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We exist to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP, and ENGAGE people in the Great Commission.

Find under "OUR CHURCHES" a listing and brief information about the churches affiliated with St. Clair Baptist Association. 

The St. Clair Baptist Association is located in a strategic location Northeast of Birmingham, Alabama. St. Clair County is one of the three fastest growing counties in the state of Alabama!

What does it mean to be a Christian? The meaning of Christianity is best seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is God in flesh--crucified and raised to life.

Do you have eternal life?  If not, contact us and we will explain more about following Jesus.

You can FIND HOPE by calling  1-888-537-8720 (1-888-JESUS-20) at any time, twenty-four hours a day.


Kentucky Partnership Report

St. Clair Baptists, you’d be proud of your Blackey, Kentucky Mission Team! I am! We are heading home Saturday.  

1. The Cooking Team fed us like royalty. Drivers got us to many destinations safely. 
2. The Food Ministry collected, assembled and delivered 84 food boxes for 84 families with a month of staples while sharing the Gospel. 
3. The VBS Teams conducted two VBSs and Archery Ministries with many making professions of faith. 
4. The Nursing Home Team delivered blankets, hats, and scarves to scores of residents at Whitesburg and in homes in the Blackey community. Three seniors professed Christ as Savior. 
5. The Construction Team completed several projects. They improved a historic site that has served the community with Christ’s love for 100 years. 
6. The Off Campus Project Team painted Letcher Elementary School, completed a ramp for a physically challenged resident, and worked with Ohio River Baptists in a mud out project at an elderly woman’s home. 
7. The group developed relationships with four local churches and pastors. 

Special thanks to the team, Maggie Walker, David Jones, and Team Leaders!

Thank you for your prayers!

 Thank you for your prayers!


In Jesus,

Chris Crain, SCBA 

Report from the SBC, Dallas

A report from the SBC:

On June 12-13, the SBC met in Dallas, Texas. J.D. Greear was elected president. Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence spoke to the messengers. Each church was encouraged to support missions by supporting the Cooperative Program. “Even the smallest church can support a missionary by supporting the Cooperative Program,” said David Platt, IMB President. Each entity leader called the churches back to evangelism. The atmosphere of the Convention was one of unity. The SBC will be held in Birmingham, Alabama in 2019.

Congratulations, Emma!

Congratulations to Emma Kirkemier, FBC Ashville in the St. Clair Association, for being chosen as a National Acteens Panelist. This is a great honor and she is one of 4 girls chosen from applicants across the country. The National Acteens Panel is a group of young women who are interested in missions and impacting their world for Christ. The young women selected as national panelists have exhibited a strong commitment to Christ and to missions through their involvement in Acteens, leadership responsibilities in their church and community, and dedication to their academic studies.

Emma Kirkemier will be attending the National WMU Convention in Dallas TX and have the opportunity to share her testimony, we are very proud of her and please join us in praying for her. I would like to share a few words from Emma herself....

“ Missions is important because it is the way in which Christians reach out and share the gospel with other. It is loving out The Great Commission. Sharing the love of God should be my mission every day. Missions is important to me because I know what the Lord has done for me and I want others to experience the same miraculous love and grace. Everyone needs to know the God who can save them. Everyone needs to know that salvation begins now, in this life, and that God will walk with them and carry them through life’s trials” Emma Kirkemier

Keep Your Chin Up!

Dear St. Clair Baptists,


The reports of moral missteps and impropriety among some SBC leaders captured headlines in several publications. Dr. Al Mohler, in his recent article “The Wrath of God Poured Out—The Humiliation of the SBC,” wrote:


“We thought this was a Roman Catholic problem. . . . When people said that Evangelicals had a similar crisis coming, it didn’t seem plausible — even to me. I have been president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twenty-five years. I did not see this coming. I was wrong. The judgment of God has come.Judgment has now come to the house of the SBC. The terrible swift sword of public humiliation has come with a vengeance. There can be no doubt that this story is not over.”


I appreciate Dr. Mohlers’ frank assessment—especially from his vantagepoint as President of one of the six SBC seminaries.


