The Hamilton County Baptist Association is a self-governing voluntary association of one hundred Southern Baptist churches and missions for the purpose of missions and ministry.
This voluntary relationship is evidenced in cooperative mission and ministry efforts among the churches. We are one of 1200 associations of churches throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.
Our association’s desire is to:
1. To Encourage and help equip the pastor, who is the key to a healthy church, to be successful.
2. To Engage the culture with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
3. To Expand the Kingdom with new church plant
- Encourage and help equip the pastor to be successful.
- Regional Prayer Groups: These monthly prayer meetings allow pastors to come together, pray, and fellowship with one another.
- Various networks of pastors and staff: For example, we have a Church Planter’s Network, a College Minister’s Network, a Music Minister’s Network, a Bi-vocational Pastor’s Dinner, a Pastor’s Breakfast, a Church Revitalization Group, and many more. All of these intend to foster collaboration, fellowship, and encouragement.
- Ministry Training Institute: Beginning this fall, the institute is designed to help equip the local pastor with some basic tools to more effectively pastor his church. This will also allow laity and pastors to receive biblical training at a reasonable price. It will be a great tool to assist our churches and pastors.
- Other Opportunities: I am available to assist churches and pastors as needs arise with conflict resolution, referral services, pulpit supply, Pastor Search Committee Training, etc.
- Engage the Culture with the Gospel of Jesus.
- HaCoBA Care: We are continuing the HaCoBa Care Ministry in St. Elmo. This ministry is run entirely by volunteers and does an outstanding job caring for the poor and sharing the Gospel. People are being led to the Lord through this valuable ministry.
- English as a Second Language: This valuable ministry assists those who have recently arrived in our country and need assistance in learning the language. This is a valuable way of introducing these newcomers to the local church and ultimately to the claims of Christ. We have 8 of our churches involved in this wonderful ministry and provide valuable training and resources for them. We also rejoice when students accept Christ through this ministry.
- Christian Women’s Job Corp: The CWJC provides assistance in helping the underprivileged women prepare for future employment and also provides discipleship.
- Disaster Relief: Our association has many churches with Disaster Relief teams with many volunteers from other churches contributing. These volunteer are ready to go in times of disaster to serve. Local trainers are available to offer training for churches.
- Expand the Kingdom through New Church Starts.
- Local Church Planting: We provide encouragement, networking, and limited assistance in new church planting locally (However, remember churches, not associations start churches. We are here to help you.).
- National Church Planting: We provide ministry opportunities in other parts of the country by most recently adopting Boise, ID as a future church plant. We have several churches getting involved in this project. We have also had some in interest in reaching out to Detroit, Michigan
Free training conferences, workshops, and other events are planned and provided for all the churches of the association in response to the requests of the churches in the area of education, administration and missions.
The association staff can help provide leadership training for church workers locally. Helpful counsel is offered to church leaders and church staff in areas related to administrative matters such as budget planning, personnel compensation, payroll matters, legal issues, and taxes.
In relation to personnel matters, counsel and training are provided upon request for search committees to enhance their efforts when looking for additional or new staff persons. Conflict resolution can be addressed. Staff termination, staff relations, job descriptions, personnel policies, business practices and other staff related matters can be addressed.
Fellowship groups of local church staff members meet monthly. Individualized consultation needs are met by the associational staff’s willing response. Training is offered related to computer use, publication needs, and burnout prevention. Resume services are offered and training in church growth is provided along with other regularly scheduled training opportunities.
We look forward to the opportunity to get to know your church and for you to get to know us.
You may reach us at 423-267-3794 or come by to visit us at 4062 South Access Road 37406.
Dr. Dennis Culbreth
Director of Missions
Dr. Dennis R. Culbreth has served as the Director of Missions of the Hamilton County Baptist Association since July of 2015. Dr. Culbreth is a native of Evergreen AL and is a graduate of Samford University (Bachelor of Arts), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (Master of Divinity) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (Doctor of Ministry).
He has served as senior pastor, church planter, and on staff in churches in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia. Dennis also served on the Senior Executive Leadership Team at the North American Mission Board. He was elected President of the Virginia Baptist Convention (SBCV) and has served as a trustee for the North American Mission Board and Liberty University. He also serves on the Board of Ministerial Mentors for Samford University.
He is married to the former Marybeth Frahler of Atlanta, GA and they have three children: Andrew, Matthew, and Grace.
Assistant to the Director of Missions
Reach Chattanooga Coordinator
Gerald C. Lawson
Director of HaCoBA Care
Campus Minister at UTC Baptist Collegiate Ministries