published Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Faith Briefs

Mount Pisgah hires Kirby

Michael Kirby, a native of Lebanon, Tenn., has been selected as pastor of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 66 Westbrook Road, in Ringgold, Ga.

A minister for 15 years, he comes to the congregation, which averages 200 in Sunday morning worship attendance, from Corinth Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga.

Kirby earned a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and theology from Union University and a master of divinity in church ministry.

He and his wife, Heather, have two children, Cameron, 4, and Sarah, 2.


National Memorial for the Unborn, 6230 Vance Road; 2 p.m. Sunday; public memorial service to remember and honor lives lost to abortion since 1973 and mark the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision; 899-1677 or


• Bowman Hills School, 300 Westview Drive NE (auditorium), Cleveland, Tenn.; beginning 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25; 10-week seminar, “Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy,” led by author Tim Roosenberg; free child care for ages 2-10 and free meals at 6:45 p.m. at subsequent meetings; 472-6231 or

• Hamilton County Baptist Association, 6625 Lee Highway (campus of Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home); 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; workshop for volunteers willing to teach conversational English, with no previous experience required (all sessions mandatory); free to current English as Second Language teachers; 267-3794 or email


• St. Marks Church — North Shore, 701 Mississippi Ave., 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31; Chattanooga Harp Ensemble concert, “The History of the Harp: A Musical Journey,” features 13 harps, plus bells, cello, flute and percussion; free; 400-4241, or

• New Haven Baptist Church, 1058 Graysville Road; 7 p.m. Wednesday; gospel concert by Diplomats; 903-8627.


Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, Ala.; Friday evening through noon meal Sunday, Jan. 27; “Good Call: Learning the Way of Discernment” offers men and women wisdom and practical points that may assist in discerning God’s call; $95, including room and meals; 256-734-8302 or email

Women’s events

First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave.; noon, Thursday; Scenic City Women’s Network monthly luncheon offers address, “Heart at Work,” by new executive director Jan Krouskop; reservation deadline Tuesday; 698-6262 or email

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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