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President: Heather Beard


Ministry Assistant

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.

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Vice President of Membership: Sheilan Runnels


Ministry Assistant

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.

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Secretary / Treasurer:  Amanda Anderson

Financial Secretary

First Baptist Church

PO Box 303

Dayton, TN 37321


Amanda has been serving as the Financial Secretary for First Baptist Dayton (TN) for 10 years and the Tennessee Valley Association of Baptists for 8 years. She also handles the financials for Biblical Insights Ministry in Pikeville, TN. She is active in the Women’s Ministry at her church and volunteers with organizations in her community. Amanda also currently serves as an officer in the Tennessee Baptist Secretaries Association as the East Tennessee Representative and served as the President in 2020-2022.

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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.

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