Maranatha Baptist Partners With Iglesia Bautista De Chattanooga, Changes Name To LifeSpring Baptist Church

Longtime Local Congregations Invite Community To Free Fall Festival Oct. 30

Monday, October 21, 2013

Citing a desire to better communicate the mission of their congregation, leaders at Maranatha Baptist Church officially announce that the church is changing its name to LifeSpring Baptist Church, effective Oct. 27. The change comes during a period of growth, unity, and expansion following the church's recent partnership with Iglesia Bautista de Chattanooga.

Jeremy Wallace, lead pastor of LifeSpring Baptist Church, says several factors contributed to the decision to change the church's name.

"Most people do not know what the word 'Maranatha' means or how to pronounce it, nor does the name effectively communicate our purpose as a church," he says. "We believe the new name remedies those concerns." 

Mr. Wallace says the congregation is passionate about introducing people to Jesus Christ and helping them live and grow in their Christian life. He says that, while church members are dedicated to doing their part to impact the community for Christ through living an authentic faith and meeting relevant needs, they don't want to stop there. They are also committed to helping believers grow in their faith through discipleship, and they believe the name LifeSpring communicates the life, health, and vibrancy that they want to help people achieve in their Christian lives.

The church is hosting a free fall festival—its first community event under its new name—on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30-8 p.m. The festival is free to the community, and will feature games, inflatables, hot dogs, and hayrides. LIfeSpring Baptist Church is at 1701 Hickory Valley Road, and more information can be found at LifeSpringBaptist.org.

Joining members of LifeSpring at the fall festival will be members of Iglesia Bautista de Chattanooga, a Hispanic ministry formerly known as Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Highland Park. 

"About two years ago I met with Darwin Blandon, the pastor of IBC, about our desire to begin a Hispanic ministry," says Mr. Wallace. "He offered help and guidance, but we were not ready to begin such a ministry at that time. Shortly thereafter, we had a combined worship service for the purpose of introducing our church to the concept of a Hispanic ministry."

IBC met on the campus of the former Highland Park Baptist Church, and when that land was sold, the congregation looked for a new home. Maranatha's desire to begin a Hispanic ministry, IBC's need for a place to meet, and the friendship that Pastors Blandon and Wallace had developed made this a perfect partnership, said officials. The congregation began sharing space with Maranatha in July, and the two congregations are now partnering together in an increasing number of programs and activities.

LifeSpring holds its worship service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., while IBC holds their Spanish worship service at 2 p.m. each Sunday. The two congregations combine their children's AWANA and teen programs on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and also participate in other combined activities, such as outreach events and fellowships. 

"Things are going very well," says Mr. Blandon. "Even though there is a language barrier, many at LifeSpring are working to learn Spanish and many in IBC are working to learn English. The effort that is being made to communicate with each other has gone a long way to build unity. Both churches look forward to being together, work effectively together, and are genuinely excited about what God is doing."



New Covenant Fellowship Church To Celebrate 20th Anniversary

The New Covenant Fellowship Church and its founding pastor, Dr. Bernie Miller will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday, July 8, with a concert featuring Grammy and Stellar award winning gospel artist, Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr singers. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $20. A church picnic is also planned for Saturday, July 9, from 12-3 p.m. on the Cumberland ... (click for more)

Grace Church Of The Nazarene Hosts God And Country Celebration

The public is invited to a God and Country Celebration on  Sunday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m.  at Grace Church of the Nazarene, 6310 Dayton Blvd., Hixson, Tn. 37343.   (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

Bridge Repair Over 12th Street To Cause Temporary Lane Closure On US 27

While investigating a pothole in the bridge on U.S. 27 North over 12 th Street in the construction zone, crews discovered a potential weak spot in the bridge deck that could over time result in more damage to the bridge deck.  For the safety of the traveling public, the outside lane in this area will be closed until the contractor makes necessary repairs, TDOT officials ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Story You Won’t See

In a puzzling time when the big daily newspapers have veered strongly away from “all the news that is fit to print,” allow me to share a story that you very likely will not see on CNN, ABC News, or in the big media conglomerates that influence the way you think, the way you react and – as a result – easily warp our common senses. This story is very true. Late last Sunday afternoon, ... (click for more)