The Sand Mountain Baptist Association’s Executive Committee met, Feb. 1, at Rosalie Baptist Church and unanimously elected Chris Guinn as director of missions.
The director of missions exists to serve the local churches and support the pastors of the Association, which is made up of thirty churches located in both Jackson and DeKalb counties. Missions, ministry, training opportunities, conflict management support and developing relationships with community leaders is part of the weekly duties of an active director of missions.
Guinn served Ider Baptist as pastor from 1995-2004, where he served several different positions including Sunday school director and moderator.
Guinn has been married 29 years to the former Angela G. Gass, of Stevenson, who works in the Guntersville office of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Together, they have two daughters; Jessica, age 25, and Sarah, age 20. Jessica is serving in full time ministry and missions traveling both nationally and internationally. Jessica lives in Piedmont, Alabama. Sarah is currently enrolled in online classes pursuing a degree in Christian Ministry. Sarah lives at home and like her older sister feels called to serve the Lord in some area of ministry and or missions. Also living with Chris and Angela is Angela's mother Judy.
Besides his time at Ider, Guinn has served two other churches and has been active in two other Associations. His first pastorate was at Roaches Cove Baptist Church in Fackler in the Tennessee River Baptist Association. For the last eleven years, he has served as the pastor of Crossville First Baptist Church.
Guinn has been on several mission and ministries trips, both nationally and internationally. He has served on the board of several non-profit organizations, he has worked with Carpenters For Christ, Bible Release Time, Disaster Relief and has been involved in a Hispanic Church plant.
"Thirty years ago this March God put Angela and I together as a team for what we both believe is for "such a time as this." We are so excited about coming along side of all the churches of the Sand Mountain Baptist Association,” Guinn said. “We can do more together as a team of pastors, associational leaders and church lay members to reach the lost for the kingdom of God than we can ever do alone. We fully believe that God has a plan for us and for your church and we believe our ministry is to come along side you and help you anyway we can to fulfill that mission. We work best when we work together and we do best what we do together."