2021 Mill City mission Project

Late in the summer of 2020, wildfires swept across much of the western USA. While in many ways, these fires seemed distant and unconnected to First Baptist Powell; however, one fire, the Santiam fire, struck close to home. That fire that raged through the Santiam Canyon burned much of the small town of Mill City, Oregon. Mill City is not just another point on the map of the state of Oregon. It is the home of a long-time friend and ministry partner, Pastor Rich Cole. FBP first became acquainted with Pastor Rich and his family in the early 2000s, when we had the privilege of serving together in Idaho where Rich pastored a bi-vocational church. The Lord would relocate Rich and his family to Mill City, following his work in the lumber industry and Rich would serve as the pastor of Mill City Baptist Church. Over the next several years, FBP would send mission teams to serve alongside Pastor Rich. We were also honored to have FBP members, Derek and Rebekah Ownby, serve as student ministry leaders at Mill City. During the 2020 fires, Mill City Baptist Church lost its building, and Pastor Rich lost his home. We now have the great privilege of joining MCBC in rebuilding and reestablishing their gospel witness in that area. Pastor Rich, along with folks from FBP, are putting together a plan to rebuild the Mill City Baptist Church building in nine weeks! This will take an incredible number of volunteers 90-100; hundreds of thousands of dollars in resources (lumber mills in the area have committed to donate much of the needed supplies); and massive logistics to insure the arrival, housing, and feeding of multiple teams. We believe with God’s help and your participation, we can accomplish this God-sized challenge. So how can you get involved? First, we need all kinds of skill levels, from the experienced journeyman craftsman to the basic helper. We need teams to build, but also teams to do evangelism and VBS, so there is a place for almost any FBP member. Right now, we are limiting applications to adults (18 and over); however, we may add a student team to help with VBS toward the end of the project.

Children’s bible ministry (CBM)

Description: Construction, maintenance, and ministry support in area camps. Participants pay their own expenses.

Camp Ozone: April 19-23
Camp Tuckaleechee: March 28-April 2; May 2-May 7
TaPaWinGo: TBD

Contact: Don Rhodes ( or 865-806-9320)



Description: Construction, roofing, remodeling, and ministry support in the Knox County Baptist Association camp. Participants pay their own expenses.

Dates: Various dates TBA

Contact: Howard Buhl (865) 548-7249

Mobile home park ministry

Description: Opportunities to serve through weekly Bible studies for adults and children. Contact: Tim McGhee (

Gamble Mobile Home Park: Sundays at 5:00 PM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, contact Ron Kelley (

Twilite Mobile Home Park: Sundays at 5:00 PM and Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, contact Rick Violet (

Greenview Village: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, contact Andrew or Dominique Chitwood ( 

Hispanic Ministry

Description: Opportunities to serve in various Bible studies in homes in North and West Knoxville.

Contact: Victor Baez, text (423) 273-1035

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Description: Volunteers will assist in leading an ESL class or assist with childcare.

Norwood Baptist Church: Sundays at 9:00 AM (1725 Wilson Road Knoxville), contact Chris Ogle (

Norwood Elementary School: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM (1909 Merchant Drive Knoxville), contact Janice Ramsey (

Disaster Relief

Description: Serving in conjunction with Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief (

Contact: Wayne Parker (

street hope

Description: Street Hope’s mission is to eliminate the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and provide safe environments to foster healing and hope through Jesus Christ (

Contact: Devin Payne (

mission of hope

Description: Mission of Hope is a ministry that assists many of our less fortunate Appalachian neighbors with much-needed goods and resources (

Contact: Harold Kirk (

cross ministries

Description: This is a local ministry involved in the distribution of Christian literature and resources locally and internationally.

Contact: Don Garrett (

women on mission

Description: A group of FBP women meet monthly to promote missions education and involvement.

Contact: Glinda Arnold, (865) 945-3366

choices resource center (CRC)

Description: CRC serves Knox, Anderson, and surrounding counties by sharing the love of Christ and providing life-giving alternatives for those in unplanned pregnancies and difficult life situations (

Contact: Christy Capps (