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Stewardship: Counting the Cost

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish...


Does Anyone Care?

“Amen.” That was the ending word of the prayer of thanksgiving and request for safe travel. John then turned and boarded the bus that was to...


Doing the Most Good

Born in Battle Creek, Mich., June Williams never heard the name of Jesus until she was five years old. In that year, her sister, Juenelle, 6, died...


Actor to Perform at Southern April 2

Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., will host actor Tom Dugan as he performs a one-man show on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in...


Prayer Conference Elevates

Prayer Conference “Elevate” attendees are blessed in, with, and through prayer Feb. 20-22 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. Guest speaker...


Rallying to Impact Chattanooga

This year It Is Written, Southern Adventist University’s SALT program,band Chattanooga-area churches from the Georgia-Cumberland and...


China Report, Pioneer Teams

2015 First Quarter GCC Pioneer Team Report Report #1:The Lord has truly blessed us and we praise Him that we now have our own house church.  The...

Samaritan Center Expands, Grand Opening Friday

To celebrate the culmination of a major $3 million project that has expanded and revitalized its campus, the Samaritan Center is pleased to invite the community to a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. The celebration and open house will take place Friday, March 20, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Center (9231 Lee Highway in Ooltewah). The program and ribbon cutting... Read article

Children's Ministries Trains Leaders

In His Steps was the theme for the Children’s Ministries Convention held Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 13- 15, at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. The guest speaker for the weekend was Southern Union Youth Ministries Director, Ken Rogers. “Young people want to meet... Read article

Southern LifeGroups: Leaders and Relationships

Sebastian Lopez: "For me, LifeGroups have created an intimate home where I have learned how to lead, share, and grow."  Adam Sawyer: "Without LifeGroups we survive. With LifeGroups we thrive."  Bryant Rodriquez: "LifeGroups gave me a place to laugh, cry, talk freely, and hold myself and others... Read article

Loganville Creates Social to Save Agenda

For 30 Loganville Georgia church members, three score and ten was the pace setter for the Senior Appreciation Sabbath on January 31.  After sharing thoughts on the spiritual contribution and support of the seniors to the church by LaVerne Chin, Lilla Mitto gave a vocal solo in their honor followed by a prayer of dedication by head elder Rick Price.   Young people between the ages of six and... Read article

GCA Students Write Across Curriculum

Education should not be compartmentalized.  Students need to connect what they experience in chemistry with principles in English; they must demonstrate relationships within history and algebra.  This cross-curricular concept is something that Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) believes will make education a holistic endeavor instead of a prismatic smattering of knowledge.  In order to achieve... Read article

Augusta First Serves Community at Christmas

Augusta First Church members spent this holiday season exemplifying Christ in service to their community.  Although without a pastor for 10 months, the members did not let the lack of a shepherd diminish their desire to show Him to others.  In the absence of leadership, they continued to work toward a shared vision.  The Augusta School, Augusta Food Community Service, and Outreach teams... Read article

First Things First

It started last spring when Fern Illidge, a member of the church, got engaged to Malcolm Howard, a fine Baptist man. Sometime in April of 2014, they came to me, Stephen Murdock, and asked, “Pastor, do you do marriage counseling and if so we’d love for you to counsel us.”font-size: 13px;... Read article

Conference to Sponsor Chattanooga's 7 Bridges Marathon

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference is excited to share that they will be supporting Chattanooga’s “7 Bridges Marathon” as the presenting sponsor starting this year and beyond. Ed Wright, conference president, said, “As Seventh-day Adventists our unique message of hope and wholeness combined with our emphasis on a healthy lifestyle makes this a natural partnership. We are honored... Read article

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp Changes Westside Kids

Rob Lang, conference youth director, shared this email from a member of the  staff at  Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. Praise God for camp!Hi Pastor Rob!I hope you and the family are doing well! I hear you are all moved in to your new home- that's so exciting!... Read article

The Blessed Berries

Scott and Jennifer Dempsey wanted to send their daughter, Isabella, to Georgia-Cumberland Academy at the start of the 2014 school year. There was just one problem. They didn’t have the money. Jennifer’s parents had a suggestion. They would dedicate the berry bushes in their sizeable garden toward financing Isabella’s... Read article

Youth Mentoring Begins in Valdosta

You’ve heard it.  You’ve seen it in print.  And though the percentages change slightly, research recently released on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North American Division by the Barna Research Group confirms that nearly two thirds of our youth and young adults are leaving the church each year.  And the disturbing part of... Read article

Duluth Students Attack Canvassing Work

Students in grades 5-8 at Duluth Adventist Christian School in Georgia are out canvassing their neighborhoods. The impact is pretty amazing. Below are articles on the experience in their own words.Canvassing at Duluth Adventist Christian School Spreads the GospelBy: Khloe MaceOne word.... Read article

New Member Retreat Informs New Adventists

Once a year the conference offers a retreat for new members who have joined the Seventh-day Adventist church in the past year. Pastors are asked to invite these individuals to a weekend at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. This event took place Jan. 23-25. “It was a wonderful experience meeting our new members at Cohutta. They bonded through sharing their stories of God’s leading,... Read article

CA Senior Wins George Washington Honor Medal

Collegedale Academy senior Megan Thompson received the George Washington Honor Medal because of her entry into the Freedoms Foundation essay contest on November 9, 2014.  During her junior year, Thompson entered the essay contest and was one... Read article

Newport Youth Present Church

An air of expectancy permeated the sanctuary as seven Newport Pathfinders and five Adventurers reached the platform or front row seats.  The worship chair, sixteen year old Marc Butler, welcomed the waiting congregation which filled the church to more than one hundred members and guests.  Prayer, scripture reading and special music by the young people prepared hearts of the congregation for... Read article

Baptisms at Maryville School

Nestled in the foothills of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, Adventist Christian School of Maryville promotes an academic program that encourages students to grow spiritually while exploring the beauties of God’s world around them.  The natural setting of this small school lends itself to quieter, reflective moments with friends and God. Each year, during the last six weeks of... Read article

Atlanta Southside Holds Atonement Event

The Atlanta Southside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia celebrated The High Holy Day Temple Service of “The Day of Atonement” on Dec. 27, 2014,  The Sabbath School Division, by Raquel A. Fouts, Superintendent, led in the program as hostess.  It was truly a memorable day of celebration, there... Read article

Upcoming Local Concerts at Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University’s Symphony Orchestra Concerto Concert will be held at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, the performance may be viewed online at The concert is directed by Laurie Redmer-Minner. Selections include Launy... Read article

Communication Workshop Shares How to Start an Internet Radio Station

This year the Communication Department brought in father/son team Brian and Eric Hickman to share about their experience starting up an internet radio station from Crossville, Tenn. on Jan. 25 at the conference office. Seven people attended the free workshop and many were already very interested in beginning an online radio station with one attendee already operating an FM... Read article

China Report: 4th Quarter

Team A: The past six months have been the most difficult of our lives, but God certainly has not abandoned us and has given us good friends with whom we have started giving Bible studies.  One of our friends, who had been baptized as Christian years ago, shared her testimony.  After she became a Christian there was a fire in her house and everything she owned was either burned... Read article

Stewardship: Sportsmanship

In the small Michigan town where I grew up, sports— football, basketball, and baseball—were a high priority for students, parents, and the community. Being the best team in our league was very important and carried with it certain bragging rights.  Inevitably, there would be a controversial call, making a judgment... Read article

Upcoming Events at Southern Adventist University

RELATIONSHIP EXPERT SHAUNTI FELDHAHN PRESENTS ON "BEING LIFE-READY" JAN. 29Southern will host speaker Shaunti Feldhahn on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Iles PE Center and 7:30 p.m. in Thatcher Chapel. Feldhahn, a social researcher and best-selling author, will speak on “Being Life-Ready” and share her knowledge about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. The... Read article

Magabook Ministries Raises Funds for Schools

MagabookFrontline Magabook Ministries (FMM) is the youth Literature Evangelism department of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC). FMM has two academies and one university it oversees and operates its colporteur ministry throughout each school year. Each summer at least 100 young people, ages 16-25, join FMM as Literature... Read article

Bagley and Cheek, Congratulations on National Merit Scholar Status

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an "academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test(PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of... Read article

Winterizing the Widow

“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17. It was the regular Wednesday night Prayer Meeting of believers. Before continuing the study from the book of Psalms, the small group usually... Read article

A Guilty Conscience

“I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1, NKJV).  The Greek word for conscience is suneidesis. It means “to know together with oneself—to be one’s own witness regarding your own conduct—a consciousness of... Read article

God In Shoes Steps It Up

Communication director, Tamara Wolcott Fisher, recently sat down with the Women’s Ministries team—Jo Dubs, director, and Donna Crandall, administrative assistant—to learn more about the God in Shoes outreach that took place in conjunction with the North American Division (NAD) Women’s Convention, held in September in Orlando, Fla. The God in Shoes outreach took place... Read article

Meet Tim Leffew, Publishing/PARL director

Tim Leffew is director of the conference’s Publishing/PARL (Public Affairs and Religious Liberty) Department. The publishing ministry is a multifaceted program, and Tim stays very active overseeing its many parts. These include the fundraising programs for elementary school children, the Magabook summer programs, and school literature... Read article

Lost and Found

 It was a near-perfect morning for torching my brush pile of fallen branches, dead trees, and outdoor debris. My tractor was well-stocked with rakes, diesel fuel, fire kindling, and my chain saw. As the fire roared to life, gaining momentum, I paused to lay my glasses in... Read article

Baptisms Take Place in Cleveland First Hispanic

From Sabbath, Dec. 13, to Sabbath, Dec. 20, the Cleveland First Hispanic Company in Cleveland, Tenn., and their pastor, Hector Hernandez, held an Evangelistic Crusade, the first one to take place in the Cleveland First Hispanic’s church. God blessed every night. Between 13-16 attended the event. Three beautiful souls were baptized Sabbath, December 20, and five more individuals plan to be... Read article

Jasper Students See the Bible Through Egypt

The 5th -8th grade students of the Jasper Adventist Christian School in Tenn., have been studying about ancient Egypt in their social studies class.  Their teacher, Holly Abrams, visited the country of Egypt as a 14 year old and was able to tell the students first hand, what the pyramids looked like and how really huge each building block was.  She described how life-like the mummies still... Read article

