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Little by Little: How God Prepares Us for His Will

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Pam Neal is the type of person who consoles the broken and soothes raging emotion where others cannot. She truly has a gift – a way with hurting people. This gift has expressed itself through her 5 years of service as a minister at First Baptist, as well as her 19 years as a chaplain with...

Testimony of Thanks

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Jordan Humler is a learner. He got his start at First Baptist through a partnered Spring Break mission trip with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on UT’s campus in 2014. There, he met Scott Claybrook, who invited him to invest in the growing university ministry at First Baptist. Within a...

Finding Hope in Africa

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Last week, Arthur Clayton returned from a two week trip to South Africa with the Religion Department at Carson-Newman University orchestrated by their Dean of Religion, Dr. David Crutchley. Arthur is working towards a Master of Arts in Applied Theology (MAAT), a degree program that has been...

Sending Summer Missionaries

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This summer, First Baptist is sending two students on mission trips across the globe: Lucas Hunter and Katie Green. Both went on the New York mission trip and are University of Tennessee students who heard about First Baptist through the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on campus. “My...

Getting Ahead Graduation

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This spring, First Baptist hosted one of four Getting Ahead classes in Knoxville. Graduation was last Wednesday, May 17. Ten people graduated. One grad opened his speech with two questions applicable to us all: How did we get here? How do we get past this? All the graduates answered the same.