A History of the NC Associational Missionaries Conference - Chapter 2: The Birth of the Conference
April 22 2005 by Eugene B. Hager

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Friday, April 22, 2005

A History of the NC Associational Missionaries Conference - Chapter 2: The Birth of the Conference

By Eugene B. Hager

The decade of the 1950's began with the associational missionaries still attending the State Convention Annual Planning Conference, held sometimes at Fruitland and other times at Caswell. Their numbers were growing as more associations added workers to their staff. However, the associational missionaries had not yet organized their own con- ference. Many were joining the N. C. Baptist Educational Workers Conference. And many were serving as officers in that Conference. In November 1951, Ed Echerd, Jr. ("Promotional Secretary" of the Mecklenburg Association) was elected President of the Educational Workers Conference (reported in the December 8, 1951 Biblical Recorder, p. 13). Note this quotation from that article:

The organization which he will direct as president is com- posed of the education and music leadership in the local churches. Associational missionaries of North Carolina are also a part of this conference.

More than 200 were in attendance upon the annual meet- ing held in Asheville on November 12. In November 1954, R. T. Green (Cabarrus Association) was elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the Educational Directors Conference. (They had three vice presidents: an educational director, a music director, and an associational missionary.)

As noted earlier, the annual statewide Planning Conference, begun in December 1946 at Fruitland, was an important step for associational missionaries in North Carolina. It brought them together as a group from across the state. In those early days most associational missionaries had small travel allowances (and sometimes none at all). The State Convention took care of the travel and lodging for these conferences. It provided an opportunity for them to get acquainted with one another. They enjoyed fellowship with co-workers and made lasting friendships. They compared methods, problems, and solutions in associational work. Also, the information, training, and planning provided by these conferences were invaluable. The numerous books, manuals, and other materials on associational work that we know today had not yet been written. Those were pioneering days for associational missionaries. This writer considers the pioneering period to extend from the beginning of the modern associational missionary movement in North Carolina to the Gulfshore Conference (1942-1963). One could argue that several years of follow-up to the Gulfshore Conference should be included. If that were done, the pioneering period would extend to the mid 1960's.

At some point, the State Convention allowed the missionaries to elect a Program Committee to have input into the programs for the Annual Planning Conference. The Convention still "owned" the Planning Conference. But this gave the missionaries a chance to include topics dealing with associational missions along with the usual infor- mation and promotion from members of the State Convention staff. Those serving on the Program Committee for 1953-1954 were: Harvie Brewington, Chairman (Burnt Swamp), Ruth Bagwell, Secretary (Rowan), Elizabeth Campbell (Caldwell), J. D. Barnette (Robeson), and H. M. Hocutt (Buncombe). This writer does not know whether this was the first such committee or whether there had been others in prior years. No doubt this helped plant the idea in the minds of the associational missionaries that they ought to elect a slate of officers and have an "Associational Missionaries Conference." That idea came to fruition in 1955. By then the Annual Planning Conference had been moved from December to the summer (at least as early as 1949). In 1955 it met at Caswell on July 25-29. Apparently, it was at this meeting at Caswell that a Nominating Committee was selected to bring nominations for officers to be elected in November. The Educational Workers Conference (in which a number of associational missionaries had held membership) usually met the day before the annual session of the Baptist State Convention. The associational missionaries would meet on November 14 to hear the report of their Nominating Committee. The officers they elected would plan and preside at their first annual session as the N. C. Associational Missionaries Conference, July 30-August 3, 1956 at Caswell. These first officers were:

President --- John W. Beam (Catawba River)

Vice President --- Elizabeth Campbell (Caldwell)

Secretary --- W. Van Carroll (Liberty)

Song Leader --- Guthrie Colvard (Atlantic)

These officers were instructed to serve as a committee "to restudy the relationship that was severed from the Educational and Music Directors Conference." At the 1956 meeting this committee "recommended that we seek to rejoin that organization, but a motion was carried that we table the recommendation." (From the Minutes of the 1956 Summer Meeting, p. 3).

