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At our Annual Meeting in October, the Association authorized the Nominating Committee to form a Transition Team to implement our new structure alongside the current structure. Our new structure is based on a Regional Network of churches rather than a committee-based structure. The Nominating Committee has been working to find the people to make up a Transition Team to work in conjunction with the Executive Board to implement the new structure. We are Almost here!

We have found people who are willing to serve as Ministry Area Coordinators & Regional Representatives. Donnie Slusher, a layman at Thaxton Baptist Church, will serve as Missions & Ministry Coordinator. Donnie has a passion for Missions & Ministry and a lot of experience in both. Donnie has been on numerous mission trips, including Haiti, Peru, Africa and India, building clinics, churches, orphanages and sharing the gospel. He will serve as liaison between regions, keeping churches informed of Mission opportunities and Ministry needs.

Dr. David Henderson, pastor of Bedford Baptist Church, will serve as Pastoral Development Coordinator. David understands the need for pastors relating to each other, connecting and communicating with each other, in order to encourage and support each other. David will be responsible for coordinating a network of pastors working together for fellowship and accountability. He will also be responsible for setting up a network to welcome new pastors into the Association and mentor and/or disciple younger pastors.

Rev. Todd Childers, pastor of Norwood Baptist Church, will serve as Church Development Coordinator. Todd wants to see churches working together, helping them grow and become healthy. Todd will be responsible for setting up a network of pastors available for Supply and Interim work, as well as Revivals and Retreats. He will also be responsible for coordinating Resources and Training for Children, Youth, Men and Women’s Ministries. He will communicate opportunities for Evangelism to the churches, helping us fulfill the Great Commission.

Rev. Michael Cox, pastor of Suck Spring Baptist Church, will serve as Regional Representative for the North Region. Michael will be responsible for communicating and coordinating with the churches in the north-side of the association for ministry and fellowship. He will meet with the pastors and a lay representative from the churches in order to coordinate Mission Projects, Mission Trips, Ministry Needs as well as Church Events that we can celebrate together.

Rev. Jackie Carver, pastor of Palestine Baptist Church, will serve as Regional Representative for the South Region. Jackie will be responsible for communicating and coordinating with the churches in the south-side of the association for ministry and fellowship. He will meet with the pastors and a lay representative from the churches in order to coordinate Mission Projects, Mission Trips, Ministry Needs as well as Celebration Events within the churches.

We are searching for a third person to serve as Regional Representative for the Central/ Western Region of the Association. If you know of someone who has a passion for churches associating together, contact Gene Suggs (540.537.4840 or, chair of the Nominating Committee, or the SBA office for a job description.

The Ministry Coordinators, Regional Representatives, Pastor and a lay Representative from each church, along with the Administrative Team, will be part of the new Leadership Team that will work alongside the Executive Board. There is also a Support Team made up of the chairs of five critical committees and the Administrative Team that will also work to keep the Association running smoothly.

Let ’s begin to
Transition to our New Structure!

-Vernon DeLong, Moderator


Feb 16 Marc Jantomaso (River Rock)
Mar 2 Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
Mar 4 Daren Davis (IMB Missionary)
Mar 7 Rick Mallory (Morgans)
Mar 24 Dennis Moore (Retired)
Mar 31 Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)
Apr 9 Jackie Carver (Palestine)

Wedding Anniversary

Apr 29 Elmer & Tiena Sellers (Retired)

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Focus on Our Family

Big Island’s Missions Committee delivered 30 quarts of Brunswick Stew lunches on January 19, 2011.

On January 26, 2011, BIBC sponsored a senior/community luncheon. Approximately 40 people attended. The entertainment consisted of music from the 1950s-1970s accompanied by Oscar Brooks, pianist. Those attending shared their favorite senior jokes.

Norwood will host a BBQ luncheon on Sunday, March 20, after Worship Service. This lunch is to raise money for our Relay for Life team. Please come out and join us for BBQ sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, and desserts! All donations will go to the Bedford County Relay for Life.

Norwood will host a Gospel Sing on Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken for Relay for Life. Join us for a great time praising the Lord in song!

Would you like to increase your knowledge and awareness of the stress and trauma that is surrounding our military families? Do you have a desire to assist soldiers who may choose not to go through official channels, yet still need someone to talk to?

Rainbow Forest in Troutville will be offering the Light University course “Stress & Trauma Care with a Military Application” on Thursdays at 6 p.m., beginning March 3 and continuing for 10 weeks.

For more information and to see the listing of topics covered visit Rainbow Forest’s website and click on the Stress and Trauma Care icon as it scrolls into view on the left side of the home page (about 1/3 of the way down the page).

(Dwayne Angle, Tim Hall, Mike Perdue, and Mark Waldron)

In Concert
Trinity Baptist Church
947 Lyle St.
Bedford, VA
Sunday, March 20, 2011
6 p.m.

