In Death As In Life

by Lin Powell, Trust Director

Lillian Vesta Brown-Johnson (1914 – 2008) was a true Adventist southern belle.  A third generation Seventh-day Adventist, Lillian gave a lifetime of dedicated service to her church’s mission of taking the gospel to all the world.

She valued her heritage:  her family had a part in founding the Elam Road Seventh-day Adventist Church in Murfreesboro, TN, and she was proud of her family’s deep American roots traced back to the American Revolution.  Her community knew her as a committed Adventist Christian who was active in charitable and historical civic organizations. She was an accomplished genealogist and author of four books.

A faithful Christian steward in life, Lillian was determined to be faithful to the Lord in death.  With the assistance of our Trust Services Department, she prepared her estate with a well-planned distribution to family and friends and civic charities, as well as to her home church, media ministries, foreign missions, Adventist education and the ministries of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference.  Only in heaven will Lillian know the full extent of her support of the work of the Lord.

I invite you to contact our office for assistance in modeling an estate plan unique to your wishes which may include a last will and testament with guardianship provisions for  minor children, a trust, a charitable gift annuity, a financial power of attorney and a health care directive/living will all drafted by an experience attorney.

Gospel Roots – The Elbie Kittinger Story

by: Lin Powell, KY-TN Conference Trust Services Director

Elbie Kittinger was raised in the Calhoun and Rumsey Kentucky area, two towns connected by one of the few bridges on the Green River. This part of Kentucky is in the Western Coal Fields Region and has a reputation for excellent agricultural production. Wherever Elbie lived, he never forgot Kentucky.

During World War II, he served his country as a medic in the United States Army. While stationed in England, the Lord led him to truth-filled books that planted the gospel seeds and were nurtured by the Holy Spirit for several years.

After receiving a medical discharge from the Army, he moved to New Jersey and married Rachel Locke; they had two children. Elbie had a gift for growing things and eventually worked in the grounds department of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Elbie never forgot the truths he learned as a young soldier, so he earnestly shared his thoughts with Rachel. They studied with a Seventh-day Adventist church member and eventually joined God’s remnant church. Elbie and Rachel/s daughter recently told us that her parents loved the Lord and His church and liked to sit on the very front row during services.

Elbie and Rachel loved their church very much. They decided to seek the assistance of the Conference Trust Services Deparment, and in their estate plan they remember the Lord’s work. Consequently, a portion of their estate was designated for gospel outreach in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

If you feel like Brother and Sister Kittinger that the Lord is leading for you to give a portion of your estate to fund the Great GOspel Commission given to us by Christ in Matthew 28, we at the Conference Trust Services Department would count it as a privilege to assist you.

HAY!FAITH Festival Launched in Paris, TN

by: Jay Prall
On October 27th, the Paris church launched their first annual HAY!FAITH Festival.  Banners, balloons, and newspaper ads combined to announce to the community the intent of Paris church to be more involved in the lives of the families of Paris.

Every child was given a card to punch at each station – ranging from face painting to a bouncy castle, from roping a steer to petting a goat that knew how to shake hands.  At the end, the completed card could be turned in for a special snack.

Along the way, the children heard stories the Native Americans once told their children, made a basket out of rolled up newspaper, practiced archery, and took a 30-question Bible quiz.  Food and hot apple cider were provided as well.

“It was a great inaugural event,” Matthew Lucio, pastor of Paris church, said.  “We look forward to next year.  HAY!FAITH has made me ask myself why more of the ministries we do are’t this much fun.”

Layman Darrin Shephard Presents First Evangelistic Series

by: Darwin Foley

Two years ago Darrin Shephard gave his heart to the Lord and in October, Darrin presented his first evangelistic series.  Darrin is 22 years old and a member of the Pewee Valley church. Pastor Douglas Na’a pastors the Shelbyville and Pewee Valley churches.

It all started when Darrin heard that his dad, Jeff Shephard, was attending an evangelist series. Darrin and his mother, Jean, were already members, but Darrin was not living a life that uplifted Jesus.  His dad’s surrender and baptism led Darrin to surrender and be rebaptism. At that point, everything changed for Darrin.

At the time of his conversion, Darrin was enrolled at a college in Louisville. In the fall of 2011,  Darrin attended GYC (Generation of Youth for Christ) in Houston with a group of young people from Pewee Valley and Shelbyville.  The next summer Pastor Douglas went with Darrin to Andrews University were Darrin gave his testimony.  Then this past winter Darrin attended GYC in Seattle.

When it came time to plan an evangelistic series for Shelbyville, Darrin was suggested as the evangelist. He wanted training so he settled on a four month course at PEACE – Center of Evangelism in the North England Conference. Arriving back home at the end of September, he began preparing for his first Prophecies of Hope seminar.  The seminar was held each Friday, Sabbath, and Sunday for a period of five weeks, and Darrin preached a total of 18 sermons.  Attendance and response to Darrin’s heartfelt messages was excellent.

