​​Rev. David Blackburn began serving as the Director of Missions for Ashe Baptist Association in 1997. David and his high school sweetheart, Linda Poe Blackburn and have been married for 50 years.  After high school graduation David was called to serve his country. He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War period from 1968 to 1971. It was during his time of service in Anchorage, Alaska that the Lord introduced him to extensive discipleship opportunities. Little did he know that God had bigger plans for him and an even greater calling upon his life. After returning to his hometown of Crumpler, NC, it was there that David accepted the call to preach and went on to serve as a bi-vocational pastor for 20 years. During this time David and Linda have two children, Kimberly Dawn Blackburn and David Joseph Blackburn. Linda is his partner in ministry.  In 1997 God called David to leave his 27-year career at Leviton Manufacturing Company and serve as the Director of Missions for Ashe Baptist Association. He accepted this calling and the Lord has blessed tremendously. David is a visionary leader which has led the Association through spiritual growth, location changes, church plants, mission developments, disciple-making and evangelism, for twenty-one years. Ashe Baptist Association is the lead organization in many community-based projects and is known for our leadership and commitment to sharing Christ. Through David's leadership we are committed to unity among diversity. "Together we number 7,000. Alone we number one. Pray that we will serve Christ together, doing what we cannot do alone." 

David Blackburn

​director of missions

Trish Church

Ministry Assistant

treasurer

Pat miller

ARC Director

Volunteering

"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."

~Deann Hollis~

Our staff

Rev. David Blackburn

shelia miller

​ARC ASSistant

Your Director of Missions

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We're continually working hard to improve communities throughout the state. If you're interested to see what we've been doing recently (especially if you want to help), check out our project list.

Mission Opportunities 

A wide array of mission opportunities is awaiting you! We have opportunities for you in Associational Sunday School, Discipleship Training, Brotherhood, WOM, Music, Vacation Bible School, Evangelism & Youth. 

mattie latham 

​ARC ASSistant


We do a lot to try to improve life for communities in need!