Loganville Makes Pillowcase Dresses for Orphans

For about the past ten years the Loganville Church in Ga., has been supporting missionary work to Haiti. What’s even better, the church has its own special missionary; Pam Reifsnyder. Reifsnyder and her team have been conducting missionary trips to the Lascahobas area of Haiti (about two and a half hours from Port Au Prince), where they currently partner with Upward Bound... Read article

Messiah's Mansion Visits Savannah

The Savannah First Church in Ga., was blessed hosting the Messiah's Mansion exhibit over the week of October 4-12.  This was a return for the exhibit, having been there in 2011.  This time, besides the exhibit, a part of the Messiah's Mansion team stayed behind to present a 12-part follow-up series entitled "The Path Back to God."  Aside from the exhibit which... Read article

Southern Singles Ministry Takes Mission Trip to Ecuador

This was the 13th year Southern Singles Ministry returned to Ecuador to be a blessing. It is a long trip, with several different travel methods. This year marks 18 mission trips to different parts of Ecuador sponsored by Southern Singles Ministry. They served July 3-17 in Loja Provence, Loja, Ecuador, andfont-size:... Read article

Conference Offers Scholarships to Education Majors

Earlier this year, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference established four renewable $4,000 scholarships for Southern Adventist University students who are junior or senior elementary education majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To qualify for the “Passing the Torch” scholarship, recipients must be a member of a conference church and... Read article

Race Raises Funds for Schools and Honors Teacher

The Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) in Collegedale, Tenn., held the 3rd Annual Sandy Ericson Race for Christian Education Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. The race is named after Sandy Erickson, a beloved first grade teacher who taught for over twenty years at A.W. Spalding Elementary School and passed away in 2011 from... Read article

Mountain City Pathfinders Meet Mayor

The Mountain City, Tenn., Pathfinder Club, “Soaring Eagles,” has been learning the Christian Citizenship Honor.  They learned proper flag etiquette, how to become a United States citizen, and the responsibilities a citizen in this country holds. As part of the honor, they also met their local mayor, Lawrence... Read article

Couples Connect at Marriage Retreat

In his book “The Science of Happily Ever After,” psychologist Ty Tashiro shares that only three in 10 people who get married stay in a healthy, happy relationship. It’s a sad reality today that so many “I dos” turn into “I don’ts.” In an effort to fight back against such striking statistics, Family Ministries offers an annual marriage retreat designed to strengthen and enrich couples and... Read article

Youth Ministries Convention Focuses on Community

Today more people are connected via the Internet than in person, and we are feeling the effects as a church. All of the data on why youth and young adults are leaving points to one word: community.  The Youth Ministries Convention held at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp met Sept. 26- 27, and the topic of community was on the agenda with the theme “Engage: Plugging Youth Into the... Read article

Decatur Church Receives "Church of the Year" Award

The Decatur (Tenn.) Church recently received the Meigs County-Decatur Chamber of Commerce “Church of the Year” award. The award was presented on Thursday evening, Nov. 13, at the Meigs County-Decatur Chamber of Commerce banquet.  John Gann, Chamber president, presented the award. In his presentation, Gann said:  “For... Read article

Single Moms' and Kids' Retreat Offers Healing

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp was home for the first S’more Camp, a free retreat weekend for single moms and their children, held Oct. 24- 26.  They probably did toast s’mores at some point but these single moms also enjoyed spa time, spiritual... Read article

Retreat Strengthens Men of God

Every year, a small but growing and dedicated group of men gather at Cohutta Springs in mid-October for the Men’s Retreat. This year, the group consisted of about 50 men, many of whom are repeat attendees. They keep returning because they find great resources and spiritual renewal.  This year’s retreat included breakout workshops on how to be a better man of God, going... Read article

Faithbook Brings 150 Hispanic Teens to Cohutta

Under the theme Faithbook, as a reference to the social media Facebook, around 150 young people came to the Makeover at Cohutta Springs in Crandall, Ga. Makeover is a wonderful retreat weekend where young people from all Hispanic congregations come together to encounter with old and new friends to jointly... Read article

GCA Holds First Praise and Worship Festival

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) recently hosted 45 young people from across the Georgia-Cumberland Conference for its first-ever worship conference.  “Magnify,” as the event was called, took place on October 2-4 and was planned as a training opportunity for young people who are interested in leading worship in their home churches and... Read article

Teen Prayer Conference Held

The Lord poured out His Spirit and many blessings on a gathering of teenagers outside of Greeneville, Tenn., Nov. 7-9, at the "Deep" Teen Prayer Conference.  Kevin Wilfley was the featured speaker along with six other dynamic presenters.Just over 100 teens from eight different churches attended.  ... Read article

We Remember

On Dec. 2, 2004, a twin-engine plane crashed on take-off from the Collegedale airport, claiming the lives of our Georgia-Cumberland Conference officials along with the pilot. Read article

Diabetes Reversal Seminar Offered

Nearly 100 people attended the Reversing Diabetes Seminar training session held at the Georgia Cumberland Conference office in Calhoun, Ga., on Sabbath, November 1. Taught by Steve (MPA, RN) and Karen (RN) Wickham who developed the program and have been using it successfully in Grundy County, Tenn., for the past two years.The day was packed with lectures, an exercise... Read article

Psalm 136, Terry's Version

Give thanks to God our Father, Who let His only Son come down here, be tempted, abused and ultimately die for my sins, His faithful love endures forever.Give thanks to the LORD, for the Holy Spirit that is here with us right now and guides me every moment of the day, His faithful love endures forever.Give thanks to the LORD, for a Friend I can talk to... Read article

Hats Off to Ronald McDonald House

Support for families, particularly those with premature babies, continues through Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga, Tenn. Women's Ministries of the Murphy Church in North Carolina, and friends of Clay County Knitting and Crochet group, recently sent 152 tiny hats and 25 small pillows to families of “preemies.” The cute, colorful items are actually therapeutic. Read article

Ladd Springs/Bowman Hills Churches Combine for Let's Move Day

On Sunday, September 21, the Ladd Springs and the Bowman Hills churches in Tenn. partnered to conduct the FIRST ever "Let's Move!" Day for Cleveland and Bradley counties. Over 100 children participated in the "Let's Move!" Day activities (plus their parents). “The purpose of Let’s Move Day is to prevent childhood obesity and the resulting issues by showing children the... Read article

SouthEast Bank Presents Scholarships to Southern Students

SouthEast Bank, which began in 2002 and now includes 11 locations in Tennessee, participates in a scholarship program to support local students each year at various colleges across the state. In 2011 they began partnering with Southern Adventist University. Three of its students--junior Katarina Weekes, sophomore Caitlyn Bennett, and freshman Joelle Kanyana--were recently awarded... Read article

McDonald Road Church Burns Mortgage and Dedicates Children’s Wing

“Normally fires are bad, but when they burn up mortgages they’re great!” shares Don Gettys, who pastored the McDonald Road Church in McDonald, Tenn., from its organization until his retirement in 2011. “I am so thrilled that this church is out of debt and that this building belongs 100% to God.”The church had been working to pay off the mortgage since members decided to add... Read article

Adventist Community Services (South Georgia) Report

Fall is here—that means that it’s almost the end of the year. And fall means we have experienced another year of the Sunbelt Expo. What an experience it was this year, with the heavy thunderstorms the first day. We finally had to just close up and go home. But Wednesday made up for it. We were very busy on Wednesday. Thursday was also... Read article

Update on Pioneer Teams in China

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference currently sponsors a pioneer team that is focusing on gospel work in a city in China. This is a beautiful and materialistic city where people are focused on their money, properties, and cars. They love to talk about wealth and social status. But, they do not naturally ask questions or talk about their spiritual lives or eternity, so this pioneer team, as all... Read article

Coble School Experiences Loss at Reunion Event

A tragic accident occurred resulting in three injuries and one death in Calhoun, Ga.,  Saturday, Nov. 8, after the John L. Coble Elementary School 50-Year Reunion. The Gordon County Sheriff’s Department statement reads: “Investigating deputies and detectives determined that a middle-aged male driver of a pickup truck... Read article

Carl Hartman Receives Citizen of the Year Award

Carl Hartman of Andrews, North Carolina, was given the Citizen of the Year Award for Cherokee County at a ceremony on Tuesday night, September 23, for his health ministry and other accomplishments. Ever since Carl was pastor in Murphy and Andrews in the late 70's and early 80's, and again after his retirement to Andrews in 1996, he has... Read article

Impact Mission Group Walks for Autism

The question kept coming back, how can Impact Mission Group in Collegedale, Tenn., as a church, support families who have children with special needs? As a church we made the decision that we would be a place where everyone would be welcome. The question kept coming back, how do you include everyone; parents, children: so they wouldn't feel alone? The question wasn't just on my mind,... Read article

Three Elders Ordained in Fayette

Early this year the Fayetteville Church in Ga., ordained three of its members as elders. The church dedicated it's mission to serve God, serve one another, and serve the community is a reflection of God’s multicultural family and the Fayette community.  With members from more than 15 ethnic groups, the church provides three worship... Read article

Cleveland First Hispanic Has New Church

The Cleveland First Hispanic Company of Tenn. inaugurated a new church on Sabbath, October 4.  In the morning Miguel Tirado, ministerial director/Latin America, joined the church family. The preacher that Sabbath was Felicia Phillips. In the afternoon the members distributed  500  invitations to area residents to join the church family for services at their new church... Read article

Let's Move Day in Blairsville, Ga.

