Who We Are

Free Will Baptist Family Ministries’ heritage and superb record in caring for hurting children began in 1939. It was first established as Free Will Baptist Home for Children, an orphanage opened with Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Stanley as Superintendents. It was a humble beginning, but the care for orphans and other hurting children soon became a permanent facet of FWB Family Ministries. Today, our programs have expanded to meet the needs of the entire family.

For over a decade, we have witnessed more than 100 young people each year give their hearts and lives to the Lord. God is truly working at Family Ministries!

It was here that the wounds of the past were healed and a love for adventure was instilled that released me from being place-bound. It set me on a path to a wider experience. Right here I developed a concern for other people and learned to accept love as well as give it. In this very place, a desire was born in me, to pass on the message that had made my life glad…

—Trula Gunter Cronk, the first child to live at “The Home” in 1939

Mrs. Cronk later became a pioneer FWB missionary to India, with her husband, Dan. She also wrote a book about her life, which included her time at FWB Home for Children.




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90 Stanley Lane
Greeneville, TN 37743
(423) 639-9449 (main office)
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I arrived in June 1973, and it was here that I was first exposed to church and where I first heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and was baptized in June 1974. I found a solid Christian foundation, strong morals, encouragement, discipline and trained to have a good work ethic and be responsible and accountable. This, along with the love and compassion of the people of this ministry, shaped my character and contributed to the man I am today.
Ivan Kennedy

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