Pastor Sam Blankenship with wife, Amy, and two daughters Gracie and Abby, have been welcomed by the congregation.
The Easter Drama “He’s Alive,” will be presented Sunday during the 11 a.m. service.
Blankenship began his ministry . Sam began his ministry in 2001 serving as a deacon at Fairview Baptist Church.
He has pastored New Union Baptist Church and was youth pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
For six years, he served as a missionary to Jamaica. He has also taken the Gospel into the jail and to Signature Care Nursing Home for 14 years.
He attended the Gospel School of the Bible where he received his doctorate in theology.
He said he is looking forward to his journey at Maple Street Baptist Church and would like to invite anyone who is looking for a church home to come join us on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Derek Pitman was announced as director of music at Maple Street.
Pitman is a native of Greenville, S.C. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in church music from Furman University in his hometown of Greenville, then moved to Cleveland to pursue a master’s in church music from Lee University.
He graduated in the spring of 2012, shortly after becoming director of music at Maple Street Baptist Church.
When not directing music, he works for FedEx Express in Chattanooga.