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ANTIOCH, TN David Brown, incoming director of the Free Will Baptist Foundation, welcomed Richard Davis to the Foundation staff on May 1, 2007. “Richard is uniquely qualified for the position of Accounting Administrator of the Foundation,” said Brown.  “In addition to his accounting skills he will assist our ministry through writing and public relations.”

The eastern North Carolina native is a 1980 graduate of Free Will Baptist Bible College. He received his accounting degree from Columbus State College and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 2001.
Richard served as worship leader during a 17-year period at Heritage Temple FWB Church in Columbus, OH, as well as churches in eastern North Carolina.

According to Davis, “I count it a privilege to serve our denomination in this capacity. I am excited about the opportunity to combine my accounting background and ministry skills into this one position.”

Richard and Pamela, his wife of almost 24 years, have three children: 12-year-old daughter Samantha, 15-year-old son Alexander, and 19-year-old son, Brandon, a student at FWBBC.  The family attends Donelson FWB Church in Nashville, TN.




MOORE, OK The Lady Saints of Hillsdale FWB College won the Association of Christian College Athletics National Championship (ACCA) on March 3, 2007. This is the second National Championship in a row for the Lady Saints. The administration and alumni of Hillsdale College congratulate Coach Autumn Drake and her team for a consistent performance.

More recently, the baseball team beat Mid-America Christian University to win the NCCAA Regional Championship and a spot in the National Tournament in Lakeland, FL. The team went on to place second in the national tournament. In addition to the fine on-field performances, Coach Eddie Davis was named National Baseball Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches.




ANTIOCH, TN The FWB Board of Retirement and Insurance recently announced a strategic partnership with BB&T Insurance Services, Homeland HealthCare, and AIG. These companies will offer pastors, church staff members, and their families an affordable and functional health benefit plan.

Board of Retirement LogoHomeland SecureCare is a benefit program that provides a wide array of first-dollar accident and sickness coverage, including specified benefits for emergency room and other hospital-related care, health screenings, in-hospital stays, doctors’ office visits, well child care and critical illness. SecureCare offers a cost-effective way to provide access to doctors, clinic and healthcare facilities nationwide as well as providing real benefit dollars to cover health care costs for you and your family.

Enroll in one of four benefit programs: SecureCare 250, SecureCare 500, SecureCare 750, and SecureCare 1000. With all of the programs, there are no underwriting questions. All pre-existing conditions are covered with no deductibles or co-pays.

Enrollment is simple. Call (888) 348-7669 for more information. Please have personal information for your spouse and dependents ready for the enrollment counselor when you call. Once your enrollment information has been taken, a fufillment package that includes plan information, certificate of coverage, and wallet-friendly I.D. Cards will be mailed to your home address.



NASHVILLE, TN On June 4, 2007, Randall House launched The Church Bookstand–a unique program that gives pastors and church leaders a way to provide their congregation with trustworthy, top-quality Christian resources at reasonable prices. In effect, the Bookstand is a miniature Christian bookstore for your church. It can be set up in the church lobby, fellowship hall, or wherever is most convenient for your church. Order books and re-stock at discounted prices through Randall House.

According to Ron Hunter, executive director, “Pastors look for ways to impact their congregation during the other six days of the week. The Church Bookstand provides a simple way to get more Christian resources into the hands of people in the pews. Pastors’ recommendations carry weight, and people respond by reading books that further solidify the pastor’s message.”

For more information about The Church Bookstand, visit or call (800) 877-7030.






MOORE, OK Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College recently announced its fall schedule for post-graduate courses. The Masters of Arts in Ministry is a 42-hour program that can be acquired through a variety of options. Tuesday evening classes are held on the campus in Moore, OK. Weeklong intensive studies are held at Hillsdale and First FWB Church in Albany, GA. Distance Learning classes are also available.
For more information contact Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College at (405) 912-9020 or Program Director Mark Braisher at



©2007 ONE Magazine, National Association of Free Will Baptists