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Tom Watkins is the new minister at Clarks Creek Baptist.
Watkins and his wife, Louise Watkins, have been married for 25 years. They have two sons, Neil, who graduated from Ryle High School and Tommy, who graduated from Owen County High School.
Tom said his vision for the church is to create more opportunities for a younger generation to spark interest in the church and to reach more people in the community. He wants to eventually start a Wednesday night service.
“I’ve only been here a few weeks and I’ve been listening to others. They seem to want the church to be more like it was in the 1970’s and 1980’s,” Tom said. “More of a younger generation and more numbers.”
In order to accomplish this, Tom said it will take “time, patience, faith and prayer from everyone.”
Tom has taken classes at Southern Baptist Seminary Extension in Frankfort. He and Louise have helped build and start Sparta Baptist for the past 10 years. Tom served as an ordained deacon and preached whenever needed. Louise was in charge of the creative ministry team. She has been teaching children Bible lessons using puppets for 15 years and hopes to bring that to Clarks Creek Baptist.
Tom will act as a bi-vocational pastor at Clarks Creek Baptist, meaning he will have another job as well as pastor. He is employed full-time at Mazak Corporation in Florence. He has been working there for 20 years.
“I want this honeymoon to last forever. Big things are going to happen at Clarks Creek. It’s a blessing to be apart of it.” Tom said.
Clarks Creek Baptist starts Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m.