Introduction to Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief
Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief is a cooperative, volunteer ministry of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and its affiliated churches. It is totally dependent upon volunteers who give of their time, energy, talents and finances to assist others in a time of disaster. The ministry is led by the State Director, an employee of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. He and one administrative assistant are the only employees working primarily with Disaster Relief.
Within Tennessee, there are over 11,400 trained volunteers from churches and associations who are ready to respond to a disaster of any size any where. Many of these churches and associations own and operate their own equipment. Beyond Tennessee, our state cooperates with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and 41 other state conventions that have similar ministries. At the national level, Statements and Memorandums of Understanding are in place with American Red Cross (ARC), The Salvation Army (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Angels of Mercy (AOM) and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). Because of these agreements, TN Baptist Disaster Relief is normally one of the first to respond with Disaster Relief services during a time of crisis.