Union Baptist Association
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Linked Together


Useful Links:
American Bible Society - www.americanbible.org
American Tract Society - www.goshen.net/AmericanTractSociety
Baptist Children's Homes - www.bchfamily.org
The Bible Gateway - www.biblegateway.com
GuideStone - www.guidestone.org
International Bible Society - http://www.biblicadirect.com
International Mission Board - www.imb.org
LifeWay Christian Resources - www.lifeway.com
LifeWay Sunday School Resources - www.lifewaysundayschool.com
Multi-Language Media - www.multilanguage.com
North American Mission Board - www.namb.net
NC Baptist State Convention - www.ncbaptist.org
Southern Baptist Convention - www.sbc.net
WMU Publications - www.wmu.com
WMU of North Carolina  -  www.wmunc.org
Max Lucado - www.maxlucado.com
NCBAM(NC Baptist Aging Ministry)  -  www.ncbam.org
NCBM(NC Baptist Men & Women)  -  www.baptistsonmission.org
Background checks:
Compensation Studies:
Caraway  -  www.caraway.org  - 1-888-899-2374
Caswell  -  www.fortcaswell.com  -  1-910-278-9501
Camp Mundo Vista   - 1-336-625-4828  - http://www.wmunc.org/CampMundoVista/RetreatFacilities/
 Ridgecrest Center -  1-800-588-7222 -
C. Grace at Work Ministries
7 Linkside Lane
Taylors SC 29687
Offering Christian Pastors and missionaries and their families a time away from the pressures of the ministry to relax, recharge, and refresh both spiritually and physically.
The History of C. Grace At Work
C. Grace at Work Ministries is a testimony for all to see that in God's perfect plan "all things work together for good"(Romans 8:28). In His providence and goodwill, God allowed a horrible tragedy which, at the time, seemed senseless, but is now clear evidence that His ways are always good. On January 8, 2003, US Airways Flight 5481, en route to Greenville, South Carolina, crashed just after take off in Charlotte, NC, taking the lives of all 21 people on board. Among those who died were Robin Albury, his 12-year-old daughter Caitlin, and his brother Nicholas, all from Abaco, Bahamas. Also on board was Christiana Shepherd, an 18-year-old college student whose parents were serving as US missionaries to the Azores, Portugal. A year later at a memorial service in Charlotte, Robin's wife and Caitlin's mother, Janet Albury, and Christiana's parents, Doug and Teresa Shepherd, met and found that they not only shared a common grief but a common faith in the Lord. Upon returning to their respective homes, these families maintained correspondence and developed a friendship, culminating in August 2004, when Janet and her daughter Joanne visited the Shepherd's in the Azores. At that time, God was burdening Janet's heart and giving her a desire to help pastors and missionaries who are in need of spiritual and physical refreshment. Now, having made a visit to a mission field, she was sure that this burden was God's call to action. Searching for property that could be used for such a retreat, Janet investigated several locations but purposefully avoided Greenville, SC, because of its connection with the crash. In His divine way, God chose the city that elicited so much hurt and unrest in the Alburys' and Shepherds' hearts to be the city where they and others would find rest and healing.
In 1987, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Parham built "BarCraKen", a 4,000+ square foot cedar log home, situated on 11 acres in the South Carolina mountains and offering some of the most breath-taking views in the entire state. Having lost their second son in an automobile accident, the Parhams spent much time at this home, named for their sons Barry, Craig, and Kenneth, and slowly their hearts began to heal. When the Parhams learned of the newly-formed retreat ministry targeting missionaries and pastors who are in need of rest and healing, they sold their home in August, 2005, and C. Grace at Work Ministries became a reality. Almost immediately, the ministry began to welcome families, providing them with a peaceful and beautiful place to rest.
