The Junior Missionary Convention assembled at Bethel Baptist Church which hosted the 136th Annual Session of the Thickety Mountain Missionary Baptist Association. Rev. Dr. James Sanders Jr. was the host pastor. New Junior Convention officers for the next year are pictured.
Pictured, left to right: front row, Justice Tate, assistant secretary, Young’s Grove Baptist Church; and Terence Allen, chaplain, Piney Grove Baptist Church; back row, Rev. Tony Macomson, Thickety Mountain Missionary Baptist Association Moderator, Jordan Phillips, president from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and University of SC Upstate; Mrs. Rubye Sanders, Junior Missionary Supervisor, Bethel Baptist Church; Everett Hopper, vice president, Concord Baptist Church; and Michael Cannon, secretary, Bethel Baptist Church.
Not pictured due to school and college activities are Dasjahia Wray, treasurer, White Plains Baptist Church and Limestone College; and Destiney Baxter, assistant chaplain, Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Others not pictured include Sister Angie Dawkins, Assistant to Junior Supervisor; Rev. Sister Omigene Proctor, Junior Missionary Assistant; Sister Janie Young, Junior Missionary Assistant; and Music Directors: Sister Natalie Cannon and Sister Denise Allen.
The 87th annual session of the Junior Missionary Convention was called to order by its president, Brother Jordan Phillips, from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. The session theme was “God’s Youth Using the Three S’s: “Servant – Serving – Service”, I Corinthians 9.12. Welcoming everyone was Essence Hughes from Bethel Baptist, the host church. Chaplain Terence Allen gave the invocation, and the scripture was read by Hannah Montgomery from Ebenezer Baptist Church. President Jordan Phillips also delivered the presidential message advising his listeners that it is important for everyone to keep their minds ‘stayed on Jesus’ if you want your life to work out in a positive manner.
A highlight of the session was the ‘Spoken Word’ brought by Rev. Angelina Early, associate minister from Concord Baptist Church. The Junior Missionary Choir rendered several beautiful songs of praise under the direction of Sister Denise Allen and Sister Natalie Cannon. Instrumentalists were Michael Cannon, Raven Mitchem, Michael Davidson, and Damarreun Bridges.
The Junior Missionary Convention is an auxiliary of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Woman’s Educational and Missionary Convention. It was organized in 1926 to religiously educate and train young people of the convention and community.
Mrs. Rubye Sanders is the Junior Supervisor
Assistants are Sister Angie Dawkins, Rev. Omigene Proctor, Sister Janie Young, and Rev. Dolly Elmore.
Music Directors are Sis. Denise Allen and Sis. Natalie Cannon.
Dr. Bertha Harris is the Senior Missionary President.
Rev. Tony Macomson is Moderator.