When Tim Childers was a kid growing up in Piedmont, he rode his bicycle around selling Grit newspapers for a quarter each.
“It was a weekly newspaper that came out and had a lot of human-interest stories, farm stories, folksy stories and recipes,” he said.
He has fond memories of that experience, and now decades later, Childers is continuing that adventure in getting the news out by joining the TAB Media team as an advertising representative.
He said he’s excited about helping The Alabama Baptist and The Baptist Paper share in a trustworthy and relevant way what God is doing. He’s also excited to be back in his home state.
“Alabama Baptist blood runs through my veins,” Childers said. “I went to Royal Ambassadors camp and was really active in RAs, and I served on the board at Shocco.”
After graduating from Samford University, Childers worked for a while in the business world, then shifted into ministry. He earned a master of religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and served in various staff roles in churches in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee, including as pastor of College Heights Baptist in Glencoe (1993-1997) and First Baptist Church Sylacauga (2007-2011).
He retired at the end of July from the pastorate, having last served at GracePointe Marietta Baptist Church in Georgia.
Susan Stevens, TAB Media’s director of advertising, said she’s excited Childers is joining the team.
“As a retired pastor, his knowledge of Baptist life and relationships with Alabama Baptists make him a great fit,” she said.
Childers also has stayed connected to the publishing and business world over the years. After leaving FBC Sylacauga, he owned Coastal Christian Magazine in Destin and Panama City, Florida, for a season. Then after moving to Georgia, he started a local directory of Christian businesses.
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He has written one book — “The Secret Place: 31 Devotional Studies from Psalm 91” — and is currently writing his second book, which will be published later this year.
His wife, Debbie, is also a well-known Christian humorist, speaker and author.
The couple plans to join Valley View Baptist Church in Leeds.
To contact Childers, email him at email@example.com. He is also available to preach.