FirstLife Blog

Laura Beth Myers: Discerning the Call

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Laura Beth Myers is a vibrant young woman who has been an integral part of First Baptist life from the time she was a child in our children’s ministry, to her years in our youth group, to the young adult ministry. Today, First Baptist is thrilled to commission her to full-time ministry...

Using Your Brain for the Kingdom | Kennie Riffey

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Who is Kennie Riffey? If you were to pass Kennie Riffey on the street, she might not strike you as a woman who was an international project manager who has visited over 65 countries. You might not know her international travel strongly influenced her desire to do home renovations and...

From a House to a Home - Glenna Ogle Dedication

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Two days ago, Glenna Ogle’s newly rebuilt home was dedicated to her by Appalachia Service Project. A crowd of supportive family members, friends, and faithful volunteers gathered in honor of the dedication and in celebration of two hard months of work completed. She was handed the keys...

Canada Report

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Our youth returned from their two-week mission to Canada last Friday. They were split into two groups between Ben Winder and Arthur Clayton and partnered with two organizations: Matthew House Ottawa’s Furniture Bank and Refugee House and Église Chrétienne le Rocher’s...

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...

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