PASTOR/ BIBLE TEACHER
Bro. Ron Harvey has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Mid-South Bible College (now Crichton College), one year of Seminary Training at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland and a Juris Doctor Degree from Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mrs. Sonya Harvey enjoys working with the boys and girls five to eight years of ages.Sonya is loved by the children and she keeps them interested with special projects along the way. Sonya is always prepared with a lesson from the Bible. She is teaching from the book of Genesis on Creation, Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God and the Flood.
Grace Baptist Church has sponsored a preaching ministry to Whiteville Correctional Center in Whiteville, Tennessee for many years. Our pastor Bro. Ron Harvey is carrying on the ministry at Whiteville prison since Brother Jack Ray’s health has declined. At times Bro. Ray is able to go with Bro. Ron.
The women at Grace Baptist Church engage often in various good works of mercy. They prepare and deliver food for church members and others in need. Mrs. Cheryl Spicer carries on a Card Ministry in which she sends greeting cards to the sick, to visitors, to those with birthdays and anniversaries and to various others as the opportunity arises. These greetings brighten the days for our shut-ins and sick.
Various women also engage in visitation of the sick and the elderly. This is a very merciful activity which they are happy to perform for the benefit of those in need and for the glory of God.
The women engage periodically in a Bible Study/Fellowship on Tuesday or Thursday mornings led by Ron Harvey. We recently completed the study of Soteriology.
The men of the church meet periodically for fellowship, prayer and discussion of church matters.
The music at Grace Baptist Church may be characterized as traditional. We sing the great old hymns which glorify God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace Baptist Church supports the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those inside and those outside the local church. We believe that all Christians are missionaries but that some are specially called to mission fields far away or outside the immediate ministry of our church. Some are called where financial resources are minimal. We give financial support to several “missionaries” and we do so willingly and cheerfully, believing that God has blessed us with the privilege to share in the advancement of His kingdom.
The following missionaries are supported financially by Grace Baptist Church:
Brother Paul Brown, Sr.: Changmai, Thailand
Brother Joe Padilla: Malawi, Africa
Unnamed: N.E. India
CHRISTIAN GRIEF COUNSELING
Mrs. Bernice Ray is licensed as a Christian Grief Counselor. Christian Grief Counseling is the integration of faith along with support and guidance to move you through the grief process. As you mourn your loved one’s death, the Christian counselor will help you understand that your loved on is in Heaven, without pain and suffering. The goal of the counselor is to help you realize that this life event isn’t a turn for the worse but for the better in that now the person is in the loving arms of the Heavenly Father. The greif counselor’s work is to guide you through the process of learning to cope with the loss of your loved one. This enlightenment serves to bring you peace and accdeptance. This work is offered by Grace Baptist church as volunteer service.
You are invited to join the journey of recovering from losses and significant life changes. This is a process that does not occur over night, it may take weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime– depending on the person and the type of loss. One doesn’t just “get over” loss. There is no “perfect” or “right” or “correct” way to process a loss. Each person’s experience, like each grief experience, will be unique. For those who are in need of support with the grief process our church offers help.
Grief is a tidal wave that over takes you,
smashes down upon you with unimaginable force,
sweeps you up into its darkness,
where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces,
only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped…
Grief will make a new person out of you,
if it doesn’t kill you in the making.
Loss is a common experience that can be encountered many times during a lifetime; it does not discriminate for age, race, sex, education, economic status, religion, or nationality. Unrecognized, unprocessed, and untreated acute depression or the grief response following a significant loss can result in personal anguish, multiple somatic complaints, functional impairment, strained relationships, clinical depression, and a risk of suicide. The losses referred to can be acute or long- standing and can result in feelings of grief, stress, depression, loneliness or helplessness.
Those in need are educated about the “normal” grief response, including what to anticipate in the transformational process that occurs following a loss. In addition, the grieving person is encouraged to draw upon or discover their internal source of strength is from God in the midst of crisis, to help them get through the shock and the grief reaction as well as being taught healthy ways of coping with the loss. Call Bernice Baker Ray, 901-624-8686