I have one word for this aspect of the state of the SBC: mournful. In the past, I worked as senior pastor with more than twenty employees and several classrooms full of children in our church buildings each weekday. The rigors of assuring that no real or perceived improprieties took place wore on my mind. Truly, the cost and responsibility of leading and protecting the church is great! Church leaders, we must walk closely to the Lord, knowing that the grace of God that bought is the grace that will keep us!One of my mentors, a formidable man and battlefront chaplain during Vietnam, would say, “Chris, keep your chin up and your nose clean!” We must keep our “chins up” and keep a watchful eye on the flock, protecting those in our care. We must keep our “noses clean” and not bring shame or embarrassment to our Lord by mishandling the Gospel, failing to deal with inconvenient truths. Please pray that the mournful state in the SBC will end and a new era of Christlike humility and integrity will begin.


Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas on June 12-13. My wife, Carol, and I will be messengers. Pray for the IMB, Executive Committee, and Southwestern Seminary as they seek leadership.
  • Pray for the pastors and leaders of the churches of the SCBA.
  • Pray for your SCBA mission team to Blackey, Kentucky on June 16-23. We will conduct two Vacation Bible Schools, work on several construction projects, worship with three churches, and feed 60 families. We kept the cost of this trip low for participants. Please consider making a special financial donation to help us. Send your gift to SCBA; PO Box 160; Ashville, AL 35953.
  • Pray for the new charity medical clinic opening in Pell City for residents of St. Clair County.
  • Pray for the church revitalization events during our SCBA Annual Meeting with Mark Clifton on October 28-29 in the St. Clair Baptist Association.
  • Pray for our Impact students as they travel home from Austria.


I appreciate the honor of serving you.




Chris Crain, SCBA



“HEALTH NOTE” from Your Friends at Easter Seals Community Health Clinic, Inc.—Pell City

According to recent studies, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running. All three of these conditions are risk factors for heart disease and stroke — and you can do something about them. So set a reachable goal just for today. Then you can work toward an overall goal of walking 30 minutes a day by increasing your time as you get in better shape. Walk the dog, use the stairs instead of the elevator, investigate a new park in your community. Just get started . . . you WILL notice a difference!

Where Does Evangelism Begin?

Dear St. Clair Baptists,


Where Does Evangelism Begin?

Evangelism in your church starts with Jesus Christ working through you! ake four stepstoward having conversations about the Gospel: 1) Lookfrom the inside of the circle (see image below) and move outward; make a list. 2) Pray for each person listed daily; tuck the list of names inside your Bible or make a note on your iPhone. 3) Talkto each person weekly about your real relationship with Jesus—casually and confidently. 4) Watch God begin to work through you.

Thank you St. Clair Baptist Evangelism Committee and Seddon Baptist Church for a great weekend!


Up to the Mountains

Last year, winding through the hills of Appalachia, our mission team found new friends, a unique culture, and remarkable opportunities for the Gospel. In June, we will take 80 people from many different St. Clair churches—of different sizes and approaches—to experience the activity of God at Calvary Campus—Blackey, Kentucky. North American Mission Board Missionaries, Paul and Mary Jo Radosevich work tirelessly to communicate the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ in word and deed. We will serve in VBS, evangelism, food ministry, and construction.


Recently, Bill Barker of Appalachian Regional Ministry shared about delivering a tractor-trailer load of backpacks to Calvary Campus for distribution: “A group of eager men met me at the road as a I drove the truck toward the receiving area. I thought Paul and Mary Jo had organized a team to help offload the truck. They worked tirelessly unloading backbacks. After everything was unloaded, I thanked the men. Then, I realized that they were there to receive some of the backpacks for their own children. One man, with tears in his eyes, said, ‘Oh, thank you Mr. Bill! Tell all of the people who sent these to us how much they mean to us.” So, I am relaying the message to you, St. Clair Baptist Association!


Please pray for your St. Clair Kentucky Mission Team. We will leave on Saturday, June 16. Would you, your small group/Sunday School class, or church consider helping us by donating a few of the items on our list?Let me know that you pledge to do this by emailing chris@stcba.org.


