Disaster Relief


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Disaster Relief

Tennessee Disaster Relief is a cooperative, volunteer ministry of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and its affiliated churches.  It is totally dependent upon volunteers who give of their time, energy, talents and finances to assist others in a time of disaster.  Working closely with FEMA, the Red Cross and other agencies, TN Disaster Relief is one of the first to respond during a time of crisis.  Our Association owns equipment, including a bucket truck and provides leadership and coordination with our churches and individuals in Knox County who participate in disaster relief.

Lou Mulsand is the Coordinator of KCAB’s Disaster Relief ministry. To contact him call 865-693-9097 or email info@kcab.org

Training Information

Training Schedule
For the current list of all classes in the state, registration information, and other complete information about Disaster Relief ministry, please visit the Tennessee Disaster Relief website at:  www.tndisasterrelief.org

Tennessee DR Training Facts

·   All volunteers must be 18 years old to serve.
·   All volunteers must be a member of a cooperating Tennessee Southern Baptist Church.
·   In order to be fully credentialed, you must take specialized classroom training after you have taken requisite course of “Introduction of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.”  You will need to renew these credentials every 3 years.
·   Disaster Relief credentials and the yellow hat/visor will be given after both the “Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief” and specialized classes have been taken.
·   Please check the Tennessee Baptist Convention Disaster Relief website www.tndisasterrelief.org  regarding Volunteer Requirements and Volunteer Responsibilities required by the North American Mission Board.
Because of new directives from Homeland Security, FEMA and other national agencies related to the training and screening of volunteer disaster relief workers, we must have a cost recovery plan. The cost of a new 3 year credential will be $36.00.
This fee will cover not only the cost of the ID and background check but also the cost of any of the basic training courses a volunteerwants to take (except for Chaplaincy, Childcare, and First Aid classes and other specialized classes such as ServSafe, etc.).

There will also be a new hat and a special Disaster Relief members pin given to those involved.

How can I help?

Our Disaster Relief teams are hard at work responding to needs throughout our county and state.  If you want to help, but cannot serve, they would appreciate donations to pay for fuel, equipment and repairs.
To donate to Knox County Disaster Relief ministry send checks payable to Knox County Association of Baptists
PO Box 11028 Knoxville, TN 37939  Attn: Disaster Relief

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Get Involved

Serve Locally  There is great need in our county for disaster response every week of the year.  A disaster doesn’t have to affect an entire community.  If a tree falls on someone’s house, that is a disaster for that person at that time!  You do not have to have the certification credentials to serve in these circumstances.

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Serve Globally  With your credentials, you can participate in a national or international call out for disaster response.  You can be trained in specialized classes including: chainsaw, flood recovery, mass feeding, shower/laundry response, rebuild,  bucket truck or other vehicle operation and other responses.

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Project Knox


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“For God So Loved the World…”  John 3:16

Project Knox

Project Knox is an outreach ministry of the Knox County Association of Baptists.
Its purpose is to assist area churches and ministries of the association in spreading the word and love of Christ through Christian ministry.  Teams are needed to meet the spiritual and physical needs of our region.  This mission opportunity will help to build and strengthen ties between fellow believers beyond your immediate church and community.
Project Knox Coordinator:
Steve Snyder

Where can we serve?

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Inner-city Ministry
Food and Clothing Distribution
Mentoring of Youth
Community Block Parties
Bible Study and Worship

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Church Revitalization
Community Ministry
Minor Construction Projects
Clean Up and Landscaping
Vacation Bible Schools and Backyard Bible Clubs

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Facility Restoration
New Construction
Camp Maintenance


Knox church support

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Our Knox County churches have the opportunity to serve the Project Knox 316 mission teams by preparing meals: one meal, meals for a day, or meals for a week.  Some mission teams on a budget need a church to offer them housing and showers.  The fellowship enjoyed in these partnerships is a special part of this ministry.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

BCM is the ministry of Southern Baptist Churches to the University of Tennessee’s students and campus. We have a twofold mission to disciple those students that are believers and to share the gospel with those that don’t know Christ.

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We have weekly worship, prayer, small group Bible studies and a fellowship meal. We also have many special events from Welcome Week activities to Tailgates that we sponsor for the students at UT. These events open doors to relationships and sharing the gospel.

BCM Director: Rodney Norvell

Church Partnership

photo on our website 3We are a ministry of the local churches and encourage all of our students to be involved in a local church. Local churches can partner with us to reach students and minister no matter what the size of their congregation.
Churches have many resources that help BCM. First sending their students to us when they come to college. Second providing funding to minister. Third is volunteering church resources such as building space for events or transportation for mission projects and even food for events.


