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Tommy Middleton, director of missions for the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, took a team of eight from his association during his first trip to the country in September.
He plans on returning again in 2017 for two weeks. Middleton said the churches in Belarus are intentional in reaching all of the country with the Gospel and that is impacting on the teams from the United States. "It's a type of partnership that is healthy and worth supporting," Middleton said.
Tommy Middleton, director of missions for Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, and Lonnie Wascom, director of missions for Northshore Baptist Association, said their associations were awaiting assessments before their respective associations activate teams.
Read more about Dr. Middleton | Tommy Middleton | Jeremy Starnes
Read more about Dr. Middleton | Tommy Middleton | Jeremy Starnes Dr. Tommy Middleton became the new director in August 2011. Dr. Middleton comes to the Association from Woodlawn Baptist Church in Baton Rouge where he recently completed his 24 th year as Senior Pastor. Dr. Middleton began his ministry in 1972 where he served as Minister of Music and Youth at New Salem Baptist Church in Caledonia, MS. He completed his music education degree at Mississippi State University in 1976 while serving as interim pastor of Kolola Springs Baptist Church also of Caledonia. In 1977, Dr. Middleton became the pastor of Halbert Heights Baptist Church in Brookhaven, MS while completing his theological education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Divinity in 1979 and Doctor of Theology in 1986. While serving at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Dr. Middleton's ministry emphasized evangelism and world missions where he and members of the congregation brought the Gospel message to over 22 different countries. Dr. Middleton has served as, an adjunct professor of New Testament for New Orleans Theological Seminary in Baton Rouge, a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a member of the Executive Board for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Dr. Middleton married his college sweetheart Karen Mitchell in 1975. A third-generation preacher, Middleton, 57, preached his last service as pastor at the 1,200-member Woodlawn Baptist on Sunday, July 24. "I've loved serving this church, and we've loved the people here since the very beginning," Middleton said during a Late-July interview at the church. "It's been a great experience here." The association is a group of 108 Southern Baptist Convention churches, affiliated missions and organizations including the Gonzales Seaman's Center, the LSU Baptist Colle-giate Ministry and the Judson Retreat Center in St. Francisville. During his quarter-century career at Woodlawn Baptist, Middleton was deeply involved with the association and is familiar with its mission, he said. Over the years he mentored about 50 young men who went into the ministry, a practice he plans to continue. "We have a new generation of some outstanding young pastors in this town," Middleton said. "My desire is to nurture them and get out of the way and let them do what God has gifted them to do." "My goal is by Jan 1 to meet every pastor of every church for breakfast or lunch," Middleton said. "Dr. Middleton is the right man for this job," Allen said. Committee members wanted a man who would be "a pastor to our pastors" and found that in Middleton, Goza said. Middleton was born and raised in Bruce, Miss., the son, grandson and nephew of Baptist preachers. He is also the father of a pastor, the Rev. Michael Middleton, 32, who is worship leader at Second Baptist Church in Houston. Middleton was baptized at the age of 7, but said he never actually converted until late one Friday night in 1972, his senior year in high school. "Karen is the joy of my life," Middleton said. "When I was saved, there was a great sense of peace, but when I surrendered to preach there was an incredible sense of joy," Middleton said. He and Karen were married in 1975. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, then pastored at Halber Heights Baptist in Brookhaven, Miss., for 11 years before being called to Woodlawn in November 1987. During Tommy Middleton's time at Woodlawn, the church tripled in membership as he emphasized local evangelism and worldwide missions. The congregation sponsored seven mission trips to India and more than a dozen missions to Mexico and other Central American countries. In 1996, Woodlawn founded the Riverbend Mission church in an old bar at the end of Hoo Shoo Too Road near the Mississippi River. "The place that used to be the den of iniquity became a house of worship," Middleton said. ___________________________________________________________________ Dr. Middleton's contact information: The Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge office: (225)296-3943 email@example.com
Dr. Tommy Middleton, Executive Director
10560 Airline Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70816 Tel: (225) 296-3943 Fax: (225) 296-3846