Thank You!

I am grateful to all of the ministries and partners of the St. Clair Baptist Association—there’s no way to name them all! Raceway Ministryvolunteers—thank you for a great Spring Race at Talladega! Lives were eternally transformed by the Gospel! St. Clair Disaster Relief—thank you for spending day after day in northern St. Clair, Etowah, and Calhoun Counties cleaning up after the storm. Christina Puckett and IMPACT Campus Ministries—thank you for an awesome year at Jeff State College. Pathways Counseling—thank you for transforming hearts, lives and families with the Gospel! English as a Second Language,St. Clair WMU, and Vacation Bible School Team—thank you for making a tremendous difference! Last but not least, thank you to the staff, teams, committees, and supporting churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association!


The best is yet to come, St. Clair Baptists!


Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, SCBA

Thank You LifeWay!

Chris and Eric from LifeWay presented our Impact Campus Ministry students Bibles! We are blessed in the St. Clair Baptist Association!

Helping Senior-Aged Ministers

We are looking for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows whose income is insufficient to meet their daily needs to see if they might be eligible for assistance from our Mission:Dignity ministry. Many of our new applicants tell us they didn’t know this resource was even available to them.

Do you know of someone who might benefit from some extra financial help? Be intentional about asking how they are doing financially. We would be grateful if you would let us know about them and if you would encourage them to send us an application for consideration. Our hope is they will see this as a way for their Southern Baptist family to honor their years of devoted service.

To apply, an applicant must complete the Application for Financial Assistance and return it to the address on the form. Applicants may also request an application by calling 1-877-888-9409 or sending an email to us with their name and mailing address. Recipients of Mission:Dignity funds must meet eligibility guidelines:

• 65 or older and retired
• Minimum of 10 years of full-time, salaried Southern Baptist service
• Minimum of 10 years of marriage (during the time of service) to someone who would have met the first two qualifications
• Income cannot exceed $2,010 a month for a single person or $2,708 a month for a couple
• Less than $30,000 in assets, excluding home
• Must re-qualify every two years
• A committee of trustees reviews and makes a final determination of acceptance or decline for any application that does not meet the guidelines.

Ministry Coaching Network at SCBA

 Are you looking for a place to talk about real ministry issues?  Join the coaching network at St. Clair Baptist Association!  For information about meeting time and registration, call our office. 


Did you know that the Caskey Center for Church Excellence of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers full-tuition scholarships for paid staff in bi-vocational and smaller SBC churches? This is for undergraduate or master's programs on campus, workshop, in extension centers. Scholarship recipients also receive the Logos Silver Bible Software package. For details, email caskeycenter@nobts.edu or call 504-282-4455, Ext. 8227.

Benevolence and Service Ministries

We have compiled a comprehensive list of benevolence and service ministries for St. Clair County. This list is located on the INFO CENTER page on this website. We make this list available to church and community leaders only. To gain access to this helpful resource, call our office.

2018 Partnership with Pathways Counseling

We are excited to announce our partnership with Pathways Counseling--a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Home. A professional counselor will be available at the St. Clair Baptist Association Office in Ashville, Alabama to serve our area. Meet Rod Campbell:


Rod Campbell earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in June of 2000. Rod is a Licensed Professional Counselor for Pathways Professional Counseling, a family ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes. He currently serves in northeast Alabama in Calhoun, St. Clair, and Etowah counties. In 2013, Rod also received his Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor credential (LPC-S). Rod has been with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes since October of 2000. Rod has been married since 1995 and is the proud father of two daughters and two sons. Rod is an engaging and informative speaker who has presented on the topics of marriage, families, and children throughout Alabama and the Southeast. Rod enjoys working with clients from all different background and age groups.

Racing Fans Need Jesus!

Raceway Ministries: If you are interested in being credentialed for the Next Race at Talladega Superspeedway, call our office as soon as possible at 205-594-5173. We welcome new volunteers to serve in the race! 


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