Thus, the N. C. Associational Missionaries Conference had evolved from the Annual Planning Meeting begun by the State Convention in 1946. At first, an attempt was made to continue much of the Planning Meeting in the program of the Associational Missionaries Conference. But with the growth of the State Convention Staff, there was not time enough to hear from all who wanted to be heard and still have time for the missionaries' own program. So, in 1959 the Convention reinstated the Annual Planning Meeting as a "Winter Meeting." It would be planned and led by the Convention Staff. The "Summer Meeting" would be planned and led by the associational missionaries. The State Convention would fund both meetings. (The associational missionaries simply did not have the resources to fund their own meeting). We owe a debt of gratitude to Convention leaders such as Dr. M. A. Huggins, Dr. Earl Bradley, and Dr. E. L. Spivey for their foresight, their understanding, and their generosity in this matter. They believed that a strong, yet independent, organization of associational missionaries was in the best interest of the Convention and worth the investment. Time has proved them right! Since the 1956 Annual Session was the first to be planned and led by the associational missionaries themselves (but in consultation with Dr. Bradley), the reader may be interested in the minutes of that meeting. A slightly condensed version of those minutes appears at the end of this chapter. Note the balance between promotion from the Convention Staff and the inclusion of topics of special interest to the associational missionaries themselves. Van Carroll was the Secretary. His tongue-in-cheek humor in writing the minutes reflects some of the good-natured kidding that went on among our peers in those days.

In 1958 the following committee was appointed to recommend a constitution for the Conference:

E. R. Echerd, Jr., Chairman (Mecklenburg)

J. Hoyt Roberson (Three Forks)

J. H. Mauney (Wilmington)

Also in 1958 the Conference began electing three vice presidents: one from the East, one from the Piedmont, and one from the West.

From early in the rise of the modern associational missionaries movement in North Carolina in the 1940's, someone on the staff of the State Convention has served as a contact person for the missionaries. The first was Dr. M. A. Huggins. He gave strong encouragement to the associations in securing associational missionaries. He arranged for financial aid from the Convention to most of those associations that did so. As noted earlier in this work (p. 4), Rev. G. W. Bullard was elected in 1946 to serve on the Convention Staff as Superintendent of Associational Missions. This was a full-time position. Lewis Ludlum, in his booklet (mentioned earlier) gives this evaluation of Bullard:

[His] excellent background of experience, his denominational loyalty, plus his many leadership talents made his election not only timely but also an excellent choice. When he left this position at the end of 1949, the missionaries expressed their appreciation of his work, reported in the Biblical Recorder, January 11, 1950, p. 9 as follows:

The associational missionaries of North Carolina have prepared resolutions expressing "unanimous and whole-hearted appreciation of the splendid leadership and counsel of Rev. G. W. Bullard, superintendent of associational missions work in North Carolina for the past several years." .... In part of the resolutions, prepared by a committee consisting of C. W. Bazemore, Lewis Ludlum, and Kathleen Frink, read as follows: "Brother Bullard has endeared himself to his workers, to the churches, and to his associates in the State Convention corps, as he has led in a vital, growing program of Baptist work over the State. He has been our true friend and counselor as he has inspired and encouraged us in all our labors for our Lord in this State from the mountains to the sea. We shall long remember his rich gift of under- standing, his vision, his devotion to duty, his comradeship, and his loyalty to all our Baptist work, in this important place of leadership."

This writer would like to suggest that if you read between the lines of the preceding quotation, you will sense the deep need on the part of the missionaries of those days for understanding and encouragement. Associational missions work was often discouraging in those early years! That fact is authenticated by these words written by Bullard in the January 18, 1950 Biblical Recorder, p. 14:

Those who attended the meeting at Fruitland, July 18-23, voiced their appreciation for such a conference and asked that a similar one be planned for 1950. Many have testified that they were discouraged to the point of resigning and these conferences made it possible for them to continue in the work. Others have said that the conference enabled them to continue with a greater degree of success. The above quotation is from an article written by Bullard just after he left his position with the Convention. In it he wrote: "In view of the fact that I left the employ of the Convention January 1, I feel that I can give some facts out of my knowledge of the work without prejudice and without anyone pointing to a selfish interest. I write out of a deep appreciation of the program and a genuine concern for its success in the future." It is quite appropriate to quote some of his observations made in that article (appearing on pages 6 and 14 in the January 18, 1950 Recorder):

History

The modern movement of associational missions began about ten years ago when some of the associations themselves saw the need of a full-time employee to serve among the churches and the unchurched areas. Other associations began to see the value of this sort of program and at present there are forty-five persons employed as missionaries or field workers with some ten or twelve other associations looking for suitable persons to be employed.

