National Association of Ministry Assistants
President: Heather Beard
Tennessee Baptist Mission Board
4017 Rural Plains Circle
Franklin, TN 37064
Heather has served as a Ministry Assistant at the TBMB for 23 years. She works in the area of Volunteer Missions, Church Secretaries and Worship and Music. Heather is also a member of the Tennessee Baptist Secretaries Association, where she serves as the Liaison between TBMB and TBSA.
President-Elect: Julia Binford
Administrative Assistant and Financial Secretary
Leawood East Baptist Church
1620 N. Houston Levee Road
Cordova, TN 38016
Julia is currently serving as Administrative Assistant and Financial Secretary at Leawood East Baptist Church, Cordova, since October 2014. Before that she served at the Mid-South Baptist Association as WMU ministry assistant from March 2002-March 2015. She is also active in the Mid-South Baptist Association Woman’s Missionary Union and serves as Director and serves as site coordinator for Mid-South Christian Women’s Job Corps teaching life/job skills and mentoring. Julia now serves as an officer on the Tennessee Baptist Secretaries Association as Vice-President.
Vice President of Membership: Sheilan Runnels
First Baptist Church
280 E. Pierce St.
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
Sheilan Runnels serves as the Ministry Assistant for First Baptist Lake Alfred (FL), answering the call in May 2005. She has been a member of NAMA for many years and earned her Lifeway Certified Ministry Assistant designation in 2011 and then received her certification for Financial Ministry Assistant in 2015 at the biennial NAMA conference.
As the Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Lake Alfred, Sheilan performs a variety of tasks which include acting as office manager, financial secretary, and administrative assistant. She also volunteers by planning and preparing the Wednesday night meals, serving and preparing the meals each year at VBS for children and adult workers, and for any youth or children’s ministry fundraising events.
Secretary / Treasurer: Muranda Depew
Financial Ministry Assistant
Crosspointe Baptist Church
8850 Hwy. 51 North
Millington, TN 38053
Muranda has worked at Crosspointe Baptist Church for 5 years. She serves in several ministries, along with being the Children's Ministry Director. She has a degree in Psychology and plans to continue her education in Biblical Counseling and accounting. Her area of specialty is abuse, addiction, and security. She loves to read and take nature walks with her family. She has been married for 25 years and has 2 amazing sons.
Vice President of Publicity: Cheryl Frerman
Ministry Assistant/Secretaries Liaison
Kentucky Baptist Convention
13420 Eastpoint Centre Dr.
Louisville, KY 40223
Cheryl has been a ministry assistant at the Kentucky Baptist Convention for 15 years. She is the Liaison to ministry assistants/secretaries throughout the KY Baptist churches. She also works with their National Convention, planning everything. Other ministry assistants in the Convention come to her for help, although she is not their supervisor.