(Ministry in Live Music, Song, and Testimony)

Help Wanted

Hunting Creek Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in the reformed tradition, is looking for someone to lead our Music and Youth Ministries.

In terms of the Music Ministry, this will primarily include preparation for and leading of music for Sunday AM & PM & Wednesday PM; and seasonal services. The music style of the church is “blended,” and the Music Minister must be able to lead and excited about leading the congregation in both older and newer songs. The Music Minister will also be charged with leading the choir(s), either directly or indirectly.

In terms of the Youth Ministry, this will primarily include preparation for and leading of weekly youth gatherings and special activities. The goal will be to build a vibrant Youth Ministry that reaches youth in the church, their friends, and youth in the community without a home church youth group.

In accomplishing the work of the ministry, the Associate Pastor of Music and Youth will work with the Senior Pastor and other church leaders, and their family will be expected to be involved in the church. Salary: $25,000. Contact Person: Brenda Oliver, Personnel Committee Chair. Contact Address:

Timber Ridge is searching for a pastor. For more info or to submit a resume, contact the church office at 540.586.9267.

2010 Annual Report

Copies of the 2010 Annual Report of the Strawberry Baptist Association may be picked up at the office the middle of March. Please call 540.586.8345 before coming by.

Mark Your Calendars!

Children’s Summer Music Camp
(Children who have completed grades K-6)

Monday, July 25, through
Friday, July 29, 2011
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bedford Baptist Church

Musical Program, Friday, 7:00 p.m.


Etc., Etc., Etc.

The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies has announced “Compassionate Churches” as the theme for its 2011 essay contest. The contest carries cash awards, and the winning essays may be published. It is open to all 11th and 12th grade high school students (public, private, or home school) who attend a Baptist church in Virginia. Contest information and requirements are posted on the Center’s website at The deadline for submissions is April 15.

(Helping Mature Drivers Find their Safest Fit)
Bedford Memorial Hospital
Friday, March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke is sponsoring this FREE event to provides older motorists hands-on resources and information to help them stay safe behind the wheel. CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AARP, AAA (American Automobile Association) and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

For more information or to make an appointment (not required), call 266.6000 or 1.800.422.8482.

An ACP Training event will be offered at the annual Leadership Gathering at Eagle Eyrie, May 6-7. Paula Hancock from LifeWay will be there to lead the training. The ACP Breakout sessions will be Friday afternoon from 2-5 and Saturday morning from 8:15-10:30. This training is available for church and associational staff and will be good for new ACP clerks as well as those more experienced.

For registration info, go to The cost is $54 per person ($69 after March 1, 2011). The lodging and meals will be an additional cost per Eagle Eyrie. (For lodging and meal questions, you will need to contact Eagle Eyrie at 434.384.2211 or If you prefer to attend only one breakout session, the cost is still $54 ($69 after March 1).

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.2956

Women on Mission: Radford is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in January, February & March. Thaxton will lead them in April. Diamond Hill will host the March birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Palestine will host it in April. The Sedalia Stars:

  • Supported Operation Christmas Child through a monetary donation to help with shipping shoeboxes.
  • Prepared 33 quarts of vegetable soup for shut-ins.
  • Created 114 handmade valentines for shut-ins, military personnel, and college students.

Phyllis McDaniel, associational WMU Secretary/Treasurer, would like to thank the following churches for submitting dues for the 2010-2011 year: Beaverdam, Bedford, Bethlehem, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Flint Hill, Glade Creek, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Mount Zion, Pecks, Radford, Sedalia, Shady Grove, Suck Spring, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.

Quilting Class Planning Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 5:15 p.m., SBA Office

SHINE: “Embrace”
A missional gathering for teenage girls
April 9-10, Eagle Eyrie
(Kickoff, Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.)

Mom & Me 2011
To Spain with Love
April 29-30 or April 30-May 1, Eagle Eyrie

This is a special time for girls (1st-5th grade) and their moms to be together—visiting with missionaries, enjoying music, making crafts, playing games, and much more! Registration is now open. Go to for more information.

WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10 a.m., Diamond Hill
Guest speakers: Chuck & Lynn Stebbins
(Disaster Relief volunteers)

The offering will go to the Bedford Pregnancy Center. Girls in Action, Mission Friends, RAs, and any other groups are invited to raise money for this project by having individuals fill baby bottles with loose change. The bottles will be presented at the Annual Meeting. This will be in addition to the offering taken at the meeting.


SBA’s Vision Statement: Due to our common faith in Jesus Christ and His body, the Church, we Commit ourselves to Connecting with one another for Coordinating the missions and ministries of our member churches and Communicating opportunities to partner together to fulfil the Great Commission and Great Commandment.

“I once saw a bumper sticker that proclaimed, ‘He who dies with the most toys wins.’ That’s wrong. It should say, ‘He who dies with the most toys dies anyway.’” —James Dobson

Help us all stay informed. If you have information about what's going on at your church, please share it with us. Items for the next newsletter should be written and in the association office by Wednesday, March 23.

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