Program

The program of work followed by most of these workers is one of assisting the churches with their local work and in their efforts to reach the unchurched people in adjoining com- munities. The work in the local churches is usually upon the invitation of the pastor or local church leaders. That which is done in the unchurched areas is in co-operation with the churches, but usually at the direction of the missions or executive committee of the association.... Our experience has convinced us that the churches are helped more through the efforts of this program than by any other method tried in the past. These associational workers are near enough to the churches to win their confidence and visit as often as is necessary in order to assist with any undertaking which needs the efforts of an outside worker.

The Annual Conference

Since the first meeting at Fruitland in December, 1946, it has been the policy of the Convention to arrange an annual meeting of the associational missionaries. No effort has been made to plan or co-ordinate the activities of the workers except to avoid conflicts with the work of the various departments of the Convention in their efforts to assist the associations upon invitation. As each missionary will bear witness, no effort has been made to "make sure they followed the prescribed denominational program." If there has ever been presented a ready-made program which anyone was asked to "put over onto" the churches, I have no knowledge of it. These con- ferences have served to bring to the workers such informa- tion as they may find helpful in promoting the work which the associations have committed to them. Perhaps the greatest benefit comes through an exchange of ideas and experiences by the workers themselves.... - - - - - ...It has already been explained, however, that the associational workers are employees of the associations and the Convention has never considered that they were employees of the Convention. Obviously, there had been some apprehension about possible encroachment upon the autonomy of the associations and/or the churches. Both the associations and the Convention had to put such fears to rest.

Sometime thereafter the responsibility of working with the Associational Missionaries was assigned to Dr. Earle Bradley. This writer was not able to ascertain whether this was done in 1950 or later. Perhaps it was done in 1953 when Dr. Bradley became "Secretary of Promotion." Before that he had served as one of three "Field Workers" for the Convention. Since Bradley had other responsibilities also, the work with Associational Missionaries became part-time again. (It had been full-time only during the tenure of G. W. Bullard.) In his History, Lewis Ludlum wrote (p. 6): "Dr. Bradley was highly dedicated to this as an important part of his work. His enthusiasm, dedication, and strong leadership abilities made him very popular with the missionaries." He held this responsibility through December 1959. The Minutes of the Salisbury Workshop (December 1959) record (p. 10): "Mr. Mumford called on Elizabeth Campbell, missionary in the Caldwell Association, to say a word of appreciation to Earle Bradley. Miss Campbell expressed her appreciation on behalf of the missionaries in the form of a poem, and told Mr. Bradley he would find a 'reclining' chair at home upon his return - a gift from the Associational Missionaries." This writer was present at that meeting and sensed the high regard the Missionaries had for Dr. Bradley.

[On March 1, 1959 this writer became the Associational Missionary in the Eastern Association. From that point on he was an eyewitness and participant in the events recounted in this history. In addition to his memory, he has his daily logs, associational newsletters (complete sets) and other materials from those years.]

In 1956 the State Convention authorized the appointment of a Committee of Twenty-five. This committee was to survey "the full range of Baptist work in our State, searching for opportunities to make improvements, and developing recommendations that would enable the Convention to accelerate and expand its services to North Carolina Baptists." (Committee of 25 Report, p. 1). An outside management consultant firm, Booz, Allen and Hamilton, was employed to do a comprehensive survey of Baptist work in North Carolina and present findings and recommendations to the Committee of 25. The firm spoke highly of the potential of the associations as the units in Baptist life closest to the local churches. E. C. Watson (Missionary in the New South River Association) was a member of the Committee of 25. In a paper (Whither Associational Missions in North Carolina?) presented to our Conference in 1966, he reported (p. 6): It is also well to remember that they made the following observation: "associations are the weakest link in the flow of ideas between the Southern Baptist Convention, the state conventions, and the individual churches." They pointed out the deficiencies found and surmised that the Baptist State Convention should follow the associational missions approach for a few years, and unless it showed better results, they might wish to scrap it in favor of the area missionary plan. The Committee of 25 did not include this observation and recommendation in their Report adopted by the Convention in a special session in Raleigh in May 1959. Their Report did say (1959 Annual, p. 79):

