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Associational Missions Strategist

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Crain

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Chris believes that churches need mutually beneficial partnerships to carry out the Great Commission. His favorite biblical figure is Barnabas; Chris loves to encourage and motivate others to follow Jesus Christ. Chris is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris and Carol Crain are originally from Jasper, Alabama. Their children Lauren, Carianne, and Jackson keep them on the go. Carol teaches at St. Clair County High School and serves as an instructor of psychology on occasion. Carol is a graduate and current trustee of Judson College. Chris and Carol have facilitated church plants and served in local church ministry for 23 years before answering God's call to serve St. Clair Baptists. The Crains live in Odenville, Alabama. Follow Chris on Facebook and follow the SCBA Facebook page to learn more about his day-to-day ministry.

 

Chris would be honored to help your church.  He is a certified Transitional Pastor, trained in church revitalization with NAMB, and has developed resources for conflict resolution. Your church leaders may invite him to provide training in pastor/staff search, community engagement/local missions, evangelism, church revitalization, volunteer leadership, and guest/visitor relations.

VITA

My mission is to advance God's Kingdom by presenting the hope of Jesus to every generation, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group.

Doctor of Ministry, Leadership, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Graduation, December 18, 2015 

Studies in Church Planting, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011-2012 

M.Div., Biblical Languages, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1999 

B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Church Education and Music, Southeastern Bible College, Birmingham, AL, 1996 

Walker College, 1994

Advanced Diploma, Walker High School, Jasper, AL, 1992

INVOLVEMENT 

Member, Board of Ministerial Mentors, Samford University, 2017-Present 

Board Member, Pathways Counseling, 2017-Present

Board Member, Advisory Board for St. Vincent's Hospital--St. Clair County, AL; Ascension Health, 2016-Present

Class Member, Leadership St. Clair, Class of 2016-2017

Member, American Association of Christian Counselors, Present

Trustee, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Birmingham, AL, 2004-2016

Member, Alabama Baptist State Convention Committee on Committees, Birmingham, AL, 2014-2016

Trustee, Alabama Citizens Action Program, Birmingham, AL, 2004-2017 

Member, Alabama Citizens Action Program Finance Committee, Birmingham, AL, 2010-2017 

Member, University of Mobile Board of Regents, Mobile, AL, 2013-Present

Member, Board of Governors, Judson College, Marion, AL, 2015-2017

Moderator, Birmingham Baptist Association, Birmingham, AL, 2013-2014 

Trustee, Baptist Health System, Birmingham, AL, 2013-2014 

Chairman, Birmingham Baptist Association Restructuring Taskforce, Birmingham, AL, 2012-2013 

Secretary, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Birmingham, AL, 2010-2011

 

 






Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary

Mrs. Linda Smith

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Linda has served St. Clair Baptists in many capacities since Janary 2003. She provides administrative support and facilitates various ministry projects.  Linda is a member of Steele Baptist Church. 






Treasurer

Rev. Jimmy Hopkins

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Jimmy serves as Treasurer for St. Clair Baptist Association. Also, he is a pastor.