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Page 8C iR orter August 7, 2019 I I II /i By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef RussellviUe Baptist Church has welcomed Chris Fuller as its new pastor. Fuller is excited to be pas- toting his first church, but he is far from a novice in ministry. He comes to Russellville Baptist after 33 years with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. He worked as a campus minis- ter and director of collegiate min- istries, serving in Savannah for over 10 years and then in Macon with students at Mercer Univer- sity and Wesleyan for almost 23 years. He has led over 70 mission trips and participated in others, traveling all over the U.S. and to India, Haiti, France, Germany, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan, China E1 Salvador and Australia. He has been a part of over 20 mission trips to help with disaster relief and rebuilding. Chris and his wife, Dianne, have been married for more than 30 years, and she has also worked in Christian ministries, including a homeless shelter, an orphanage, an adoption agency and a Chris- tian housing ministry affiliate, as well as being a public school teacher for six years. They have two sons, ages 27 and 23. Chris was introduced to a life in Christian service by his parents, Millard and Linda Fuller, who founded Habitat for Humanity. He and his three younger sisters traveled the globe, first with his father's military assignments and then with his parents' ministries. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern College in Ameri- cus with a degree in biology and minor in chemistry. He earned his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. As he moved out of his cam- pus ministry position with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Chris knew he was not ready to retire. "God still had a use for me" he said. He heard that Russellville Baptist was looking for a pastor and visited the church on Easter Sunday. He submited a resume, and the church members asked Chris Fuller is eager to share his talents and experiences as a minister with the members of Russellville Baptist Church and the Monroe County community. him to become their pastor the first of July. He has already seen a little growth in attendance at the church in southern Monroe County; it had dedined while the church was without a pastor. Chris said Dianne is his partner in ministry and is as excited as he is about coming to Russellville Baptist. She has started a book study for women of the church. He said he loves working with youth and hopes to see the youth group at Russellville Baptist grow. His vision for the church is to Chris and Dianne Fuller stand in front of Russellville Baptist Church where he is the new pastor. see the members grow spiritually He said he was pleased when we can find more uses:' and in discipleship. He said that Monroe County Habitat for Chris is an experienced personnel growth in those who Humanity asked if Russellville photographer and writer and attend is more important than Baptist would be one of its host has many interests that connect the church growing in numbers, sites for orientation as the local him with other people. He loves Chris is in the process of get- Habitat accepts applications from sports and working with children ting to know the members of potential homeowners for the as well as older youth. He said he Russellville Baptist, trying to visit first time since 2014. The orienta- looks forward to meeting more with all of them. He said that the tion at Russellville Baptist will be people in Monroe County and church's rural setting is a great on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. becoming more involved in the place to worship. Chris said he would like to see community. "It's a beautiful church with the church used more for com- "I don't know what the future a lot of history, including the munity outreach, holds for Russellville. We're deal- graveyard" he said. "It was start- "It's a simple thing we can do. ing with a culture that is not as ed in 1849 by people who first It's a tragedy when churches are interested in ]esus. I pray we'll do moved into the area. It's beautiful just used for a couple of hours the best job with the people we inside, too." each week" he said. "Hopefully have" he said. -C By Diane Glidewell rrl w, @ yrn( ' Forsyth approved an intergovernmental agree- ment with the city of Adel and six other cities that are members of the Munici- pal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) relating Francisco. Blocksteam will locate a facility on 22.226 acres in Adel, and the group of cities that are part of the agreement will provide electricity for the facility. , Forsyth city attorney Bobby Melton said the purpose of the city's called to property acquisition and meeting on July 26 was to utilities for Blockstream ratify in open session the USA Corporation of Sanagreement council had discussed in closed session. Melton said closing on the On July 15 council held property would probably a 30-minute closed door be the following week. session for personnel and property acquisition. The other cities involved in the agreement are Adel, Barnesville, Sylvania, Jack- son, Monticello and the Fitzgerald water author- ity. All are members of MEAG, which will provide electricity for the project. Mayor Eric Wilson said that when the cities agreed to work together on the project they did not know where it would be located. 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