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In 1894 several churches, almost exclusively located in Appling County, from both the Piedmont and the New Ebenezer Baptist Associations came together to form the Consolation Baptist Association (named after the church in which they had their first meeting). At the time Appling County consisted of all of the present county, all of what is known as Jeff Davis County, all of what is known as Wayne County, and part of what is known as Bacon County. John Gardner was elected as the first moderator of the association. Many of his descendants hold membership in several of the churches. These member churches believed it to be a great advantage for the churches of Jesus Christ, composed of persons regularly baptized on profession of faith in Christ, to be associated together for mutual support and assistance. This association is organized for the purpose of creating such an association and facilitating the cooperation of the association of the associated churches in carrying out the Lord’s Great Commission, The objective of this association shall be: To promote Christian missions, Christian education and discipleship by making disciples, Christian benevolence, pastoral support, family ministry, and social service causes at home and abroad through the churches of the association, to provide help and fellowship for the churches of the association through it’s organizations in the promotion of the Kingdom of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ throughout our local area, our state, our country, and throughout the world. Today, there are 33 member churches, including one Hispanic Baptist Church, working together to build the Kingdom of God. The premises of the association are located at 448 Vernon Williams Rd., Hazlehurst, GA 31539. Dr. Dustin Hutto currently serves as the Associational Missionary and Wendy Hipps serves as the Ministry Assistant.

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Rev. Don Patterson has accepted the position of Interim Associational Missionary of the Consolation Baptist Association.  His first official day with the Association will be Monday, May 6, 2024.  Rev. Patterson has over 50 years experience in the Ministry with over 20 years experience as an Associational Missionary.  Called to Piedmont-Okefenokee Baptist Association as Associational Missionary in April 1999, he served in this capacity until 2020.  On April 19, 2021, he celebrated his 50th Anniversary in the Ministry. 

He states "I have had the privilege of serving on the Administrative Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board as well as President of the Georgia Baptist Associational Missionary Fellowship." 

Other Experience Includes:

*Serving on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention 

*Serving on the Prayer Team of the Georgia Baptist Convention

*Serving as a messenger to the Georgia Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention throughout his ministry

His Associational Leadership Experience Includes: 

*Serving 67 churches and one mission in a five-county area of Ware, Pierce, Charlton, Brantley, Bacon and Camden Counties.
*Being an adviser and encourager to pastors & staff of the churches in the association. 

*Training and developing lay leaders to carry out ministry needs in the
association in areas of Sunday School, Discipleship, Brotherhood, Mission Organizations, and working with missions teams of the association

*Promoting evangelism in the local churches, the association, the state, and on foreign fields. Internationally, the association developed partnerships with Ecuador and Mexico and had churches who partnered with Nigeria and other nations in Africa. On a national level, the association partnered with Upper Ohio Valley Association in West Virginia as well as Conemaugh Valley Association in Pennsylvania.

Retired as Associational Missionary from Piedmont Okefenokee Baptist Association at the close of 2020, he and his wife, Barbara, live in the South Thompson Community of Toombs County where they are members of South Thompson Baptist Church.  Bro. Don and Mrs. Barbara 

have two sons.  Don, Jr. & his wife Christy have four children and live in Hazlehurst, GA.  Jonathan & his wife Christy have three children and live in Statesboro, GA.

Bro. Don stated, "I am presently seeking to follow the Lords leading from day to day and week by week by observing what the Lord is doing and following His leading and daily sharing my faith. Anticipating seeing JESUS face to face shortly. Even so come Lord Jesus. I am deeply committed to the doctrine held by Southern Baptists and found in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 ed."

The leaders of the Consolation Baptist Association look forward to working with Bro. Don.  He is currently available to speak or preach at any of the member churches in the Consolation Baptist Association.  Feel free to contact him at 912-288-7594.  

Please pray for Bro. Don and Mrs. Barbara as he takes on this ministry.  God bless you all!


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                           ASSOCIATIONAL LEADERS:

Moderator:  Rev. Dustin Hutto (Associate Pastor, Oakland Baptist Church)
Vice-Moderator:  Rev. Bryant Bishop (Pastor, Altamaha Baptist Church)
 Executive Chairman:  Rev. Robbie Gill (Pastor, Red Oak Baptist Church)
Administrative Chairman:  Rev. James Minick (Pastor, Zion Missionary    Baptist Church)
Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Member:  Rev. James Minick  (Pastor, Zion Missionary Baptist Church)
Clerk/Treasurer:  Wendy Hipps (Ministry Assistant, Consolation Baptist    Association)



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 TERM ENDING 2024:  Mrs. Ann Horton (Member, Philadelphia Baptist Church)

                                     Ms. Sharon Miller (Member, Dunn Memorial Baptist Church)

                                     Mr. Jim Tabor (Deacon, Consolation Baptist Church)

 TERM ENDING 2025:  Rev. Fred Anderson (Pastor, First Baptist Church - Baxley)

                                     Rev. Ashley Tyree (Discipleship Director, Hillcrest Baptist Church)

                                     Rev. Michael Beecher (Associate/Yourh Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist                                                                             Church)

 TERM ENDING 2026:  Rev. Stan Taylor (Pastor, Consolation Baptist Church)

                                     Mr. Wink Branch (Deacon, Spring Branch Baptist Church)

                                     Mr. Randall Odum (Deacon, Satilla Baptist Church)


 ALTERNATES:      Rev. Scottie Pitts (Pastor, Satilla Baptist Church)

                             Rev. Ryan Lamb  (Pastor, Spring Branch Baptist Church)


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