The association is the key denominational promotional unit...Progress depends in large measure on the associational missionary and his volunteer associates. And their first two recommendations were: That the General Board require the Director of Missions to develop a complete program for strengthening the associations. That this include a clear, concise manual of responsibilities and duties of associational missionaries, and a brief statement of personnel qualifications for guidance of the associations in securing missionaries. The word "require" in the first recommendation appears to infringe on associational autonomy. In the second recommendation, the word "guidance" helps it to avoid that same infringement. The statement preceding the recommendations indicates how strongly the association was regarded as "the key denominational promotional unit." This concept would be confronted and dealt with later at the Gulfshore Conference in 1963. Responsibility for coordinating work with the associations was moved from the Promotion Department to the new Missions Division with Dr. E. L. Spivey as Director. Ludlum in his History (p. 6) comments: "To classify associational missions as a department of State Missions was a good step forward because it structurally and psychologically identified the program as 'missions' rather than 'promotion.' Needless to say, this change made an excellent contribution to our perennial search for identity."

Since Dr. Spivey was Director of the Division of Missions, the work with Associational Missionaries would continue to be part-time. Ludlum has this observation in his History (p. 7):

Perennially the question has been raised in our missionary group as to whether or not we should revert to the policy of having a staff member who would devote his full time to Associational Missions. There have been times, I am sure, when there would have been real advantages in this. But it would have some disadvantages too, I feel sure. Our loose, but at most times adequate, liaison with the Convention has been conducive to good relationships and quite in keeping with the Baptist concept of autonomy. It has likewise given us maximum freedom to pursue our own perennial search for identity as a part of world missions. Ludlum gives the following evaluation of Dr. Spivey in his History (p. 7):

The missionaries and folks throughout the state who got to know Dr. Spivey in relationship to this part of his work came to feel that his stimulating and imaginative leadership not only tended toward bringing the best out in us, but also helped us to relate well to other Baptist personnel and programs. This author was still in his first year as an Associational Missionary when Dr. Spivey assumed his new responsibilities. I found him to be friendly, understanding, and always available when I needed to talk with him. I was impressed by his high regard for the autonomy of the local association. As the 1950's came to a close, the stage was now set for us to join with our colleagues from across the Southern Baptist Convention to study and compare notes in our search for identity and our understanding of the best ways to relate to and work with the State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. That would be done at the first National Convocation of Associational Missionaries that was scheduled for Gulfshore (Baptist Assembly in Mississippi) in February of 1963.

ANNUAL SUMMER ASSEMBLY OF ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONARIES

July 30 - August 3, 1956

The associational missionaries of North Carolina met at the Caswell Baptist Assembly in their Annual Summer Assembly on Monday evening, July 30, 1956. Shortly after 7:00 o'clock Bishop John W. Beam, president of the august body, called the elite group to order and presented the song leader for the group, Rev. Guthrie Colvard, who led in singing two numbers with Mrs. J. D. Barnette at the piano.

Rev. J. D. Barnette conducted the devotion, reading from John 10, and called on Mrs. R. J. Hall to lead us in prayer.

President Beam welcomed the new missionaries and all of us along with our visitors and then presented Dr. Earle Bradley, the associational missionaries' fatherly adviser, in his best bib and tuck, all dressed up as if he were going to address the United Nations. He in turn presented the new missionaries, Rev. Glen Ramsey of the Blue Ridge Association, Rev. Hassel Lamm of the Beulah Association, and Miss Doris Raxter of the Tennessee River Association, and all the missionaries from Dan to Beersheba and a few dignitaries among whom were Bishops J. C. Pipes and N. A. Melton (faculty members of the Preachers' School), and Mrs. M. A. Huggins, Bishop O. J. Hagler, and Prophet D. P. Brooks.

After these formalities President Beam presented Brother Brooks who spoke briefly about the State Sunday School Program facing us.

By this time Father R. K. Redwine, the excellent manager of Caswell, came in and was presented. He gave us a most cordial welcome.

