of ministry with the congregation. He will be available for pulpit supply. Harkleroad can be reached at 865-388-0765.
Union University trustees in their December meeting approved a strategic plan that will guide the university’s operational goals and planning over the next five years. The strategic plan is entitled “Protinus,” which is a Latin word that means “to move immediately, forward, continuously, uninterruptedly, as from the very first,” according to Union University President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver. “Protinus” includes four major themes — advancing Christ-centered higher education, pursuing faithful innovation throughout and across campuses, continuing to solidify and develop Union’s financial position and enhancing Union’s culture of shared life and commitment to one another’s flourishing. Each theme includes several goals for the university to accomplish by 2027.
Charles W. Kelley Sr., of Rockwood, died Jan. 1 at the age of 96. He served in the ministry for more than 70 years. His pastorates in Big Emory Baptist Association included Beech Park Baptist Church, Pond Grove Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Oakdale, and Clymersville Baptist Church, which he established as a mission and served as pastor for 39 years before retiring at the age of 80. Kelley was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church, Harriman, where his son, Greg Kelley, is pastor. Kelley was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evans Kelley, and five children. He is survived by two children, nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.