Oak Valley Baptist Church has taken pride over the years of the many children who have come through under their guidance. Many of these children have grown to be very successful adults, and have paved the way for their children to do the same.
Jeremiah is one of the many young adults that have gotten their spiritual training under the care of Oak Valley Baptist Church and the Youth Ministry Programs. He was baptized at the age of 10 years old by former Pastor Hardil Thomas. While attending Oak Valley, Jeremiah has been an active member of the Youth Ministry. He participated in activities such as feeding the homeless, singing in the youth choir, and has assisted as a young adult with vacation bible school.
Jeremiah is currently attending East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tn. He is majoring in Media and Communications and ultimately hopes to be a CEO in radio or television; however if you looked carefully, you may think that Jeremiah has an interest in the political arena. As a sophomore, Jeremiah is the 2016-2017 Vice President of Black Student Affairs. In this role, Jeremiah helps coordinates different projects and events on campus to bring awareness to several issues not only in the black community but on campus as a whole.
In September 2016, Jeremiah helped organize a protest on campus to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter Movement. During this peaceful protest, a white student dressed in a monkey mask, carrying bananas and a noose disrupted the protest with the sole goal of getting a negative reaction from students in the mist of this peaceful protest. The students, including Jeremiah, kept their cool and ultimately the student was arrested.
Jeremiah credits his spiritual upbringing, to get him through this incident. “I never felt that type of fear in my life, Jeremiah said. “I could have reacted in a negative manner, but that’s what he wanted. I had faith in God and believed that he would step in at that moment”. The student was arrested and with the help of Jeremiah’s and other’s testimony in court, the student was indicted last week on two types of civil rights intimidation.
Jeremiah continues to make Oak Valley Baptist proud both at home and while away at college. “What I was taught has stuck with me”. “I continue to pray and have faith when things get difficult”. Jeremiah speaks to the pressures of being a young Christian on a college campus. “It can be hard at times, but my faith in God has helped”.
Jeremiah standing next to Governor Bill Haslam