This was the third year Let’s Move Day has been organized by the Blairsville Church in Union County, Ga. It is proving to be an excellent opportunity for the local church to connect with their c... Read article

Atlanta North Hispanic Holds Second Let's Move Day

Atlanta North Hispanic Church had their second annual Let’s Move Day! event Sept. 21, 2014. There were 114 people in attendance at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Ga. After a morning devotion they started with the 5K at 7:30 AM. The kids 1 mile fun run was next, and each child received a medal upon completion. Subsequently, they had a medals ceremony for the top three men and... Read article

Southern Holding Land Dedication; 400 Acres Will Be Available for Public Recreation

Southern Adventist University’s large, rural campus in Collegedale recently got even bigger as approximately 250 acres on the school’s eastern boundary were donated by a local family through a land trust. Similarly, a private landowner is allowing Southern to manage an additional adjoining tract, meaning a total of 400 acres will be newly available for public recreation beginning in... Read article

Griffin Church on Track After 2013 Fire

The Griffin Church in Ga. is in the process of putting in a new baptistry and getting ready for their meetings with Doug Batchelor. They had a fire that destroyed their former church facility in 2013 and it is nice to see them getting back from that tragedy. ... Read article

Auburn Ga. Church Promotes Let's Move Initiative

The Auburn Church participated in the North American Division (NAD) Let’s Move Day on Sunday, September 21, 2014, .  For their first year, they hosted a free community event with a focus on physical fitness and healthy living. In the spring of 2014, the church Social... Read article

Lawrence Jeffery Begins New Chapter of Ministry

“Have you ever thought about going to seminary or studying theology? You manage to weave theology into your papers somehow, so maybe you should consider that.”  This was the question one of Michaela Lawrence Jeffery’s professors asked her during her graduate studies. She thought it odd, as she was attending a public university at the time.  “It’s the kind... Read article

Newport Church has First CHIP Class

The first Newport CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) class of sixteen participants and staff celebrated the beginning of a new healthy lifestyle Sept. 21, 2014. CHIP is about choices - the better the choice, the better the health.... Read article

Oshkosh International Camporee , 2014: as seen from the Mud Pit!

It all started Monday, August 18, after months and months of planning, fundraisers, collecting permission slips, and grocery shopping; we finally pulled into the Oshkosh Campsite in Wisconsin.  After our long ride, we were directed to our campsite.  The sun was setting fast as we made it to our home for the next four... Read article

Grand Opening of New Facility in Adairsville, Ga.

Members of the Adairsville, Ga. Church had the grand opening of their new church facility on September 27 and it was filled to overflowing for this special day. This church began as a small group of 29 who met for the first time in the Poplar Springs Methodist Church in Adairsville on August 4, 2001.  Technically it’s beginning began when in 1999 Ken Wiseman, head elder at... Read article


Comments about the Conyers Church’s Hope Pantry from some its users range from “. . . wonderful for the community” to “. . . tremendous blessing to myself and my family as I have been out of work for a year” to “. . . wonderful service.  I will tell others about it”. The Hope Food Pantry was established in 2008 by the Conyers Church Board. A partner agency of the Atlanta... Read article

God Attends to Our Special Needs

The proud members of Grandview Church paused August 23 to celebrate the miraculous achievements of one of their own, Deondrẽ Joshua Tyler.  Devoted relatives and supportive friends lovingly gathered together in Christian fellowship, to offer praise unto God for His immeasurable goodness towards the Tyler family.  For twenty-two years, this exceptional young man... Read article

Vise Grove Serves with God in Shoes

The Vise Grove Mission Group in Heflin, Alabama, hosted a God in Shoes event at the Pleasant Grove Elementary School Aug. 3. The community is the poorest in the county and closest to their church location. They served the community in many different ways during the 5 hour event. The focus was the students of the elementary school, which has about 260 students enrolled.  When... Read article

Lakeview Church Holds Fourth Let's Move Day

In an effort to lead up to Let’s Move Day, the Lakeview, GA church initiated a “Time to Change Your Life” campaign.  It was for church members to stop and think about the choices they are making and become motivated to change for healthier living. On September... Read article

Helpers from Andrews NC

Thirty-two Burmese refugee children started school Aug. 14 at Duluth Adventist Christian School in Ga. Each wore new underclothing, a new uniform, new shoes, and carried a new backpack loaded with the specific supplies needed for the year. Children... Read article

Messy Ministry in Cleveland

For three Saturday nights in August, families from the Bowman Hills church, Tenn., and community bonded as they ate, did crafts, and participated in recreational activities together.“Messy Church is a friendship ministry,” explains Pam Lassiter, who spearheaded the program at Bowman Hills, “It’s a type of VBS for families—and really for everyone.”Messy... Read article

Woods Celebrate Baby Dedication and Ordination

“I wanted to become a pastor because people invested time, effort, and money into me, and it changed the trajectory in my life,” said Josh Woods. “I thought if I could do that for others, that would be awesome, because I want to give back what’s been given to me.”  Woods attributes his decision to go into the ministry to his experience at Georgia-Cumberland Academy... Read article

Apison Church Members Pamper Single Moms

Thirty members from the local community recently enjoyed some positive attention as the Apison Tenn. church continued their ministry of pampering single moms on July 13.  The church members began the ministry three years ago as a day to provide information on engine maintenance, car washes, tire checks, and even gave away gifts certificates for a free oil change.  The event also included... Read article

City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County Proclaim October 1 “WSMC Play It Forward Day”

WSMC Classical 90.5, Southern Adventist University’s radio station, recently held the Play It Forward used instrument drive for inner-city schools; more than 135 pieces were donated and a grant from the McKenzie Foundation covered repair costs. On October 1, WSMC will be a part of two events officially turning these “new” instruments over to local music educators. In honor of the occasion,... Read article

Montes from Summer Camp Staff to Ordained Pastor

Summer camp impacts more than the lives of the youth who attend; it also changes the staff who work there. Take Jonathan Montes, associate/youth pastor at the Calhoun (Ga.) church, for instance. Long before becoming a pastor, Montes spent 10 summers (1992-2001) working at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp.“In reality, [camp] is where my call to ministry started; I just didn’t know... Read article

Conference Going Paperless at Committee Meetings

In an effort to reduce the use of paper, the conference recently purchased 32 Chromebooks for those who attend meetings to view documents. The Chromebook laptops were used for the first time Aug. 20 at executive committee, and it went well.Typically each executive committee member, there are about 37 members and 19 invitees, receives a notebook with about 150 pages of... Read article

Adairsville Pathfinders Oshkosh Fun

Some of us have been waiting five years for this day and now it is here!  At 8:55 p.m., August 10, we load the mini-bus from Southern University and start another Pathfinder Adventure, we are headed to the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis.  Come along and enjoy the trip with us.You must be prepared for wet, cold, and very hot weather, as well as wind, but... Read article

Jungle Safari VBS Held at Atlanta Southside

Atlanta Southside Church in Ga. held its 2014 VBS the week of July 21-25.  They had several volunteers from the youngest to the oldest, and everything in between.  For the first time in four years VBS took place in the evening, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The theme was Jungle Safari.  They started with God as Creator on Monday, Provider on Tuesday, Protector on Wednesday,... Read article

3 Point Play Expands to Include More Programs

Children age 9-12 enjoyed free basketball, soccer, and volleyball camps this summer in nine different locations compliments of 3 Point Play Ministries that is the brainchild of EW Dempsey, health and outreach ministries director for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Dempsey started 3 Point Play ten years ago with the philosophy that they would go into areas where there were no... Read article

GCA Offers Summer Science Camp

Summer included many fun-filled activities, including a science camp hosted by Georgia-Cumberland Academy science teacher, Marty Briggs. The event was open to 5th-8th graders who showed any passion and curiosity to learn more about science.  The four day program gave children a chance to advance and develop their skills in the area of science by learning about different branches of science... Read article

One Plants, Another Reaps, But God Gives the Increase

Tom Pennington was baptized in the beautiful waters of Watauga Lake on Sabbath afternoon, June 21, with about 40 friends from the Johnson City and the Banner Elk churches. His journey from a non-believer to a converted Christian shows the way God often works by using a variety of people.... Read article

Season of Service in Knoxville

Eleven area churches representing both the Georgia-Cumberland and the South Central conferences gathered at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater in Knoxville, Tenn., to celebrate a 40-day “Season of Service” Aug. 2. The 40-day period began on June 21 with a challenge to churches to the area counties in Knox, Loudon, Sevier, Blount, Anderson and Cocke seeking ways to serve the... Read article

Buford Family Health Expo

The Buford Family Church teamed up May 18 with the Natural Food Center, an Adventist owned health food store located in Buford, Ga., to present a Health Expo to the community.  Under the leadership of Cyndi Keiser, all the teams of church members were prepared to serve, including doctors and nurse practitioners. They helped to diagnose ailments, take blood pressure, and... Read article

Strategies for a Pure Life

Each January the Georgia-Cumberland Conference pastors gather for meetings. This year Mike Carduci and Ron Woolsey were two of the speakers, they shared the story of their journey from an active homosexual lifestyle to lives harmonious with the teachings of Scripture. Their presentations sparked an idea in several minds and then spread.It started with Mickey Mallory,... Read article

Another 180-day Evangelism Effort Underway

The Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) recently started a 180-day evangelistic effort: school.  They have much to be thankful for in spiritual growth and development last year that provided a great foundation to build on for the 2014-2015 school year.  Faculty, staff and administration began spiritual life planning in May.  The A.W. Spalding (AWS) and Collegedale... Read article

Q&A with Jo Dubs

Jo Dubs is director of Women’s and Family Ministries here at the conference. She brings a lot of energy and passion to the office and is always excited about ways to bless others!What do you enjoy most about your job? There are a lot of aspects to my job I like—creating and visioning; leadership development; interacting with people; and listening to the... Read article

Lifting Up Jesus at Youth and Young Adult Festival

Youth and Young Adult Festival is an annual event, perhaps the biggest each year (outside of camp), where more than a thousand youth and young adults converge for a day filled with powerful messages,engaging music, and much-needed fellowship—all directed in worship to Jesus.This year’s event, held March 22, brought Sam Leonor, chaplain of La Sierra University, back to... Read article

Latin-American Ministries Celebrates Messy Day

What do you get when you combine a giant beach volleyball, stilts, obstacle races, and a super-sized tic-tac-toe? Hispanic Messy Day!On June 8, Latin-American Ministries celebrated Messy Day, where hundreds of people from churches all around the conference gathered on the campus of Georgia-Cumberland Academy to have fun and share Jesus’ love with their friends and... Read article

Camp Meeting Just Like Old Times

“Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and prepare your minds for the Word of God!” A cool breeze swept over the few hundred people who attended this year’s Olde Time Camp Meeting. This year’s guest speaker was John Earnhardt—and yes, he’s related to Dale Earnhardt; his cousin, actually. Properly themed “A Race to Victory Lane,” Earnhardt’s presentations included stories... Read article

GCA Offers Tech Support to GCC Pastors and Teachers

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA), in partnership with the Southern Union and the Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC) IT departments, is establishing an IT helpdesk call center beginning Aug. 1. GCA’s computer helpdesk is already an established part of their services, but now conference pastors and teachers will be able to utilize it as their official place to obtain telephone assistance and... Read article

