The 2022 Fairburn Baptist Association
155th Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting is when the member churches of Fairburn Baptist Association gather to worship, report, do business and seek to be inspired so that we may be good and effective servants of our Lord Jesus Christ in sharing the Good News of salvation past, present and future in our area.
There is no cost for attending. No reservations needed. While voting during the short business session is restricted to registered members, the meeting is open to the public.
The annual meeting involves a theme, worship, a business session and an inspirational session. This year the theme is "Open Doors" from 1 Corinthians 16:9: "For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries."
An open door is an opportunity given by God for you to walk through. It is an opportunity for God's Kingdom to be expressed through you as you hear and follow his call. There are open doors right here in our area. Doors that are wide open for good and for gospel ministry. Will you step through it? It's up to you. Check out the 68 second video below.
The annual meeting this year involves several ministries and personalities. In keeping with the "Open Doors" theme we have special presentations by:
Dr. Scott Carlson, Founding pastor of The Refuge Church in North East Oklahoma.
Scott will be presenting on Wellness and Resiliency. In the mid 90’s Scott was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety. He is very transparent about his lifelong battle with mental illness and considers himself a mental health advocate for people in and outside of gospel ministry.
In the fall of 2018, Scott was asked to resign from his position as Lead Pastor because of his battle with depression. Though that season was very difficult and dark on the Carlson family, it led to the beautiful experience of the birth of a new church, The Refuge Owasso, with the emphasis of being a hospital church.
They have recovery groups, groups for people who have been sexually abused, Missional Community Groups and much more. The Refuge is not just a church for those who struggle with mental health issues, it is a church for anyone who struggles with any condition. Everyone has their issues. All continue to struggle with sin as long as they live in these fallen bodies. But that doesn’t mean that a person must stay in that condition.
Rev. Frank Mercer, Founder and President of 4Heroes Ministry. A ministry to First Responders who serve our communities in Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement and 911..
4Heroes exists to serve and support our friends and heroes in public safety. These heroes are real people who are dealing with matters of life and death every time they work a shift. They see things they can't "unsee" and feel things they can't "unfeel". Many of them are scarred - physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. They may be the strongest and the bravest among us, but sometimes, even heroes need a helping hand.
A pastor for most of his adult life, Frank has served as a public safety chaplain since 2012. He believes that chaplaincy is a “ministry of presence” – that it is all about “being there”. And so, it is his passion to bring the compassion of Jesus to our heroes by being there to offer comfort, friendship, and hope. Frank is married to his High School sweetheart, Pam. They have 4 grown children and are grandparents. Also, he’s a lifelong Braves fan.
Belinda Harris, Literacy Missions Coordinator, Region 3, Mission Georgia, Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
Belinda will be presenting on READ Georgia, a focus on 2nd and 3rd graders reading skills.
Belinda has been a Tutoring Children and Youth workshop leader for over 25 years and assisted in the development of Read Georgia. She is the Read Georgia support for the northern half of the state.
Belinda was employed as a teacher in the Fulton County Schools for 30 years full-time and four years part time. During these years she worked as a classroom teacher, Teacher Support Specialist, English Language Arts coach, writing coach and Early Intervention Program teacher.
Rob LaLiberte, Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Peachtree City.
Rob, along with the FBC Peachtree City Worship Team will lead the worship portions of our meeting.
Rob has been leading worship at FBCPTC since 2015. He has led worship for 25 years. He loves spending time with family, drinking coffee, woodworking and pretty much anything you can do while drinking coffee.
When & Where
The annual meeting this year is on Sunday evening, October 16, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm.
First Baptist Church Peachtree City is graciously hosting this year. Their location is 208 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City, GA 30269