The Foundation is pleased to announce Rev. Larry D. Layne will be taking Rev. Tom Randall’s place upon his retirement. Larry is a native Alabamian with a B.A. from Samford University and a M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Larry comes to the Foundation with more than 27 years’ experience as Senior Chaplain with Baptist Hospice in Montgomery. Larry also serves as a Chaplain (Col) at the State Headquarters of the Alabama Air National Guard, Montgomery, Alabama. Larry is married to Royce Layne and they have one daughter, Heather.
Rev. Tom Randall, who has served The Baptist Foundation of Alabama as vice president of ministry for more than 17 years, retired December 31, 2016. His primary role has been to oversee TBFA’s Eldercare Ministry.
A native of Georgia, Rev. Randall earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College in Clinton and his master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
He served as a pastor for 30 years, serving for more than 24 years at First Baptist Church, Union Springs.
As head of the Eldercare Ministry, Rev. Randall helped fulfill the “walk along beside” clients aspect of TBFA’s mission as he assisted men and women in managing their lives and finances during their senior years.
Rev. Randall said he most values “the relationships with the people” he made while serving with TBFA. He and his wife, Judy, are members of First Baptist Church, Montgomery, and have two children and seven grandchildren.
Bill McCrary, Vice President for Church Relations at the Baptist Foundation of Alabama, will retire on June 30. He has served at the Baptist Foundation since October 2007. Previously, he served in the USAF for 25 years and for 12 years as the Safety and Training Officer for the local water works board.
Bill has most enjoyed meeting and developing relationships with Alabama Baptists all over the state. He has worked extensively to explain the important work of the Baptist Foundation, currently in its 75th year. A key element of the Baptist Foundation’s mission has been the expansion of the effort to encourage Alabama Baptists to consider the legacy they will leave behind, as the potential for Kingdom expansion through legacy giving is unsurpassed.
Bill and his wife, Diane, will remain in Montgomery where they are members of First Baptist Church. Bill has served as deacon chairman and stewardship chairman. Both he and Diane are active in the music ministries of First Baptist. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Bill says he will hopefully play a little more golf…but most importantly reach deeper into the ministry opportunities at First Baptist.
The legacy that Bill desires to leave at the Baptist Foundation is to know that he played a small part in energizing the legacy stewardship “muscles” of Alabama Baptists. The opportunity we have before us through legacy stewardship is truly an Ephesians 3:20 experience!
If you would like to congratulate Bill on his retirement, please call him at (334) 394-2009 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birmingham, Alabama — On April 19, 2016, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) hosted a Legacy Conversation Workshop at Hunter Street Baptist Church. Church leaders in attendance heard from TBFA staff about the ways an effective legacy ministry can serve church members by providing them an estate plan that honors their family and their faith.
Representatives from the following churches were in attendance:
Hunter Street Baptist Church
Lakeside Baptist Church
Pell City Baptist Church
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
Barry Bledsoe, President of TBFA, gave an overview of the Foundation and the components of an effective legacy ministry. A video testimony by Dr. Jay Wolf, Senior Pastor at Montgomery’s First Baptist Church, was also shared. This video, along with others, can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/tbfa/videos.
“At The Baptist Foundation of Alabama, we are passionate about equipping churches to serve their members with an effective Legacy ministry. We would like to thank the representatives from these churches for attending this successful event.” said Barry Bledsoe.
The Baptist Foundation of Alabama (TBFA) was founded in 1940 to steward Christ-honoring gifts on behalf of generous Alabama Baptists for ministries in Alabama, around the United States, and across the world. TBFA is committed to assisting givers to impact their favorite ministries in the largest possible way. Today, the Foundation administers almost 250 million dollars of God’s money given by God’s people for God’s purposes. From providing estate planning services for churches and individuals, to managing financial resources effectively and efficiently, The Foundation is proud to play a vital role in helping share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. TBFA is a Cooperative Program Agency of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.
The digital version of the 2015 TBFA Annual Report is available. Printed copies will be available in approximately two weeks.
Rodney Bledsoe, Chief Development Officer, will be making a presentation to the senior adults.
Bill McCrary, Vice President for Church Relations, will be attending from The Baptist Foundation of Alabama.
Bill McCrary, Vice President for Church Relations, will make a presentation during the evening service.
Bill McCrary, Vice President for Church Relations, will make a presentation at the association’s meeting
Bill McCrary, Vice President for Church Relations, will be speaking at the evening service.