The Wilkens Family Legacy

More than 40 years ago, physician Charles Wilkens and his wife, Bonnie, moved to Jellico, Tenn., to help Adventist Health System reopen the small hospital in that community. In tow were their four young children and their dreams of supporting God’s kingdom in rural Appalachia. Their children also developed the medical-missionary spirit:  Their sons went on to become physicians, and their... Read article

Adventurers and Families Enjoy Fun Day

More than 1,800 Adventurers and family members from 42 clubs gathered at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp for the annual Adventurer Family Fun Day on March 30, 2014.The all-day event started with worship in the gym and a skit at the camp’s amphitheater. In both places, children learned more about “life in the heavenly kingdom,” the theme for this year’s Fun Day. After lunch, the... Read article

The Miracle of the Penny Fair

What do five loaves and two fish, 180 gallons of water, and a penny have in common? I’m sure the loaves and fish recall the feeding the five thousand.  And it’s probably not too difficult to figure out that the 180 gallons of water represent part of the story found in John 2:6 where Jesus preformed the miracle at the wedding feast. In both these events... Read article

ACF: Community Makes a Difference

It’s a blessing to hear directly from the students who are involved with Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF). Here are five reflections from student leaders. The first is from Gabrielle Clifford, at Tennessee Tech University.“This past April, the TTU ACF group along with local church members and friends were privileged to take Michael Boyd on an excursion to Virgin... Read article

"A Brand from the Burning" Translated to Spanish

More than forty years after it was first published, the book A Brand from the Burning, by Alcyon Ruth Fleck, has been translated into Spanish, the language its characters actually spoke. It is now also available as Un Tizón Sacado del Fuego, published by TEACH Services.   The story follows young Andrés Díaz from his childhood misadventures and... Read article

Third Annual Plant-Based Cookout Held in Knoxville

The third annual plant-based cookout took place on June 15, 2014, at the home of Stan and Kathy Wolcott on the campus of Little Creek Sanitarium.  The cookout was an end of the season celebration for the health ministries’ department of the Knoxville First Church, as they provide monthly plant-based dinners from September until May and take a break for the summer. Approximately 65 community... Read article

Monsalve Ordained in Ooltewah

The Ooltewah Hispanic Church in Tenn. had an ordination service for their pastor, Juanfer Monsalve, on Sabbath, May 10. Family, church, and conference members alike gathered together to witness the blessing of a young man officially accepting a life devoted to Christ. Vice-President for Pastoral Ministries and Evangelism, Victor Maddox explained the emotion of the service, “The people who... Read article

Ordination held for McKee Foods Engineer turned Pastor

David Ryder is the pastor for the Bristol and Kinsport (Tenn.) churches; however his original degree was in engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As an engineer he worked for McKee Foods where he soon began hearing about Adventist Christians. The teachings were different than the way he believed so he looked into it and after careful study,... Read article

Keele Named to New Position to Work with Young Adult Ministry

According to the May issue of Ministry Magazine, in an article written by Clint Jenkins, Ph.D., vice president of research for Barna Group, and A. Allan Martin, Ph.D., teaching pastor of Younger Generation Church in Arlington, Texas, Adventist young people seek positive relationships. This finding comes from the North American Division commissioning a study from the Barna Group, a... Read article

Coble Teacher Holds Prayer Breakfast

Juli Hamilton, the third and fourth grade teacher and vice principal at John L. Coble Elementary School in Calhoun, Ga., is always looking for ways to make her charges experience at a Christian school spiritually meaningful.  In 2013 she held a Sunday morning Prayer Breakfast at her home. She even got her husband Bill, an area family-practice physician, and her father, Harold Zacharias, in... Read article

Cohutta’s Lemaitre Named Business Man of the Year

Olivier Lemaitre, executive director of Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga., was named the 2013 Murray County Business Man of the Year at the Murray Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday, April 29., 2014 Each year the chamber president of Murray County, Ga., sends out a survey to all the chamber members asking them to select the businessman of the year, women of the... Read article

Public Invited to Screening of Blanco Documentary

Be among the first to screen a new documentary, The Jack Blanco Story, featuring the life story of a Chattanooga-area resident, Holocaust survivor, and Korean War veteran on Sunday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Collegedale Community Church on 4995 Swinyar Drive. Jack J. Blanco’s tale of survival, submission and salvation will inspire young and old alike from all walks of... Read article

Jellico Reopens Community Service

The Jellico Church in Tenn. provided a community services for several years downtown.  A few years ago it closed and the church has been wondering whether they would ever start it up again.   There was land donated to build a building but it was decided that could be costly.  Another idea was to... Read article

The CHIPS are Winning

Know anyone who wishes they were healthier? Most of us do. It might even be you. Lots of people have a poor quality of life and will die younger than they should because of poor lifestyle choices.Jesus often healed people. Sometimes everyone in a whole village was healed because of Jesus being there. He didn’t want to just heal their physical bodies. He wanted to give them... Read article

Augusta Wins Second Place in Parade

“Christ: Into all of the World,” a parade float sponsored by the Augusta School, won second place in the religious division of the Columbia County Christmas Parade in Ga.  Students, hail from various ancestral backgrounds, dressed according to their culture of origin.  Countries represented included: Germany, Scotland, West Indies, Canada, England, South Korea, France, Romania, Mexico,... Read article

Adventurers Share Joy at Christmas

Six Adventurers, three cars, four grown-ups, and one Pathfinder made there way slowly along to a small nursing home in Decatur, Tenn., one rainy Sunday, just before Christmas. One car was full of props and costumes. The other cars held very excited youngsters. They were about to display the results of many practices concerning the wonderful Christmas story. Their eyes were... Read article

Newton Brings Health and Fun to Friendship Festival

Last October the Newton County Church participated in the Friendship Festival held in Social Circle, Ga., with about 4,000 in attendance. The church booth offered free healthy snacks with food samples, recipes, CPR instruction, free literature, and registration for depression recovery classes.  They received good response from the community and the food samples were a big hit, especially the... Read article

Rossville Church Conducts One-Week Evangelism Series

After many months of the church actively engaged in consistent practical ministry in the community, and emphasizing discipleship, the Rossville, Ga. Church held a short evangelism series that started April 18. The church had a handful of guests attend consistently and they continue follow-up with all who attended. The evangelism presentations were conducted by church... Read article

Chin Performs with Symphony Orchestra

James Chin, a talented 16-year-old musician and the son of Vernon and Angela Chin, performed recently with the Rome Ga. Symphony Orchestra.  He is the second Georgia-Cumberland Academy student to win this prestigious honor, with Jessica Ahn being the first in 2012. Chin qualified to perform with the orchestra by first competing and winning in his category for the Rome... Read article

LaFollette Offers Stop Smoking Clinic

The LaFollette Company in Tenn. held a successful 5-Day Stop Smoking Clinic April 13-17 in Woodson’s Mall. Clinic participant, Jean Gorman said, “The 5-Day Stop Smoking clinic was a fantastic program. I'm still smoke-free even though I've been tempted. It's just amazing. God's brought me through it. This past... Read article

Atlanta-Belvedere “Tag Team” Spring Evangelism

However unimaginable, decades ago, the reality of two brothers from an obscure little town winning souls for Christ came to a crescendo on April 19, 2014. We are not referring to the Galilean brothers, Peter and Andrew; we’re referring to the Bulgin brothers from the small town of Jointwood in Southwestern Jamaica, W.I. While retired pastor George Bulgin delivered an... Read article

Students Grow Gardens and Raise Funds

Murphy Adventist Christian School's pre-k and kindergarten class was awarded Farm to School funding from the Growing Minds program this spring. Growing Minds is a program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) that provides Farm to School resources and training for teachers and schools interested in connecting children with local food and farms. The funds were specifically... Read article

Gordon Hospital Patient Befriended and Baptized

Chaplains surely enter their share of emotion-saturated situations, but we still yearn for the private joy of hanging up a wet baptismal robe, too.  Today (May 17), patient, Beverly Franklin, surrounded by Gordon Hospital employees, medical staff members, and volunteers attending the Calhoun, Ga., Church, transitioned from learner to discipler by... Read article

GCSS Celebrates the Purpose of Existence

In the final week of the school year the Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) commemorated three graduation programs that acknowledged the academic growth and achievement of the students in kindergarten, 8th grade, and 12th grade at Collegedale Academy. 190 GCSS students graduated from one level to another in their education journey and each service was celebrated by our... Read article

Alpharetta Learns to Unlock God's Power

The Alpharetta Church held a weekend revival entitled, "Unlocking God's Power - Growing a Healthy Alpharetta Adventist Church."  The four part revival and seminar was lead by Andrews University professor, Joseph Kidder, as he told of his life and amazing journey of faith. The congregation was truly inspired and motivated to revival as they heard Kidder's story of becoming a... Read article

God in Shoes Serves Others in Augusta

God in Shoes team members (both women and men) from the Augusta First Church in Georgia arrived at the Hope House of Augusta May 4, 2014. The Hope House is a residential treatment facility for women suffering from addictions, mental health issues, and homelessness. They are a learning based facility, not only do they help the women become substance free, but they also teach... Read article

RISE Sports Program Begins

A new outreach is beginning with a program called RISE, reaping in sports evangelism. The winning name was chosen by Sandy Miller, a teacher in Maryville, Tenn. “We wanted an on-going sports evangelism program that we could offer at local churches or schools year round,” said EW Dempsey, personal evangelism... Read article

Bringing Pride Back on the Reservation

One year ago this month I traveled with several others to a reservation in South Dakota. Serving others changes you and I was touched deeply by the people and their needs. Here is the story I wrote last summer. Please pray for the people of the Pine Ridge Indian... Read article

Prayer Conference Brings the Heart of God

“Simply Prayer – Touching the Heart of God” was the theme for this year’s Prayer Conference held at Cohutta Springs Conference Center on Valentine’s Weekend, Feb. 14-16. One couple, Graham and Sarah Wallis of Lawrenceville, Ga., took advantage of the special romantic date and married Feb. 14 in a private family ceremony at Cohutta. They then spent the weekend at the conference... Read article

GEMS for Christ Raises Funds Performing

Bill and Daffodil Harper, members of the Athens, Tenn. Church, lead a group called GEMS for Christ. GEMS (Great Evangelistic Missions) was founded in 2002 and is a organization that raises funds to assist and share the gospel in the Philippines. A big part of the GEMS fund raising comes from musical concerts performed by “The Visionaries.” Daffodil leads the musical performers... Read article