How to Get Involved

photo on our website 2The best way to get involved is to call the BCM at 546-8272 and speak with Campus Minister, Rodney Norvell about your giftedness and ways that you might be led to help students. Our website also lists volunteer needs at the BCM.  http://www.utbaptist.org/


Montgomery Village

Montgomery Village

Montgomery Village Baptist Center exists to share Jesus with the South Knoxville community, to a large degree with the residents of Montgomery Village and the surrounding neighborhood. We do this by meeting physical needs (food, clothing, household items) and after-school programs, all as a way to make Jesus known. We also strive to provide opportunities for believers to share their faith in our neighborhood.
Contact us:
Director:  Tom Hodges
4601 Joe Lewis Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920



If you live in Knox County, we believe that you are called by God’s Holy Spirit to share the love of Christ locally, as well as throughout our world. We provide countless opportunities for those who are in the Baptist community of Knox County to meet the needs of their neighbors and, by doing so, to fulfill their calling. Outlets for appropriate ministry are available through the network of churches in the Knox County Association of Baptists.

How Can I Get Involved?

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We have weekly needs for volunteers in food and clothing distribution. Our after-school programs are almost exclusively conducted by college students and there are always new opportunities to serve there. We have numerous opportunities for VBS and Backyard Bible Clubs each summer. And we provide Christmas gifts for 125-150 children each year through Christmas Love Tree, a ministry through which each parent also hears the plan of salvation.

If you are feeling led to come alongside us, please call – (865)577-6244 – or email: mvbaptistcenter@gmail.com.  We would love to share with you, your small group or your church how you might fulfill God’s mission here in your own community!

Baptist Center Schedule

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Emergency Food Bags: 1:00-3:00 pm

Service and Market: 10:00-11:45 am
Tutoring: 3:00-4:00 pm (elementary grades)

Women’s Bible Study: 10:30 am-noon
Kid’s Club:  3:00-4:00 pm
Teen Girls Bible Study:  4:15-6:00 pm

Worship service and Meal:  10:30-noon
Emergency Food Bags:  1:00-3:00 pm
Teen Guys Bible Study:  5:00-6:30 pm

Clothing Room:  9:45 -11:45 am

Satellite Sunday School:  9:00-10:00 am

Western Heights

Western Heights Baptist Center

At Western Heights Baptist Center it is our mission to meet the needs of all people—physical needs and most importantly, spiritual needs—by offering free food and clothing and household items and by teaching God’s Word and introducing people to Jesus Christ!

Director, Shannon Washam; Ministry Assistant, Greer Harvey
Western Heights Baptist Center is located at 1230 West Scott Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
Directions: North on I-275 toward Lexington. Take the Oldham exit, turning left on Oldham. At the 2nd stop sign (McSpadden), turn left. Turn right onto West Scott Avenue—the center is located at the top of the hill.
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00-4:00, Friday 8:00-Noon


How you can help

We love our volunteers. Contact us if you can help with meals, food distribution, Bible Studies, tutoring, or special events like block parties or school supply distribution. We are grateful your interest in serving alongside us at Western Heights Baptist Center. You have the opportunity as you volunteer to extend the love and grace of our Savior!

Even if you don’t have the time that it takes to come into the center, there are many ways that you can invest in God’s work being done here! Please consider partnering with Western Heights …
… by supporting the Knox County Association of Baptists.
… by praying for the peole we serve—pray that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
… by getting involved in ministry projects of KCAB and Western Heights throughout the year.
… by organizing or participating in regular food drives. This in an urgent and ongoing need!
… by giving financial gifts to support our ministries. You may also designate your gift to the
ministry of your choice, i.e. Market Day, Children’s Ministry or General Operations
… by conducting collections of toilet tissue, cleaning supplies and hygiene items.
… by using your personal contacts and resources to help us meet the needs of those
who are struggling. You may know someone who has items of need that they are
willing to donate.

Ministry Support

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College Scholarships

We have dreamed of helping one of our kids go to college and God has allowed us to witness that dream come true.  We have established a scholarship fund to help other Western Heights kids follow in those footsteps.

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School Supplies

The first week of August each year we celebrate our Back to School BASH with a distribution of school supplies to our kids.  We would be grateful if you could help us by donating supplies.  Contact us for a list.

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Children’s Ministries

Our Children’s Ministries are thriving.  The WHBC Children’s Choir and other activities give our kids extra confidence in themselves and teach them that their strength is in the Lord.  We appreciate your support of this ministry.


Weekly Schedule

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After School Programs (kindergarten through high school students), 2:00–6:00 pm (hours vary by grade) Western Heights partners with Just Lead ministry, whose mission is to raise up urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders in their community.
Volunteer Opportunities include providing tutoring or transportation for field trips, as well as participating in small group bible study and worship.

Tuesday & Thursday
The Market (food and clothing) 9:00 am to Noon
Nearly 3,000 people each month are served in this area of ministry!
Volunteer Opportunities include readying bags for the food market, greeting and taking people through the food line, or helping with the clothing and household items closet.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Community Bible Study, 9:00 am to Noon
The gospel message of hope is shared in this community!
Volunteer Opportunities include leading Bible Study or preparing the meal (about 55 people)