GREEN VALLEY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
Green Valley Baptist Assocation was organized October 22, 1958 at the Immanuel Baptsit Temple, Henderson, KY. Her first moderator was Rev. Robert Stinson, pastor of Bellfield Baptist Church, who served only a few months. Rev. Raymond Farrar was elected to succeed Rev. Stinson. This Association was organized with 19 churches & 4 missions, all of them in Henderson County, except FBC Sebree & Poole, both in Webster County.
Roster of Officers were elected as follows:
Rev. Thomas H. Francis, Superintendent of Missions
Rev. Dillard A. West, Clerk
Mr Waverlie D. Crafton, Treasurer
Mrs. Stanley (Cornelia) Burton Ashby was Secretary/Clerk for two years. Mrs. Wilburn (Frances) Jewell was hired as Secretary/Clerk in May 1960. She served until 1981. Mrs. Larryl (Nada) Huntley served as Secretary/Clerk from 1981 till 1999. Mrs. Karen Totton succeeded Mrs. Huntley in August of 1999.
The offices of GVBA were located in a Sunday School room of Immanuel until the present building at 2470 South Green Street was completed in January 1961.
The objective of the Green Valley Baptist Association is, "This association shall strive to enable the local churches in its membership to become more effective in carrying out The Great Commission of our Lord and to better cooperate with each other and our brethren of the Kentucky Baptist Convention & the Southern Baptist Convention. This Association shall also seek to stimulate and sustain Christian fellowship."
The Association building was also home to the Baptist Student Union (now known as C.R.O.S.S.) geared to the devotional life of the student body of Henderson Community College. C.R.O.S.S. now meets on the HCC campus on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon. Many of our WMU groups from our now 30 churches provide lunch for the students & faculty that attend.
In 1966, Rev. Thomas Francis resigned as Superintendent of Missions. Rev. David Bratcher came as Superintendent of Missions in August, 1967 and served until September, 1970. In March, 1971, Rev. R.G. Shelton came as Direcotr of Missions. He served till 1983. Dr. L.M. Huff served as Director of Missions from 1983 - 1996. Dr. Steve Thompson served as DOM from 1997 - 1999. Bro. Steve resigned in 1999 upon accepting a position with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Dr. Phillip Basinger served as DOM from November 1999 till April 2009. Dr. Basinger resigned from GVBA after feeling God's call to lead Bellfield Baptist Church as pastor. In May of 2010, Dr. Bill Patterson joined with GVBA to serve as her current Director of Missions.