East Tennessee churches from Greeneville to Bristol opened their doors March 24-25 to welcome a nine-man Preaching Team from Free Will Baptist Bible College, according to Christian Service Director John Murray who coordinated the event. The student-ministers traveled 750 miles in two days and reported 820 people in services as they closed out their sixth preaching trip of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Mr. Murray said, “As I picked up our student-preachers for the return to Nashville, the East Tennessee pastors commented that this was the most mature group of young men they ever had in their churches. The students were invited to come back anytime and preach. One student said, ‘Sign me up for all the trips next year.’ All the others promptly said, ‘Me too!’ It’s such a delight to travel and minister with these FWBBC students.”
The student-preachers praised the host congregations for their generosity and hospitality.
Zach Maloney (Senior): “This was my last preaching trip as an FWBBC student, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. Pastor Billy Gragg and the congregation at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church (Greeneville) are a great church family, so welcoming. We had 185 people in services.”
Jordon Looney (Senior): “I love East Tennessee Free Will Baptists! One hundred twenty-five of us worshipped together at Shiloh Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday morning. The pastor and his family are so nice, and the congregation really encouraged me.”
Aaron Pierce (Junior): “The congregation was so responsive. It was obvious that Pastor Donald White and members of East Bristol Free Will Baptist Church had prayed for me. The Holy Spirit was active in the service.”