Following a hymn a very fine panel, "Building Attendance at Associational Meetings," was led by Hubert Mumford, Miss Ruth Bagwell, and E. J. Jenkins. At this point Bishop Burgiss passed out cards to be signed indicating interest in a fishing trip during the week.

After another hymn Brother Beam presented Dr. O. T. Binkley, a teacher in our Southeastern Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, who brought the first of four messages on the general theme of "Christian Morality and Vital Issues." This first message was entitled "The Separation of Church and State."

Following this fine message, Mrs. Margaret McRackan dismissed the evening session with prayer.

Tuesday morning Bishop Henry W. Stough conducted the morning watch using the theme, "The Missionary's Studying," and at 8:30 o'clock Prophet Knox Samson conducted the devotional period.

Following the devotion, Bishop Grady Burgiss reported that one boat had been employed to carry the six who wanted to go on the "outside" fishing trip.

Next was the fine panel on "Leading the Churches to Give through the Cooperative Program and to Other Mission Objects" which was led by Prophets Elmer Green, R. T. Green, and Miss Dorothy Edwards.

After a hymn Miss Mary Ayscue was presented and talked to us on the general idea of how the Baptist Book Store can better help by having a good mailing list and how to order wisely and correctly.

Dr. M. A. Huggins was presented by President Beam, and he stressed getting every church to cooperate in our great mission program. After recess the highlights of last year's minutes were read, and a motion was carried that a voluntary offering be taken on Thursday evening for the Scholarship Fund at Fruitland. Brother Marse Grant, editor of "Charity and Children," was presented, and he brought a fine message on "Good Public Relations: A Must in Your Work." Following this message, Rev. Ollin J. Owens of Greenville, S. C., the husband of "Minnie Belle," dismissed our morning session with prayer.

Tuesday evening's session was presided over by our lovely and attractive vice-president, Miss Elizabeth Campbell, who, after a hymn was sung, presented Bishop David Roberts for the devotion.

After the devotion Miss Campbell presented our new but efficient State W.M.U. Secretary, Miss Miriam Robinson, who brought a fine message. Following a hymn led by Director Colvard, lucid Editor Marse Grant was presented and he brought a most helpful message on "Publicizing and Promoting Your Associational Work." After the congregation sang another hymn, Bishop Elmer Thomas rendered a lovely solo. Miss Campbell then presented Dr. Binkley for his second address, and he delivered a profound message on "Christian Ethics and Race Relations." At the close of his message, Dr. Binkley led in prayer and closed our evening service. Wednesday morning's watch was conducted by Brother H. R. Starling who spoke on "The Missionary's Prayer Life," and the devotional period at 8:30 o'clock was conducted by Mrs. Margaret C. McRackan.

A panel, "The Missions Committee: Its Organization and Duties," was conducted by Prophets Tom W. Bray, J. Hoyt Roberson, and J. H. McCrimmon. Miss Ruth Williams was presented and talked on "Helping Those who are Called into Special Christian Service."

Director Colvard led us in a hymn, and President Beam presented the peer of State promoters, Dr. Earle Bradley, who told us "The Missionary's Relation to the Pastor, Local Church, Association, and Denomination."

President Beam then presented Dr. Richard K. Young of our Baptist Hospital and our Southeastern Seminary faculty who brought the first of two messages on "Counseling." Following this message, Prophet Tom Green, who has given a little time to gathering information on public relations from over the Southern Baptist Convention and studying it, suggested that we need to improve in this matter and that he would like to talk with any of us who are interested.

Bishop G. M. Singletary then dismissed our morning session with prayer. The Wednesday evening session opened at 7:00 o'clock with President Beam presiding. After Brother Colvard had led in the singing of two hymns, Brother Beam presented Prophet Alvin A. Walker who conducted the devotion.

Dr. Richard K. Young was presented for his second message on "Counseling." However, before he began his message, he told us a little news about the Hospital. He informed us that a cobalt machine was being installed there and that a machine was coming from Germany that would magnify what a fluoroscope does 1,000 times. He also told us about the beautiful new chapel and then delivered his message.

After a hymn a resolutions committee was appointed consisting of Brethren J. D. Barnette as chairman, Arch Cree, and Earl Underwood.