Pathfinder Camporee Brings God and Fun to New Site

There were games of soccer, volleyball, football, and even Frisbee golf. Children were everywhere playing, flying kits, creating potholders, learning outdoor skills, talking, and enjoying the beautiful day. It was Pathfinder Camporee April 24-26 and over 1,700 youth were camping in a new space of 30 acres at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga. “Camporee allows... Read article

Local Filmaker Scores Big in National Christian Youth Film Contest

The historic Fox Theatre in Bakersfield, California, was packed as hundreds of spectators, supporters, and hopefuls attended the 20th Anniversary Christian Youth Film Festival. However, local filmmaker and Rhea County Academy student Jonathan Wendt traveled the farthest distance to attend in hopes of winning at least one award. What he didn't realize is how well his film "The Indian's... Read article

Wickhams Tackle Diabetes Reversal

Karen and Stephen Wickham, members of the Jasper, Tenn., church and residents of Coalmont, are operating an award winning grant based Diabetes Prevention and Reversal Program in Grundy County, Tenn. It all started because Karen, a nurse and former caregiver for aging parents who had since died, felt without purpose. One day she saw a notice for a meeting of the... Read article

A Book Changes a Family

This is a fraction of our testimony about the exceptional way we became Seventh-day Adventists. Doug grew up Baptist and I grew up Pentecostal. We were members of a local missionary Baptist church.  The people were nice.  The activities were nice. The services were nice but we wanted more God in our... Read article

Southern Student Strengthens Faith While Pursuing Scientific Dreams

Josh Barrow, a member of the Collegedale Church in Tenn., has always been passionate about serving the Lord and studying science. At some universities these two goals might seem incompatible, but at Southern Adventist University Josh has been able to pursue both.A physics and math major, Josh chose Southern because he wanted to study with professors who shared his faith so... Read article

Creation Outdoor School Enjoyed

Excited chatter was heard throughout Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 9, as over 100 Georgia-Cumberland Conference 5th- and 6th-grade students, teachers, chaperones and Southern Adventist University (Southern) students were getting settled into their cabins.  The three-day Creation Outdoor School adventure was... Read article

Conference Sponsors Pioneer Teams in China

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference has accepted the invitation to be involved in Kingdom growth in China—and because of this support, four new pioneer teams were sent to unreached areas of a province in China. This particular province is located in Southeast China, has a population of more than 45 million, and is one of the poorest provinces in China. Along with the economy, the... Read article

Jordan Madrigal Visits Haiti

Two years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Haiti on a mission trip with the Collegedale Church. I met many new faces, not only in my group of 40-plus mission trip members, but also at the numerous orphanages where we ministered. What originally seemed like such a long trip was over in a flash, and life was soon back to its normal, busy schedule. However, it was not the last... Read article

Coble Celebrates Baptism at Graduation

John L. Coble School’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony, in May, also included the baptism of one of the graduates, Juan P. Duarte, Jr. Juan, came to Calhoun, Ga., at the start of the 2013-2014 school year from New Jersey to live with relatives Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Garcia. He wanted to attend a Seventh-day Adventist school. He was also in need of being helped by a sponsor for... Read article

Savannah Teens Reach Out at Forsyth Park

The Savannah First Church teenagers in Georgia wanted to do something "different" and meaningful for outreach to the community over the Christmas season (Sabbath afternoon, December 8). They asked their church family to come out and support them as they performed three drama skits, sang, and one of them even preached a sermon in Forsyth Park, which is a large recreational... Read article

Lifestyle Intervention with Natural Remedies

The Kenyon Memorial Church in Thomasville, Ga., initiated its 2014 Evangelistic outreach effort with a one-week Lifestyle Intervention with Natural Remedies health series. Jorge Quintiana, pastor, and the church board decided to pattern its evangelistic outreach program according to Christ’s... Read article

Samaritan Center Hosts Free Tax Return Prep

This spring the Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, Tenn., hosted free tax return preparation and filing through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga received IRS grant money for the VITA programs taking place in the Chattanooga area, providing training and site administration. IRS-certified volunteers from Southern... Read article

Backyard Garden Draws Visitors to Calhoun Church

Showplace gardens abound in Georgia. A singular garden, literally in the backyard of the Calhoun Church off Highway 53, in Calhoun, at 1411 Rome Road also is a showplace. Known simply as “The Garden,” the volunteer-built pleasance is definitely a north Georgia place to visit. Six years ago, DeWitt Boyd, a self-employed artist called... Read article

Celebration of Life Enjoyed at Cohutta

Peggy Hallman, Mission Outreach Coordinator, at the Cohutta Springs Conference Center, has a husband battling cancer. She saw the benefits of Memorial Hospital’s cancer survivor weekends that were held at Cohutta Springs over the years, and wondered if the same thing could be accomplished by... Read article

GCA Students Perform with Michael Card

Georgia-Cumberland Academy’s (GCA) select choir, Camerata, had the privilege of performing in concert with Michael Card April 17. Card is a musician who has sold more than four million albums and written around 19 number one hits including “El Shaddai,” “Love Crucified Arose,” and “Emmanuel.”  Card was the main attraction for the Dalton Ga. Church’s 75-year celebration and is the co-author... Read article

God Works Through "Signs"

When Lori Anderson moved to Georgia, in 2012, she asked to start a Signs of the Times ministry, in Calhoun. The young mother of two sons was motivated to do this, as she homeschooled her two sons, Kalen and Cody. They were looking for a mission service to do. When she spoke to Gary Rustad, pastor of the Calhoun Church, he enthusiastically supported the idea, she... Read article

Women Retreat and Celebrate God In Shoes 10 years

To combat the hustle and bustle of daily life about 350 ladies from throughout the Georgia-Cumberland Conference came apart to relax and reflect on Christ and His love March 14-16 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center for the spring women’s retreat. The theme “If the Shoe Fits” focused on "walk in love as Christ loved us," Ephesians 5:2. The guest... Read article

Hanging Out In Prayer

The Roane Community Church Prayer Ministry team members from Harriman, Tenn., live as far as 50 miles apart, but that does not stop them from logging on with Google... Read article

GCA Wins InStep Award

Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) won the 2013 Adventist InStep for Life Award for top miles at a academy. Greg Hudson, chaplain and associate pastor for the GCA church, is the InStep program coordinator for the academy and he, along with his student worker, sophomore Carolina Smith, record the miles for all involved to the online... Read article

Miranda Publishes Search Book

Have you ever felt like no matter what you try or what you buy, it leaves you still missing something? Insight editor and member of the Calhoun Church in Ga., Omar Miranda, welcomes you to the beginning of the end of your... Read article

South Georgia Camp Meeting - Meets

About 330 people attended South Georgia Camp Meeting the first weekend of April, 4-6, in the lovely city of Savannah, Ga.  Jud Lake, professor of preaching and Adventist studies at ... Read article

Peachtree City Holds Health Fair

The Peachtree City Church opened the doors of their Family Life Center March 16 to host a Free Community Outreach Health Fair. George Pangman, pastor, challenged the church board in mid-2013 to prayerfully seek ways that they, as a church, could reach out in a meaningful way, to their community of Coweta /Fayette County. It was decided that a health fair would be a successful... Read article

God Wants to Use You

Last month you may remember that I challenged you to see a bigger picture of the world.  A picture that included anyone that God might put in your path.  Even complete strangers.  Why?  Because I believe God wants to use you to be a blessing to others.    A prime example of this is Robin Gau.  You may remember her.  She is the lady I met at TC Thompson Hospital in Chattanooga... Read article

TV Station Covers Knoxville Health Event

Channel 8 News Station (WVLT) covered a recent health ministries’ event in Knoxville, Tenn.  About 100 local residents attended a plant-based dinner and health seminar at the Knoxville First Church on Sunday, March 16, 2014.  Melody Prettyman, who is a regularly featured cooking expert on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) and co-host of a weekly radio program... Read article

Urban Legends at Wildwood

About eighteen months ago then 20-year old Dillion Sherrill, a Wildwood College of Health Evangelism graduate, stepped to the podium of the Wildwood Church and shared his burden for the people in the downtown Chattanooga area. Dillion and a few friends had been doing personal evangelism on the streets of downtown on the weekends. Within weeks after Dillion's... Read article

Gainesville Church Participates in 5K

 The Gainesville Church participated in the Gainesville Chamber 5K run on Thursday, March 27.  The race was hosted at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga.  The church has been trying to come up with ideas to get involved in the community and participating in this event was one way that was suggested by a church member.... Read article

Prayer from a Bowl

In 2011, Douglasville Church’s prayer ministries co-coordinator read an article in the Southern Tidings Magazine about a school that would pray for... Read article

Transition: Homeschool to GCA

MariRuth Runyon, 13, is homeschooled. She plans to enter Georgia-Cumberland Academy in the fall of 2015 as a freshman. To orient herself to the transition from homeschooling, she requested an interview with Nancy Gerard, GCA’s Director of Alummi and Development. The interview follows: Q: As a homeschooler what should I be doing to prepare... Read article

Edna Chesnutt Turns 100

Members of the town of Apison, Tenn. area, including the Methodist, Baptist, and Adventist churches, gathered together March 2, 2014, at the Hullender Farm in honor of one of the areas oldest citizens, a resident since 1934, Edna Chesnutt. They helped celebrate her l00th birthday. She... Read article

Collegedale School System Serves Others

Through a partnership with Southern Adventist University (SAU) the Greater Collegedale School System (GCSS) participates in two unique programs that promote an ethic of service to the elderly.  Both programs are funded by an anonymous donor who provides 80% of the grant and requires 20% to be locally raised in the community.Managed by the SAU School of Social Work, under... Read article

MAC Camp Serves Others

Jazmine was a young lady who came to the Marietta Adventist Church as part of the MAC day camp program.  Her aunt was looking for a program that could benefit her niece and nephew and give them a positive outlet for the summer, and MAC Camp gave them that opportunity.  MAC was originally intended to support local church families, and had many elements of a traditional residential church... Read article

Collegedale Pathfinders Raise Oshkosh Funds with Puzzle

The Collegedale Church Pathfinder club in Tenn., like many clubs across the country and around the world, is looking forward to traveling to Oshkosh Wisconsin next August for the International Pathfinder Camporee. Like many others, the Collegedale club is concerned with the extra costs to send their kids and families. As a result, they... Read article

