The Tennessee State Association of FWB met for the 73rd annual session in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee November 8 – 10, 2010. The music, led by Pastor Dwayne James was heart-warming. Mrs. Carolyn Riggs accompanied on the keyboard. Special music was provided by the Valley Forge FWB Church, Rejoice Ensemble from Free Will Baptist Bible College, a group of preachers from the Cumberland Association, and a solo by Dwayne James.
The preaching was outstanding and each message was well received. Pastor Randy Johnson reminded everyone that if we are trying to do the Lord’s work without the “wind” of the Holy Spirit, we will be fruitless. Moderator Randy Riggs preached an inspiring message from Paul’s letter to Philemon as Paul pleaded with Philemon to receive Onesimus as a brother in the Lord. Missionary Anthony Edgmon, revealed how prayer has always been part of God’s plan in reaching the nations and called upon the delegates to make their churches houses of prayer. Smithville pastor Bernard Houk (pinch hitting for Jeff Davis who was hospitalized) stirred the crowd with a message about how the Lord will separate the sheep from the goats. None who heard the message will ever forget his analogy of goats and hypocrites in the church. Finally, Donelson pastor, Jeff Nichols did a fantastic job reminding the group that God has a master plan for our lives and He will give us light and direction, as we yield to His control and give God the glory.
The meeting was well attended, the weather was perfect, and the fellowship was sweet.
Several extras were added including a slide presentation by missionaries Bobby and Geneva Poole who are celebrating 50 years in Brazil. We heard from our Tennessee home missionaries , Hampton and Osborn, enjoyed a report from Tim York Jr. who along with his wife are going to Buffalo, New York to work with missionary Brian Williams and team. The Yorks will start a church for the deaf, a first among Free Will Baptists.
The Tennessee Women Active for Christ sponsored a beautiful reception on Tuesday evening and invited the women (and men) to coffee, tea and sweets.
A good spirit prevailed in the business session in spite of a couple of difficult issues. (raising state fees and Bible translation differences)
Greetings were offered from all national departments and reports were given from all Tennessee boards and committees.
Robert Hobbs was elected to the Executive committee (replacing Jerry Buckner who did not seek an additional term) and all of the officers were retained for another year.