Since Elder Lewis Ludlum had not shown up for his message on "The Value of Planning a Long Range Program," the President presented Prophet G. M. Singletary to speak on the subject. The Prophet informed us that he had been given about a fifteen minute notice, but being a man of ability, he brought a very helpful message.

At this time an expense offering for our Organization was taken which amounted to $29.24, and envelops were passed out to the missionaries for them to put their offering in for the Fruitland Scholarship Fund and hand to the secretary later.

After a hymn Prophet Henry Powell told us briefly about the plans in his area for getting signed the petitions calling for a State-Wide Alcoholic Beverage Referendum. Dr. Binkley was then presented, and he brought a very helpful message on "The Churches and the Alcoholic Problem." Following this message Brother Glen Ramsey closed our evening session with prayer.

Thursday morning's watch was conducted by Prophet Tom Walters who used for a theme "The Missionary's Reading," and the devotion at 8:30 o'clock was conducted by Miss Frances Orr, secretary to Missionary Clay Barnes, in the absence of Miss Laura Mae Hilliard.

Brother Grady Burgiss announced that there were 35 (36 counting Miss Orr) associational missionaries present. They were Stough, Colvard, Lamm, Mrs. Hall, Ramsey, Mrs. McRacken, Jenkins, Samson, R. T. Green, Miss Campbell, Barnes, Miss Orr, Beam, Singletary, Roberts, Powell, Elmer Green, Bray, Carroll, Wilkie, Starling, Walters, Miss Williams, Smith, Barnette, Miss Bagwell, Walker, Burgiss, Thomas, Cree, Duncan, Roberson, Miss Edwards, Miss Raxter, Underwood, and Mumford. President Beam presented Elder Cleve Wilkie and his panel leaders, Mrs. R. J. Hall, and Prophet V. E. Duncan, Brother Duncan having been conscripted in the absence of Julius Holloway. They discussed "Using the Associational Organizations for More Effective Work." In this discussion it was suggested that we make a formal request of Brother Jimmy Morgan for S. B. C. and State Calendar of Activities.

In the general discussion period it was learned that a number of associations are holding associational camps (assemblies) especially for those who don't or can not go to one of the State Assemblies or Ridgecrest.

After a congregational hymn Miss Doris Raxter rendered beautifully a solo, and Brother W. C. Reed, Superintendent of our North Carolina Baptist Orphanage, was presented. He explained the support of the Orphanage and the Foster Home Plan.

After recess Brother Tom Green made a motion that we appoint a Public Relations Committee whose duty it would be to publicize information on the associational missionaries' work. A substitute motion was carried that a committee be appointed to study Brother Green's motion and report on it at the November Conference in Winston- Salem. A motion was carried that the Chair appoint this committee. He later named the following on this committee: V. E. Duncan, chairman, Miss Elizabeth Campbell, and Hubert Mumford, and Tom Green as ex officio member.

A motion was carried that the Chair appoint a nominating committee to nominate officers for this Organization at the November meeting in Winston-Salem. He appointed Tom W. Bray, chairman, Miss Ruth Bagwell, and Elmer Thomas.

Next, Brother Barnette read the resolutions of the committee on resolutions which were heartily adopted, and the secretary has sent a copy to each of those concerned.

A motion was carried that we meet again at Caswell next summer at a date that will not conflict with the southwide date on Associational Missions at Ridgecrest.

A motion was carried that we request Brother Jimmy Morgan to send a Calendar of Activities as soon as possible and that this be a permanent policy.

A motion was carried that the secretary send an "obituary" to all the missionaries who have departed from our ranks.

A motion was carried that all the missionaries be requested to send their bulletins to each other.

The officers of our Organization who were appointed as a committee at the November 14 Conference last year to restudy the relationship that was severed from the Educational and Music Directors' Conference recommended that we seek to rejoin that organization, but a motion was carried that we table the recommendation.

A motion was carried that our officers work out the November program for either the after-noon or night and that we as individuals join whatever group we may desire at the other period.

Bishop O. J. Hagler was presented in Dr. Huggins' place on program since Dr. Huggins had spoken earlier, and the Bishop talked to us about the Minister's Retirement Plan, the Southern Baptist Protection Plan, and social security, explaining all three lucidly and eloquently. Following some questions and answers on these matters, Brother E. J. Jenkins dismissed our morning session with prayer.

