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Constitution and Bylaws
 
The History of Carolina Baptist Association
 
Carolina Association was organized at Double Springs Baptist Church on October 19, 1877.  This organization included six churches:  Double Springs, Mountain Page, Gap Creek, Mountain Hill, Cross Roads and Oak Grove.
 
The Henderson County Association was organized at Old Salem Church in Fletcher, October 19, 1882 with eleven churches:  Hendersonville, Hoopers Creek, Salem, Refuge, Ebenezer, French Broad, Mud Creek, Pleasant Hill, Mills River, Boilston and Pleasant Grove.  This association and the Carolina Association covered the same territory and after four years the Henderson County Association dissolved and the churches united with the Carolina.
 
Thomas E. Thompson was the first Field Worker or Associational Missionary mentioned in the minutes.  He was called on May 10, 1944 and served eleven months and nine days, until July 9, 1945.  One thing mentioned as his work was a Mission School held from July 30 - August 4, 1944.
 
Erskin V. Plemmons came to Carolina Association on June 1, 1946 and served until August, 1947.  He published the first newsletter for the Association.  The office was located at the Hunter Building on South Main Street.
 
Roy D. Campbell served from 1950 until 1953.  Conferring, counseling and assisting are the words used to describe his service.  He assisted about 100 people to go to the Baptist Hospital.
 
At the January 31, 1954 quarterly meeting, Roy C. Bennett made the following motion,"  I move that the Moderator, with four Superintendents, W.M.S., B.T.J.U., Brotherhood and Sunday School, be authorized and empowered to employ a secretary and open an office in Hendersonville until such time as we can elect a Field Worker.  Mrs. Fred J. Swift was employed as Secretary.
 
January 1, 1955, Clay R. Barnes was called as Associational Missionary to serve in Carolina Association and Transylvania Association.  An office was opened in his home.  Clay Barnes served until 1966.
 
The Association had met quarterly, in addition to the Annual session, since it was organized.  On August 9, 1966, it was voted to discontinue the fifth Sunday meetings.
 
Zeb Baker came as Associational Missionary in 1967 and served until April, 1968.  His office was in the Hunter Building on South Main Street.  In 1968 the office was moved to the Staton Building on 4th Avenue West.  Mrs. Carolyn Surrett, Mrs. Gene Schuyler, Mrs. John Rymer have served as Secretary for the Association office.
 
Guthrie Colvard came as Superintendent of Missions in March of 1968 and served until June, 1974.  A world Missions Conference, a New York Crusade and work with churches and leaders are listed as his work.
 
Latt Beshears came as Director of Missions in February of 1975 and served until March, 1979.  Bearwallow Baptist Camp is probably the most remembered work for him.
 
Ron Pinkerton came as Director of Missions on December 1, 1979 and served until May, 1991.  The move to the present office building (601 Hebron Street), restructuring for work of the Association, work with churches in growth planning, meeting with committees and individuals, full time office hours and planning with councils and committees are some of the things that were done under his leadership.
 
Dr. Alex Booth, former president of Fruitland Institute for 25 years, came as interim Director of Missions in 1991.  This soon led to a permanent position and partnership with Rev. Zeke Crawford.  He served Carolina Baptist Association until passing away on August 3, 1998 at the age of 73.  Alex will be remembered as a great witness for the Lord, a very positive person and never seeking to be in the "spotlight."  He was always concerned for others and not himself.  He enjoyed his work immensely and was solely committed to the work of the Association. 
 
Dr. Henry S. (Sandy) Beck, III, the present Director of Missions, came in March, 2000.  Sandy came from Kennesaw, Ga., where he served 17 years as executive pastor of Kennesaw First Baptist Church.  At this time, Carolina Baptist Association has 58 churches.  Helping churches prepare for future growth and planting new churches are only two aspects of great concern for Sandy.  As this area grows, different age groups, different nationalities and different cultures will be coming into the region.  "I want the churches to be prepared," says Sandy.  "We can either ignore them or plan for them."  "In some cases we will need to start new churches to meet the needs."  Sandy feels there is a lot to be done and believes God sent him here at just the right time.  His quest now is to discern, as he puts it, "which plans are real visions and which are flights of fancy."
 
Carolina Baptist Association celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 24, 1977 at Double Springs Baptist Church.  This was the site of the first meeting of the Association when it was organized on October 19, 1877.
 
The present office staff includes Sandy Beck, Director of Missions, Linda Marie Phillips, Administrative Assistant and Paula Janes, Financial Manager.