C. Grace at Work Ministries became incorporated in 2006 and is run by a board of directors. Serving on this board are Mrs. Janet Albury, President; Mrs. Teresa Shepherd, Vice-President; and Mr. Doug Shepherd, Secretary/Treasurer. Also participating in the C. Grace at Work Ministry are several local families who serve as hosts to the visiting pastors and missionaries
Why C. Grace?
What many in the world would call "coindience", we choose to call "providence", and God's providence is quite evident in the choice of a name for this ministry. Doug and Teresa Shepherd's daughter, Christiana Grace, and Janet Albury's daughter, Caitlin Grace, were among the victims on Flight 5481. Having already realized the girls' shared middle names and seeing the pervading theme of God's grace through their own lives as well as their daughters' lives, they chose to name this ministry "C. Grace" in honor of these two precious young ladies whose testimonies deserve such an honor. It is also the aim of this ministry that all who visit will "C. Grace at Work" in their own lives as well.
Baptist Hospital
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston Salem NC 27157
Phone: 336-716-2011
Patient Info: 336-716-4811
Carolinas Medical Center - Charlotte
1000 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28203
Phone: 704-355-2000
Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy
2001 Vail Avenue
Charlotte NC 28207
Phone: 704-379-5000
Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast
920 Church Street North
Concord NC 28025
Phone: 800-821-1535
Carolinas Medical Center - Pineville
10628 Park Road
Charlotte NC 28210
Phone: 704-543-2000
Carolinas Medical Center - University
8800 North Tryon St.
Charlotte NC 28262
Phone: 888-656-0667
Carolinas Medical Center - Union
600 Hospital Drive
Monroe NC 28110
Jesse Helms Nursing Center
1411 Dove Street
Monroe NC 28110
Phone: 704-283-3280
NC Baptist State Convention
PO Box 1107
Cary NC 27512-1107
Phone: 800-395-5102
Fax: 919-469-1674
Presbyterian Hospital
200 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte NC 28233
Phone: 704-384-4000
Presbyterian Hospital - Matthews
1500 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews NC 28105
Phone: 704-384-6500
Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital
1901 Randolph Road
Charlotte NC 28207
Phone: 704-316-2000
Presbyterian Specialty Hospital
Charlotte Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat
1600 E. Third Street
Charlotte NC 28204
Phone: 704-945-4150
Stanly Regional Medical Center
301 Yadkin Street
PO Box 1489
Albemarle NC 28001-1489
Phone: 704-984-4000
Christian Counseling Center
Dr. Todd Matson
Located at Central United Methodist
801 South Hayne Street
Monroe NC 28112
Phones: 704-375-5354 ext. 204 (office)
704-333-8108 ext. 17
800-832-3014 ext. 204
Friendship Home of Monroe
Gary Locklear, Director
2111 Stafford Street Ext.
Monroe NC  28110
Friendship Home's philosophy is to provide residential recovery services and relapse prevention by achieving treatment goals through program activities. Residents identify goals, and once they achieve them, have the knowledge, tools and experience to live independent, sober, responsible and productive lives.
Friendship Home's methodology has evolved over 40 years  -  a combination of professional intervention and self-help approaches to address not only the use of alcohol and drugs but to determine the underlying causes impacting someone's mental and emotional state that prompts continued substance abuse despite adverse consequences. Once the full scope is identified, clients are able to face issues and work to resolve lifelong problems.
Friendship Home staff are active members of the recovery community; interacting regularly with substance abuse professionals and programs to apply the latest methodology and provide residents with the best thinking on treatment.
  • Individual, group and peer counseling
  • Structured living environment
  • 12-step recovery program
  • Close monitoring & documentation of client progress
  • Livable housing & healthy meals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Work placement
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Access to network of human resource professionals
  • Public speaking experience
Divine Ministries, Inc.
Family Resource Center
"Insight  -  Empowerment  -  Action"
"Building Families Through Strong Morals and Values"
1390 Walkup Avenue #W
Monroe NC  28110
Mailing Address:  PO Box 1826
Indian Trail NC 28079-1826
Contact Phone:  704-340-2178
Who we are.....