On Thursday evening following the devotion by Bishop V. E. Duncan, Prophet Earle Bradley discussed the Associational Missionary's Monthly Report Blank, the Cooperative Program, etc.

Following a hymn by the congregation, the offering for the Scholarship Fund at Fruitland was taken, and a little has been sent to the secretary since, all amounting to $81.50. Brother Horace Easom, State Secretary of the Brotherhood, was presented and spoke to us on "The Brotherhood and R. A. Work," and presented two laymen from Hendersonville who talked to us about personal witnessing. He then presented Rev. W. T. Hendrix, pastor of the Flint Groves Church in the Gaston Association, who bore testimony to the worth of a Brotherhood to the pastor. Brother [Hendrix? or Easom?] closed his period by rendering a solo.

President Beam again expressed pleasure because of our visitors and also expressed great appreciation to Dr. Binkley for his most helpful and challenging messages and then presented him for his fourth and final message. He delivered a profound and moving discourse on "Christian Concern for Families in Trouble."

Prophet Burgiss suggested that personal letters be sent to increase the emphasis on the last paragraph of the resolutions. A standing vote of thanks was given Dr. Binkley, thus showing and expressing our very deep appreciation to him for his great contributions to our Assembly. Brother Beam then expressed his abounding appreciation to those who had been on program, to the associational missionaries, and to all who had helped to make such a wonderful week.

There being nothing further to come before us but the fishing or outing trip on Friday which we hope will be reported on at our Meeting in November, President Beam called on Prophet Clay Barnes to close our Assembly with prayer, and we stood adjourned.

John W. Beam, President

W. V. Carroll, Lowly Scribe

ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONARIES CONFERENCE

OFFICERS - 1950's

1956 - Officers [Meeting held at Caswell, July 30-Aug. 3, 1956]

These officers were elected at the November 1955 Meeting to serve for the Summer Conference in 1956. Apparently, they were the first slate of officers for the Associational Missionaries Conference. Prior to November 1955 many Associational Missionaries belonged to the N. C. Conference for Educational Directors and Music Directors and were elected as officers in that Conference.

President - John W. Beam [Catawba River]

Vice President - Elizabeth Campbell [Caldwell]

Secretary - W. Van Carroll [Liberty]

Song Leader - Guthrie Colvard [Atlantic]

1957 - Officers [Meeting held at Caswell, July 8, 8-12]

President - Boyd Horton [Haywood]

V. President - Guthrie Colvard [Atlantic]

Secretary - Miss Ruth Williams [Pilot Mtn.]

Song Leader - Elmer Thomas [S. Yadkin]

1958 - Officers [Meeting held at Caswell, July 7-10, 1958]

President - E. J. Jenkins [Brushy Mtn.] (Actually serving: Henry Stough [W. Chowan]

Vice Presidents:

Area I - Henry Stough [W. Chowan] (Actually serving: J. H. Mauney [Wilmington])

Area II - Arch Cree [Stanly]

Area III - Henry Powell [Green River]

Secretary - Treasurer - Mrs. Winfree Luffman [Stone Mtn.]

Chorister - V. E. Duncan [Tar River]

Dir. of Public Relations - Tom Greene [Cabarrus]

Committee to recommend a constitution:

E. R. Echerd, Jr., Chm. [Mecklenburg]

J. Hoyt Roberson [Three Forks]

J. H. Mauney [Wilmington]

Note: At the meeting at Caswell (July 7-10, 1958), Henry Stough had succeeded Jenkins as President. J. H. Mauney had replaced Stough as Area I Vice President.

1959 -- Officers [Meeting held at Caswell, July 6-9, 1959]

President - U. A. McManus, Jr. [Eastern]

Vice Presidents:

Area I - Mrs. R. J. Hall [Bladen]

Area II - Paul Nix [Johnston]

Area III - David B. Roberts [French Broad]

Secretary - Treasurer - Miss Mertie Booker [Flat River]

Secretary of Public Relations - Lewis E. Ludlum [Pilot Mtn.]

Minister of Music - Ted W. Williams [Liberty]

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