What should we do with the God-given gifts we have? That was the question the congregation at First Baptist Church in Kingsport wanted to answer as part of a visioning process it began many years ago.
After more than a thousand ministry ideas were offered by members, one stood out — a multi-purpose ministry center.
“We didn’t know where that was going to be,” said Dr. Marvin Cameron, pastor of First Baptist. “Two years into that process, this building came open. We tried to evaluate ‘Is this good for us? Can we pay for it?’ It took us one, one and a half years to figure out what we were going to do with it, then renovate it.”
The building in question is at 441 Clay St., across from the church. At one time, it housed the Department of Children’s Services and Junior Achievement. Today, it’s known as the Clay Street Ministries building. It houses the First Baptist Church Counseling Ministry, Celebrate Recovery and Providence Medical Clinic of Kingsport.
When Dr. Ron Davis joined the church staff in 1989 as an associate pastor, part of his job description was to be a counseling minister and grow a counseling program at the church. The Counseling Ministry of First Baptist began that same year and has grown to include five contract counselors and graduate interns from marriage and family counseling programs.
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