Oglethorpe Walks Through Bethlehem

“I heard a rumor earlier today.  They say a woman and her husband were sleeping in the stable because the city is so crowed and there was no room in the Inn.  Story has it she gave birth to a child there.”As the tour guide directed his group through the City of Bethlehem, (after being accounted... Read article

Reboot Inspires ACF Leaders

Each fall, Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) hosts a retreat just for student leaders and their advisors at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. This school year, there are roughly 25 students who serve as leaders for their ACF chapter on one of 10 public/secular university campuses and most of them joined ACF for their annual training. Their theme... Read article

Loganville Adventurers Collect Back Packs for Foster Kids

The Loganville (Ga.) Church Adventurer Club undertook a wonderful project that began in November 2013.  They decided to partner with to collect backpacks for children in foster care. Michelle Fentress, the Adventurer Club Director, first read about the program last year in the local newspaper.  Naturally, the name of... Read article

Convention Refocuses Leaders on Jesus

About 225 children’s ministry leaders—from VBS coordinators to Sabbath school teachers—gathered for the annual Children’s Ministries Convention. The weekend, held Feb. 7-9 at the Cohutta Springs Conference Center, aims to equip leaders with the inspiration, knowledge, tools, and resources they need to make an impact on the kids in their home churches and local... Read article

Students Celebrate Music at Band and Strings Festival

Music students from around the conference converged on the campus of Georgia-Cumberland Academy Jan. 23-24 for the 2014 Elementary Band and Strings Festival. The event packed in intensive, concentrated practicing to prepare students for their vespers performance on Friday evening. All their hard work paid off when friends and family... Read article

Carman Hosts Students' Weekend

Carman Adventist School in Marietta, Ga., sponsored a weekend of preaching and special music on Jan. 24-25. Bill Levin, Marietta Church pastor, worked with 15 students during the month of January, preparing them to deliver sermons from the ShareHim series. During the weekend, students led out four services, and every grade had a part to... Read article

Retreat Offers High Schoolers Spiritual Renewal

More than 100 students and 28 sponsors convened at Cohutta Springs Jan. 31-Feb. 2 for this year’s High School Retreat, a time when the Youth Ministries Department sets its focus specifically on Adventist youth who are not in Adventist schools. “It’s sad to say that we can get busy with all these... Read article

Kelch Writes NAD Devotional for Teens

Kalie Kelch, a member of the Georgia-Cumberland Academy Church in Calhoun, Ga., is the author of the 2014 junior/earliteen devotional “Grab Your Boarding Pass.”  The devotional takes you on a tour of America and areas of Guam, Canada, and Bermuda in search of lessons that will prepare you for heaven. Kelch has been involved in church ministry since she was... Read article

GCA Students Stream School Events

The IT Department at Georgia-Cumberland Academy(GCA) will be streaming many exciting events. Tune in to and receive a blessing from the upcoming events. Below is a schedule of some of the events that will be streamed. If you have any suggestions or comments for us, email ... Read article

Happy Birthday Leila Pink

Leila Pink, affectionately known as Grannie Pink, was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, March 12, 1914. She and her family have been Adventists for several years. She was married to the late Alexander Pink for over 75 years and they had 11 children. She is also blessed with 33 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 10 great, great... Read article

Appalachian Mission Trip Celebrates 25 Years

What started as a way to get high school students in touch with real world reality is still serving that same purpose today, 25 years later, Appalachian Outreach is making a difference. In the summer of 1989 Don Keele, Jr. was searching for a way to challenge students and yet alleviate suffering for others.  As the youth pastor for the Madison Campus... Read article

John L Coble Elementary School Celebrates Mortgage Burning

Constituents and friends of  John L. Coble Elementary School (Calhoun, Ga.), gathered on Feb. 22, 2014, for a mortgage burning to celebrate the school’s debt retirement. The current 95-student school sits of the same land as Georgia-Cumberland Academy, where the Hurlbutt Farm School first opened its doors in 1915, with A. W. Spaulding as principal. Later, in 1964, the Academy... Read article

Greenhaven Participates in BOB

 For the past four years Greenhaven Mission Group of Seale, Al., has been eagerly looking forward to the first Sunday in November. That is the date of the annual Banquet on the Bridge (BOB).  BOB was the brainstorm of a handful of college students from several area churches in Columbus, Ga.   The idea of BOB sprung from Luke 14:12-14, when you throw a banquet, don’t invite your... Read article

Public Health Students Learn About Adventists

The Community Health and Cultural Competency class for Public Health students at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has invited the Johnson City Adventist Church in Tenn. to share its beliefs and philosophy of health in the fall and spring semesters for the past three years. They open the 75... Read article

GCA's Staats Wins NAD Ministerial Award

Ernest Staats, IT director at Georgia-Cumberland Academy (GCA) since 1999, was the recent recipient of an Excellence in Ministry Award.  This award, given for “continual outstanding excellence” in various areas of ministry, is given out only two times every five years when the North American Division (NAD) holds its Adventist Ministries... Read article

Heritage Academy Helps with Harvard Emergency Drill

Harvard University held an emergency medicine conference October 26, 2013, with participants from around the globe.  Heritage Academy, a self-supporting Adventist school in Monterey, Tenn., was invited to be a part of the conference. Asked to train and participate in an emergency drill, Heritage students trained Harvard medical students and professors in ... Read article

GCA Student Presents at FETC

 I recently had the amazing opportunity to go to a tech conference down in Orlando, Florida. FETC is a tech convention dealing with technology in the classroom. It is currently the second largest educational tech conference in the country, with the largest being the national. Thanks to its size, there were some big playing companies that showed up. Some of the big companies included:... Read article

Annual Retreat Welcomes New Adventists

Each year the conference holds a New Member Retreat at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. About 130 excited new believers attended this event Jan. 17-19. The weekend featured welcome time Friday night, Sabbath School with Gordon ... Read article

Baptisms Celebrated in Decatur Church

The Decatur, Tenn., Church had a baptism on November 16, 2013, as a result of a successful Vacation Bible School (VBS) program conducted by leaders, Ellen Crosby and Kerrie Sue Crosby.   Decisions were made for Christ and five of the young people who attended each night were baptized. These five held personal Bible study lessons at home in preparation for their baptism.  Don... Read article

CA's Old Laptops Provide New Blessings

This year, because Collegedale Academy (CA) students received updated technology, a new purpose needed to be found for the 55 old laptops still in the school’s possession. Each laptop was worth $50, but Michael Peel, CA's IT director, discovered that the computers could provide a benefit to mission fields that is worth far more than... Read article

Memorial for Marsha Claus

Marsha Violet Chesnut Claus died Feb. 16, 2014, at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Ga., surrounded by family and friends. Born Sept. 14, 1964, Marsha was 49 years old. A teacher by trade, Marsha loved children. She served as an elementary school teacher in Illinois from 1992 to 1994 and again at John L. Coble Elementary School (grades pre-k through 8) in... Read article

Campbells Bring Health Education & Deli to Greeneville

John and Monica Campbell thought to retire and find a home in upstate New York, but God had others plans. The Campbells felt impressed to move to Tennessee, and now they own and operate a health food store and deli, Plum Natural Health Foods and Plum Tasty Deli in Greeneville, Tenn. “A good day is not really selling a bottle of Vegenaise or that someone enjoys a sandwich for... Read article

Coble Student’s Enterprise Helps Cancer Patients

At the beginning of each school year, kids get much enjoyment from sharing what they did during the summer. Joe Hannah, a fourth-grader at John L. Coble Elementary School (Calhoun, Ga.), is no exception. He smiles broadly when he tells others about an enterprising business he started: Joe’s Jazzin’ Juice. Joe’s mother, Melissa, coordinated... Read article

CA Collects Food for The Samaritan Center

On Nov. 5, Collegedale Academy’s 300-plus high school students carried bag after bag of nonperishable food items into the school’s gym. It was pickup day for the school’s annual food collection drive. Community members were asked to leave bags of nonperishables out Tuesday morning for CA students to pick up and deliver to The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, Tenn. The food drive,... Read article

Local Students to Perform on NPR Music Show; ‘From the Top’ Taping Broadcast in Chattanooga on Jan. 23

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard by 700,000 listeners each week on more than 250 NPR stations, is coming to the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga to tape a radio broadcast on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The popular program will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This... Read article

GCA Celebrates Milestone with Dogwood Day Celebration

Georgia-Cumberland Academy opened its doors to students in the fall of 1965. As we look forward to our 50th anniversary celebration, there will be milestones to celebrate along the way.  One of these early events in the establishment of the school was recently commemorated at GCA. In 1962, ground was broken for the new school. Spirits were high and the conference was united in... Read article


I had preached evangelistic campaigns before, but my trip to the Dominican Republic this summer was the most epic campaign of my life. Not only did it give me an opportunity to share the gospel with God’s children in another country and to learn from their culture, it also allowed me to visibly see God working in my life. Foreign evangelism... Read article

GCA Senior Wins State Piano Competition

Jessica Ahn, senior at Georgia-Cumberland Academy and the daughter of physicians Daniel Ahn and Susan Kim Ahn, recently won the top prize in her age category for piano performance in the Music Teachers’ National Association state competition. On Nov, 5, 2013, Jessica performed 25 minutes of advanced piano literature from a range of musical styles in front of a panel of judges.  She competed... Read article

A Big Hug From God

Carole Verrill has been active in ministry since the age of 10, when her pastor’s wife saw potential in her and asked her to lead out in one of the Sabbath school divisions. “She just saw a love for children in me, even though I was just a child myself,” Verrill said. “She encouraged me to get involved in leading and teaching in the cradle roll division in our church. And I... Read article

Jerline Porch Celebrates 99 Years

Members of the Calhoun Church (Calhoun, Ga.) hosted a birthday for member Jerline Porch on Oct. 6. Ninety-nine years is a long lifetime—and all of it has been lived in Gordon County. Jerline was born to Jesse Washington Mann and Ida Shepherd Mann on Oct. 11, 1914. As the seventh of 12 children, her life provided constant interest. Reared on a farm, working in the... Read article

Students Study Nature with Butterfly Garden

Third and fourth graders at Savannah Adventist Christian School (Savannah, Ga.) excitedly changed into work clothes and garden gloves on Sept. 20, eager to work outside in their butterfly garden. Each student was able to dig a hole and plant one specially selected nectar or host plant in the garden planted by last year’s class outside their classroom windows. With help from an adult,... Read article