DMI is a vibrant organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for all people.  We strive to engage in positive alternatives that empower individuals, families and communities to resolve challenges that create the cycle of poverty.
Our  Mission and focuses are accomplished through the following initiatives:
Community Service
•Food Pantry
•Clothing Closet
•DMI University & GK-Dove Scholarship
•Inspirational Guidance
•Mentoring Initiatives (Youth & Adults)
(P.S. This work is not suited for the faint at heart, self-centered, closed minded, or self-righteous.  Only those who are willing to give their all need apply.)
Please contact DMI for additional information regarding our services.
DMI University
DMI University is committed to providing age appropriate learning opportunities that embrace spiritual, personal, and professional development.  The ability to effectively utilize basic life skills and apply acquired knowledge is essential in maintaining a well balanced life.
Life Skills - Our goal is to offer motivational courses to both adults and youth that will help to achieve their personal best.  Sessions are formatted to promote learning in a fun environment and strive to reinforce basic intra-personal and inter-personal skills.
Inspirational Guidance - Within everyone there's a spark of inspiration in our hearts.  This spark enables us to perceive divine love and truth.  In a secular world our social environment can cause our focus to be distracted.  Spiritual guidance will be challenged by inner feelings and past experiences.  However, self-discipline, prayer and mediation can help revive and restore inner peace.  One must be willing to take the time and commit to developing the wisdom of discernment.
Community Service
Millions of families live in the dark shadows of poverty; and its not by choice.  Struggling to break the painful grip of its vise is not an easy task.  Poverty crosses all boundaries.  It shatters dreams, destroys emotional stability and physical strength.
Divine Ministries is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people.  As a community outreach organization, we will support and participate in events sponsored by local and surrounding agencies to help eliminate this challenge that's faced by many.
DMIU is available for both on-site and off-site presentations.  Please contact us for your learning and/or developmental needs.
Mentoring Initiatives
YOUTH SESSIONS     Ages 4 -17 years
Diva-N-Ambassador Mentoring Initiative (DNA) is open to all YOUTH living in:
•Union-Mecklenburg-Anson Counties NC
•Chesterfield-Lancaster-York Counties SC
ADULT SESSIONS     Ages 18 years - up
Connect Life-Inspiration-Culture-Knowledge Mentoring Initiative (CLICK) is open to all young adults/adults/seniors living in:
•Union-Mecklenburg-Anson Counties NC
•Chesterfield-Lancaster-York Counties SC
"Building a personal understanding of self..."
Brenda Williams, President-CEO
Myron Williams, Sr. VP Operations
Mario Williams, Sr. VP
Learning Development
Mia Kirkpatrick, Sr. VP
Community Affairs/Public Relations
Dr. Carolyn Meadows, VP-Director
Inspirational Guidance
Troy Meadows, VP-Director
Marketing/Public Relations
Adrienne Lee, VP-Administration
Camp Mundo Vista
Camp Mundo Vista is a place where lives are touched, challenged and changed.  It is a place where campers learn about and experience God and where they learn to be On Mission.  Kellie Thomas, a camper at Mundo Vista, shares about her experiences of camp:
Camp Is....
By Kellie Thomas (camper)
Camp is my special place
Deep in the woods away from my Goliaths
Camp is a comforting arm
Around my shaking shoulders
Not knowing my story but caring anyway
Camp is dancing for no reason
And being myself if only for five short days
Camp is the big sister mine could sometimes not be
Trying so hard but held captive by her Asperger's.
Camp is letting everything go
A rest from the hoops I find myself jumping through
Trying so desperately not to step on any toes.
Camp is my escape
Singing and crying and not caring what anyone thinks
Camp is a warm fire, drying my tears
And healing my broken heart.
Camp is my past, my present, my future,
Where everything is so simply explainable,
I want to touch someone like I have been touched
And show someone this love like, I have been shown,
To spend my summers touching lives
And being who I am
In this place that means the world to me.