A development director for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) will head a new ministry to aging adults.
Sandy Gregory, who has served BCH as director of development for the South Central region of the state since 2005, will be director of the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM), BCH officials announced today (Jan. 27). Gregory will direct NCBAM’s daily operations under the leadership of BCH president Michael C. Blackwell.
BCH will oversee the new ministry, which was formally introduced to N.C. Baptists at the Baptist State Convention (BSC) annual meeting in November.
BSC officials decided to form a ministry to older adults after Baptist Retirement Homes (BRH) decided to appoint its own trustees and give up Cooperative Program funding from the BSC.
BSC officials have said NCBAM will not compete with BRH, which provides residential care.
NCBAM is meant to be “an educational and information-based ministry connecting aging adults and their families to the resources they need,” according to a statement released by BCH. It will also help N.C. Baptist churches and associations develop ministries to benefit the aging, the statement said.
Blackwell said Gregory has been a “tremendous asset” to BCH’s development team.
“I am confident he will bring to NCBAM the same level of commitment and success as we
move forward with this new, dynamic resource to the aging and their families,” Blackwell said.
Gregory is a graduate of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. He has a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and a doctorate in ministry from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Prior to joining BCH, Gregory has served as a pastor, associate pastor, and children and youth minister at churches in Virginia and North Carolina. He also served as executive director for the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation in Virginia.
“I am delighted to be appointed as director of NCBAM, and I am looking forward to working with aging adults and their families across the state,” Gregory said. “There is a great need to provide quality resources and information to this rapidly growing population.”