Saved From Suicide

The following is the firsthand account of a woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, about God rescuing her from taking her own life. He did it through the help of a flyer advertising an upcoming meeting, The Daniel Challenge, that the Ellijay Church (Ellijay, Ga.) was hosting.Her StoryUp until seven years ago, I lived a normal life. I had been married for 32... Read article

Facebook Connects 1,000-Plus Adventist Homeschoolers from Around the World

In 2008, Leigh Pritchett was a young mother from Leslie, Ga., who was interested in raising her children for God. A member of the Albany (Ga.) Community Church, she had a heart for homeschooling and started looking for resources that would help her in that mission. New to Facebook and finding no Facebook group for Adventist homeschoolers, she decided to start one herself. It was a group that... Read article

An Exciting Day for the North Knoxville Church

Sabbath, Feb. 2, 2013, was a joy filled day for members and friends of the North Knoxville Church. The day included celebration of the church’s 20th anniversary, the paying off of a 10-year mortgage, and a special mission offering to raise funds to build a one-day church.For months prior to the event, with guidance from the homecoming committee and church board, the church... Read article

Pathfinders Help Samaritan Center and Serve Community

If you suddenly found yourself without a place to live, what items would you need for day-to-day living? As part of its social service outreach, the Samaritan Center (Ooltewah, Tenn.) gives out personal care kits. For the past five years, Pathfinders have put together these kits at the annual Georgia-Cumberland Conference Pathfinder Camporee. This year they assembled 900... Read article

New I-75 Ramps and Conference Entrance Underway

After many year of planning, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has completed the necessary business purchases and rights of way to begin a much needed off/on ramp expansion for Exit 315 on Interstate 75. “Turning onto Redbud Road (Exit 315) from the interstate has been a challenge for years,” said Darrel Starkey, construction coordinator for the conference.... Read article

Church in the Park

On a frosty fall morning, members and friends of the Carrollton (Ga.) Church converged on Knox Park located in the heart of Carrollton, Ga. The goal was to bring church to the community. The Carrollton Church is located in the country, outside of town, and out of sight, out of mind. The church family, excited about what God had been doing in their small little church, decided that instead of... Read article

Cleveland First Hispanic Celebrates Adventurer Club

On Sept. 14, the Cleveland First Hispanic Company (Cleveland, Tenn.) held an inauguration service for its Adventurer club. Before the ceremony, members rejoiced over the baptism of one of the girls in the club. The church started the club as a way to reach out to community children following this summer’s Vacation Bible School. The group consists of 20... Read article

Miracles in Cuba

An evangelistic team from the Georgia-Cumberland Conference led by Neftaly Ortiz, Hispanic evangelism coordinator, set out for Cuba on July 10 to conduct meetings. Simultaneously, Tropical Storm Chantal was brewing in the Atlantic and threatening to become a hurricane. The projected course of the storm had it headed straight for the location where the group would be—Holguin, Cuba. The team... Read article

Albany Church Rejoices with Baptisms, Dedication, and Wedding

The first weekend of June, the Albany Community Church (Albany, Ga.) experienced a truly heaven-sent blessing. On Sabbath morning, the church witnessed a dedication and three baptisms. The weekend finished with a traditional Irish wedding.On June 1, the Sabbath morning worship was blessed! One of the congregation’s young families, Scott and Leigh Prichett, came forward with... Read article

Calhoun Homespun Tea a Success

About 110 women attend the Homespun Tea at the Calhoun (GA) Church on Sept. 22. The theme was “When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart.” The filled fellowship hall found ladies in their finery, yet maintained a homespun atmosphere provided by quilts from various decades. One quilt in particular was an heirloom from the American Civil War period, a plain quilt of a... Read article

Ribbon Cutting for Music Pavilion at The Garden

If you haven’t seen The Garden in Calhoun yet, you need to come for a special event on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 7:00 p.m. That is when the music pavilion’s ribbon cutting takes place. The Garden is a fascinating miniature surprise located literally in the backyard of the Calhoun Church (1411 Rome Rd., Calhoun, GA). Visitors stroll through an array of beautiful flowers and greenery,... Read article

Cohutta Springs Foundation Retreat Blesses Members

Every year, the Cohutta Springs Foundation holds their annual retreat at Cohutta Springs Conference Center at the end of April to thank members. The foundation (formerly known as the Development Associates) provides counsel, direction, ideas, and funds for programs and projects at Cohutta. “The foundation continues to work hand in hand with the Georgia-Cumberland... Read article

CAMS Students Lead Elementary Week of Prayer

Several middle school students from Collegedale Adventist Middle School (CAMS) recently helped lead the week of prayer for more than 120 third through fifth graders at A. W. Spalding School. The CAMS students were involved at a much deeper level then just giving a scripture reading or an opening prayer—they shared how to grow in Jesus from stories in the Bible and their own personal... Read article

Students Get Creative with Potato Launch

On Sept. 13, 2013, Jasper (Tenn.) Adventist Christian School’s parking lot looked a lot like a war field from the Dark Ages. The occasion was the school’s Potato Launch event. Students and parents from both the Jasper school and Cumberland Heights School (Coalmont, Tenn.) filled the parking lot, standing among “potato launchers” that looked like ancient siege weapons. Each... Read article

3-Point Play Shares Jesus with Kids and Scores Big

“The Conyers Church has just completed one of the most exciting ‘evangelistic events’ we have ever experienced,” said John Strickland, pastor of the Conyers (Ga.) Church. “We had more than 175 visitors who attended our church for the first time and have never been in an Adventist church.” This outreach happened because of a basketball camp conducted by 3-Point Play Ministries,... Read article

Griffin Church Destroyed by Fire

Flames engulfed the Griffin Hilltop Church in Griffin, Ga., early Sunday morning, Sept. 22, 2013. The building is a total loss. According to WKEU Radio–The Rock–88.9 FM/1450 AM–Griffin, Georgia: “When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming through the roof of the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for several... Read article

Southern's Graduate Nursing Program Ranked Among Best in the Country

Southern Adventist University’s School of Nursing's graduate program has recently been rated as one of the best nursing degree programs available in the nation by The website is dedicated to providing higher education information in an easy to use medium and has evaluated Southern's Master of Science in nursing degree to be one of the top 50 nursing graduate programs... Read article

Calhoun Church Women to Host Community Homespun Tea

On Sept. 22, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, the Women’s Ministry Department of the Calhoun (Ga.) Church will present a “Homespun Tea,” with guest speaker, Ruthie Jacobsen. Area ladies are invited to the event. Coordinator for the tea, Glenda Hayward, shared how plans for the tea got under way. “In January, when the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church passed away, we wanted... Read article

Ancient Hebrew Tabernacle to be Raised in Chattanooga

A full-scale model of the ancient Hebrew tabernacle built in the wilderness by the Hebrew nation will be on exhibition and available for tours, free of charge, at the Standifer Gap Family Center (8304 Standifer Gap Rd., Chattanooga, TN) from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6. Travel back more than 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Israel, where two... Read article

CAMS and Coca-Cola Partner to be Better Stewards

Collegedale Adventist Middle School (CAMS) is excited to announce a new venture in stewardship— environmental stewardship, that is. In partnership with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Cleveland, Tenn., CAMS opened its recycling station in August with cardboard and mixed paper bins and plans to soon add #1 plastic and aluminum containers. As part of the grand opening,... Read article

Women Share on “The Soul of Leadership”

A different approach was taken for the 2013 women’s leadership event, which was held August 2-4 at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office in Calhoun, Ga. The theme was “The Soul of Leadership” and four presenters covered a range of topics including “When Leaders Lose Their Souls” with Tammy Fisher, conference communication director; “Living Within Limits” with Shelly... Read article

Alive Again

This past May, I traveled to Argentina, to the city of Posadas, Missiones, as a student missionary. The church I was assigned to was in the city of Santa Ines. Before the meetings began, the local pastor told me this church was known as one of the “dead” churches in the city. He said it had grown stale, and the members were not very... Read article

Auburn Church Hosts Back-to-School Outreach

With a new school year beginning, members of the Auburn (Ga.) Church wanted to help families in their community get ready, so on July 21, the church hosted an Auburn Tigers Back-to-School Event.The congregation specifically targeted the fifth-grade class and invited local families to come enjoy refreshments, crafts, and recreational opportunities. They also offered... Read article

New England VBS Experiences Ministry in Action

The New England Church, located in Trenton, Ga., is a relatively small country church with a membership of about 40 people.  In June, the church held their annual Vacation Bible School, planned and organized by 16-year-old Jacob Martin and his mother, Melissa. Instead of having the normal run-of-the-mill VBS, with the usual food, games, songs, crafts, etc., they wanted to make this year’s... Read article

Conference Mourns Death of Pastor Mike Adams

Mike Adams, pastor of the Park Avenue Church (Valdosta, Ga.), passed away early Monday morning, July 29, after a battle with cancer. At Adams’ ordination in early 2012, he recounted and celebrated how God had led him from a life of “flirting with God” to being a sold-out, committed disciple of Jesus. Adams shared his testimony: ... Read article

Baptized Prisoners Spread the Gospel

As the song says, it only takes a spark to get a fire going.Several years ago in a Virginia prison, an inmate named Hector began studying the Bible and felt convicted to keep the Sabbath. After completing Bible studies on his own, he requested to study with a Seventh-day Adventist. Darrell Hite from the Kingsport Church, located in Tennessee about 50 miles from the prison,... Read article

Pray 4 Togo: 500 Days of Injustice

Pastor António Monteiro has remained in prison for more than a year now, accused of a crime his church officials say he didn’t commit.Monteiro, the Family Ministries director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Sahel Union Mission, based in Lomé, Togo, was in his office one day when a man came to ask for a job and money. That man, Kpatcha Simliya, would later accuse... Read article

Georgia-Cumberland Welcomes New VP to the Conference Family

The Georgia-Cumberland Conference (GCC) is happy to welcome Miguel Valdivia, Ph.D., to the team as he takes the place of vice president of administration/executive secretary Paul Hoover, who accepted a call to be president of the Upper Columbia Conference in April. Transition details for Valdivia’s arrival are being finalized but look to be sometime in the fall.Valdivia is... Read article

Few in Number, Big in Giving

Atlanta Adventist Academy (AAA) is a collection of campuses located in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. The educational format is unconventional because students from several different places are connected in real-time using interactive videoconferencing technology.   One of the traditional aspects of AAA’s program, however, is their chapter of the National Honor Society.... Read article