Guardianship for Minor Children

by: Barry Benton, Attorney
Guardianship generally refers to the appointment of a person or persons entrusted for the physical care of another. This could be a person appointed in a Will to care for minor child(ren) after their parents are deceased, or it could be someone appointed to care for an adult who is determined to be incapacitated for one reason or another.
If you have minor children, one of the most important reasons to have an estate plan is NOT distribution of your assets, but the appointment of a Guardian to take physical custody of your children and raise them for you. The Guardian will be responsible for the day-to-day care of your children, and for ensuring the continued academic and spiritual education of your children, in accordance with your stated wishes. Guardianship for a minor child will typically last until the child has reached 18 years of age. It is recommended that you name a primary Guardian, as well as an alternate to serve in the event the person(s) first named are unable or unwilling to serve for any reason. These should be persons you are confident will raise your children in a manner that you would approve. If you do not provide this instruction in your estate plan (Last Will and Testament) the court will appoint someone who petitions for the position, and that may or may not be the person(s) you would have selected yourself.
Contact your Trust Services Department if you need to set up a guardianship for your minor children in your Last Will and Testament.

Giving Successful Bible Studies

by: Kieth Noll
Photo courtesy of Jason Steffens via Flickr

I love preaching and giving Bible studies.  Finding Bible study interests is much easier than we think.  Just ask God for someone who is interested and I can assure you He will answer your prayer.  If we ask God to make us sensitive to His Spirit and guidance, He will open doors by putting people right in our path.

One Tuesday, I went out with Steve Evans from Clarksville, TN.  It was dark, 5:30 p.m. and people were just getting home for the day and preparing dinner.  It was not a good time for Bible studies, but within 15 minutes and speaking with four people we had two Bible studies.  One young ex-serviceman commented, “It is interesting that you came by.  I just pulled out my Bible the other day and was trying to read and understand it and now here you are.”  I assured him that it was not an accident that we came by; that we had asked God to lead us to people hungry for Him.  We left a Bible study and made an appointment to go back the following week.

Friends, I am happy to set an appointment and go out with anyone who wants to give a Bible study.  Just call my cell at 615-559-2297 or 253-226-8667 and ask for Kieth Noll.  If you leave a message, I will call back and set up an appointment with you.

Conference Office Fire

You might be already be aware, as it did get some local late night news coverage, that the conference office caught on fire last night shortly after sunset. Fortunately Doug Hilliard, Charles Byrd and his assistant Janel were in the building and smelled smoke on the third floor. Unsure of the problem, as there were no visible flames, Doug went out to the parking lot and saw smoke coming from the roof area. The Fire Department was then alerted. Before they arrived, Doug and Charles opened a few third floor ceiling tiles to see flames in the attic, which they then put out using our office fire extinguisher.

It appears that the source of the fire was electrical, which ignited insulation and burned through at least one of our roof/ceiling wood support beams.

The Fire Department inspected the area and determined that in order to ensure there were no possibilities of flare-ups or hot spots that could re-ignite, they watered the are down. We do have some water damage in the upstairs third floor. The damage is largely contained to Janel’s office, but there is a small amount of water damage in Xiomara’s office, which is directly below Janel’s on the second floor.

We will be assessing damage and repairs as soon as possible, but I join Doug in saying how grateful we are that there were staff in the building after closing hours, that the fire began directly over the office where our staff were at the time, and that the fire was identified and quickly extinguished.

Had no one been in the building or if the fire had begun in another part of the attic, the consequences could have been devastating to the building. God has watched over us, and we are very thankful!

Steve Haley

Should You Become a CREATION Health Presenter?

by: Lynell LaMountain
Photo courtesy of

One of the most common things people tell me is that they are anxious to share God’s life-changing message with others, but they don’t know how.

Good news! I have an answer. Our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ and point hearts to our gracious Father just as Jesus did in His time on Earth. If you want to relieve pain and share hope and joy with others, then consider becoming a certified CREATION Health presenter, and discover how to effectively share God’s original plan for living life to the fullest on this Earth, and in the Earth made new.



Lynell LaMountain


Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Office

Monday, February 10, 2014

10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Thunder In the Holy Land on 3ABN!

If you missed the live broadcast, click the link below for the recorded program, which features President Steve Haley, Pastor Charles Byrd and Pastor Melvin Santos discussing this exciting media ministry tool with Shelley Quinn.
Directions: scroll to the middle of the page and click TL1356A for the first hour, and TL1356B for the second hour.

Photo courtesy of isrealtourism via Flickr

Hispanic Women’s Retreat

by: Marline Del Valle

“I don’t want to leave the camp. I think if I do, I may not continue to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as I have done this weekend…” These were some of the feelings expressed by one of the ladies who attended the Hispanic Women’s Retreat at ICC September 6-8.  The theme for the weekend was In His Steps. There were 217 ladies in attendance; 13 were non-Seventh-day Adventist ladies who expressed their desire to keep walking in the footsteps of Jesus in their daily lives.

Those who attended were blessed by Pitta Nessy, guest speaker and Natasha Perez who shared special music throughout the retreat. They also enjoyed the Saturday evening dinner with food and music from the 1950s.  Some of the women also dressed from the 1950s era.

This was a weekend full of wonderful Christian fellowship and a time of getting closer to Jesus and learning how to walk in His footsteps daily.