Memorial Scholarship

The First Baptist Church of Burnsville is pleased to announce the beginning of the Doc and Ceci Ransom Memorial Scholarship for citizens of Yancey County. The scholarship was established by the Ransoms to assist residents seeking to further their education and who had documented financial need. In addition, the scholarship focuses support on students who demonstrate on-going active community involvement and who have a desire to continue volunteer work in our county in the future. Students must be enrolled in an accredited institution in a program seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree. Awards will be made on an annual basis.
Applications may be obtained at the First Baptist Church office or in the Mountain Heritage High School Counselors' office. The application Download is also available here - (Application Form)
The deadline to apply for school year 2015-2016 will be June 20th and recipients will be notified of their awards on or before July 7th.


Seeds of Hope Community Garden

Both community groups and individuals are welcome to register for a Seeds of Hope box bed; there is no fee imposed. Garden for yourself, your family, your friends and neighbors, as a group activity, or simply grow food and donate it to Reconciliation House for hunger relief – it's your choice. Our hope is that by working together in the garden, sharing plants, seeds, gardening knowledge, and the fruits of our labors with one another, we can begin to be better stewards of God's resources and plant the seeds of His mission in our community. (Registration Form)

Mike Orr from First Baptist Building Birdhouses with Shortbus Studio (Watch Video)

Baptist Fight Hunger (Read More)

Missions Team• The role of the mission team is to support, encourage and educate our congregation about mission opportunities inside and outside the church. We are looking for a group of people to serve as a think tank to discover mission opportunities in our community and beyond. Other levels of participation will include building handicap ramps, cutting firewood, helping Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center and continuing to support our missionaries, Steve and Nancy James. Contact person - Linda Hensley

Communication/Technology Team • This team provides an opportunity to serve the church by utilizing all available technologies to help us help our church better communicate with the congregation and the community. Areas of opportunity include: use of the phone tree, the development I maintenance of a website, maintaining and upgrading the sound system, duplication I delivery of worship cd's, advertising I promotion of
church ministries, signage /banners inside and outside of the church and the development of pamphlets for guest and visitors. Contact person - Jeremy Sink.

Youth Team • This ministry provides adult support to our youth and their families. You can become involved by serving as a chaperone on trips and events, serve as a host, provide food, transportation, help raise funds for PASSPORT, youth mission education and overall support of the youth ministry. Contact Person- Donna Sink.

Transportation Team • This team provides maintenance for the church van as well as the acquisition of new vehicles. The team also will develop guidelines for usage, schedules and provide training when needed. Contact person- Tom Lackey.

Properties and Space Team • This team exists for the purpose of stewardship. This responsibility includes the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings, grounds and furnishings owned by First Baptist Church, Burnsville. It also includes providing a custodial staff job description. The team will resolve to address all known facility, space and equipment needs. Contact person - Lud Leiner.

Women on Mission Team • This team supports mission projects locally and around the world by organizing fund raisers to help missionaries in their work. Contact person- Sue Lackey.

Greeters Team • Greeters welcome members and guests on Sunday mornings before and after worship services and other special occasions. Greeters provide guests with needed information and often give the first overall impression of the church. Contact person- Tina Sink.

Sunday School Team • This team serves as a platform to serve the Lord through teaching,
administration, improve your Bible knowledge, assist in your spiritual growth, and build meaningful relationships. Contact persons - Lisa Mauney.

Hospitality Team (formerly known as the Social Committee)•This team is designed to coordinate and serve at various church wide functions throughout the year. Events include the Thanksgiving meal, Hanging of the Green and celebrating special occasions, they also organize the calendar of hostesses and dishwashers for Wednesday night potluck meals, keeps records of types and amount of food needed to meet needs, makes sure the kitchen is well stocked, serves as a clearing house for groups outside the church that want to use the kitchen and educates those groups to the proper use of the kitchen and appliances. Contact person - Jan Sparks and Sally McCoy.

Aesthetics Team • This team promotes our church as an attractive place to worship, meet guests, and to fellowship. This team strives to view the facility as a first time visitor would. Each member is encouraged to take notes of findings and share them with the team. The team shares observations and facility needs with Properties and Space Team. Contact person- Mike Orr.

Worship Team • This team will assist the ministerial staff with special services and serve as a liaison between the congregation and the worship staff to evaluate the worship needs of the church. Contact person - Tim Babb and Tommy James.

Nursery Team- Provides an opportunity for those who love children to provide safe, secure, nurturing, clean
and efficient care to our children. Your ministry responsibilities include playing with the child or directing his play,
reading to him, praying for each child, exhibiting Christ-like patience and love, and relating the events of the day to the lesson and theme in words the child can understand. Contact person - Donna Sink.

Christian Education Ministries Team• This ministry is for those interested in enabling and supporting young adults and their families by providing Christian education opportunities. This group will work along with young families in planning and orchestrating all aspects of children's ministries. All ages are needed to guide, share, and help this group think outside the box as they look to the future of Christian education at FBC. Contact person Lisa Mauney.

Ushers •The usher team arrives early to greet members and guests and hand out bulletins prior to worship. Team members assist people with seating and helping those who need assistance entering the church. This team is responsible for taking up the offering and could assist in making sure the building is locked and secured after the worship service. Contact person - Eddie Faw.

Bereavement Team -This team serves the members of the church family by providing a meal at the time of the loss of a loved one. Our intent is not just providing nourishment for physical sustenance but support and caring in a visible form. To make this service available, team members must be willing to give the time and effort necessary from preparation to culmination. Contact person - Katie Evans.

Outreach Team- This team will assist the Pastor in developing an outreach plan that will minister to both members and non-members. There are several levels of involvement other than developing the outreach plan such as writing cards or letters, making phone calls and visiting the sick and shut-in. Contact person- Tommy James.