Messiah's Mansion Coming to Standifer Gap Family Center

A full-scale model of the ancient Hebrew tabernacle built in the wilderness by the Hebrew nation will be on exhibition and available for tours, freeof charge, at the Standifer Gap Family Center (8304 Standifer Gap Rd., Chattanooga, TN), Sept. 28-Oct. 6.  Travel back more than 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt... Read article

Meatless Monday Cooking Class a Success

In January, Live Well, based in Jellico, Tenn., sponsored a Meatless Monday cooking class at the LaFollette Church in Woodson's Mall. About 25 individuals attended, most of which were community members. The class was conducted by Kerri Boone and her assistants Bonnie Wilkens and Marsharee Wilkens. Participants got a great meal and had fun learning how to “take steps to a healthier you.”... Read article

Saving the Church Through Families

Ellen White described family as the tie that is “the closest, the most tender and sacred, of any on earth” (Adventist Home, p. 18). Unfortunately, many families are crumbling. It is no surprise then that the Family Ministries Department seeks to equip and encourage leaders in local churches to support one of the most complex but crucial relationships we know as humans—that of the family. As... Read article

MAC Camp Brings Jesus to Kids Through Summertime Fun

Jordan had never been in a boat before, nor had he ever experienced floating in a lake with a life jacket on, and he had certainly never ridden in a tube pulled by a ski boat. With more than a little trepidation, Jordan slid off the side of the boat and into the waters of Lake Allatoona. As he was finally convinced to let go of the boat and learn to trust the life jacket, his face erupted... Read article

Jasper School Classrooms Win 2013 K’NEXpert Classroom Challenge

Five years ago, after learning about K’NEX building sets at a teachers’ convention, Linda Dickinson, first through fourth grade teacher at Jasper Adventist Christian School (Jasper, Tenn.), purchased a bridge building set and lesson plans from the company. She later learned about a free K’NEX contest for elementary students, so she entered her first, second, third, and fourth classes in the... Read article

Collegedale Church Earns InStep for Life Award

Health ministry has become a frequent focus of Sam Chetty, Collegedale Church associate pastor. The church has offered two-day health fairs for the community, along with cooking classes, health classes, and Dinner with the Doctor programs. With Chetty being an avid marathoner (as well as an ultra marathoner), it only seems natural that he would start a walking/running club at the church and... Read article

Reaping Everlasting Rewards

At the conclusion of Collegedale Academy’s baccalaureate service on May 18, 2013, I sat back in my seat and enjoyed watching the 93 graduating seniors file out. What really made the service special were the three young men from CA who chose to be baptized. Graduation weekend is always exciting, but when you add three additional decisions for Jesus, it becomes extra... Read article

Isabella Miranda is Cook of the Week

Isabella Miranda, 11, dreams of one day opening her own restaurant and becoming a star chef. With her Book Cook’s class, she may be well on her way. Each week, Miranda searches for easy-to-follow recipes and ideas within the class budget to teach children in pre-k to fourth grade.Miranda began teaching Book Cook’s in October of last year when her mother encouraged her to... Read article

Collegedale Community Church Offers "Living Free" Classes to Deepen Christian Walk

Collegedale Community Church (Ooltewah, Tenn.) launched the international ministry Living Free earlier this year, with nearly 80 people enrolled. The class consists of a small group working specifically on uncovering life-controlling issues that adversely affects their relationships with Christ.Jimmy Lee and Dan Strickland, founder and president of Living Free, were on-hand for an... Read article

Press Release: Advent Home to Celebrate Graduation

What an exciting year for Advent Home students! On June 23, several of them will put on colorful gowns for the 2013 annual ceremony. These young men have grown. Their classwork has improved; they are trimmer and healthier; and a lot of their anger and impulsive behavior has lessened. Advent Home is pleased to announce that three of its former students were recently offered... Read article

Collegedale Korean Church Celebrates Growth with Groundbreaking

The Collegedale Korean Church, located in Ooltewah, Tenn., held a groundbreaking service on April 20, 2013, for their new building project. The addition will provide a new fellowship hall and more classrooms at rear of the main sanctuary. As church membership has grown, particularly in the younger ages, the need for more classroom space and a larger fellowship hall grew. The church hopes the... Read article

Press Release: Knoxville to Host Free, Plant-Based (Vegan) Cookout

A free, plant-based (vegan) cookout will be held Sunday, June 30, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1717 Little Creek Lane, Knoxville, Tenn. Free food and a screening of the documentary “Forks Over Knives” will be available to all pre-registered participants.The event is sponsored by InStep for Life Health Ministries, the Knoxville Vegan Supper Club, and the Knoxville First... Read article

Murphy Church Hosts Healthy Cooking Class

Last fall, on Nov. 13, 2012, more than 30 Union County residents gathered at the Seventh-day Adventist Better Living Center in Murphy, N.C., to enjoy samples of vegetarian and vegan foods, as well as watch demonstrations on how to create delicious and healthy recipes. Ron Westfall, a physical therapist and local resident, included information about foods and the reasons to eat... Read article

Calhoun Adventists Open the Door to God’s Closet

On April 9, 2013, the Calhoun, Ga., Church opened its doors to God’s Closet. The newly established outreach ministry is meeting a Calhoun community need: clothing for families in need. Jessi Hodges knew that the Jan. 30 twister that hit Gordon and Bartow counties destroyed people’s closets along with their other possessions. Those closets needed replenishing. She experienced... Read article

Duluth Students Rank High at TEAMS Engineering Competition

Eighth-grade students from Duluth Adventist Christian School in Duluth, Ga., have been recognized for their achievement in the Technology Student Association’s 2013 TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Engineering Competition. Placing first in the state and third in the nation, this team of students solved complex mathematical problems and provided answers to cyber... Read article

Kossick Receives “Bright Star” Poetry Award

Betty Kossick, a resident of Calhoun, Ga., (and member of the Calhoun Church) was recently selected as the spring/summer 2013 “Bright Star” by A Galaxy of Verse (GOV). This non-profit literary organization, established in 1974, and located in Garland, Tex., publishes a twice-yearly poetry anthology by the same name. Not only is Kossick the first member to provide a cover... Read article

Sabbath Conference Draws Large Crowd

More than 600 people from Sequatchie and surrounding Tennessee counties attended the all-day Sabbath Conference held at the Sequatchie County High School auditorium in Dunlap, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Scott Clarke, a local Sabbath keeper said he heard many positive comments from attendees. Things like, “tremendous,” “very informative,” “inspiring,” and “I never thought of... Read article

Standifer Gap Church Celebrates Being Debt Free

The rain on May 11 did not prevent the ceremonial burning of the mortgage for the Standifer Gap Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Over the last 75 years or so, the church went through many growth spurts as additional land was purchased and the buildings expanded. A $500,000 update on the church and school in 2000 left the church with a mortgage planned for payoff in 2006. Giving... Read article

Calhoun Women to Dramatize “Women of Faith”

Carole Huddleston, director of women’s ministries at the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church in Calhoun, Ga., invites area women and the community-at-large to attend a unique church service with the theme “Women of Faith” that will be presented entirely by women parishioners on Sabbath, June 8, at 11:10 a.m. The usual two-services will be forgone to accommodate only one service that... Read article

Morristown Students Perform Underground Railroad Reenactment

Students of the Morristown Seventh-day Adventist School presented a celebration on Feb. 23, 2013, of the Underground Railroad. This culminated their study of the US Civil War and paid tribute to those who brought about change during this dark chapter of our nation’s history.Students in kindergarten through seventh grade served as conductors and guided their passengers (the... Read article

First Day of Camp Meeting Brings Good News

Camp Meeting 2013 kicked off Wednesday evening, May 22, on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. The theme this year is “Good! News in a Crumpled World” and features guest speakers Brad Thorp, president of the Hope Channel Network, and Dana Edmond, present of the South Central Conference. Thorp was Wednesday’s... Read article

Victory Through Jesus

Frank Sanchez, coordinator for the Southern Union’s Adventist Recovery Ministries, had shared the 12 Step Christ-centered Recovery Program with the Wimbish Road Church family in the summer of 2011. It was a tremendous blessing, and several people expressed their interest in having a program established at the church. After much prayer and planning, the program began on Jan. 9,... Read article

AdventSource Celebrates Grand Opening

AdventSource employees, board members, and friends gathered on April 17, 2013, to celebrate the grand opening of AdventSource’s new building located on the campus of Union College in Lincoln, Neb. The program was followed with tours of the new facility. As the official ministry resource distribution center for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America,... Read article

Museum Displays Artifacts from Time of King David

Was King David’s reign a myth? The poet king is at the center of Israel’s ancient biblical history, but many have questioned if he and his kingdom actually existed. After years of work at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Southern Adventist University’s Institute of Archaeology is proud to answer these questions. “The Battle Over King David: Excavating the Fortress... Read article

The Simple (But Profound) Truth

This year’s Children’s Ministries Convention—held Feb. 8-10 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Ga.—set a new benchmark by offering both English and Spanish conventions and brought a record attendance of 430 people (180 English and 250 Spanish). The theme was “Jesus Loves Me” and presenters sought to emphasize that this seemingly simple message is... Read article

Coble Elementary Hosts Family Fun Day

 Family Fun Day, held April 7 at John. L. Coble Elementary School in Calhoun, Ga., brought out a large number of community residents. Many local businesses were represented in the mix of professionals who gave away door prizes and offered fun things for kids and adults alike. Among the booths, Rochelle... Read article

God's Greatest Act of Kindness

The Women’s Spring Retreat, held March 15-17, drew more than 300 women to Cohutta Springs Conference Center for a weekend that reminded each one just how much God loves her—that she is His precious daughter. In her messages, guest speaker Elizabeth Talbot used earthly relationships—between parent and child and husband and wife—as... Read article

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp Scores ACA Re-accreditation

The goal of Cohutta Springs Youth Camp is to be the very best we can be. Much goes into making this goal become a reality—from hiring and training staff to the all-important accreditation through the American Camp Association (ACA) to the ultimate goal of bringing campers and staff into a closer relationship with... Read article

National Day of Prayer Observed at Gordon Hospital

More than 550 Christians circled Gordon Hospital on Thursday, May 2, in unified prayer. In observance of the National Day of Prayer, the Gordon Hospital Christian Service Committee organized an event called “Circle the Hospital in Prayer” to bring together believers in prayer for the community as well as for the hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ to... Read article